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first_imgRelated Posts A few days ago, we got a chance to talk about the state of blogging and social media in Germany with Marcel Weiß, the editor of Netzwertig.com – one of Germany’s most popular blogs. In the interview, Weiß told us that Germany is at least five years behind the U.S. when it comes to social media and its adoption by a larger part of society. Blogs are still considered to be suspect by a large part of the German public and have very little influence, and social news sites and aggregators attract very little attention. With regards to Germany’s Internet startup scene, Weiß argues that, with very few exceptions, most companies are also years behind the U.S. and just aren’t innovative enough to compete.Blogging in Germany: Five Years BehindWeiß argues that blogging and social media adoption in Germany is far behind similar trends in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Blogs are still considered suspect and have almost no influence over local or national politics. The mainstream media still likes to describe the Internet as a dangerous place, full of malware, porn, and scammers. While regular newspapers in Germany have also started to feel the pressure from the Internet (and every major German paper has a web site), the absence of a successful Craigslist-type site in the country has given the newspapers a longer lease on life than in America.Unlike the U.S., no political blog has the influence of American sites like DailyKos or Talking Points Memo, though a recent (and misguided) move by German politicians to censor the Internet in Germany in order to combat child pornography led over 130,000 German Internet users to sign a petition against this plan and galvanized the German Internet community in an unprecedented way. It remains to be seen, though, if this sudden rise in Internet activism in Germany will have legs, or if it will just fizzle out quickly. While political blogs in the U.S. also got a push during the Bush years when mainstream media outlets were generally seen as too close to the administration, German news outlets did not suffer from a similar pushback and most Germans still generally trust the mainstream media’s reporting and equate blogging with excessive over-sharers who write Internet diaries about their German Shepherds.In a post that created quite a stir in the German blogosphere (with a focus on blogging about economics), Felix Salmon argued that Germany’s culture was basically the antithesis of what blogging is all about. If this is true, then maybe there is really little hope for blogging in Germany in the near future, but at the same time, there are also a number of news blogs that are doing quite well (Netzwertig is one of them), and there are a lot of passionate German bloggers who are trying to change the current negative perception of blogs. The Absence of Social NewsUnlike in the U.S., the German blogosphere also doesn’t have large social news sites like Digg or Reddit to bring readers to blogs. With Yigg.de Germany has its own Digg clone, but it’s not only hampered by a rather unpleasant design, but even the top stories there hardly get more than 20 votes. In addition, a headline on Yigg or similar services like Webnews.de barely drives any traffic to a site.With regards, to blog monetization, things obviously also look equally bleak. Weiß told us that most companies still don’t quite get that they could find a very targeted audience on blogs – but of course, the fact that blogs are still struggling to find a large enough readership doesn’t exactly help matters here.StartupsTo some degree, the same is also true for the German startup scene, where, as Weiß argued, too many companies simply try to copy popular concepts that were developed elsewhere. The prime example for this is obviously StudiVZ, a blatant Facebook clone. Yet, while StudiVZ was able to quickly grow in Germany while Facebook was still ignoring most of the market outside of America, development of the site has now mostly come to a standstill and while Facebook is turning itself into a platform, the team behind StudiVZ has no interest in making any platform play whatsoever. Indeed, as Weiß told us, very few German startups are actually interested in the platform business and providing APIs for developers is still seen as unnecessary.That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some interesting and successful German startups, of course. Xing is a good example for a service that gets things right, and SoundCloud, a very cool music service based in Berlin is another one (though the founders are actually from Sweden). It’s important to note, though, that Germany never really had much of a startup scene and that there are a lot of cultural and bureaucratic barriers that would hold even some of the most determined founders from starting their own businesses. Outlook: Bleak – But With a Silver LiningThere are multiple reasons why blogging in Germany just isn’t taking off, but there is a chance that things might turn around this year. The upcoming election in Germany, for example, will give political blogs a chance to shine, especially if they manage to capitalize on the current discussion around Internet censorship. And while Twitter isn’t quite a mainstream phenomenon yet, the discussion around its use in Iran during the current controversy around the elections there, also brought Twitter into the spotlight in Germany.A number of Germany newspapers have also started to run blogs on their own sites, and with Rivva.de, the German blogosphere also has a very interesting meme-tracker that looks and feels similar to Techmeme and Memeorandum, and which provides a central focal point for the German blogosphere.Of course, in a piece like this, we can only touch upon a small number of examples and have to rely on some sweeping generalizations. Feel free to take issue with our (and Marcel’s) assessment of the German Internet scene and leave a comment.CC-Licensed image used courtesy of Flickr user Will Palmer. 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first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now It starts with an email. Well, not really an email from you, but an email from marketing made to look like it was from you. That email ended up in a spam filter, and your prospective client deleted it, along with a few more that looked a lot like it. This is the starting point of the experience, and it offers no real chance for the establishing of a relationship.It continues with another email. Like the email before it, there are links, the clicking of which is alleged to provide an indication of honest to goodness interest in you and your company. So far, the experience hasn’t been too great for you or your prospective client.In an act of desperation, you call your prospective client, and you leave a message asking them to call you back and leaving your phone number. For some reason, you have decided to give the task of connecting with you to the person you are actually trying to sell. No one understands why they should have to return a salesperson’s call, and your client, unmoved, deletes your voice mail.Back to email. Nothing. Back to voice mail. Nothing. Then, an answered telephone. Yes!You ask your prospective client if you can stop by, introduce yourself, and share all the ways that your company helps their clients, along with the story about how they hung both the Sun and the Moon in the sky. Your prospective client, with the slightest bit of interest, agrees to a meeting.You show up prepared. You have your slide deck, and you have your talking points. You also have questions you intend to use to elicit your prospective client’s needs. She says, “Tell me a little about you and your company.” You launch PowerPoint, and you begin at the beginning, history, buildings, locations, logos . . . your client, stifling a yawn, feigns interest. Then, you ask, “So, what keeps you up at night?”Fortunately, your prospective client has real issues, and she hopes you can help. So she lays out all of her challenges. Lacking an SME, you take meticulous notes, promising to get back to your prospective client with some answers, and you promise to schedule an appointment to bring someone with you to your next meeting. Your client asks, “Can you send me a proposal and some pricing?” You, anxiously agree.You send the pricing and the proposal by email, as requested. Your client gives it a very quick glance, and she leaves it in her inbox. She’s not sure she likes it. She’s not sure she doesn’t like it. She doesn’t know if she wants to show it to the rest of her team, or the leadership team who would need to approve any decision to buy from you.So, not hearing anything, you take the bold move of sending an email to follow up.This is a cautionary tale. There are good reasons for you to control the sales process, and chief among them is the buyer’s experience buying from you.last_img read more

first_imgNew South Wales and Queensland will battle it out in their quest to be 2014 champions when they meet at the Sunshine Coast Stadium for the 2014 State of Origin Series next week.   Teams from Under 20’s Boys and Girls through to Men’s 55’s will battle it out at on Friday, 19 September and Saturday, 20 September across three games per division.  The thinnest of margins proved the difference the last time the Origin series was contested with New South Wales narrowly edging-out Queensland 7-6  at Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium in September 2012. While New South Wales claimed the series and overall crown, it was Queensland who took bragging rights in the Open divisions, winning the blue ribbon Men’s and Women’s divisions, while New South Wales prevailed in the Mixed division. The stage is set for an exciting series, the countdown is well and truly on!The State of Origin Series will be run in conjunction with the 2014 National Youth Championships, which will run from Wednesday, 17 September through to Saturday, 20 September. Stay tuned to the State of Origin Series and Touch Football Australia websites for all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the 2014 State of Origin Series – www.soo.myclub.mytouchfooty.com and www.touchfootball.com.au. Keep in touch with Touch Football Australia in the following ways during the 2014 State of Origin Series:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the #SOO2014 and #origin hashtags)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the #SOO2014 and #origin hashtags)Website – www.austouch.com.auRelated LinksState of Originlast_img read more

first_imgKlopp deflects agent comments on Liverpool exit: It was German humour!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has brushed off comments from his agent saying he could leave Liverpool because of the weather.The Liverpool manager’s agent Marc Kosicke suggested in a recent interview that Klopp could be tempted to switch Merseyside for a hotter destination.Speaking on the eve of Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Napoli, Klopp said: “There is nothing in that story.”He wanted to make a joke so now I have to be serious.”It is German humour but obviously nobody got it…I am completely fine with the weather.”Let me spell it out, the weather has never been a reason for me to choose a city and it’s certainly not a reason for me to leave the country.”Maybe at the moment (in England) it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room!”There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.”When I speak about the weather it was about the wind which can have an effect on football, but that is not allowed in England. But that is not to a reason leave the country. I am fine.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgMathias Pogba dismisses claims Real Madrid midfielder Valverde superior to brother Paulby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMathias Pogba has dismissed claims that Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde is superior to brother Paul.Valverde’s recent emergence has prompted suggestions Real coach Zinedine Zidane may end his pursuit of Manchester United ace Paul Pogba.But CD Manchego striker Mathias believes Zidane could still do with his brother’s services, insisting the World Cup winner ‘is better’ than the youngster.“Of course [he’s better than Valverde],” Mathias said of his sibling during an appearance on El Chiringuito. “My brother is better than Valverde technically, and has better vision of the game.”He later added: “Right now, my brother is better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Ont. – Two eastern Ontario teens are facing charges after a social media argument escalated into a fight with weapons on a front yard.Police in Kingston, Ont., say two girls became involved in an argument over social media on Sunday and it escalated to the point where one of them proposed they settle their differences in a fight.They say the complainant went out to her front yard and saw the other girl and a boy approaching and calling her names. It’s alleged the boy fired a pellet gun at the complainant multiple times and missed, at which point the other girl pulled out a knife.Police say the alleged victim struck the girl, causing her to drop the knife, and the two engaged in a physical struggle during which the complainant’s face was scratched and she was kicked several times by the boy.The alleged assailants fled when neighbours said they were calling police and the complainant was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.A boy and girl — both 17 — surrendered to police on Monday. He is charged with two counts of assault with a weapon and assault, while she faces one count of assault with a weapon.last_img read more

first_imgBalurghat: A workshop on media certification, paid news and various other media-related issues was conducted at the district collectorate building in Balurghat on Friday.Additional district magistrate Pranab Kumar Ghosh, sub-divisional magistrate Isha Mukherjee, district information and cultural officer Santanu Chakraborty and correspondents of various media houses took part in the workshop. In his address, Ghosh said: “Media plays a crucial role for smooth conduct of Lok Sabha election. It has a special role during polls in the country. The Election Commission of India is alert so that no media coverage impacts the poll results.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersMukherjee said: “Print, electronic, online portals and social media have separate roles. Correspondents and reporters have to follow some rules and regulations while covering poll reports. The ECI has provided a few guidelines for mediapersons. We have discussed these rules on Friday using powerpoint presentations to sensitize the mediapersons about coverage of election stories.” District information and cultural officer Santanu Chakraborty took part in a question-answer session with the mediapersons. He said: “ECI issues a press release briefing about the guidelines for mediapersons to be followed during elections.” “The ECI has delivered specific guidelines on how to cover poll-related reports. Violation of these norms is an offence and paid report is strictly prohibited according to ECI norms,” Chakraborty said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have busted a gang of cheats who were duping people on the pretext of giving handsome bonus and returns on insurance policies. The investigation further revealed that they have erected a Call Centre in Vasundhara in Ghaziabad and duped more than two hundred people all over India.Police identified the accused as Vikas Tyagi (31), Rahul Tyagi (34) and Sonu Kumar (30). They were nabbed from the fake call centre. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that the complainant in the case was duped of Rs. 77,20,216 during the years from 2014 to 2017. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”They procured fake IDs to get SIM cards and to open bank accounts. They have cheated a large number of people of different states of India,” said DCP Central. He further added that hey induced the innocent people by impersonating themselves as employee/agent of insurance companies/IRDA and promised handsome bonus/returns on the insurance policies and then they get deposited certain amounts in their bank accounts from the innocent people and after withdrawing the money, they switched off their mobile phones.last_img read more

Son & FatherIn 14 NBA seasons, Jimmy Jackson played for 12 teams. His movement mostly was more about other teams wanting him than teams not wanting him. After all that basketball, though, it was Traevon Jackson’s mom who introduced their son to the game.It was not that Jimmy Jackson did not want his kid on the court. It was that he did not know Traevon existed until he was seven. By then, the boy’s mom, Tammy Winston, was practically mortified when she saw him play basketball.“He was terrible when he first started,” Winston said to The New York Times. “He had no grace. He was just real physical and rough and clumsy.”That could have been because he had been playing football. But the son met his father, developed a relationship, worked hard on his game, and is the point guard on No. 1-seed Wisconsin, which will vie for a Final Four spot tomorrow.But it has not been an easy road. Winston, who played high school basketball, attempted to help her struggling son through pointers and verbal attacks.“She’d always give me little pointers, especially at the free-throw line,” Jackson said. “She’d say, ‘You’re missing them because you aren’t bending your knees.’ I’d be like, ‘C’mon, Mom.’ ”People would chant “Your dad was better” to the young man, almost breaking his spirit.“The negativity would manifest itself to the point where honestly I didn’t even want to play,” Jackson said last year. “I questioned it a lot. I questioned it because I got to a point where I didn’t love the game anymore. I felt like it was more of a job.”That was growing up. At Wisconsin last year, Jackson said he poorly handled some personal situations. “I had a lot of off-the-court stuff,” Jackson said to Fox Sports. “In my mind, I was a good guy. The typical good guy. I would do the right things. But I had a lot of flaws that personally I had to deal with. Whether it be going out, drinking or other things. It was a lot of stuff that I had that wasn’t good. It was my outlook. Instead of it being like a casual thing, it was my outlet thing.”But Jackson seemingly has fought through and is one of the leaders of the team with the best chance to challenge Kentucky for the National Championship. His game is not like his dad’s. Traevon is more of a floor general who can hit the open shot. And he’s a lefty.Jimmy Jackson was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the fourth pick of the NBA Draft six months before his son was born. He had been a versatile star at Ohio State, where he used size and skill to become one of the nation’s best players.He learned about his son seven years after the draft, and they built a bond. The son joined the father on the road during school holidays and stayed with him in the summers. That passion for football faded to a love for basketball.Fourteen years later, Traevon Jackson has blossomed, but still hears the “Your dad was better” chants from opposing teams. His mom heard them, too.“I’d hear things like: ‘His father was so much better. He’s nothing,’ ” she said to The Times. “There was even a cheer in high school, ‘Your dad was better.’ I would hurt for him because he could never be just Traevon Jackson. He was Jim Jackson’s son.”Traevon Jackson did not let the detractors win. He worked hard and then harder and earned his way to Wisconsin’s starting point guard spot. He broke his foot about six weeks ago and made his return in the Badgers’ 79-72 victory over North Carolina. He played only five minutes, but should be able to log more tomorrow.Jackson said he was not concerned about recovering from his injury because he had overcome so much more. And he reverted to the spiritual upbringing his mom instilled in him.“I honestly had a peace about me,” he said. “I’ve really just been able to surrender everything to God, trust in Him and His plan.” read more

141610.20 132040.80 That kind of normalcy is not why we tune in to the tournament! Annoyed that I watched 12 consecutive hours of basketball with so little chaos to show for it, I started to wonder whether we have overblown expectations of unpredictability in March Madness. Are most days actually like Thursday, but we only remember the last-second shots and the scrappy Cinderellas?No — Thursday really was different. The first day of March Madness was anything but mad. Better-seeded teams went 14-2 on the day, and even the “surprises” were relatively easy to see coming: The higher-seeded teams’ two losses came at the hands of Middle Tennessee State (the South’s No. 12 seed) and Xavier (No. 11 in the West), both of which were among the most popular upset picks of the first round. (Our March Madness predictions had each game as a toss-up.) All told, the NCAA hadn’t seen a chalkier opening day since 2000, when the superior seeds went 15-1 after the tournament launched.VIDEO: A No. 16 seed will win, but don’t bet on it SEEDEXPECTED UPSET RATEGAMESEXPECTED UPSETSACTUAL UPSETS 15610.10 16020.00 123641.41 Expected upset rates are based on winning percentage in all first-round games for each seed from 1985-2016.Source: Sports-Reference.com 103910.40 OPENING DAY 2017 950%21.00 Total164.22 March Madness tipped off with a dose of sanity 113610.41 This year featured 2.2 fewer upsets than expected, which makes it second only to 2000 in terms of uneventful opening days during the tournament’s 64-team era. To get those numbers, I looked at the historical upset rates for each seed,1Starting in 1985, when the NCAA tournament expanded to a 64-team bracket, and going through 2016. taking into account which games were played on Thursday.But despite their disappointing record, underdogs kept the score relatively close in 2017’s opening-day games. In terms of average scoring margin, this year tied for the ninth-most-respectable showing by worse-seeded teams on an opening day of the tournament — on par with days where fans saw six or seven upsets.In other words, a lucky bounce here or there could have made all the difference for Thursday’s long shots. Maybe that means good, old-fashioned madness will be restored to its rightful place on Day 2 of the tourney. Then again, analyzing other second-day games using the same method as above suggests that Friday should be less upset-y (3.9 expected upsets) than Thursday was supposed to be. Somebody free us from this prison of predictability! read more