All the best to y’all

Thanks to all our visitors past current and future.

We shall leave our CyberCalendar up as an option during the break – if you’re having one – and a link to the other advent offerings.

It contains twentyfour videos about the Internet and technology developments since the1980′s. There are some classics along the way including a Super Bowl advert from GoDaddy and a couple showing the early days at Google and Apple. It ends with our favorite from 2011.

Videos by day are as follows:

  1. A history of technology in the 1980’s
  2. Nintendo Cereal System commercial (1989)
  3. Internet users guide (1990)
  4. Compuserve Internet Commercial (1991)
  5. Minitel 1992 publicité 3615 MGS (in French)
  6. CBC Archives: The Internet 1993
  7. DEC – Glimpse of the Future, 1994
  8. Early AOL Commercial (1995)
  9. Digital Internet Commercial from 1996
  10. Mastering the Internet in 1997 Funny Video – Digg Reel
  11. MacWorld 1998 Keynote – Steve Jobs likes Internet Explorer
  12. GOOGLE TGIF 1999 video
  13. Cute advertisement from Apple
  14. The Internet in the year 2001
  15. The Netmachine 2002 promo
  16. A collection of internet FAIL videos from 2003)
  17. USA Internet-Election 2004 Bush vs. Kerry
  18. GoDaddy SuperBowl TV Commercial
  19. The Internet Overdose Song
  20. OMG! All Online Data Lost After Internet Crash!!!
  21. US election day galvanizes the Internet
  22. Miss USA 2009 And Perez Hilton Feud – Gossip
  23. internet statistics 2010

Once you’ve finished the calendar you could always try the Google doodle if you haven’t done so already (and as long as its still there) or join the crowd following Santa courtesy of NORAD & Google maps.

Have a great Christmas and here’s to an exciting 2012.

All the I’s of 2011 iPad’s iPhone’s iCloud’s & iTV’s?

Here’s Walter Mossberg’s (Wall Street Journal Personal Technology Correspondent)  look back at the major introductions in 2011 with a few glimpses of the future.


Like him we’re looking forward to 2012 and the long overdue introduction in the UK of the Kindle Fire. A guess at Easter simply as it’s the next spendfest.

Incidentally there’s an interesting  Apple iTV concept  by  Guilherme Schasiepen  on Flikr and  a link to a  360º view of his iTV.

The Top Tens of Social Networking

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Another Survey this time from one of our favourite sources.

Download the ComScore pdf


  1. Social networking is the most popular online activity worldwide
  2. Social networking behavior both transcends and reflects regional differences around the world
  3. The importance of Facebook cannot be overstated
  4. Microblogging has emerged as a disruptive new force in social networking
  5. Local social networks are making inroads globally
  6. It’s not just young people using social networking anymore – it’s everyone
  7. ‘Digital natives’ suggest communications are going social
  8. Social networking leads in online display advertising in the U.S., but lags in share of dollars
  9. The next disrupters have yet to be decided
  10. Mobile devices are fueling the social addiction

We’re not aiming to reduce the survey down to 140 characters but in a nutshell (as its that time of year!)

  •  1 in 5 minutes we spend on line is on social networks
  •  A lot of us onliners (98% in the UK US and Spain) use social networks (although Japan at 58% is a surprise)
  • Facebook (who have lots of ads) & Twitter (who don’t) are the top 2 networks.and they all have global reach.
  • All ages use, Digital Natives  use most!
  • Can’t predict the next disruptive network/phenomenon
  • Mobile devices fuel our addiction

Continuing the Top ten theme we have added the 1-10 rankings to ComShare’s chart of Tweet topic winners! We wonder if there are any more to come. There’s still 8 and a bit days to go!

Social Network Usage varies directly with GDP

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The Pew Research Center under their Global Attitudes Project have just published the results of their 2011 Global Digital Communication Survey Pdf

The survey covers an unusually wide selection of 21 countries and was undertaken earlier this year. Exceptionally full survey & methodology information is provided in the publication. We did though detect the somewhat surprisingly frequent inclusion of My Space in the Social Networking questions (being used as a specifically named site in the relevant questions in 9 of the countries and in the USA apparently to the exclusion of Twitter). Possibly there are historic or demographic reasons for this.

Their country groupings are:

  • Western Europe: Britain, France, Germany and  Spain
  • Eastern Europe:  Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine
  • Middle East: Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon
  • Asia: China, India, Indonesia Japan and Pakistan
  • Latin America: Mexico
  • Africa: Kenya
  • USA
  • Turkey

Few surprises on cell phone usage for the internet where we are in overall 4th position (1st =  Israel & Japan 3rd USA) and lead the European pack. It is surprising to us though that apparently 13% of us Brits and 18% of our German friends said we DIDN’T make regular calls from our cell phones!

On social network usage overall we’re in 3rd= position behind Israel and USA. In an age analysis we are 3rd in the 30-49 year olds and 5th in the 18-29 and 50+’s.

Now to the most interesting part of the survey, in our opinion, the linkage of Social Network usage with GDP per capita as above. Obvious perhaps but a neat representation.

The survey concludes with a “Young & educated are more connected” section

Overall we think a wide and very transparent survey.

We want to be a CyberCity!

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The Chancellor announced in his Autumn Statement  that £100m funding for up to ten super-connected cities, or cybercities as we might call them, was to be made available. “There will be a particular focus on small and medium-sized enterprises and strategic employment zones to support economic growth.”

Jeremy Hunt the Culture Secretary today announced  that in addition to the 4 capital cities “The eight core cities and UK cities that have more than 150,000 dwellings (Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Sheffield) are eligible to apply.”

The competition/application details are provided  for Local Authorities and  the winners will be announced in next years Budget in March 2012.

The applicants we are sure will take account of the Governments stated intention in December 2010 that set out the UK’s ambition to have the best superfast broadband network in Europe by 2015, which is to be subjected to an Ofcom  publication of their Broadband Best in Europe Scorecard in summer 2012 with the four headline indicators: Coverage and take-up, Speed, Price and choice.

On the speed indicator Ofcom state:
“There is currently no reliable data providing comparison of actual broadband speeds (the European Commission is currently undertaking a project with UK company SamKnows, so data should be available in 2012). Comparing headline ‘up to’ speeds has limited meaning, but among the eight EC countries in our report at the end of 2010 the UK had the lowest proportion of consumers with fixed broadband headline speeds of ‘up to’ 2Mbit/s or below (1%), and the fourth highest proportion of consumers with headline speeds of 10Mbit/s and above (45%) – below the Netherlands (57%), France (55%) and Sweden (48%).”

The up to scenario is one we really appreciate although it is probably the widest used description in the marketplace.

If you want to test your speeds try Speedtest (it’s what a well known provider point you at although there are of course many other such services).

Here on a split line we have 2 providers and download  speeds vary from 5.5 to 7.2 Mb/s and upload from .35 Mb/s on one to .64Mmb/s on the other. A significant supplier for one of our lines tells us the average is 3.0 – 7.35Mb/s for download speeds and .196Mb/s for upload.

That all seems totally straight forward & I guess we would have difficulty in arguing with the fact that we have been provided with up to 20Mb broadband by one and up to 12Mb download & 1.2Mb upload by the other!

But we still want to be in one of the cybercities!

Image credits Edinburgh skyline image here & on home page by kaputniq on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Tablet shipments may exceed 150m in 2012

iPhone & iPad worldwide shipments are  surprisingly running well ahead of forecasts according to Morgan Stanley. In a note issued to its clients last week they, indicated that iPhone demand is accelerating and that, perhaps even more  surprising, demand for tablets is showing no sign of weakening, in fact the opposite.

Following a survey by Alphawise (Morgan Stanley’s bespoke research team) they are estimating that for iPhones quarter 4’s shipments will be ahead of both their and the markets previous estimates by between 3% and almost 30%. Also the first quarter of 2012 could be approaching 50% ahead of previous estimates and for the whole year over 40%.

As far as tablets are concerned whilst the Kindle Fire may take around 4% of the market following its release in the US in mid November iPad shipments for 2012 are forecast to be 81m with 27% of consumers indicating an intent to buy one against the current 8% who own one.

This shipment level is more than 50% higher than Morgan Stanley’s previous forecast and Wall Streets “view”.

As far as the total tablet market is concerned compared with iSuppli’s earlier forecast this month of 130m-140m shipments our guess is that it could well exceed 150m units particularly, as rumoured, if Apple reduce the iPad 2 pricing on the introduction of iPad 3.

For purely selfish reasons we continue to be disappointed that amazon have still not announced a release date for the Kindle Fire in the UK!.

(As its nearly Christmas we’ve added the brilliant Leap Frog LapPad to our graphic there’s also a promotional  video for it  in our iCommerce Zone).

Advent CyberCalendar – a reminder

Just a reminder – today’s video is a classic!’s Advent CyberCalendar

All the other offerings for advent can be accessed on our last reissue update.

Our own Advent CyberCalendar’s running order has been:

  1. A history of technology in the 1980’s
  2. Nintendo Cereal System commercial (1989)
  3. Internet users guide (1990)
  4. Compuserve Internet Commercial (1991)
  5. Minitel 1992 publicité 3615 MGS (in French)
  6. CBC Archives: The Internet 1993
  7. DEC – Glimpse of the Future, 1994
  8. Early AOL Commercial (1995)
  9. Digital Internet Commercial from 1996
  10. Mastering the Internet in 1997 Funny Video – Digg Reel
  11. MacWorld 1998 Keynote – Steve Jobs likes Internet Explorer
  12. GOOGLE TGIF 1999 video
  13. Cute advertisement from Apple
  14. The Internet in the year 2001
  15. The Netmachine 2002 promo
  16. A collection of internet FAIL videos from 2003)
  17. USA Internet-Election 2004 Bush vs. Kerry

Still to come a classic Super Bowl GoDaddy advert & much much more so come back each day to discover the goodies..

Our friends at Advent Calendars are based in Europe and likely on CET so we’re guessing the day starts at GMT+1.

Which Steve Jobs would he prefer?

 A mini controversy has occurred in Japan concerning the book cover for his biography. Allegedly he approved the original version’s cover with its minimalist content.

The Japanese edition, comparatively, is rather cluttered and there are some mumblings going on which the Wall Street Journal discloses.

Amazon rate it as the bestselling book of the year

On this topic we’ve updated our Bestselling Business Books.

Two new entrants this week At numbers 7 and 8. The 5 Levels of Leadership and Who Moved My Cheese.

On the topic of best sellers we refer you back to the Top Tablets post & in particular the Leap Frog LeapPad.

Oh and we have no doubt that Steve Jobs would have preferred the Rest of the World apart from Japan version.

Online retail sales up by more than 20% in November

The Office for National Statistics have just published the monthly retail sales figures for November.

On the glass half full front “Retail sales offer rare economic hope”  but on the half or almost completely empty level The British Retail Consortium said the figures were “miserable”.

As far as the online sector is concerned growth continues at a tremendous pace and we calculate that since 2007 they have achieved an annual compound growth rate of around 28%. This year to date they are over 20% up with the prospect of December exceeding £3.5bn for the first time and just possibly £4bn.

On the technical front the reason for the peaks in March June & September is that the 4, 4 ,5 week retail convention is used by the ONS  The figures exclude seasonal adjustments and are experimental. “Experimental statistics are those which are in the testing phase and are not yet fully developed. The main reason why the Internet retail sales are designated as experimental is that the methods and data sources are still being improved. Here is more information on the internet retail sales strategy.”

As online now represent over 12% of total retail sales (excluding automotive fuel) one might have thought that the reasons for their experimental nature might have been resolved.


The Regulator and The Internet

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Ofcom (the Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) has just published its comprehensive International Communications Market report for 2011 (the sixth in its series).

Of the Pdf’s 365 pages we reckon that over a third relate to the internet (including broadband). Much of the research information included relates to 2010 and is generally sourced from recognised marketing data providers such as Warc and Nielsen resulting occasionally in charts that remind us of an element of Ofcom’s logo!

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They commission certain consumer research directly and quite a proportion of the internet content arises from this research eg much of the 26 pages devoted to Social Networking and a significant proportion of the 47 pages of the Internet and Web based content sections. They fully explain their methodology in one of the Appendices in much more detail than we provide here. “The survey researches the communications behaviour of internet users in six markets: the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the US, and Australia.”  “The International Communications Behaviour research is conducted using an international online consumer access panel.” “A total of 6,012 interviews were completed – with at least 1,000 in each of …. The markets…”  Whilst there is lots of useful and highly relevant information in the report it strikes us that this sample and concentration is very focused eg a chart shows that over 10% of all the interviewees had tablets!

An area which we did find interesting was the total and internet advertising spend amongst the 17 comparator countries in the report.

Starting at the top:

Total advertising spend worldwide is £289bn (as per the Ofcom chart above) . Relating total spend with population rankings – significantly ahead of the game are Australia (+6) Canada (+5) and both the UK & Germany (+4) – behind are Russia -6 and India -11.

As an aside we suppose it’s  fairly obvious that the UK lags behind the average for TV advertising spend (and in fact is in 13th place in % terms of the 17) as we have such a dominant public sector broadcaster in the BBC. It could be argued that it simply displaces advertising spend to the internet! Well done the BBC!

Our graph shows the internet advertising spend deduced from the Ofcom data for their comparator countries reflecting £39.6bn of the total £44bn spend in 2010. They sourced this from Warc. We no doubt have generated some rounding errors in our calculations for which we apologise!

So again we lead the European pack and worldwide are the third largest internet advertiser whilst in population terms are #9 of the 17.

Other sources