Timeforcake: Q&A, comment and five links
Q: Erin, I read your column, even though I am somewhat computer illiterate. I have a question for you: How does Facebook make money? We saw the movie “Social Network” and we were stymied by the fact that the founder is a billionaire. Thanks for your help. – Rita AdamsA: Facebook makes the majority of its money in the same way oh-so-many businesses, blogs, online services, television channels and magazines make their money. There’s no secret to it. It’s plain ol’ advertising. They sell ad space.If you consider Facebook’s truly massive membership base along with Facebook’s capability to target specific audiences based on their interests, it becomes easier to envision the incredible goldmine Facebook can offer to eager advertisers.
Dear iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users: have you heard of the 1Password Pro app? Priced at $14.99, 1PasswordPro looks to be worth far more than its weight in gold. It can save you oodles of time (and prevent many a headache) by enabling you to log in to password-protected websites with nothing more than a single tap. Can’t remember your username? Forgot your password again? Doesn’t matter. 1PasswordPro has got you covered. Learn more here: http://tinyurl.com/yeubl78. (Special thanks to “longtime fan and loyal reader” Jeff Cospolich of Breckenridge for the tip!)
A few days ago I received a great heads up from another local reader. (Note: It’s more advanced than the Google Voice solution we went over last week, and will therefore likely appeal primarily to a subset of the tech-savvy population with specific phone service needs.) “Hi Erin, I saw your article about using Google Voice (via Gmail) to call. Just an FYI: If one adds a free incoming VOIP registrar like sipgate.com, one can make free U.S. & Canada calls beyond the end of 2010. This may be awkward for some, but it saves me hundreds of dollars every time I travel out of the country. And I’m this close to dropping Vonage for my main biz line… Cheers, Peter T.”
1. http://ow.ly/31NwE – Tech-savvy 12-year-old uses her iPod Touch to foil a would-be kidnapper.2. http://tinyurl.com/y9vvn93 – You’re not alone. A recent study confirms why human beings have the darndest time breaking habits.3. http://tinyurl.com/2a763ds: An answer to the question “Why am I getting spam at an e-mail address I use only for one newsletter?”4. http://tinyurl.com/2ag3cl5 – This is your weekly dose of Cute, courtesy of Boo the puppy. Boo has more Facebook fans than you. Over 163,000 of them, actually.5. http://apple.com/recycling – Looking to recycle your Apple computer, monitor, iPod, or iPhone? Apple makes it easy. Check it out.erin pheil is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a Web design/ development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via email at email@example.com.
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