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Twitter April 5, 2007

Posted by Bertan in blogs, Internet, Social Networking Sites.
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Twitter (Twitter.com) is a site which has close connections to our class. We all blog weekly for mgmt339, so I thought I’d talk about a new concept called “microblogging” or “moblogging”. I have checked out the site myself, and though I have questions about privacy, it seems like a pretty decent idea to keep in touch with your friends at all times. “Maybe you’re really busy. Maybe you don’t have much to say. Or maybe you’re just lazy. Not a problem.” is how the site defines it seld because the service allows you to broadcast text messages from your phone, your instanst messenger or the actual site, to their phones and accounts on twitter.com.

Twitter currently has 100,000 members, twice as many as 3 weeks ago. Even John Edwards is a member of twitter and uses it daily. The site became popular two weeks ago at a multimedia fare in Texas where the inventor of the multifunction blog was chosen to be the best designer blogs. Other information says that Twitter is still the most searched blog on search engines which I find a little hard to believe. The reason why Twitter has been on the rise is because they worked out a deal with myspace, and to all those who are addicted to Myspace (which I find ridiculous) can now bring myspace to their phones because messages from myspace is sent to their twitter account which is then sent to the member’s mobile phone.

This new blog site got me thinking why is everyone so interested in having their pictures online, always keeping in touch and meeting or “poking” new people online. Now don’t get me wrong, I have a facebook account too, but just what is it that makes it so popular you think? I will give my thoughts soon because I personally don’t know the answer right now either..

Sirius and XM merger? April 3, 2007

Posted by Stacey Swift in blogs, Merger.
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Through CNN.com I came across a blog addressing the possible merger of Serius and XM radio. Recently, The Carmel Group, an outside research and consulting firm, published a paper stating that he possible merger would be anti-competitive and harmful to consumers. If the merger did take place consumers would be able to access both MLB and NFL programming from a single subscription, however they would be subject to a monopoly of satellite radio. This situation is very similar to that of the attempted merging of satellite TV companies DirecTV and EchoStar in 2002. The merger was prevented by the Federal Communications Commission because it would create a monopoly. Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin claims that the merged company would still face competition against free radio, MP3 players, and internet radio. Are these forms of listening to music, news, and sports really on the same level? I think satellite radio is its own product and is not in competition with these other products and services.

Many consumers who posted to the blog are in favor of the merger because currently many people pay $12.95 a month to each company in order to receive the benefits of both services (mainly sports fanatics). If Serius and XM merged they would be able to get MLB and NFL games for around $15 a month. However, I do not think Serius and XM should merge. The competition between the two is essential to get the best product possible. It forces them to seek out the best music that thier consumers want. If the companies merged they would not have any close competition and would lose incentive to continue improving thier product. This is still a fairly new product and concept and I think competition is necessary to bring it to its best possible form. Do you think XM and Serius should merge? Is satellite radio in direct competition with ipods and free radio?

more on Google April 3, 2007

Posted by Abby in blogs, Employees, Knowledge economy, Workplaces.
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Hi all,

So I know we’ve all discussed Google at length, but while thinking of different organizations to tackle for the next paper, I decided to look at the ‘Official Google Blog’.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/

It’s well-known that Google’s organizational culture is definitely out of the ordinary, and is much more liberal and open than any other office, but I had no idea to what extent. This week, not an April Fool’s Day prank – someone lost their pet python IN THE OFFICE!

The organization has great ways for co-workers to bond, such as running a relay together. And is also very creative in holding events such as the ‘Live Art Day’ when an artist was invited to create a work right there, at Google headquarters! (There is a really cool video posted on the blog) They also had a Chinese ice sculptor.

On further investigation, Fortune Magazine also featured (through CNNMoney) the perks of being a ‘Googler’. Here’s a few of them:

  • Free car wash or oil change while you work
  • There are 11 free gourmet cafeterias on-site, as well as numerous cafes
  • If you want to be environmentally friendly, they will give you $5000 towards a hybrid car.
  • Just have a baby? Congratulations! Your employer will give you $500 to put towards take out meals at home, while you get through those first few months with the newborn.
  • You can get your haircut ‘on campus’
  • Free laundry machines to help balance home and work duties!

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/fortune/0701/gallery.Google_perks/index.html

Wow, all that explains why they’re the #1 Company to Work for!

Outsourcing and Blogs in general January 29, 2007

Posted by Charley S in blogs, outsourcing.
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First I will comment on the current trend of outsourcing and how it relates to the readings and class discussions we’ve had. I see outsourcing as the opposite of what vertical integration seeks to accomplish. With vertical integration, companies seek to manage uncertainty by buying elements of their supply chain to improve quality in the component resources they recieve. Companies such as Ford pioneered this by going as far as to buy rubber plantations in South America which they probabl knew they wouldn’t know how to run efficiently. Today, companies are going in the opposite direction, and choosing to use seperate companies to make a lot of the components, much of which is concentrated in India and China. This has led to firms such as Li and Fung in our reading, who specialize in finding suitable companies in China for American companies to use to produce their components. Another example of a company such as this is Accenture, who now employees 35,000 IT employees in India which other American companies can use for IT outsourcing.


Outsourcing is not just prevelant in America, BBC has recently outsourced some of its technical work and it has caused a lot of people to get upset and to strike.


Blogs in general have become extremely popular as of late, and in response to this many news organizations, such as The Washington Post, have started offering blogs that are specific to regular articles they run in their daily papers. Traffic of these blogs now accounts for over 10 % of the traffic on these news sites.


Now the authenticity of these blogs is generally not thought to be completely factual, but apparently the federal courts think they’re good enough. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that operates a lot like a bog, where anyone can post information to it and submit revisions of information. There have now been over 100 cases where a federal court judge has cited information of wikipedia as factual.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/29/technology/29wikipedia.html?ref=business