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Social networking teens survey

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday February 22, 2007 )

A survey of 935 teenagers aged 12 to 17 performed in November last year shows that 55% of this demographic have created a social network profile and nearly half visit social network sites daily. (more…)


Social networks & responsibility

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday February 17, 2007 )

I was heartened to see that a Texas judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against MySpace regarding a teenager who was assaulted by a person she met via the social networking giant. (more…)


Spam statistics – January 2007

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday January 31, 2007 )

While we might not see the bulk of the spam and viruses headed our way courtesy of the filtering systems provided by our ISP or web host; the onslaught from malicious and unsolicited messages has by no means abated. In fact, it’s getting worse on all fronts – be it email, blog comment or splog spam. (more…)


Google bombs defused?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday January 28, 2007 )

Don’t panic! This has nothing to do with terrorists; but given the “t” word is applied to just about everyone these days, maybe it does. The popular hobby of Google bombing is about to become history according to the Mighty G through some recent changes to their search algorithm. (more…)


Amazing wikipedia

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday January 19, 2007 )

A hat-tip to Wikipedia. Yes, Wikipedia editors sometimes get information wrong; yes, it can be a pain in the butt competing in search engine rankings with Wikipedia; but wow, what a resource; even when it comes to breaking news. (more…)


High seas cyber piracy

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday January 15, 2007 )

How do you get around copyright laws and a slew of other legal issues relating to the online world? Buy your own country.

It may sound fanciful, but a pirate software and music oriented site is attempting to do just that. (more…)


Quick email marketing tips

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday January 13, 2007 )

With 2007 comes some new challenges for email marketing. Here’s a couple of quick tips to help you combat some of the newer issues. (more…)


Assassination emails

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday January 10, 2007 )

Imagine receiving an email that said you were the target of a hit man; i.e. slated for assassination. That’s the new angle being used by some low life pond scum scammers… no offense intended to pond scum. (more…)


Google malware advisory

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday January 7, 2007 )

I was running a search on Google a few minutes ago, clicked on the first listing and got something quite unexpected; an interstitial page with a Google malware advisory warning. First time I’ve struck it. (more…)


Asia’s internet woes

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday December 28, 2006 )

If you’ve noticed a dropoff in visitors to your web site from some from Asian countries in the last couple of days; there’s more to it than just the time of the year. (more…)