Mohammed Ansari

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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Tracking and sharing of personnal information in part of internet’s job description!

It all started back in 1960’s when people of great stature wanted to share information between computers for scientific and research purposes. Then came the emails in late 70’s and early 80’s, specially for use in universities, sharing ftp and research libraries. In early 90’s was the first ever user friendly access to internet released. Along with the governmental use, more commercial use was seen. More companies used internet to route from one site to another in mid 90’s. Commercial advertisements and services increased in early 2000. Myspace and Facebook was founded in 2003 and 2004 respectively, a social era started taking shape.

The internet is a tool of convenience and security is its last priority. Now more than 8 hours are spent by an average child on the internet. None of the organizations, be it government or private, wants to stay away from it. Everyone is willing to go online and on the terms of sharing personnel information.

You login to Facebook or Twitter, other websites are asking you to join their website using your social credentials, Facebook or Twitter. What most people don’t know is authentication process is in their initial phases of discussion. Chances are you have many people tracking your browsing habits in the form of spyware, scripts, and maybe even through a camera! With this kind of information, a person from anywhere on the planet can figure out who you are, where you live and much more personal information.

The era has changed, the growing number of users on the internet is making companies go from providing services to tracking your behavior on the internet. It is billions of dollars of industry to know what the user is doing and its needs and liking. Whether it is with your consent you authorize websites to share information or without. There are always some crawlers on the internet which crawl on you unnoticed. Firefox released one app to know who is tracking you, Collusion. It tells you in real time which websites you visited and who is following you from there.

The image above is my browsing history and who is tracking me. Couple of hours into my browsing I have noticed some unknown crawlers wanting my information. They help advertisers and marketers if that crawler is a ethical one. Some may want to crawl for scams, we need to be aware from those types. But the real questions are

  • How will you know who is tracking you?
  • And in those crawlers which are a scam and avoid them?

At the end of the day my Collusion was shocking. The ratio between the sites I visited to the sites which were tracking me was 1:2.

Let us be aware of what we do on the internet. Let’s not give private information to websites we don’t trust that much. Even providing birth date to website can cause you for your life, beware !!!

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Big Data an African Elephant with speed of Cheetah

Today we are dealing with 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, so much so that we created 90% of data in the world today in the last two years. In 2011 alone humans created 1.8 zettabytes of data? That would be equivalent to 200 billion high-definition movies that are at least 120 minutes long. It would take one person 47 million years to watch all those movies. So the data is heavy and we are facing a rat race today. If you want to win the race, you have to be fast in your analytics. The data which was taking 3 weeks earlier should be ready in 10 minutes.

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What are the statistics?

  • 150,000 new domains are created each day.
  • 1 hour of High Definition video is uploaded on youtube every second.
  • 12 Terabytes of tweets every day.
  • Millions of credit card transactions each hour.
  • 350 million new queries are crated by users each day to search the same item.

Speed and Agility..

Did you know an African Elephant can weigh about 5000 kg, and a Cheetah can run at top speed of 74 mph? Big Data is about combining both, letting an African Elephant run on I-95 with a speed of Cheetah.

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Stop thinking and start implementing…

Big Data is bursting amount of data. That data will gives you immense amount of information. With data that huge, we can draw patterns and predictions. And a company can come up with business strategies from those predictions. If you need to stand out in the crowd you have to start implementing Big Data Analytics.

Entrepreneurs secure your family with three things and startup!

Family comes first, its a known fact. At the end you find comfort either in your parents, partner or children. Whoever is close, you want to share everything with them from your achievements. You trust them on your life and would like to see them with you when you reach the top.

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At the same time you don’t want to bring hardship to them. As an entrepreneur you always want to take risk. You can put everything on the line while chasing your dream. But can you see your family going through ruff time?

This is one of the sad factors why startups fail. There are a lot of things that can disrupt a entrepreneur’s personal life. Illness, death of a family member, divorce, relationship trouble, and problems with a child are just a few of the many issues that can affect a person’s mindset. When things like this occur, moments of clarity are replaced by stress and anxiety.

Tough times should be counted before you hit the road. Security, security and security are three things you can do to take care of those anxious moments. Have at least one year’s pay saved up. Or have a steady income from some property or family business. This can take care of medical bills, food and stay for you and family. This is best for you to concentrate on business strategies. 

If this steady income is kept for family, entrepreneurs can startup nil. Having nothing left for business and raising the bar from ground zero. Because VC’s and Angels are interested in your business plan and will invest there. They would rather escape while you face a serious threat and is in dire need for money for family security. 

Be the best judge and head of the family and take wise decisions.

Videos serve as good source for Social Media Marketing, HTML5 video tricks !

HTML5 is the new buzz in browser technology. Companies and websites are moving to latest technologies each day. HTML5 and CSS 3 and latest web version…

First things first, we have a old guinea pig, Google. Why is it that Google is out first pit stop, everyone know and no explanation required. But still some may want to read a piece of my mind. As Google has by far done great deal of analysis and page ranking for companies hosting websites. We need to have a close eye on statistics from Google. A page rank in Google is also decided based on the length of stay for a user on a page. So the longer the stay a user has on a page, a better rank your website page might have. One way you want to do this is host nice videos about the product or service.

According to a study by aimClear in March 2011, more people clicked on video results too. “Videos in universal search results have a 41% higher click through rate than plain text“, said aimClear’s Manny Rivas.

Your question – We were able to see videos before this HTML5 buzz. Yes but most of the users were asked to download Flash Player or some javascript which helped play the video. And many a times users were skeptical on downloading anything from the web. And with new HTML5 you no longer need a Flash Player but your HTML5 player would do it for you. How does HTML5 help you in video marketing.

Stay tuned to hear more on how these technologies can help you grow your reach !