Is Facebook clueless about how to justify its IPO price?


Why did Instagram modify its Terms of Use policy? The new policy says: …to help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content … Continue reading

10 Prediction for Cyber Security


(1) The first billion dollar loss…from hacking … (10) Facebook will no longer exist…at least in it current form. Well … they are not my predictions. These predictions have been made by Graeme Newman of CFC Underwriting in the Advisen’s third Cyber Liability Journal (CLj). These predictions are from the view point of an insurer … but I find the … Continue reading

Trend in Social Media – 2012


Struggle & Contradiction in 4 different dimensions – that is how I can summarize the trend in social media. Open Web vs. Walled Social Media Social Media Usage vs. Social Media ROI Adding Social Dimension to Search vs. Biasing the Search Result Media Convergence vs. Social Media Proliferation Having said that I need to admit … Continue reading

Big Data – Is it a solution in search of a problem?


If you look at the predictions made for 2012, you will find a new entry which was not there last year. Be it Gartner, Forrester or McKenzie  – “Big Data” finds a place in the prediction. So, what is big data? Is it the next path breaking technology which will change everything or is it … Continue reading

Apple, Google, Amazon – Three tech horsemen – who is the Fourth?


If you consider CNN Money survey it is IBM which has beaten Microsoft by a whisker. They did not consider Facebook as it is not publically traded. If you listen to Eric Schmidt, it is off course Facebook. Off course anybody from Google will consider Facebook in the list because Larry Page is turning Google … Continue reading

Social Networking has Low Influence on Buying Decision


Sometime back Forrester concluded that Social networks will have very little influence on ecommerce. Here is one more recent survey from Cone Trend Tracker, which tends to confirm this hypothesis. Before deciding whether to purchase, consumers go online but only 12% solicit opinions from their social network(s). What impacts purchase decision? Here are some interesting … Continue reading

Google Plus has ensured that Facebook cannot make money


Google+ may fail … it may not succeed in weaning away enough users from Facebook… …But what G+ has ensured is that Facebook will not be able to make enough money to justify its current market value of US$ 100 billion. Why so? Let us do a quick back of the envelop calculation. For Facebook … Continue reading

Is Facebook Overvalued? It depends on how you answer one simple question


The Economist conducted a poll on January, 2011 asking the readers the same question – “Is Facebook overvalues at US$ 50 billion?” At that time it was valued around US$ 50 billion. Here is the result: Since then lot has been said and written about Facebook valuation and the valuation has also gone up to … Continue reading

Forrester says Facebook NOT likely to drive eCommerce


What is your reaction to this? Are you saying … …yes, I knew it …the study is b******t The study is based on the response from 102 online retailers. In a nutshell the study concludes that: “…most eBusiness companies in retail, Facebook is unlikely to correlate directly to near-term sales. A few pockets of success, … Continue reading

Is Facebook at the Peak of its Hype


The record of Facebook so far is impressive … in fact it is unprecedented. Facebook with $40 billion valuation & 500 million users – Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, the youngest billionaire & Time “person of the year” … the list goes on. So, where does Facebook go from here? Are we looking at the tip of … Continue reading