Facebook’s Turn for Government Probe?

Move over Google and make room for Facebook on the exam table. Facebook just caused a letter to be sent from tow elected officials to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) which is like a rite of passage to say “you made it” in today’s Internet business world.

Google’s likely advice to Facebook if they are truly being called to the mat over privacy concerns would be “bend over and take it like a company trying to do something these days.”

Facebook has long been the poster child for privacy gaffes, although I don’t think any of it has been a simple mistake on Facebook’s part. Facebook treats their encroachment on users’ privacy the same way a young child pushes the envelope to discover the boundaries that their parents have for them. They push and push to see what they can get away with then when there is push back they play the “no harm, no foul” card.

The Politics of Google

With great success comes great responsibility and, at least in Google’s case, incredible scrutiny. Governments the world over are licking their chops to take a swipe at the Internet giant (let’s all agree to stop calling them the search giant since they are much more these days) and it creates some very odd situations.

Yesterday a couple of those particular situations surfaced and are worth examination. First, the interesting double life of Senator Al Franken as it relates to Google. Franken (MN –D) is a member of the antitrust committee that is looking into claims of monopolistic blah blah blah against Google. In the recent hearings in fact he gave Google’s CSO (Chief Speaking Officer) Eric Schmidt a dressing down. Made himself look real tough, huh?

Yang Back In Control At Yahoo?

There are rumors that Jerry Yang is stepping in to fill the leadership void that exists after Carol Bartz’s ouster from the CEO spot. Granted, that is not a particularly large void to fill since it is the conclusion of most is that the Bartz years weren’t exactly the salad days of Yahoo. But Jerry Yang stepping back in?

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Look at the picture below which is from July of 2008 and the ensuing caption fun we had with it. The embattled Jerry Yang was seated at a table with two guys (Brin and Page) who were (and still are) 180 degrees in the other direction (in other words, experiencing continued success with their company).

Amazon Gets into the Tablet Biz with Kindle Fire

Last week, I succumbed to temptation and bought an iPad. Now, I’m wondering if I made a mistake because Amazon’s new Kindle Fire is looking mighty good to me.

Kindle Fire is just one of four new Kindle-based products Amazon is launching today. On the lower end, there’s a new lighter, smaller, Kindle. Finally, there’s a Kindle Touch (for all those people like me who keep trying to scroll through Kindle ebooks by touching the pages) and a Kindle Touch 3G.

The big news is the Kindle Fire, a highly media-focused tablet which comes with a very reasonable price tag — only $199. For that price you get full Kindle ebook functionality with the addition of video, music and full color web browsing.

Internet Ad Revenues Reach New Heights

Internet ad revenues are climbing, which must mean people are buying. (Or at least, I hope so.) According to new numbers from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, ad revenues hit $14.9 billion in the first half of this year. That’s a growth rate of 23.2%.

The second quarter of 2011 was record breaking, with a reported $7.7 billion over $6.2 billion from the same time last year.

Small Screen, Big Payoff

Although growth was good in all segments, video took top honors with growth equal to 42.1% over last year. Video is slowly becoming a viable option for advertisers of all sizes since video hosts such as YouTube have made it easier to do. You also have to look at the sheer number of videos that are popping up online. Now advertisers can choose from a wide variety of short form videos or hook their wagon to full-length TV shows and movies.

Free PubCon Vegas Passes from Trackur

PubCon VegasOne of the benefits of being the CEO of Trackur is that I get to approve crazy deals. You know, the kind that seem too good to be true?

Well, it must be the cooler temperatures, because I have just approved a FREE Gold Pass to PubCon Vegas to anyone that prepays for four months of our Ultimate plan.

Here’s the math on that:

  • $1508 for 4 months of our butt-kicking, fully white-labeled, unlimited everything, Ultimate monitoring plan.
  • We then give you a Gold Pass to PubCon Vegas (Nov 8-10) worth up to $1499.
  • Then, we spend the remaining $9 to buy you a drink when you sit down with me for a private one-on-one session at PubCon to talk about reputation management, monitoring, SEO, or how I learned to play the ukulele. Anything really!

Are Online Reviews Killing Your Business? [Infographic]

Regardless of the size of your business online reviews can make or break you. It’s a difficult game to monitor and mange but one that can’t be ignored unless, of course, that you like being blind sided by reviews that you weren’t aware of. If that’s the case you may want to look for another line of work! Just sayin’ …….

The following infographic comes from 540|SEO and gives a good look at just why business owners should be more aware than ever regarding their reputation in the online space. To the right is a preview but please click through to see the entire infographic.