Monthly Archives: August 2009

Dubai Metro to open on 9th September

Dubai Metro is to be opened on 9th september 2009 (09/09/09)

Dubai, 30th Aug. 2009: HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will officially launch Dubai Metro on 09/09/2009.

The project will start with 10 key stations on the Red Line, namely: Rashidiya, Terminal 3 (Dubai International Airport), City Center, Al Rigga, Union, Khalid bin Al Waleed, Jafliah, Financial Center, Mall of the Emirates, and Nakheel Harbour ‘&’ Tower. The remaining stations on the Red Line will be opened in phases over the next few months.

The above announcement was made by H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board ‘&’ Executive Director of Roads ‘&’ Transport Authority (RTA), in a press conference held today at the RTA headquarters.

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The concept of ‘FOREVERISM’

FOREVERISM refers to the ways that consumers and businesses are embracing conversations, relationships, and products like never before. Driving its popularity is technology that allows them to find, follow, interact and collaborate forever with anyone & anything.

The concept of ‘FOREVERISM’Just look at any publication, online or conventional media. Not a day passes without the mention of Twitter, FaceBook, Netlog, LinkedIn or YouTube. Every day countless individuals are building online profiles and relationships that are potentially ‘forever’. Hundreds of millions of personal pages, feeds, status updates, tweets, profiles, blogs are building up to an eternally up-to-date encyclopedia of individuals that defies even the most futuristic predictions back in the early days of the web.

These profiles (and billions of other digital crumbs scattered across cyberspace), will live on forever. Not just because the web is a massive caching machine, but more importantly, because younger generations will never want to dispose of their groomed online presence to begin with.

These relationships are already impacting their interaction with brands in a variety of new ways. Here are some startling figures:

FaceBook reached 200 million active users on 8 April 2009. More than 100 million users log on to FaceBook every day, while more than 20 million users update their status at least once each day.

MySpace now boasts 130 million members, LinkedIn counts over 40 million members, and Twitter over 30 million members (late May 2009).

China’s Twitter, TaoTao, now has nearly 50 million users.

Overall, the share of adult US internet users who have a profile on a social networking site has more than quadrupled in the past four years—from 8% in 2005 to 35% now. For adults aged 18-24, it’s 75%, and for tweens, it’s close to 100%.

It all boils down to future ubiquity for personal online profiles, representing every individual who is online, which in mature consumer societies will mean 99% of the population.

The trend of Corporates jumping on to the social media networks and setting up their brand profiles and followers is here to stay, forever. After all, markets are conversations!

Send your comments to sharad@cyber-gear.com.

Stay Connected with Twitter

A social network is a social structure made of individuals or organisations which are connected by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, financial exchange, dislike, relationships, beliefs, knowledge or prestige.

One of the most important questions I am asked at various online seminars is, “What is the BIG deal about Twitter?”

The answer is simple. Just look at some facts:

Registered users – 25,000,000

Inbound links on the web – 486,750,806

Monthly visitors – 19,728,619

Alexa Ranking – 19

The popularity of Twitter with respect to other social networking sites is as follows:

Stay Connected with Twitter

If all of above is not good enough reason, then view the successful case studies of organisations that have used to Twitter to profit. Visit http://business.twitter.com/twitter101/case_dell

Send your comments or case study to sharad@cyber-gear.com. I tweet at www.twitter.com/gogreenae.

SELLSUMERS – If saving is the new spending, then selling is the new saving

The recession has given birth to a new breed of entrepreneurs, termed as Sellsumers. Because of the liquidity crunch in the market, it is common for people to latch on to their savings. The paradox is that because of so many lay-offs globally, people cannot save if they can’t earn.

Necessity is the mother of invention and so cash strapped consumers are cashing in on their unutilized assets in novels ways that boggle the mind. Whether it’s selling their insights to corporations, hawking their creative output to fellow consumers, or renting out unused assets, consumers can increasingly become SELLSUMERS, too.

Here are a few unique niche based online businesses ideas that have launched within the last few months:

Parkingspots.com connects those who have parking spots to rent out with those who need them on a monthly basis. The Toronto-based company lets spot-holders in the US and Canada list their off-street parking spots, along with the price they want to charge.

ParkAtMyHouse.com, operating in the UK, Ireland, Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands allows car owners to pre-book a spot online.

Homstie.com offers listings for excess storage space, collecting fees for featured listings and for providing custom lease agreements.

StoreatMyHouse.com helps the members of the community lease their unutilized room/attic/garage as warehousing facility to people who are looking for storage options.

SingleSpotCamping.com offers a P2P camping solution by connecting anyone who owns a suitably sized piece of land with anyone looking for a place to pitch their tent.

Roomorama.com is an online marketplace that allows locals to earn money by renting out their extra space as alternative lodging for hotel-weary travelers.

GiftCardRescue.com is a service that allows users to exchange their unwanted gift cards. Consumers create an account and provide details of the card they have and GiftCardRescue.com will indicate the redemption value it’s willing to pay. Consumers can then elect either to receive cash via PayPal, or they can select a new gift card from the site, up to the redemption value of their original card.

Finally, this one takes the cake.

ExBoyfriendJewelry.com sells just that!

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