Monthly Archives: April 2012

Web News Round Up – 28th April

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In this week's SelfAssemblySites Web News Round Up: Charts detailing Apples monster second quarter earnings, LinkedIn's impressively different new iPad app, the NYC startup that's building stories from the social media noise, and the story of how one man beat a patent troll.

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Apple's Latest Ferocious Quarter in 4 Simple Charts

Apple's second quarter earnings are out and they made pretty impressive reading. The world's biggest public corporation were just short of doubling profit from this quarter in 2011, to $11.6bn. The most remarkable insight was that Apple could have stopped selling everything on January 4th and still made more profit than Facebook for the entire quarter, scary stuff. Read the article and view the charts.

Gopogo Let's You Create, Share & Discover Location Based Stories

With so much social sharing going on, much of it just gets lost in the noise. NYC startup Gopogo are addressing this problem, with a geo-location platform for recording, sharing and discovering connected experiences. So a user might walk around a city visiting art galleries, cafes and other places of interest and create "Strings" which tell the story of their day through geo-tagged chronology, with photos, videos, and commentary. They can discover the experiences of others, by location, theme, or areas of interest. Read the article.

LinkedIn's Surprisingly Slick New iPad App


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Small Business Websites: Stop Leaving All the Money on the Table

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Yesterday my Google alerts brought my attention to an article which made my jaw hit the floor. I shouldn't have been so surprised but it was the extreme extent of the statistics that amazed me, it may amaze you too.

(Note: SMB's or Small and Medium Businesses is the term used in the US, in the UK & Ireland they're referred to as SME's, or Small and Medium Enterprises.)

SMB Digital Scope analysed over a million small business websites across 14 countries, with the majority of 700,000 of them in the US. Here are some of their key findings:

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Web News Round Up – 21st April

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In this week's SelfAssemblySites Web News Round Up: Apple to have greenest data centre in the world, how to get Google to buy your startup, 5 Tips on Mobile Advertising for Small Business, the Khan Academy teaches kids genetics for National DNA Day and Dilbert's entrepreneurial dream.

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Apple Vows to Build The Greenest Data Centre in the World, "100% Renewable Energy"

Apple has broken ground on a brand-new data centre in Prineville, Oregon, one that the company is billing as even more environmentally friendly than the Maiden, North Carolina, facility that powers its iCloud. When the Maiden complex is completed, it will have biogas fuel-cell plant and a massive solar array that will collectively generate 12 megawatts of energy, or 60% of the data center’s requirements. But the plans for Prineville are even more ambitious. Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said that Maiden will soon be “the greenest data center ever built, and it will be joined next year by our new facility in Oregon running on 100% renewable energy.” Read the article

Want to Get Bought by Google? Google VP Explains How

David Lawee is Google’s vice president of corporate development, the latest in his string of high-profile positions at the search giant. As the company’s M&A leader over the past several years, he has been responsible for some of the company’s biggest acquisitions. He also started and sold four companies himself as an entrepreneur so when it comes to being acquired or making an acquisition decision on the other side of the table, few are more qualified to advise startups on how to get bought by a tech giant like Google. Read the article.

Mobile Advertising: 5 DIY Tips for Small Businesses


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How to Discover Your Single Greatest Business Limitation

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link

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This is the main underlying principle of TOC or the Theory of Constraints. You know when that clever little improvement you made to that process seemed to work at that moment, yet didn't speed up your overall project at all? Can you remember a time when you put a lot of effort into something in one area only for a  small problem in another area to reduce, block or delay your expected result?

If so, then this little piece of handy management science might be helpful to you. (more…)

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Web News Round Up – 13th April

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In this week's SelfAssemblySites Web News Round Up: the Oatmeal's tips on getting more Facebook Likes, Google+ gets a makeover, how to scale a $1billion startup from Instagram, your Facebook account archive has been expanded and humorous positive psychology with 'The Happy Secret to Better Work'.

Google+ Gets More Visual UI Upgrade

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After little tweaks here and there, Google+ gets a significant makeover for the profile page, Hangouts, photos, and more. For example, there are some subtle yet significant changes to the navigation, differentiating it more from Gmail, you can also fruther customize the side ribbon or remove it among many other alterations. But is the design a little too reminiscent of Facebook?  Read the article.

How To Scale A $1 Billion Startup: A Guide From Instagram Co-Founder

Instagram was bought by Facebook earlier this week for $1 billion, so usually when that happens it's worth listening to the story of how the founder got there in his own words. Recently Mike Krieger gave a presentation at an Airbnb event for employees and members of the network, part of a regular series called the Tech Talk. The subject was “Scaling Instagram.” Read the article and view included Scribd Presentation.

Your Facebook Account Archive Now Includes Friend Requests, IP Addresses

Lately Facebook has updated its "Download your information" feature, and has included several new categories. The feature, which can be found in Facebook Account Settings, was first introduced in October 2010, enabling users to download an archive of their entire account history. Read the article and view the bonus, 'The Evolution of the Facebook Profile' Slideshow.

The Happy Secret to Better Work

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.

He is also the CEO of Good Think Inc., where he researches and teaches about positive psychology, researching positive outliers, people who are well above average, to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. He clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. He is also the author of The Happiness Advantage.

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Hyphen in a Domain Name: Good or Bad Idea?

There's been a little debate since our recent blog post Choosing a Domain Name: Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes. Most of it regarding the fifth point in the post, whether having a hyphen is a good or bad idea? In the post we reported the hyphen was generally not such a great idea and would advise that people avoid it where possible.

First we should acknowledge that using a hyphen or not is rarely going to be a massive deciding factor in a website's performance. It's a second or third order effect if at all. If your content is good enough you should rank for that. Google is trying to create a level playing field for their users.


When we state something in our blog post we usually have good factual evidence or the opinions of respected authorities to back it up.  It would often prove lengthy or disrupt the flow if we mentioned each and every source in every post.

We  don't pull notions out of thin air. In the case of the hyphen, I was referring to some pretty hefty heavy weight authorities in the Seo world, such as Rand Fishkin of SeoMoz  and Aaron Wall of SeoBook. Both advise against the use of hyphens when choosing a domain.

Aaron Wall stated,

Hyphenated is not only not better, but in this day and age is clearly worse.


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WordPress 3.4 Beta 1 Video Review

WordPress have released just WordPress 3.4 Beta 1. I've made a short video review of the new version, particularly comparing the v3.4 new features against a current WP 3.3.1 install.

"If all goes well, we hope to release WordPress 3.4 in May. The more help we get with testing and fixing bugs, the sooner we will be able to release the final version"

New Features in WordPress v3.4b1

Headline Feature: Theme Customizer


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Web News Round Up – 6th April

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This week's SelfAssemblySites Web News RoundUp we've got Xkcd, 88% of tablet owners browse while watching tv, a Megaupload user fighting back, a camera that let's you take pictures with your hands and Google's Project Glass glimpse into the future. (more…)

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Lack of Strategic & Critical Thinking: Why Most Businesses Fail?

The problem is students are going in, learning the theory, but have no critical thinking skills, no outside-the-box skills, no world view, no big-picture thinking. They have all the theory and none of the practice

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A quote from Irish Times article with Louise Phelan, Head of Paypal EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa).  She criticised Irish college leavers as having a poor ability both to plan and to innovate. However, Paypal has announced they're giving Ireland another 1,000 jobs in any event - good news. But is this a larger problem for businesses and websites across the globe?

In honest reflection, strategic planning was one of my big problems in past projects and earlier businesses. I wasn't lacking in big picture or out of the box thinking and had a business plan. But much of my work and processes were reactionary and opportunistic rather than concise and coherent. If I could talk to my younger self for just a few minutes things may well have gone differently. (more…)

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