Survey Shows Some Consumers Are Prepared to Replace Their PC with a Tablet

computer trashWe’re a prosperous nation with a car in every garage, a chicken in every pot and 77% of adults have a computer in their household. But according to the Center for the Digital Future, that last number may be going down, not up, as more people replace PC’s with tablets.

Given that tablets can do most of the same things as a PC, the center conducted a survey and asked this question:

When your current personal computer becomes unusable, how likely are you to replace it with another personal computer?”

  • 4% said they definitely will not replace their personal computer with another PC
  • 6% said they probably will not
  • 15% said they might or might not replace it.

eBay Will Stop Advertising In Its Mobile Apps In 2013

ebay-logoBefore we get started here it should be noted that eBay is definitely a unique business in that its scale and shear reach allow it to do things that other businesses may not be able to.

Regardless, when the president of global marketplaces of a major online player is quoted in All Things D saying the following it deserves some examination.

EBay is ecstatic about mobile, just not about mobile advertising.

Devin Wenig, eBay’s president of global marketplaces, said in an interview that next year the company will stop running mobile ads inside of its applications.

“We aren’t happy with the user experience and we don’t need the money,” he said.

Google Business Photos Now Getting Search Prominence

I don’t get Google Maps and,in particular, Google Local. There is SO much potential yet they seem hell bent on making information as hard as possible to find. As I have always said, many of Google’s products are ‘Engineered by engineers for engineers’ and since most of the planet is not an engineer, well, you can guess what kind of cluster results. There is hope, however, although it comes right before the freakin’ end of the world but at least they are trying!

Yesterday Google announced in its Google Maps Google+ account that the Business Photos that are being taken by a Google Business Photo Trusted Photographer like my friend in Raleigh, NC, Charles Register are getting prime real estate in the SERPs (search engine result pages). Take a look at the example below.

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This is important because until this point in time Google has for some unknown reason really buried this valuable online business asset. There are few better ways to see a place before you go than these photos and they look really good due to the process Google requires their trusted photographers to go through to put them together.

Is Facebook Getting Ready to Launch News Feed Video Ads? AdAge Says it’s So

pitchmanAdAge has the scoop on a secret Facebook plan to put video ads in your news feed. And not just any ads – but autoplay ads that will begin as soon as you hit them.

AdAge asked an advertising exec for his thoughts on the this idea and the response was priceless;

“There could be serious outrage.”

That simple sentence says it all.

I understand why Facebook would want to go this route. Video advertising is a big money maker and if they can pry some of the cash away from TV advertising, then it would be a real boost to their revenue stream.

Now You Can Download Your Twitter Archive, But Why?

Twitter is rolling out a new feature that allows users to download their entire archive of Tweets including re-Tweets going back to their very first utterance.

If you want to do this thing, you go to Settings and look for this button:

twitter request

If you don’t have the button, don’t worry, it’s coming – in English and in every language available on the site. After you request your archive, little elves will run around copying and pasting and then you’ll get an email saying it’s ready.

I have not tried this, but Twitter says the archive will be searchable by month, phrases, hashtags and @names. This is the only thing that makes this whole concept even bearable.

YouTube As News Channel – A 2012 Infographic

YouTube Inforgraphic PreviewYouTube is becoming more and more like a regular ‘channel’ these days and the amount of news related video that is uploaded is turning the video upload site to more than kittens, fails and bad attempts at viral video.

Mashable ran this infographic helping us see just how pervasive the news is on YouTube.

Instagram’s TOS Flap Shows That the Internet Is Not ‘Business As Usual’

oops_my_bad_postcard-p239033682826893193en7lo_216Yesterday we told you about the changes that Instagram made in their privacy policy. Mainly because the initial take on the changes were extremely negative and the ripple effect was palpable.

Now a day later Instagram is trying to help all the dust settle without any more damage of dropped accounts and the company’s reputation being dented any further. In a blog post from Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom title “Thank you, and we are listening” we get the following:

Yesterday we introduced a new version of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service that will take effect in thirty days. These two documents help communicate as clearly as possible our relationship with the users of Instagram so you understand how your data will be used, and the rules that govern the thriving and active Instagram community. Since making these changes, we’ve heard loud and clear that many users are confused and upset about what the changes mean.