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StumbleUpon: The Silent Social Media Success Story

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#New Media#Social Web#web How the ReadWriteWeb Community Uses StumbleUponWe queried our community via Twitter to find out their main use cases. Here’s a representative sample of the replies (you can see them all via Twitoaster):@brettmorrison: “I use it to share things I find interesting and I use it to find randomly interesting things when I have a few free moments.”@EssenteeWeb: “So’s I can share what I think is cool and find content I otherwise wouldn’t have.”@andinarvaez: “I do, on occasion. Whenever I’m online, want to stay online, but just feel like browsing. […] Even though they’re [within] my interests, stumble upon helps me burst my usual browsing patterns & online bubble.”Follow ReadWriteWeb on StumbleUpon.You can also find us on Twitter and [email protected]: “boredom… killing time a couple minutes at a time… entertainment. Sadly, almost thrilling not knowing what’s coming next”@MicaR: “Been a Stumbler for yrs. Great to get new ideas flowing when stuck, and, of course, great time waster. I’ve learned a lot, randomly.”@ezy80: “I find its a good source of ‘random relevant’ that nothing else provides in quite the same way…”@lauratellsjokes: “i stumble when i am bored and to learn new things. i love stumbling through photos, art and philosophy.”@estateofflux: “I do, great for entertainment and uncovering hidden gems of content when you’ve exhausted all your usual sources!”These and other replies often used words like “random” or “new.” Also it seems that people tend to use StumbleUpon when they have a bit of spare time, or are bored. Let us know in the comments whether you currently use StumbleUpon; and if so, how and why? Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification richard macmanus Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… When you think of social media, two products immediately come to mind: Facebook and Twitter. If you’re in the technical world, you’d probably also mention Digg and Slashdot. A product that is rarely talked about among social media products, but has a surprisingly large footprint on the Web, is StumbleUpon. It now has 10.6 million users and regularly pushes big traffic to online publishers.According to a new analysis by Web analytics company Woopra, StumbleUpon drives nearly twice as much traffic than Digg. StatCounter uncovered a similar trend recently, with StumbleUpon second only to Facebook among social media traffic drivers.Source: WoopraHow it Works“Explore the web like never before,” declares the StumbleUpon sign up page. And indeed the beauty of StumbleUpon is how easy it makes browsing the Web. It’s often called a ‘serendipity engine’ for its ability to turn up strange and new content.Here’s how StumbleUpon works as a user. You firstly download and install a browser add-on, then select categories that interest you. Now you’re ready to explore. Simply click the Stumble button in your browser to be magically transported to an unknown web page. Where you’re taken is driven by StumbleUpon’s sophisticated recommendation engine, which is fueled by data from its users – who vote on whether they ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ web pages across the Web.What’s Popular on StumbleUpon?It’s simple for the users, yet surprisingly difficult for the media industry to get its collective head around. Its randomness and lack of an easily identifiable core audience are two things that make StumbleUpon hard to understand. So what kind of content is popular there?Much like Digg, another crowd-sourced recommendation engine, the most popular content on StumbleUpon tends to be easily digestable and entertaining. Lists, bizarre things, scientific discoveries, animals, humor, images, and so on. Among the most stumbled content of 2009 were these articles: ’99 Things You Should Have Seen On The Internet’ (471K Stumbles), ‘Life Summarized in 4 Bottles’ (439K Stumbles), ’14 Rare Color Photos From the FSA-OWI’ (341K Stumbles),… you get the idea.last_img read more

SITA Standardizes on Intel® Xeon® for a Flexible Cloud Computing Environment

first_imgAirline communications and IT provider SITA wanted to enhance business flexibility by building a cloud computing infrastructure with the scalability to meet growing demands and the flexibility to accommodate the fast-changing air transport industry. It also wanted to define a  reference architecture for running mission-critical solutions that could deliver the performance to process complex transactions with low latency. Finally, it needed to make sure its infrastructure was efficient enough to reduce operating expenses and keep transaction costs low.The solution was IBM BladeCenter* servers with the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series, which SITA chose as the reference architecture for its cloud computing environment and its grid-based international fares pricing solution.“Using IBM BladeCenter servers with the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series enables us to provide a tremendous amount of processing performance in a highly compressed footprint,” explained Chris Lofton, head of technology planning for SITA. “We are delivering better performance for mission-critical applications while substantially reducing our infrastructure.”For details, read our new SITA business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

Supreme Court pulls up Srinivasan for attending BCCI meeting

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday expressed its unhappiness over N Srinivasan participating in a BCCI meeting on February 8. The court has also asked his lawyer Kapil Sibal to apprise it of his stand on Friday.The apex court also said that Srinivasan should not have done this as certainly there is a conflict of interest in his role as cricket administrator.The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) on February 18 moved the apex court seeking contempt proceedings against Srinivasan and other BCCI officials for holding the meeting in alleged violation of court directives.A bench of Justices TS Thakur and Ibrahim Kalifulla heard the petition filed by CAB Secretary Aditya Varma for a direction to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Srinivasan.last_img read more

AUSSIE TEAMS ARRIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR WORLD CUP

first_imgAustralia’s World Cup Teams arrived in Stellenbosch South Africa ahead of the sixth World Cup of Touch to be played in the South African province from 17 – 21 January 2007.The three Open Teams arrived in Stellenbosch after a travel itinerary that included an overnight stay in Perth followed by an 11-hour flight to Johannesburg with a bumpy entry in driving rain and lightning.A 2-hour flight to Cape Town was followed up by a 45-minute bus drive to the protea hotel in Stellenbosch where all seven teams will take up residence for the next 11 days.Some very weary travelers arrived at 10.30pm local time to collapse into their beds and begin the process of acclimatizing to their new surrounds.After a sumptuous breakfast, set against a beautiful backdrop of the famed Stellenbosch Mountains and wine district, the three teams set off for their first training run on South African soil to blow out the travel cobwebs and begin the last phases of physical work required to top off their pre-tournament preparations. After training, all three teams attended a traditional South African theme park ‘Boya’ at nearby Spier organized by former South African native, and Australian Team Medico Doctor Martin Jaffe.As well as the traditional South African food and entertainment on offer, the Aussie Teams engaged in tours of the Cheetah Park at Spier and local arts and craft displays.The highlights for the Aussie teams included Australian Open Mixed Captain Tony Eltakchi and Men’s Open player Anthony Ziade borrowing some traditional South African garb and entertaining all and sundry with an impromptu dancing display with a few of the locals.When ‘Tash’ incited the locals to chant, “The roof is on fire” some looked skyward to the ceiling, a little panicked, and then relieved to discover that the roof was, in fact, NOT on fire after all.Elsewhere Jason Stanton and Kylie ‘Warnie’ Hilder, were enlisting Stellenbosch locals to help construct human pyramids, and Rebecca Tavo jammed on the Bongos with African native performers.Mixed speedster Brad ‘BJ’ Holden was sizing himself up against Adult Cheetah “Hemmingway” in the Cheetah enclosures for a “fast and the furious” sprint off – but Hemmingway may have the little guy’s measure with a 0 – 80 km hour acceleration in just three seconds.The baby cheetah cubs proved irresistible to most of the girls, and a high percentage of the boys, who fell in love with the gorgeous endangered babies.All three Open teams also visited the famed Table Mountain over the last two days and enjoyed the view from one of the World’s truly great Mountain peaks.A comprehensive tour of Table Mountain provided many memorable photo opportunities for the group, though Australian Women’s Open player Peta Rogerson was not impressed with her little sister Hayley, who on every occasion possible sent Peta’s heart racing with her photo poses as close to the edge of the mountain as possible.  “Hayley, stick to the trail!” was uttered in vain many times by the concerned elder sibling who admits to bouts of giddiness on an escalator. Tony Eltakchi again borrowed an outfit from a worker and a walkie-talkie to entertain the crowd.Kristy Judd, Steve Roberts, and Kelly Woods provided some insightful questions and comments to keep our knowledgeable guide Rainer on her toes and were very good at yelling “View!” to alert onlookers of a clearing of the mist to glimpse better views of the beautiful Capetown coastline. Light Team trainings will continue Tuesday with pockets of sight seeing for some as teams look to rest and focus with first games commencing on Wednesday.The Australian Senior Teams arrived after a wicked travel schedule that saw plane delays ensure connecting flights were not able to be met, forcing some teams into long stays in airports and some players to stay overnight in Johannesburg before flying to Cape town then bussing onto Stellenbosch this morning.After an exhaustive and somewhat trying battle to reach their destination, all Australian representatives finally arrived safe and sound in Stellenbosch this morning. Most senior teams trained lightly today and relaxed in the afternoon, with many team members acclimatizing and fending off the effects of jet lag after their odyssey to get to the World Cup.In brighter news, all World Cup Teams and Touch Football Australia would like to pass on their congratulations to popular Australian Women’s Open player Dominique Maher on her marriage to Ryan Barlow, Dom married her beau before close family and friends at Cronulla on Saturday before postponing her honeymoon to board a plane for Johannesburg to take up her position in the Australian Women’s Team for the World Cup.Dominique is the third of the famed Maher clan to wear the green and gold at World Cup level, following in the footsteps of her elder sisters ATA Hall of Fame member and former Australian Women’s Captain Katrina, and former Australian Women’s Open Vice Captain Gabrielle. Teams will put the finishing touches to preparations tomorrow with training sessions, tactical sessions, and relaxation periods for the players to prepare their minds and bodies for the World Cup competition that begins in earnest on Wednesday with all seven Australian teams in action on day one.last_img read more

Author John U. Bacon Says 3 NFL Head Coaches Expressed Interest In the Michigan Job

first_imgMichigan players run out under the GO Blue banner.IG/umathleticsAuthor and Michigan alum John U. Bacon’s latest book entitled “Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football” chronicles the tenure of former Michigan AD Dave Brandon and head coach Brady Hoke and looks ahead to the Wolverine program under Jim Harbaugh. Bacon is doing an AMA on Reddit today and dropped a very interesting piece of info on the coaching search that produced Harbaugh. According to Bacon, Harbaugh was always the choice but that three NFL coaches expressed interest in the position. It’s unclear if Harbaugh is one of the three or if there were three others besides him.Per @Johnubacon, 3 NFL head coaches expressed interest in the Michigan job; join the AMA: https://t.co/SsPSlKW6Mk pic.twitter.com/9uFztjukbg— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 30, 2015Bacon also dropped some other tasty tidbits in his AMA, saying he thinks it will take three or four years for Harbaugh to have Michigan in the conversation for a CFP berth and further confirming that Lloyd Carr isn’t a fan of Les Miles. The whole thread is interesting and can be found here.last_img read more

Keeseekoose First Nation elders spark RCMP investigation into band council

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe RCMP has confirmed to APTN National News that it has launched an investigation on Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan after two elders came forward providing a stack of financial documents.The investigation is in the early stages said Sgt. Rob Laurent of the RCMP’s Yorkton detachment.“We do have an investigation that is ongoing,” said Laurent.Laurent confirmed the investigation is based on complaints made from elders and the documents they provided.Elders Frances Musqua, 70, and Seraphine Straightnose, 71, met with Laurent Aug. 21 and provided him with over 150 pages of financial documents, including receipts and records of large cheques connected the band’s co-manager Edwin Chalupiak and his Regina-based companies Dynamic Management Solutions and Chalupiak and Associates, as well as the band’s director of operations Chris Lafontaine.Chalupiak and Lafontaine have refused to answer questions from APTN citing confidentiality but Chalupiak said the council has launched its own investigation into how “confidential” documents were leaked from the band office.He claimed to have spoken to Laurent and copied the officer on an email to APTN.“He also indicated to me that neither (Dynamic) Management Solutions Inc. or Chalupiak & Associates is under investigation,” wrote Chalupiak. “Any reference to the investigation involving these entities will be misleading, and these entities will suffer damages due to the reporting of incorrect information.”APTN tried to confirm Chalupiak’s comments with Laurent but he didn’t respond to a message left at his office or an email. He also didn’t respond to Chalupiak’s email.Straightnose said she called Laurent and told APTN the officer confirmed he spoke to Chalupiak but it’s against RCMP policy to confirm who is, or not, a subject of an investigation.Straightnose first went to the RCMP after she learned the band’s director of operations had cut two large cheques while the band membership was celebrating Treaty Days on May 17-18, where each member gets a symbolic $5.The one cheque was for $124,944 and the other $50,000 according to documents provided to APTN.There are records of other large cheques and receipts for band membership assistance and housing repairs included in the RCMP documents.“Somebody said they were making cheques on Treaty Day. That’s what really upset me,” Straightnose told APTN, as to why she went to the RCMP.Laurent said because of the large volume of documents the RCMP intends to ask Indigenous Affairs to launch a financial review of the band to assist the investigation.“That is going to be one of the avenues of the investigation we’re going at. It’s just I haven’t gotten to that part, yet,” he said.Keeseekoose First Nation is nearly 300 kilometres northeast of Regina and about 700 people live on reserve according to Indigenous Affairs.The complaint to the RCMP was the boiling point of frustration brewing in the months prior over Chalupiak and Lafontaine.Chalupiak was brought on to be the band’s co-manager, or recipient-appointed advisor, on Nov. 1, 2015 as INAC found the band to be in default of its finances. A contract was signed with Chalupiak’s company Dynamic Management Solutions which gave the company primary authority over finances.The deal provided Dynamic $10,000 a month, plus expenses.In a separate contract, Lafontaine is paid approximately $15,000 a month.Soon after the band council signed the contract with Dynamic, seven members of council told APTN their wages were scaled back and in the summer of 2016, the council of 12 was effectively laid off by Chalupiak for several months, while Chief Lyndon Musqua continued to be paid.By the fall of 2016, Musqua and several councillors wanted Chalupiak and Lafontaine gone according to recordings of meetings provided to APTN, along with interviews with several of the councillors and Musqua. But on April 24, 2017, seven councillors agreed to extend Chalupiak and Lafontaine’s contracts in band council resolutions (BCRs) signed by the councillors in Chalupiak’s Regina office.Musqua was not present at the meeting and claims the meeting was illegal because the band’s custom election act stipulates all meetings have to be called by the chief.Musqua was able to have those BCRs rescinded in May, which was when Lafontaine had the large cheques made out at the band office during Treaty Days.The description on the cheques, according to documents from the band office, said the one for $50,000 was for breaching Lafontaine’s contract, and the other paid out Lafontaine’s salary for the year in advance.Musqua said he tried to determine if the cheques were cashed and called the Bank of Montreal to find out.However, staff at the bank said they weren’t authorized to give the chief any information and could only speak to Dynamic.This all played out during a council meeting on June 20 with Chalupiak and Lafontaine in attendance. The meeting was audio recorded and provided to APTN.“I still got no clarity if the cheques going around were cashed or not,” says Musqua during the meeting. “I asked if they were cashed. Show us.”Later in the meeting, Chalupiak says the cheques were voided, while Lafontaine says the cheques were made as a “lesson” of the consequences the band would face if they breached his contract.“The simple fact they were made – the intent was there – is disturbing enough,” Musqua says. “That’s what upsets me.”The next month, Chalupiak’s contract was renewed for another year by nine councillors.Then Straightnose went to the RCMP with the support of Musqua.“I am not going to back down. I’m not,” she said.Contact Kenneth here: [email protected]last_img read more

Ohio State womens soccer eyes Big Ten tourney run

While many students are taking exams or sitting in lecture halls Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s soccer team will begin its quest to win a conference tournament championship. The Buckeyes take on Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The tournament, which returns after not being held in 2009 or 2010, is hosted by Northwestern from Nov. 2 to Nov. 6, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. OSU finished the regular season with a 10-8-1 record, including a 5-5-1 mark in the Big Ten, which earned the team the No. 7 seed in the tournament. The Fighting Illini finished 14-4-1 (8-2-1 Big Ten) and are the No. 2 seed. In the teams’ regular season matchup on Sept. 23 in Columbus, the Buckeyes won, 2-1, to clinch the 200th victory in program history. Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner said while it’s a confidence boost knowing that you’ve already beaten your opponent before, nothing is guaranteed. “It also puts a little more pressure on us, like we know how to get it done, which is good, and we know that it’s possible,” Baumgardner said. “But we’ve still got to do it again. It was a close game the first time and I’m sure it’s going to be a close game again.” The familiarity with Illinois will help the Buckeyes, said senior forward Caitlyn Martin. “We know a little bit about them and how they play,” Martin said. “But it’s always hard to beat a team twice, so we’re going to have to have a good game plan together. We’ll definitely be motivated and ready to play.” OSU struggled toward the end of its season, losing four of its last six games. A 3-0 victory against Indiana on Senior Day last Sunday could give the team some momentum going into the tournament. “I think the good thing for us is we’ve really struggled with the middle to the bottom-half of the conference, but we’ve done really well against the top-half of the conference,” coach Lori Walker said. “…I think we are better against quality soccer teams and Illinois certainly is that.” Three members of the team were honored with Big Ten postseason awards, the conference office announced Tuesday. Senior defender Danielle Scoliere was named a first team All-Big Ten defender while sophomore midfielder Danica Wu earned second team All-Big Ten honors as a midfielder. Senior defender Liz Sullivan was the team’s Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree. The winner between OSU and Illinois will go on to face the winner of No. 3 Michigan State and No. 6 Iowa at 2:15 p.m. on Friday. read more

Opinion 5 things we learned from Ohio States 5028 victory over Cincinnati

Cincinnati junior wide receiver Chris Moore (15) runs away from OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple (13) after making a catch during a game on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes followed their bye week with a 50-28 victory against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday night in front of a record crowd at Ohio Stadium.The Buckeyes tied and broke school records, and set individual season and career highs en route to their third win of the season.The Lantern sports editors compiled a list of five things we learned from the OSU victory, but not all were positives for the Scarlet and Gray.1. J.T. Barrett is as good, if not better, than advertisedWhen senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down for the season with a torn labrum, many questioned whether the OSU offense would be able to function at the record pace it did in 2013.If anyone still has questions after Saturday, they weren’t watching the game.Sure, Cincinnati might not have the greatest defense in college football, but redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett accumulated 409 of OSU’s 710 yards of total offense against the Bearcats and did not commit a single turnover.OSU also set a school record for first downs in a single game with 45, breaking the previous record of 39.Questions about OSU’s offense? Anyone?2. The offense line is starting to gelNot only did the Buckeyes nearly break the school record for yards in a game, they did so with great balance.The Buckeyes rushed for 380 yards while passing for 330 and allowing just one sack.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott emerged as OSU’s workhorse back as he accumulated 182 yards rushing on 28 carries, while adding 51 yards receiving from five catches.Barrett and Elliott both highly praised their offensive line following the game, and rightfully so.3. The pass defense is far from a finished productGoing into the matchup with the Bearcats, all eyes were on Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel, and the biggest question for OSU was whether the pass defense could slow down the gunslinger.The answer was no — definitely no.Kiel finished the game with 352 passing yards and four touchdowns, including three potentially game-changing connections with junior wide receiver Chris Moore.Those three receptions for Moore were his only three of the game, but he broke through the porous Buckeye pass defense on all three to total 221 yards and three touchdowns. Even if he had 10 catches, those numbers would look bad for OSU. But seeing them come on three plays is a huge red flag that can’t be ignored.Sustained solid play for the defense is completely irrelevant if it can suddenly break down at any time. If the Buckeyes don’t adjust, giving up plays of a similar nature will haunt them in the future.4. The defensive line is really good, but maybe not as dominant as hoped forThe Buckeye defensive line has been touted as one of the best in the country, and had a chance to showcase its pass-rushing prowess against the Bearcats.The thing is, OSU only got to Kiel for a sack one time. On one hand that looks like a bust, but on the other hand, that one play changed the course of the game.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa’s sack and strip of Kiel led to a safety and gave OSU a 16-7 lead that turned into a 23-7 advantage on the ensuing possession.After the game, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett commended Bosa’s play, but said the line was disappointed to not get to Kiel more often. The play was a bright spot, but you can count on the defensive line to come out with a chip on its shoulder next time OSU takes the field.5. Anthony Schlegel’s still got itYou’ve likely seen a video, or at least a picture, of former OSU linebacker and current assistant strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel tackling a fan who sprinted onto the Ohio Stadium turf just before halftime of Saturday’s game. The joke was on him, as Schlegel made like it was 2005 and slammed the fan onto the turf like a rag doll. From the press box, former OSU coach and coach Urban Meyer’s mentor Earle Bruce screamed, “I knew it! (He was) the best tackler we ever had!”From the looks of the tackle, it would be very hard to argue.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland on Saturday in College Park, Md. Kickoff is set for noon. read more