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Chinese super-buses
Take a look at this amazing public transport solution - it's a bus network that drives over the top of the cars on a slightly modified road.Here's a fascinatiing public transport idea that we've never seen mooted before – giant super-buses that roll on stilts on small tracks between lanes of traffic. So they roll over the top of stopped traffic, and when they stop to let passengers on and off, they don't interrupt the flow of traffic below.

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Wow.  10 million UK users are on Linked In - http://bbc.in/SUfTHz
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Looks like Pinterest? Facebook Upgrades Photo Viewing, Sharing via @mashable: http://on.mash.to/Q7VTgc 
Facebook has enhanced image-viewing on its website.
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Engagement as a metric would be interesting to plot as well :)
 
How Many People Use Google Plus?

There is a small storm in a teacup about how many people use G+. Google says 170 mil have "upgraded to G+." Ok. Facebook says it has 800 mil "active." So is Active = Upgraded? Is active number logging into FB every 30 days? What about a trillion who have Twitter accounts?

It is hard to make sense of all this. And since each company, FB, TW, G, is executing a very unique strategy for Social awesomeness, it makes apples to apples numbers every harder to get.

So switch to comparing rotten apples to rotten apples. :)

The attached image is from Compete. It is a competitive intelligence data provider that uses a combination of panels, asp data, isp data etc for a subset of US internet users (a couple ten million or so). It users that observed data, applies "mathematical algorithms," and presents a "here to our best of our ability is what is happening."

Since Compete is not taking data from FB or G+ or TW I call this comparing rotten apples to rotten apples.

So what does it say?

The way I look at Competitive Intel sources is to compare trends and not absolute numbers (remember the rotten parts?). In the six months it has been alive G+ has been doing very well. The trend also shows that Facebook is doing just fine. :) Over time watching these trends gives you one limited interesting view of things.

The raw numbers for 2/2012 are: Unique Visitors:
facebook.com=166,890,779
twitter.com=37,201,228
plus.google.com=18,915,810

Remember US only, observed data by a third party, for mostly desktop usage, using their own algorithms, trying to provide numbers for three companies that are executing a completely different social strategy.

So what have we learned today?

If you want to get rough trends for mostly desktop usage of each domain for unique visitors then it is not that hard.

If you were seeking something sensational that would bring into dramatic conclusion your quest to finally nail Facebook or Google or Twitter... well that is not easy.

And it is not because numbers are useful, but in the end it is the analysis of each company's unique social strategy, and it's success over time, will give you that. But most people in the world are not that patient, and that is sub-awesome.

Update: PS: If you want to learn more about competitive intelligence, how these tools collect data and how you could interpret them please see my post on that: http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/competitive-intelligence-data-sources-best-practices/

#businessanalysis #rottenapplestorottenapples #challenges
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Another amazing video...keep your seatbelt fastened!  What skill :)
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Congrats @WestJet team for +213,000 FB likes to your customer response! http://lnkd.in/-mHv4H 
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500k subscribers? NY Times needs more. HBO's documentary "Page One: Inside the New York Times" very insightful.
Approximately 532,000 people now subscribe to the NYT paywall, up 13% from the paywall's one-year anniversary in mid-March
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Killed too much time on the weekend with this app.  Amazing!  
http://bit.ly/LHNmfj
djay transforms your iPad into a full-fledged DJ system and seamlessly integrates with your music library with direct access to all your tracks.
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Niagara Falls from the sky...approach to YTO.
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Introduction
As a consultant, I create digital strategies, campaigns, and test multiple concepts with the use of various analytics tools across mobile, email, social media, search and affiliates.

My clients include Apple Inc, WestJet Airlines, SapientNitro, and Edelman.

In my free time, I help non-profit organizations.

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    Digital Analytics Consultant, 2010 - present
  • Apple Inc.
    2006 - 2009
  • Scotiabank
    2005 - 2006
  • Hudson's Bay Company
    1999 - 2005
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Social Media News and Web Tips – Mashable – The Social Media Guide
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Social Media news blog covering cool new websites and social networks: Facebook, Google, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube. The latest web techno

Twitter Announces New Design With Focus On Profile Pages, iPad Update On...
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Today, Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo announced a new design with a focus on profile pages and an iPad update on the TODAY Show, live. The show

How Your Website Loses 7% of Potential Conversions
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Tweet Download speed matters. And it is time to get serious about it. A one-second delay could result in 7 percent fewer conversions, 11 per

New York Times Now Has More Than Half a Million Digital Subscribers
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Approximately 532,000 people now subscribe to the NYT paywall, up 13% from the paywall's one-year anniversary in mid-March