Groupon vs. Living Social vs. Facebook Deals [infographic]

May 3, 2011 |  by  |  eCommerce  |  4 Comments
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I can honestly say I’ve never purchased anything from these daily deal companies. There are some great deals, but nothing that they offer really piques my interest. Sky diving and Outback Steakhouse – I don’t need those. Yeah, I get them for cheaper, but it is still costing me money I wouldn’t have spent in the first place.

I know the majority of users, like myself, just wait until there is a deal for a place they frequent, I just haven’t seen anything worthwhile yet. I remember when Google offered billions of dollars to buy out Groupon, and Groupon turned them down. That seemed like a smart move then, Groupon’s market share was dominating, they were the big player. Now in 2011, Facebook has launched Facebook Deals: an immediate 600 million people are going to know about it. Groupon may have made the wrong decision. With Google now entering the market with Google Offers and Living Social ramping up their marketing effort, the daily deal industry is in for one nasty battle. We will need to wait and see who comes out on top. [Via]

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1 Dropout Every 26 Seconds! [infographic]

May 2, 2011 |  by  |  Education  |  No Comments
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First off, congratulations to our troops on a successful mission resulting in Osama Bin Laden’s death! If you haven’t already heard yesterday president Obama authorized an attack on the compound housing Bin Laden, resulting in Osama’s death after being shot in the head during a fire fight. Today’s infographic focuses on another terror effecting the United States of America, our ever deteriorating education system.

Today’s infographic is entitled: Staggering! 10 Shocking U.S. Education Statistics. A hot topic on news stations these days other than the Royal Wedding is the education system and how it has been failing us. According to the infographic high school is not preparing students for college, when compared internationally we rank highest in literacy at number 15. Although high school is not as good as it should be, finishing is better than dropping out.

Dropouts actually have the potential to become a burden on society, not being eligible for 90% of jobs, 8% more likely to go to prison, and 50% less likely to vote. While I admit the education system is broken I do not believe it is the teachers’ fault. While there are bad teachers, a large part of blame can be placed in socioeconomic differences. I do like the government and what they are supposed to stand for, but they proven to be unable to run a successful education system. One way or another we need reform and money, without a proper education system the United States is doomed to loose its competitive advantage. [via]

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A World Without Facebook [infographic]

April 28, 2011 |  by  |  Social Media  |  5 Comments
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Everyone already knows what Facebook is and it requires no introduction. Facebook has created a platform in which we interact with each other without ever having to meet face to face. It allows for businesses to take off without ever having to spend a dime on advertisement; local business now has a voice against the big companies. Facebook has helped level the playing field, everyone and everything can have an internet presence. With their social plug-ins Facebook makes it easy for anyone with a site to gain fans and have their fans share the site with their friends. However, what would life be like without Facebook?

As you may have already guessed today’s infographic is all about the world without Facebook. As previously mentioned local businesses use Facebook for marketing, 70% to be exact. That would mean that over half of of local business would lose access to thousands of potential customers. Today if we want to share a picture we simply upload it to Facebook and anyone we want can see it. If it weren’t for this we would have to wait for people sign into IM, e-mail the photo, or wait until we see them next. What about arranging get togethers? We would have to send out e-vites, mail out invitations, or make tons of calls. Luckily today all we have to do is create an event and add whoever we want to the list. [via]

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Lightning, A Cow Killer [infographic]

April 27, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental  |  No Comments
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Since I was young I have loved the rain, especially when it is accompanied by thunder and lightning. Lightning, if you don’t already know, is an electrical discharge from the atmosphere mostly seen in thunderstorms, but can appear in volcano eruptions as well and on a few other occasions. In my opinion it is one of the coolest natural occurrences and makes for some really cool photographs especially if you can figure a way to do it properly. Today’s infographic is all about lightning and is titled Stuff You Didn’t Know About Lightning.

Featured in the infographic is Roy Sullivan, a man who holds the Guinness World Record for being struck by lightning the most amount of times. As a park ranger Sullivan was struck seven times in a span of 35 years, 1977 being the oddest. In June of 1977 Sullivan was out fishing when he was struck by lightning after which he had to fend off a bear with a stick. On another note the infographic provides several other facts about lightning that you can use to impress your friends at parties. [via]

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How the Internet is Killing the Planet [infographic]

April 26, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental  |  7 Comments
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We all use the internet. Is that too obvious? Well guess what, you are ruining the world you live on every time you make a google search. Does the power of the internet as a communication tool out-weigh the amount of CO2 released by us constantly using the internet?

I would think so. They say knowledge is power and the internet is pure information. Facebook has easily helped thousands of people get together and help the environment. Google maps also helps with public transportation. There is now the option to show me what bus to take, the time to be at the bus stop and also where and when to get off. Wikipedia’s reliability may be joked about, but it has proved to be just as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

I believe that without the internet our society would not have taken the steps it has on global warming. We have 100% electric cars, almost every fortune 500 company has donated some money or has marketed their product to appeal to the environmentally friendly. I think we’re on the right track, we just can’t stop now. [Via]

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