Link roundup November 14, 2011

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in Link roundup
  1. 40 Epic Marketing Insights From Google [Data]
    This is awesome. Google release a tool for insights that seems to be extremely useful, and Hubspot lists 40 insights that struck them as noteworthy. A couple of these are remarkable: 82.6% of internet users use “search” – does that mean that 17.4% don’t use search engines? That’s a remarkably high number.That 70% of smart phone users in the US use their device while shopping in-store is a great piece of insight. Basically, we’re past having a “mobile accessible web” and now we’re at having a “mobile compatible physical store”. Apple already understood this.Combine this with the fact that including location or phone information in a search ad increases click-through rate 6-8%, we have clear indications that the line between “analogue” and “digital” are really blurring.
  2. Pro soccer player David Testo announces he is gay – ESPN
    This is a giant step for Testo, and a small step for the sports world to become a little less intolerant. However, speaking to unstraight people who are active in sports it’s not more openly gay people that will make sports a better place for gays. What is needed is work from sports organizations and coaches and zero tolerance for gay bashing. A coach who pro-actively says (and enforces) that “I will not tolerate any pejoratives based on gender, race or sexual orientation” does a hell of a lot for the kids in his/her team than a professional soccer player’s coming out. (via Aqurette)
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  4. I’d say it took a lot of guts to challenge DADT in 1975. Leonard Matlovich is a brave man. Too bad it took 36 years before DADT was repealed. Hopefully, it won’t take another 36, or even 5, to repeal the DOMA. (via Towleroad)
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  6. An iPhone dock that helps you to shoot films: it moves and pans, following you around as you move. It looks very promising, and the price isn’t too bad: 159 USD. This is what I like about the iPhone – there’s lots of accessories you never thought about.
  7. It’s Bigger Than Ashton | TechCrunch

    So even if you were stupid and pressed send too soon, there is no Facebook or Twitter post you can’t recover from. So do it, please

    An interesting read about Ashton Kutcher’s mistake to defend Joe Paterno without finding out why he was fired, and about why it’s wrong to decide not to run his Twitter account himself from now on. I totally agree with the above quote by Alexia Tsotsis.

  8. Mikey Burton / Designy Illustration
    There are plenty of digital solutions for business cards: apps for smart phones that enable to to exchange all your information, QR-codes and whatnot. What they all have in common is that they require lots from the recipient, the same app that you’re stored your business card in, or a QR reader app. You could e-mail your info, but that takes longer than exchanging a business card. In short: there’s still no digital way that beats analogue for the short exchange of contact information.  Here’s the best solution I’ve ever seen for analogue business cards: turn any paper surface into your business card with this key ring stamp.
  9. If You’re Busy, You’re Doing Something Wrong: The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers
    A study conducted on two groups of violin players: one elite and one average. The results of this study are pretty amazing: the average group spent just as much time on practice as the elite, but were more stressed and less rested.
  10. Remember the “borderless” Internet? It’s officially dead
    A great read related to SOPA, a law that would create an American Internet and separate it from the rest of the world. I think that this is definitely the wrong way to go, it’s an easy solution that introduces more problems than it solves.
  11. Why Your Website Needs Facebook’s Comments Plugin
    I disagree, far from all sites need Facebook comments. I would go so far as to say that most sites are better off using Disqus. Why? Because I consider comments on blog posts for example to be the property of the commenter and me. I’m pretty sure that with Facebook’s comment system, Facebook considers the material theirs. Also, I’m very reluctant to tie your services to heavily to Facebook.Disqus offers Facebook login, and posting to both Facebook and Twitter for those who prefer that.