NYT Paywall Cost Comparison (CHART)

This chart shows just how much the New York Times thinks of their content or how much they want their current paid subscribers to stick with their current print plan. It depends on your point of view. The chart comes from The Understatement.

How do you think this approach from The Gray Lady will work? Would you pay the premium for the right to view the NYT online or will you try the workarounds that the publisher is trying to cut off?

Survey of SMB’s Online Activities Shows Some Progress

The SMB world is an interesting one when it comes to the Internet space. It goes without saying that there is a lot of talk around it. There is plenty of interest in it. Along with all of that though is also confusion and debate as to how to best service this incredibly large yet enigmatic segment of the business world when it comes to Internet marketing.

American Express OPEN Forum has released a study giving some insight into this group. Here is a snapshot of what the surveyed companies said about their Internet efforts.

This next chart outlines what their plans are for the remainder of 2011.

LinkedIn Hits the 100 Million Mark

LinkedIn, the social media network for professionals, has reached the 100 million mark. That’s 100 million members, from 200 countries with an additional one million members (on average) joining every week.

What do you think about that? I think, who knew? LinkedIn has been the little engine that could, quietly chugging away while cousins Facebook and Twitter make all the noise. Why is that? And is that a good thing?

While you ponder those questions, here are some bullet points from LinkedIn:

The largest sectors on LinkedIn are Service, Finance and High Tech

They have:

  • 6 million+ sales professionals
  • 4 million+ engineers
  • 4 million+ IT professionals
  • 2.5 million+ finance professionals
  • 1.4 million+ accounting professionals
  • 1.4 million+ creative folks (Hey, I’m one of those.)

You Like Me! You Really Pretend to Like Me!

It’s been made clear in a hundred different white papers — the majority of people “like” a brand on Facebook in order to get coupons and deals. We all know it’s true and that’s why I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when I went to claim my free sample of MiO on Facebook.

Here’s what I found:

That statement is such a brilliant, breath of fresh air, I wanted to go right out and buy their product.

Amazon’s Android Appstore Appears And Aggravates Apple

Today, Amazon officially opened its Android Appstore. For this Android user it is a welcome sight (or site if you will) because Google’s Android market is like a flea market of apps. You are pretty confident that something good is in there but there is just too much junk to wade through so you give up. Amazon aims to clear up some of the confusion, cut through the garbage and help deliver quality Android apps more quickly and efficiently.

All Things Digital’s eMoney blog reports

Beginning tonight (March 22, 2011), the Appstore will be accessible online atamazon.com/appstore. Android owners will also be able to download a version of the store to their handset. The store will support hundreds of mobile operators and hardware manufacturers.

Conde Nast to Sell Share in Social Site? You Reddit Here First Second

It’s been almost 5 years since social news aggregator Reddit was acquired by Conde Nast.

Since then, the publisher has done its best to let Reddit go the way of a Digg Dodo, but thanks to some fundraising and running a lean team, Reddit has managed to achieve some epic growth–hitting 1 billion pageviews no less!

It appears that Conde Nast is not quite ready to let go of the cash-cow that Reddit could still become and is instead mulling a sale of a stake in the site. According to CNET,

The publisher would continue to own the site, but it’s talking to investors about selling a stake. Sources tell me it is floating a $200 million valuation…The theory: taking Reddit outside of Conde Nast’s corporate structure would make the site that much more valuable, and would give it a better chance to compete for capital, managers, and employees alongside the likes of zippy start-ups like Quora, StackExchange, etc.

A Less Hype Oriented Look At Twitter

Twitter just celebrated its fifth birthday. The blog post over at Twitter celebrating this ‘event’ has a nice video (see below, it’s worth the look just to see Snoop Dog’s ‘wake and bake’ reference to Martha Stewart … classic). The Twitter post also has some statistics that, of course, come from the nest itself so we can set the stage with how Twitter feeds the hype.

Twitter users now send more than 140 million Tweets a day which adds up to a billion Tweets every 8 days—by comparison, it took 3 years, 2 months, and 1 day to reach the first billion Tweets. While it took about 18 months to sign up the first 500,000 accounts, we now see close to 500,000 accounts created every day. All of this momentum and growth often pales in comparison to a single compassionate Tweet by a caring person who wants to help someone in need.