Archive for the ‘Web 2.0’ Category First Ever Person to Change Their Name to a Website!

27 Aug

Claire Forshaw of Manchester has changed her name by deed poll to, in the process become the first person ever to change his/her name to a website.


Claire, 24, decided to change her name when she was drunk one night and because “it would be a laugh and it only costs a tenner”.  She plans to sell her art from the site and the story has got her lots of interviews and attention.

The bank had no problem using her new name; Facebook refused, however.

See more here.


Bill Gates Hates Facebook

10 Aug

billgates“Facebook performed an illegal operation and should be shut down” said Bill Gates speaking on a recent tour to India.

Bill signed up and promptly got 10,000 requests to be his “friend”, which he admits overwhelmed him.  He especially found the process of reviewing new friend requests too arduous.  I wonder how far he got?

Read the full story here.


One in five kids will be approached online by a sexual predator.

06 Aug

A startling statistic from Common Sense Media.  Other “Media Mythbusters” published include:


  • 80% of TV commercials are for fast food, candy, cereal and toys.
  • Kids see more than a quarter of a million commercials aimed at their appearance by age 17, with the result that The number one wish for girls ages 11 to 17 is to be thinner; boys 11 to 17 want a physical ideal that can only be achieved through steroid use.
  • Watching a lot of sexual content on TV greatly increases the chance that a teen will have sex at an earlier age.
  • 1 hour of TV per day are 4 times more likely than other teens to commit aggressive acts in adulthood.
  • By the time kids reach middle school, they will have seen 8,000 murders and 100,000 violent acts of violence on TV alone.

See the full article here.


Earth Nearly Full.

03 Aug

It is estimated that 1.5 exabytes (1.5 x 10^18) of unique new information will be generated worldwide this year. That’s estimated to be more than in the previous 5,000 years.


..according to Glimpse of the Future by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod.


How Many Domains are Registered?

03 Jul

Some bitch’n’moan about the hoops one has to jump through to register a .ie domain.  The upside to it, however, is that if you really want a domain, it’s probably still available for you to register – unlike, say, .com or .net domains which have just about every name under the sun already snapped up. 

To give an indication of just how precious Ireland is about allowing a .ie domain to be registered, check out the latest worldwide registration figures (.ie appears very last but one).

Domain registration statistics
TLD Amount
com 79,589,979 Global Generic
cn 14,082,553 China
de 12,610,349 Germany
net 12,111,836 Global Generic
org 7,490,590 Global Generic
uk 7,463,345 United Kingdom
info 5,137,569 Global Generic
nl 3,298,302 Netherlands
eu 3,044,466 European Union
biz 2,027,056 Global Generic
ru 1,771,010 Russia
it 1,651,272 Italy
us 1,443,858 United States
br 1,576,585 Brazil
fr 1,356,666 France
pl 1,331,379 Poland
au 1,303,887 Australia
ch 1,244,567 Switzerland
ca 1,165,691 Canada
jp 1,075,852 Japan
es 1,129,947 Spain
kr 1,005,808s Korea
dk 980,183 Denmark
be 879,913 Belgium
se 865,362 Sweden
mobi 844,681 Global Generic
at 828,158 Austria
cz 526,128 Czech
no 422,116 Norway
nz 351,464 New Zealand
mx 288,871 Mexico
pt 286,246 Portugal
asia 246,320 Asia Pacific
cl 236,706 Chile
fi 203,179 Finland
tr 186,573 Turkey
sk 180,339 Slovakia
hk 174,722 Hong Kong
ie 119,998 Ireland
lt 98,256 Lithuania

How Facebook is Gunning for Google (And Killing SEO)

22 Jun

An enlightening post from

This weekend, my mother-in-law asked me to enter a life of crime.

Not in the real world, of course – she’d like the father of her grandkids to remain jail-free. No, instead she invited me to play that Mafia game that’s so popular on Facebook.

Not interested in the game, I politely declined. But when my mother-in-law, who has just joined Facebook, becomes part of an online trend, that’s a sure sign that it’s hitting critical mass in the population at large.

Facebook is quickly becoming the immovable object that will soon butt heads with Google’s irresistible force.

Strength In Overwhelming Numbers

Facebook claims that its subscriber base doubled in size between February and April of 2009 – just sixty days. That’s not only impressive for a site as huge as Facebook already is, but it means that your mother-in-law is likely on Facebook just like mine, and one of them is probably about to order a Mafia hit on the other.

That growing audience means traffic to any website that gets a link on Facebook. How much traffic? The analysts at Hitwise claim that celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton now gets more traffic from Facebook than from Google – more than 7 million pageviews from Facebook alone. If that trend increases, then the current wisdom about web traffic is about to get turned on its ear…

Read on at


Clever Spammers! Part 4

13 Jun

Another phishing tale…

…so I got a spam into my inbox today; ostensibly from PayPal, got through my spam filters:



Call me Sherlock, but the sender’s address didn’t fool me.  It’s clever, because it has paypal in the name, but it’s from not from PayPal.

So I looked at where the “Click Here to Remove Account Limitations” link really led, which was to  Visiting this URL would let the spammer know that specifically I had clicked on his e-mail. This information could put me on a more active targeting list for spam and phishing attacks, so I removed the coded bit at the end so that I could see the site without them knowing it was me.

The landing site was, as expected, a perfect replica of the PayPal login site, only a very different URL:


I made up a login loosely based around Mickey Mouse’s details which it gladly accepted and led me straight into another page copied from the genuine PayPal screen:


..the details requested carry on down a few pages, including requests for 2 credit card details, PIN numbers, etc: they almost wanted to know what my great grandmother’s favourite colour was.

If I wasn’t so suspicious of URLs, I can see how many people could have entered their details without suspicion.

After entering all your details straight into the fraudster’s database, it directs you straight to the real PayPal login screen.  A pretty flawless and demonstration of a phishing attack, apart from asking for too much information, perhaps.  I wonder how many PayPal accounts they managed to steal?


If You Build It, They Won’t Come

18 Nov

This post was written by Naomi of – a highly recommended blog

If You Build It, They Won’t Come
Posted: 17 Nov 2008 01:43 PM CST


If you run a service business — and in service I include coaching and consulting — and to a degree if you run any other kind of business, here’s the best piece of advice I’ve got.
Spend 4 times more time on MARKETING than you do on DOING.

I could give you the list and litany of people who are the worst at this, but basically everybody is the worst at this. Except maybe life coaches. They’re the REAL worst.

You bust your ass creating this wonderful business that is going to change lives. You get the certification and you spend the money on the website and you give the free sessions to get the testimonials. You create something that will quite honestly make it so people will not even remember what their life was like before they worked with you. And then what do you do?
You sit around and wait for people to find you.

Read the full post at

If you are not getting enough clients, your only priority is getting clients.
That is all. Now stop reading blogs and get back to work.


Sell what Sells, NOT what’s Cool by Worldwide Brands

04 Nov

Sell what Sells, NOT what’s Cool by Worldwide Brands: “One store leads to two, two lead to four, and so on. Never get stuck limiting your entire business to just one type of product!” : About Us

02 Nov : About Us

A brilliantly put together video about CafePress, would make you want to change the world.

Also, a good model for selling customised products at over the odds as a fundraising tool.