Top 10 Facebook Merchandise For This Holiday Season

Facebook recently hit the 500 million mark and is gaining popularity at an exponential rate. Naturally, anything related to Facebook is gaining  the same adoration. One such example is Facebook merchandise which has been made available on the web. Loads of people are buying these items which portray Facebook, Twitter or Farmville in a funny way!

Here  are 10 cool Facebook merchandise that you can collect for the 2010 holiday season.

1. Facebook Like and Dislike Stamps

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2. Facebook & Twitter Sneakers

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3. Funny Farmville T-Shirt

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4. Facebook Watches

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5. Social Media Pillows

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6. Facebook Pins

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7. Facebook ‘Like’ Card

Inside It reads, "Sorry, my internet was down... Congratulations!"

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8. Facebook ‘Like’ Pendant

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9. Facebook/Twitter Coasters

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10. Facebook Christmas Tree Ornament

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I personally loved the Facebook Sneakers and the ‘Like’ Card !

Which ones did you like the most? Do share your favorites below !

10 WordPress Plugins That You Should/Must Install

I’ve prepared this article for you in which I am sharing a list of my favorite top 10 WordPress plugins. I hope you will love them all.

Lets start :

Are You Sure?

are you sure wordpress plugin

It happens alot of times when I hit Publish button instead of clicking Save Draft. These are called accidental clicks, to stop such clicks completely here is a WordPress plugin called Are You Sure. After installing this plugin when you will click Publish or Update Post button, a Window will pop up asking for whether you wish to publish the current content or not

Search Meter

search meter

Search Meter automatically records what people are searching for and shows the results for last couple of days, weeks or month. It also tells you about unsuccessful searches. With this plugin you will be able to find out, what people are searching on your site and you can write on those topics more

Theme Test Drive

theme test drive

With this plugin you will be able to safely test drive any theme on your blog as administrator, while visitors will still see the default one.

Maintenance Mode

maintenance mode wordpress plugin

This plugin adds a message to your blog telling visitors that your blog is down for maintenance. You can easily change the default message by going to plugin’s option

Comment Preview

comment preview wordpress plugin

As the name indicates, with this plugin your commentators will be able to preview their comment without reloading the page. This plugin uses jQuery.

Shockingly Big IE6 Warning

ie6 warning wordpress plugin

Well, if your WordPress theme does not look good on Internet Explorer then you should install this plugin. It shows a warning message alerting the user why it is bad to use IE6, the security risk and the bad compatibility of Web Standards

Live Blogroll

live blogroll

Live Blogroll will make your Blogroll livelier. It will show a number of recent posts for each link in your Blogroll using Ajax.

Exclude Pages

exclude pages

This plugin adds a checkbox, if you uncheck it, the page will not appear in any listings of pages.

WP-DB-Backup

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WP-DB-Backup allows you easily to backup your core WordPress database tables. You may also backup other tables in the same database.

Notifixious Plugin

This plugin allows you to notify your readers on their Instant Messaging (AIM, MSN, GTalk, ICQ…), Email or SMS when you publish new posts. It also adds a widget to your blog to allow your users to choose on which channel they want to be notified.

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Top 10 Ways To Get Huge Visitors From Stumbleupon

Get husge visitors from stumbleuponStumbleupon is one of the best social bookmarking sites in the world. You will be getting tons of visitors from it, if you uses it properly. From my experience it’s true. The main source of visitors to my blogs are referred by stumbleupon. But, in order to get huge visitors, you need to know – how to optimize and build up your blog and stumbleupon profile for getting more stumbles. I have read so many tips for it and had even created some from my experiences. I’ll describe briefly about them through this simple Guide for stumbleupon.

  1. Tag your article under correct Tags.If your tag changes, then you may won’t get the visitors who loves to read such articles and vice verse.
  2. Give great importance to the Title you gave to the stumble. It is known that stumble upon have great love towards articles named as “top 10 ____” ,”‘What is____”, “how to  _____”, “the complete list of ____” etc.
  3. Add a stumbleupon Badge to your blog posts – encourage your readers to give you one thumbs.
  4. Join in groups and create lots of friends in stumbleupon. Your community will be having great influence on the stumbles you get.
  5. Add more and more friends who are willing to help you and loves to read/stumble your articles.
  6. Send the URL of your posts directly to the browsers of your friends. Ask them a stumble in a polite way.
  7. Don’t let your friends think that you are making use of them.Instead, do favors back to them also.Read their articles.Stumble them before they tells you to do so and subscribe to his/her favorites. Let them consider the friendship with you as a mutual relationship !
  8. Make use of stumble exchanging sites like stumbleudon and suexchange. They really works in bringing you more stumbles and there by more traffic.
  9. Optimize your page loading page. Stumblers may won’t like to wait for your big page to load. They may push the button to go to another stumble !
  10. Decrease the number of ads in your post. Stumblers will get angry if you hesitate them with lots of ads. The more number of posts you have, the less stumble you gets. Remove pop-up and toolbar ads for best result.

Just try to put these tips in practice. I’m sure that there will be an increase in your page views within a week. I’ll be coming with more tips soon.


[Editor’s Note: This post is submitted by our guest blogger Rajeel KP or ‘Reji’. Rajeel is a teen blogger who writes at Labofweb on stuff related to the Internet, blogging, useful sites, utilities, tech news, blogger templates, etc.

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Top 10 Video Streaming Sites on the Web

image According to recent reports from Neilson Online, YouTube continues to rank as the No. 1 video streaming site with 5.5 billion total streams in April this year in the US. Hulu goes on to grow a great deal with a 490 % increase in the total streams year-over-year, which means from 63.2 million in April 2008 to 373.3 million in April 2009. This makes Hulu the fastest growing brand among the top 10.

Top Online Video Sites Ranked by Total Streams

  1. YouTube (5.5 billion streams)
  2. Hulu (373.3  million streams)
  3. Yahoo (203.6 million streams)
  4. Fox Interactive Media (201.3  million streams)
  5. Nickelodeon Kids and Family Network (176  million streams)
  6. MSN/Widows Live (164.4 million streams)
  7. ABC.com (149 million streams)
  8. MTV Networks Music (143.3 million streams)
  9. Turner Sports and Entertainment Digital Network (130.6  million streams)
  10. CNN Digital Network (112.5 million streams)

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Top Online Video Brands in the US Ranked by Total Streams for April 2009, Including Their Month-over-Month and Year-over-Year Growth

(Source: Neilson Online)

The Highest Reach of Social Networking in Asia-Pacific

When we look at the Asia Pacific region on the whole, reports tell us that many countries that have the highest reach in social networking also have the highest level of site engagement. Amongst the list of top 10, Singapore leads in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of penetration. Out of Singapore’s online population, 74 % of them visit social networking sites, reports suggest.

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Other countries on the list with a strong social networking penetration were Australia (at number 2), South Korea (at number 3) and Malaysia (at number 4). India, however showed a below average penetration and engagement, in spite of a strong growth throughout the year.

Take a look:

Top 10: Asia-Pacific Social Networking Overview (2008)

Rank Country (Asia-Pacific) % Reach Average Minutes per Visitor Average Visits per Visitor
1 Singapore 74.3 175.6 19.1
2 Australia 68.3 224.3 17.8
3 South Korea 68.0 277.8 15.1
4 Malaysia 66.6 181.2 14.2
5 Hong Kong 62.8 127.7 13.7
6 New Zealand 62.8 185.7 13.8
7 India 60.3 110.4 10.4
8 Japan 50.9 72.8 9.9
9 China 45.6 89.5 7.4
10 Taiwan 42.4 36.1 5.0

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(Source: comScore World Metrix)

Top 10 Social Networking Sites in India

clip_image003Global social networking brands are continuously gaining prominence in India, and this is quite evident from comScore’s recent report on India’s top social networking sites. As compared to the previous year (2007), there has been a 51 % increase in the number of visitors on such sites amounting to more than 19 million visitors by the end of 2008.

Top 10 Social Networking Sites in India (2008 vs. 2007)

Rank Social Networking Site Total Unique Visitors (m) (Dec07) Total Unique Visitors (m) (Dec08) % Change
1 Orkut.com 7.123 12.869 81
2 Facebook.com 1.619 4.044 150
3 Bharatstudent.com 1.736 3.269 88
4 hi5.com 714 2.012 182
5 ibibo.Com 1.970 990 -50
6 MySpace Sites 352 741 110
7 LinkedIn.com 293 513 75
8 PerfSpot.com 2.106 433 -79
9 BIGADDA.com 515 385 -25
10 Fropper.com 256 248 -3

The study reveals that Orkut, Facebook, hi5, LinkedIn and MySpace all have witnessed prominent growth in visitation.

Highlights:

  • Orkut tops the list of the most visited social networking site with more than 12.8 million visitors. This means an increase of 81 % from the last year.
  • Orkut’s audience was three times the size of its nearest competitor in the category.
  • Facebook.com ranked at the number 2 spot with 4 million visitors. This has been an increase of 150 % as compared to the previous year.
  • Next in line at number 3 is the local social networking site Bharatstudent.com with 3.3 million visitors. This site showed an increase by 88 %.
  • hi5.com comes in next at number 4 with 2 million visitors, which means an increase by 182 %.

Says Will Hodgman, comScore executive vice president:

“Social networking continued to grow strongly in India this past year, with several of the top global brands carving out a more prominent position. While there is certainly room for several players in the social networking space in India, the sites that have the right blend of having both a strong brand and cultural relevance will be best positioned for future growth.”

Share your comments on what you think.

(Source: comScore World Metrix)

Top 10 Member Community Sites- Facebook Leads, Twitter Leaps

imageAccording to a recent study done by Neilsion Online, his is the 6th month in a row that Facebook has topped the US 10 Member Community Destinations listing, with 87.3 million unique visitors in June 2009. Not just this, Facebook is also the Number 1 social networking site among the Top 10 when ranked by the average time spent by a per person, which was an average of 4 hours and 33 minutes in the month of June. According to the study, this is a 198 % year-over-year increase.

Among the top 10 Member Community Destinations, Twitter happens to be the fastest growing site with an increase of 1,928 % year-over-year. Its 1 million unique visitors in the month of June 2008 to 21 million unique visitors in the month of June 2009 make Twitter the 4th most visited 10 Member Community Destinations in June. The average time per person on Twitter increased from 5 minutes and 2 seconds in June 2008 to 31 minutes and 17 seconds in June 2009, and this makes Twitter the fastest growing site among the top 10.

At the number 3 spot ranks Blogger with almost 43 million unique visitors in June 2009. At the 5th spot ranks WordPress with almost 17 million unique visitors.

Top 10 Member Community Sites

Rank Site Jun-08 Jun-09 Y-O-Y
1 Facebook 29,292 87,254 198%
2 Myspace.com 59,549 62,831 6%
3 Blogger 40,553 42,922 6%
4 Twitter.com 1,033 20,950 1,928%
5 WordPress.com 17,201 16,922 -2%
6 Classmates Online 15,474 16,224 5%
7 LinkedIn 9,583 11,417 19%
8 Six Apart TypePad 11,189 10,079 -10%
9 Yahoo Groups 9,801 8,364 -15%
10 Tagged.com 2,867 7,625 166%

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(Source: nielsen-online)

India among 10 most impactful markets for Google

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Search engine giant Google is beginning to see India as one of the 10 most impactful markets in the coming 3-5 years. This means that soon they will start hiring locally to drive their brand advertising stream of business.

India is one of the largest employers for Google outside the US. Google has announced global job cuts (close to 200 jobs in sales and marketing operations worldwide), however, that has a minimal impact on India. Google believes that India is a strategic location with good technical skills and manpower. Moreover, it is among the highest growth markets for Google.

Estimated India revenue and headcount is yet to be disclosed by Google.

Whatever it may be, it sure is good news for India.

Best of Devils Workshop in Year 2008!

image As year 2008 is coming to the end, its time to look back in past and collect best out of it!

It was really hard this time because of 427 posts published by 20 authors in year 2008! So rather than counting on number comments and visitors, following lists are prepared keeping in mind usefulness of posts for DW readers. If any of your favorite post is missing from the list, please let us know via comments form below!

Hope you will find some nice stuff from following lists! Keep reading Devils Workshop! :-)

Top 10 Posts

 

Chronological Order

January 2008

February 2008

March 2008

April 2008

May 2008

June 2008

July 2008

August 2008

September 2008

October 2008

November 2008

December 2008

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