Twitter Generates $6.5 Million Revenue… For Dell

Isn’t it ironic that as a platform has hardly begun to generate revenue, whereas others who have exploited the platform, have made huge revenues off it. In a startling news, Dell has made a cool revenue of over $6.5 million over the past two years.. from TWITTER.

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Dell has several Twitter accounts which they use to promote products and provide customer support to their customers.

It is really amazing that someone has made that much money off Twitter. However, where does Twitter stand? If you ask me, Twitter stands in a very very lucrative position, as it is their platform that has been making revenue for others, and considering that, it would not be hard for them to sign a $1 million deal with Dell or for that matter any big cash cow to use Twitter to promote their brands or products.

Though many may think of it as a revenue loss for Twitter, this revelation makes them more stronger than they ever were, and in a very ripe position to start monetizing their system and to sign on lucrative deals.

With Google going live with their Real-time search in collaboration with Twitter, think of how much influence a premium advertiser on Twitter could have on Twitter itself, and on search results too. Just post a hot deal, it will be promoted on Twitter and users searching for those products will see them as real-time search results.

I personally wish that this would turn into something that Twitter has always been longing for, after all it is simply not just about What you are doinganymore.

What do you think? Let us know about your thoughts.

[Bloomberg via BGR]

OpenDNS Founder Talks About Google DNS

Google is known for launching bombs on users in the form of startling news, or coming up with something which no one will have any clue about. The most recent bomb being the introduction of Google Public DNS. Naturally the biggest provider of DNS services, OpenDNS, would have to say something about it.

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And befittingly, David Ulevitch, the founder of OpenDNS wrote a blog post, where he talks about the critical points that this launch means, both for OpenDNS as well as the general public, who want faster website lookups. I will try my best to highlight the views about the blog post, the rest is up to you.

Google DNS Retains Control, OpenDNS Gives it to You

One of the most important points I found in the article was where David highlighted the fact that Google DNS did not give the end users any control, except for providing a DNS lookup server. Agreed that it is still too early, and features may be rolled out in the future, but Google matching the features that OpenDNS provides would be foolish if not outright stubborn, considering that OpenDNS is a free to use service.

OpenDNS throws in several features where you can block websites, have parental control and more. Google DNS on the other hand does not.

More Choice for DNS

If you have to chose between several evils, choose the least evil one. No matter who lookups websites for you, everyone will have access to that data, may it be Google, OpenDNS, or your neighborhood ISP.

How they use that data is beyond anyone’s imagination. They could sell that data to advertising companies and make sure that the next time you see personalized ads, or for that matter do anything with it. However, David does say that Google DNS will add more awareness and choice which is good for the Internet overall.

Everyone sits up and notices when a market leader announces a new product or service, eventually this will benefit OpenDNS itself as awareness about DNS grows. Try searching for Free DNSon Google, and hit the I am Feeling LuckyButton.

Google Wants To Rule The Internet

For me saying something like this is foolish, because Google already controls the Internet. Google accounts for more than 90% of search traffic worldwide, and has a analytics service which runs on millions of blogs and websites. They know what you have been searching for all year and which websites you visited, so what is new with this? For that matter every search engine or website you visit knows what you did when you visited them. If you start acting like a control freak just because of this, you might as well kiss Goodbye to the Internet forever.

Agreed that using Google DNS would give them some more data, but I believe that they have more than enough data to do all the tweaking and personalization of their services than they would ever require.

Of course privacy pundits will have their own arguments. However no matter how much you argue, most of the personalization and customization benefits users and users have control over that in most cases.

Practice What You Preach: Google has Ads and Redirection

Google says that their DNS service does not contain any ads or redirection, however rival services do. David counters on this by saying that Google is the largest ad service and redirection company in the World.

David puts up a very good argument about this, it is worth noting that most of it is true. Google DNS is just a overlay over information Google might want to access.

Concluding

Many of David’s point in his post are very valid, some are arguable. However, the choice is up to you. Choose wisely and make your own decisions. After all, in the end you will be handing over your personal website visiting data to someone on a platter, no matter who it is.

End of Piracy Imminent? SceneTorrents Tracker Shuts Down

Many people are speculating that we might see the end of the world in the year 2012, and the Movie 2012 did more than enough to fuel those speculations. However, are we going to see a end of illegal downloads and piracy sooner than that?

P2P has come a long way since the Napster and Kazaa era, when illegal downloads of music and videos were at its highest. Napster did go legal later, after several court cases, and it definitely changed how P2P was done. Kazaa did flourish for a long time, however, torrents started taking over.

Over the period of several years, torrents have definitely taken over the original way of sharing files through P2P, and it did flourish for a long time, until The Pirate Bay, the largest indexer and tracker of torrents were embroiled in several court cases and had to eventually keep moving their servers from one end of the world to another.

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Recently, Mininova gave into the authorities and went legal, however, there are no dearth of alternatives and we also put up a list of Mininova Alternative Torrent Indexers. Now, TorrentFreak is reporting that another private torrent tracker SceneTorrents have shut down operations.

In addition to that, recently Virgin Media, an ISP from UK has decided to setup a watch on illegal P2P sharing and downloads. Another US ISP Comcast had started to throttle BitTorrent downloads sometime back, but had to give in to public pressure and stop doing it.

So are we finally going to see saturation of illegal downloads and piracy? Well not exactly, but we should definitely see a death of the wide scale piracy that exists today. There is no doubt that the Internet will get smarter and there will be new ways of downloading content, legal or illegal. Who knows, in near future we might have a download speed of 100MB or 1GB per second and there would be no need for all these secondary means for sharing large files. Only time will tell what is written in the future. What do you think?

Editorial: Should You Buy Windows 7?

The widely anticipated , will be released on October 22nd. Windows 7 is perhaps the best operating systems Microsoft ever made, and after Windows Vista’s debacle, it has definitely put Microsoft fortunes on the right path again.

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But should you as a user upgrade to Windows 7? Should you invest more money to buy a new OS? Should you wait to hear feedback from others before you upgrade?

Also Read: Ultimate List of Tips & Tricks for Windows 7

These questions cannot be easily answered, but let me tell you one thing. If you are using , it is well worth the $120 or so to upgrade to Windows 7. To be very frank Windows Vista was a nightmare, not only for Microsoft, but for several million users who were forced into buying new PCs and Laptops, pre-loaded with Windows Vista.

Frustrations with Windows Vista

When I was running Windows Vista on my HP Special Edition laptop, there was not one day, without frustrations and crashes. Since I have moved to Windows 7 RTM, I have been able to run the same laptop with double productivity. Not once have I seen a crash or BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), which is so famous and ridiculed in almost every Microsoft OS.

To be frank, I used Windows Vista for more than a year, and that piece of crap cut down my productivity to the lowest levels. I was spending more time trying to keep the system stable, running as few applications as I could, while I could get my work done.

As far as Windows 7 goes, I can tell you that I am very much satisfied. I have been able to open 30 applications at once, without even having my CPU or memory load go beyond 75%, a truly amazing feat.

Also Read: 3 Really Useful Windows 7 Tips

More Control for the User with UAC

Microsoft’s attempt at providing security, completely went wrong with the introduction of UAC (User Access Control). Not only was it totally annoying, it also made users less productive even when they wanted to perform the smallest of tasks.

Of course, you could always disable UAC in Vista. However, the mere thought of its existence made many users fret. Windows 7 also comes with UAC, however, this time Microsoft has given more control to the users, by allowing them to set the level of control the OS should have over activities on the PC. You can also disable the UAC in Windows 7.

Features and Goodies in Windows 7

To add to that, Microsoft has really put all its efforts into making Windows 7 productive for the users. Features like the redone taskbar, Libraries, JumpList, Aero peek, Aero Glass and Aero Shake make it a wonderful experience to work with. Windows 7 is the best in every way I could see. It makes everyday computing easier.

Drivers, Drivers and more Drivers

Back in the days, when I was using Windows 98. I had a full stack of drivers in the form of floppy drives and CDs. That stack grew smaller once I moved to Windows XP. However, it grew substantially after I moved to Windows Vista.

With Windows 7, I did not have to install a single driver, everything was installed for me. It detected each and every hardware on my laptop, and installed all the correct drivers. No more figuring out those yellow marks in the device manager.

Windows Vista, was a system administrators nightmare since it did not recognize even popular hardware. Windows 7 on the other hands will make system administrators pretty happy, since their work is cut down as far as installing drivers is concerned.

Lower Requirements to Run Windows 7

Windows 7 might work just fine on your old PC or laptop, unlike Windows Vista which had requirements that were extravagant in every sense. On the other hand, Windows 7 will work on your old workhorse, powering your Windows XP installation. However, having a decent graphics card and at-least 1GB Ram is recommended.

You may want to check the system requirements for Windows 7, to verify if your old system will be able to run Windows 7.

Benchmarking Windows 7

Several sites have benchmarked Windows 7, and most of the times, it has performed much better than its predecessor.

There are improvements in boot time, shutdown time and wakeup from sleep, which were really very slow in Windows Vista. In my tests, I have been able to run more than 35 full-blown heavy applications and haven’t yet seen any problems.

Ball is Your Court

The ultimate decision of buying Windows 7 or not, is in your hands. However, before you do buy it, take a tour and try it for yourself. What works for someone, may not actually work out for someone else. The best option, is to try things out for yourself before you make a decision.

You might also want to consider, that in the future will no longer be supported. On the other hand, Windows Vista is a pain in the posterior. Windows 7 is not cheap, however you can buy anytime upgrade and a family pack which will allow you to install the same copy on 3 PCs.

Starting October 22nd you can also buy new laptops and desktop computers pre-loaded with Windows 7. If you want to upgrade your current PC or laptop, you can take a look at Windows 7 pricing and decide if you want to upgrade.

It would be interesting to know if you would be buying Windows 7 or upgrading your current PC? Do let us know about your thoughts.