Monthly Archives: June 2012

Instacanvas sells your Instagram Pics on Canvas

There is dozens of platforms or web browsers that give you many possibilities of using your Instagram Pics. You can see most of them here in our links section. Magnets, stickers, books and even posters.

The latest proposal is InstaCanvas that lets you create your own artist gallery. You have just to be registered  in Instagram in InstaCanvas, you can create your art work gallery and other users will be able to order and receive them printed on Canvas that looks pretty cool.

A good idea to get an economic benefit to your daily Instagram work or simply a nice idea for a gift.

Instacanvas Gallery

My Instacanvas link.. Check out suffian_yans’s Instacanvas gallery where you can buy their Instagram art on canvas. 🙂

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Twitter start offering its promoted ad product in 50 new markets

Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said the short-messaging service will start offering its promoted advertising product in 50 new markets this year as it reduces its reliance on the U.S.

Twitter’s ads, which encourage users to subscribe to a company’s feed by recommending its postings, or “tweets,” to users, will be made available in additional markets in Latin America, including Brazil, and Western Europe, Adam Bain, the company’s revenue chief, said today in a press conference in Cannes, France. A full list of countries wasn’t immediately available.

Twitter, based in San Francisco, is predicting $1 billion in advertising revenue by 2014, two people familiar with the forecast said this month. The free-to-use service, which Costolo said today is growing “delightfully well,” unveiled its first ad offering in 2010, and recently expanded to mobile ads.

Google Inc. (GOOG) crossed the $1 billion threshold five years after its founding, whileFacebook Inc. (FB), which sold shares in an initial public offering last month, achieved that goal six years after it got started. Founded in 2006, Twitter will be eight years old in 2014.

The expansion marks the next stage for the six-year-old tech startup’s development, with Twitter seeking to turn its 140m users into revenue.

Twitter achieving global growth

Asked about the next stage of development for the company, founder Jack Dorsey left the door open for a flotation, or potentially a sale to a technology giant such as Google.

“I’m extremely humbled by how quick and broadly Twitter has taken off an how we’ve done building something independent and timeless – this is a company that will last,” he said, speaking at a press conference at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity on Thursday morning.

“The company has always put itself in a position to choose when it is ready [to make strategic decisions such as an IPO or sale]. We do things when we are ready. We have a good understanding about pacing and have the discipline to make the [right] choices ourselves.”

Twitter, which currently offers its advertising products in just a handful of countries, intends to roll out them out to 50 territories by the end of the year with certain markets the top of the list.

Latin America, particularly Brazil, and west European countries such as Spain and Germany will be the first to get Twitter’s three advertising products – promoted tweets, promoted trends and promoted accounts. Twitter’s corporate responsibility to monitor and censor tweets – abusive tweets have become an issue for the service in the UK recently that the community of users can police itself effectively.

That front-row seat is transforming brand messaging that Costolo said has historically been interruptive, loud, one-way and ultimately fleeting.

“What does it mean then when the conversation itself is the canvas?” asked Costolo, who came armed with examples. He pointed to Burberry, which during the recent London Fashion Week tweeted photos of the models before they came out on the runway and sparked a conversation that went well beyond the attendees of the shows. H&M, too, created dialog with the David Beckham Super Bowl spot by simply adding #beckhamforhm to its ad and commenting on and sharing the ad well after the game was over.

Costolo also pointed to a nimble execution by Tide during the Daytona 500. The detergent was used to help clean up after a crash and fire, and the P&G brand tweeted out a shot of the mop-up and asked followers to tweet back captions. Each of these examples of using Twitter “extended the runway of their investment in the campaign,” said Costolo, adding they made “earned media free to them.”

Costolo also took a swipe at existing digital ad models as purely interruptive that provide little in the way of value for consumers. “When the content is embed in the conversation in incredibly simple ways, we have seen huge engagement,” he said, pointing to very simple text and photo tweets by Porsche that produced very high levels of engagement. “Adapt the campaigns to the moment instead of planning our campaigns for the future,” he said.

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Google Translate for Android has been expanded to 40 languages


I’m sure you’re all familiar with Google Translate by now. The admittedly flawed tool does its best to provide an accurate translation of Web pages for those of us who couldn’t pay attention during our classes on ancient Latin and its influences on modern romance languages. We’re not talking about the Web version though. The Android app has seen a major update that’s loads of fun.

If you’re familiar with the Google Translate app on Android, you know that a user can speak or type a phrase into their phone and have the translated version read back to them. It’s a great way to, as Google puts it, “break through the language barrier.”

The big change this time around is that the app’s text-to-speech capabilities has been expanded to 40 languages. You can type in a phrase or a word and the app will read it back to you in a near perfect accent. It’s pretty impressive.

We tried out this particular feature here at the office with the phrase, “What is the secret of the ooze?” It seems that the reference was not lost on the Spanish translation as it even used “verde” to describe the green ooze. Other languages including Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic returned results that may or may not have been legitimate. They sounded authentic and that’s all that matters.

Playing around with the app also led me to a feature that could possibly change how we communicate with others while in foreign countries. Google Translate features a “Conversation Mode” where the user chooses two languages and can switch between them on the fly as if in a real conversation. It’s currently in Alpha and only supports 14 languages, but it’s already mighty impressive.

For the linguists and those that just like playing around with languages, Google’s new Translate app is a lot of fun and extremely useful. I heartily recommend it just for the fun of having it translate nerdy references in all matter of languages.

If you want to play around with the newly updated app, it’s available on Google Play as a free download. The iOS version still only supports text-to-speech in 24 languages. That fact doesn’t make it any less fun.

Courtesy from CNET News Media :

Google Translate for Android is a simple, versatile tool that supports more than 50 languages, offers an SMS translator, and speaks some of your translations aloud.

Google Translate is incredibly simple to use. Just select your input and output languages, then type in your text. You can also set the app to automatically detect your input language for even faster results. To quickly interchange your input and output languages, just hit the conveniently placed (center screen) arrow icon. That’s it.

It’s no secret that Google Translate performs a solid job translating, but what really makes it shine are the extra conveniences it offers. It automatically keeps a history of your translations, and lets you star any of them for easy access later. Text-to-speech output is available for select languages, and can be a huge help when you’re dealing with unfamiliar phonetics. There’s also an SMS translation feature that lets you pull in any of your text messages for a quick translation.

One thing we felt the app was missing was offline support. We realize caching entire libraries of languages locally would probably overkill, but we can’t help but wish for the ability to save one or a few basic libraries. Regardless, we still think Google Translate is a winner, and we highly recommend the download.

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World trafficking: Whose dominates on search images..?


In this week of big headlines for both Google & Microsoft, the quiet escalation in the war between Google images & Bing images has gone virtually unnoticed… until now.

Google officially announced a new “sort by subject” feature in Google images. It’s a pretty nifty way to find what you want, especially when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. Google uses the example of looking for a certain kind of a dog when you don’t know the name of the breed. Search for “images” & click on “sort by subject” and Google returns rows of dog images sorted by breed (with the exception of the “images” row).

I thought it would be more fun to try searching for something like “search engines.” Interestingly, when sorted by subject in Google images, the first row of images is “Yahoo.” Google gives itself the fifth row treatment-what a good sport.

Without sorting by subject, the same search returns a long, scrolling mish-mash of different search engines’ logos and magnifying glass icons.

Notice that those unsorted results look an awful lot more like the results the same search returns on Bing images.

I still really like the cleaner look of Bing, but for practically all purposes that I can imagine, Google’s new sorted image results are more useful than anything the snappier-looking Microsoft search currently offers. That’s significant because it means that Google has gone from playing catch up with Bing Images, to ripping off the Redmond engine’s more visual appeal last summer, to adding sorting to create what I can now definitely say is the best image search around.

Yet again, Microsoft is the slower horse in the race, but Google only gained this new advantage by basically copying Bing’s design last summer. So, while I can confidently declare Google the winner in the images search war.

It seems all of Facebook’s fears regarding Google’s “Search Plus Your World” have been confirmed…maybe.

New stats on referral traffic to Facebook from Google were recently released by a Facebook analytics company called PageLever. The news site Search Engine Land first reported this data. The numbers show that ever since “Search Plus Your World” launched in January, Facebook’s traffic has taken a nosedive.

What’s strange, however, is that referral traffic from Bing is also down — and obviously Bing doesn’t use “Search Plus Your World.”

Google rolled out “Search Plus Your World” five months ago, much to its competitors’ chagrin. The way the service works is by customizing search results and integrating content from Google Plus into users’ queries. Alongside the searches, users are provided with “relevant tips, photos, and posts from your friends.”

At the time, many social networks cried foul and claimed that “Search Plus Your World” was one step further in Google’s quest for Internet domination. Facebook and Twitter argued that Google was propping up its social network while lowering the quality of its search results. Some of those social networks’ engineers even created a browser bookmarklet tool to add results from Twitter and Facebook into Google’s search results.

What PageLever has found since “Search Plus Your World” hit the scene is that Google traffic to Facebook pages has dropped 51 percent. Studying 500 Facebook fan pages with at least 10,000 fans, the analytics company looked at external referrals from Google and Bing. Before January, Google drove 9.25 percent of external traffic to Facebook and now it drives just 4.52 percent.

Bing’s referral traffic seems to follow a similar trend –dropping by a whopping 59 percent from 2011 to 2012.

So is “Search Plus Your World” to blame? The answer is unclear.

PageLever’s co-founder Jeff Widman points out that Google’s referral traffic to Facebook actually began to mysteriously fall off three days before the January 10 launch of “Search Plus Your World.”

“Referral traffic from both Google and Bing to Facebook Pages started dropping on January 7th. That’s three days before Google rolled out SPYW,” Widman told CNET. “The timing is certainly suspicious, but it doesn’t explain why traffic from Bing plummeted as well.”

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