Bearish Thesis on Pinterest
- growth was driven by PR hype (and some unscrupulous social tactics); the PR has died off (Source: Pinterst Followed 274 of My Facebook Friends and Notified Them BEFORE Telling Me)
- “Pinterest drives more traffic than Twitter” is misleading because at 1.8% of traffic, it is still an order of magnitude lower than Search (41%) or direct traffic (20%) for commerce sites (Source: The Pinterest Myth)
- Pinterest is a “feature” that others can copy or have already copied — e.g. Facebook curated “Collections” (Source: http://bit.ly/Facebook-collections )
- leading affiliate marketers confirm the Pinterest referral potential has been limited at best so far. Amazon researchers published study that shows Pinterest does not generate much sales (Source: http://go-digital.net/blog/2012/08/uh-oh-amazon-researchers-say-pinterest-doesnt-generate-a-lot-of-sales-amzn/ )
- Pinterest does not own or have ANY content — all of the content is linked to and served by other content owners, who could decide to disallow Pinterest’s further use of the content by blocking hotlinking.
- Pinterest’s original value (carefully curated content) has been obliterated due to the tidal wave of content that has been posted on the site — the value of curation has been lost and it is now no better than Flickr or just a Google Image search
- Pinterest’s top categories are “Food & Drink” and “Outdoors” which may not easily translate into online sales. Source:
NOTE: The point is that Pinterest may not find a real business model and revenues may never amount to much. But this does not mean that it won’t be bought by some other larger company that wants access to its user base and their activities on the site for other purposes such as ad targeting.
It’s not really practical to give universities a meaningful test drive. Not without ample amounts of money and time to throw at a practice semester, at least. It’s about to become comparatively trivial. Arizona State, the University of Cincinnati and 38 other institutions are teaming up with Academic Partnerships to offer the first course from certain online degrees for free — and, more importantly, to make it count as credit. Money only matters to participants (and Academic Partnerships) if they move on to the full program. Prospective students will have to wait until the spring to sign up for what’s ultimately a freemium education, but patience could be a virtue if it means understanding the workload before committing to what may be years of higher learning.
[Image credit: Dave Herholz, Flickr]
Via: New York Times
Source: MOOC 2Degree
The decline in desktop PC sales is beginning to ripple throughout the industry, as Intel has revealed plans to wind down its desktop motherboard division over the next three years. According to AnandTech, the company will release boards that are based on the Haswell architecture before completely suspending development. Moving forward, Intel will instead focus its efforts on creating form factor reference designs for the Ultrabook, tablet and desktop markets. Curiously, one product that’s currently immune from the announcement is the Next Unit of Computing (NUC), a miniature barebones system that will see continual development from Intel. While custom PC builders will likely take a moment to reflect upon the news, it’s said that the transition is unlikely to affect the company’s workforce. Instead, current employees will be absorbed into other divisions within Intel. After all, there’s no point in showing talented engineers to the door, even in an age of market shifts.
The new app features a simpler sign-up process, 16 camera filters and full groups capabilities, which used to only be available on Flickr.com.
Earlier this week, Instagram pulled the plug on Twitter, making it no longer possible to view Instagram photos in your Twitter stream.