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Travel & Tourism: Global Travel Paterns and Social Media 2012

Travel & Tourism: Global Travel Paterns and Social Media 2012

If you always wondered how travelers make decisions, conduct purchases, obtain information and share experiences relevant to their trips, you should then have a close look at Text100’s Travel & Tourism study which is based on extensive global consumer research on a global scale.

You can download the survey for free (PDF, 31 pages, 3Mo) and get a full access to Text100′s  Travel & Tourism Digital Index 2012, simply by entering your contact details on the following page. That’s right: all of that FOR FREE!  Are you ready for take-off? Continue Reading →

Picture of the week – iPhone vs Others: The Mobile OS Market

Picture of the week: How Much Data Do Americans Consume Each Day?

According to research from the University of California at San Diego—which has been transformed into this awesome accompanying graphic illustration by the artist Rob Vargas for Fast Company—Americans consume 3.6 zettabytes per day. Literally mind blowing…

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Here’s a bit of the executive summary of the report:

In 2008, Americans consumed information for about 1.3 trillion hours, an average of almost 12 hours per day. Consumption totaled 3.6 zettabytes and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to 100,500 words and 34 gigabytes for an average person on an average day. A zettabyte is 10 to the 21st power bytes, a million million gigabytes. These estimates are from an analysis of more than 20 different sources of information, from very old to very new . Information at work is not included. We defined “information” as flows of data delivered to people and we measured the bytes, words, and hours of consumer information. Video sources dominate bytes of information, with 1.3 zettabytes from television and approximately 2 zettabytes of computer games. If hours or words are used as the measurement, information sources are more widely distributed, with substantial amounts from radio, Internet browsing, and others. All of our results are estimates.

I wonder if this research could be extended to determine the total amount of information communicated and consumed in human history… Via Neatorama.

How Huge Is the Internet on an Average Day? [Data]

The Internet is, as you know, quite vast. But how “vast”? Well, I had trouble visualizing how huge it was, but now thanks to this infographic by Online Education, I have a better idea of how it looks like…

So if you ever dreamed to see what 210 billion emails, 3 million Flickr images, 43 million gigabytes (on phones) sent on an average day really means, have a look at the image below.

Literally mindblowing…

A Day in the Internet
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Is Workshifting In Our DNA? [by workshifting.com]

feeling lonlyTwo weeks ago Inga Rundquist of workshifting.com shared a very interesting and comprehensive review of the personality and competencies of workshifters (understand “mobile workers”), in which she details the characteristics of the modern mobile worker and the psychological challenges of mobile working itself vs office working.

A must read if  something inside you tells you that you should leave your sad little cubicle or noisy and full of juicy gossips open-space…

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Is Workshifting In Our DNA?
By Inga Rundquist on October 16, 2009

“I traveled back to Iowa a few weeks ago for some meetings, and ended up workshifting out of dnastrand.jpgmy parents’ house in a small town in Eastern Iowa for a couple days. I worked side by side with my dad, who has been running German Sense, an import business for German books, music and games, out of our home for the past 10 years. It got me wondering – is the ability to work remotely something that you can learn or is it inherently part of who we are?

Before I became a Workshifter, I worked for a company that was affected by the floods that ripped through Eastern Iowa in the summer of 2008. The office was literally under water, and as a result, staffers worked remotely from their homes while the space was rebuilt. During this phase it immediately became clear that some were simply not – by temperament, psychology or personality type – wired for this type of arrangement.

Unexpected? Not really. It’s clear that certain personality traits are needed to thrive in a remote workplace. Most people would agree that Workshifters are go-getters who tend to be motivated, organized, highly adaptable, disciplined and independent. But beyond that, are there certain competencies that can be learned?

In 2007, a company called Pearn Kandola was commissioned by Cisco to explore the characteristics of the modern mobile worker and the psychological challenges of mobile working. The study, Understanding and Managing the Mobile Workforce, revealed that unlike personality traits, which are relatively stable over time, an individual’s competencies can develop and improve with experience.

The findings outlined 9 core competencies required of the mobile worker:

  1. Communication – Workshifters need to “be adaptable in the way they initiate and respond to communications.” They also need to make their messages more explicit than traditional messages and select the appropriate channel to communicate with the intended receiver. This is opposed to an office-based worker, who is surrounded by people and as a result communicates in a more natural way.
  2. Achievements and result orientation – Workshifters need to be highly self-motivated. Office workers, on the other hand, have people around them who “monitor and ‘push’ them on.”
  3. Customer focus – While office-based workers don’t tend to spend as much time facing customers, remote workers spend a lot of time “going between clients, seeking clients out and working at client premises.”
  4. Teamwork – Workshifters take part in less collaborative work than office-based workers, who tend to work predominantly in teams.
  5. Planning and organizing – Key planning skills for Workshifters include priority setting, multi-tasking and time management. Office workers, on the other hand, need to plan, “but on a more basic level and not so far in advance” because there is less risk and fewer contingencies.
  6. Commercial and business awareness – Workshifters need to be independent enough to take action when commercial opportunities arise, since there is often no one around to check with. Because of an abundance of support, office workers have more opportunity to check with others before decisions are made.
  7. Flexibility and adaptability – Office-based workers are much more likely to work in a more routine role, while Workshifters need to be able to cope with changes on a much more frequent basis.
  8. Problem solving – Workshifters are much more likely to suffer from non-work related problems (such as IT or travel) that they have to solve independently, while office workers tend to have more options for support.
  9. Building relationships – Workshifters need to make it a priority to build relationships – and trust – with clients and colleagues. For office workers this occurs more naturally due to proximity.

I highly recommend reading the full findings of this report for anyone who is thinking about becoming a Workshifter or is managing a remote workforce.”

Internet Speeds and Costs Around the World

“Internet access everywhere” or at least in major cities in developed countries, is something we almost take for granted. Wherever we are today, we expect to be able to find this salutary buoy to the outer world, lost in the middle of this ocean of reality (as opposed to virtuality). And finding the right Wifi hot spot (aka free and fast) is the absolute condition to a fun and productive day of work outside of the office.

However it seems that we don’t all compare too well Worldwide. This awesome infographic below shows the internet costs and speeds around the world for the top 20 nations in the ITIF Broadband Rankings.

Average broadband speed and cost WWLD

Number one is, predictably, Japan, where the average broadband speed is 60mbps and they pay $0.27 per 1mbps! It wouldn’t be that nasty to be a mobile worker in the country of the rising sun!

I’m just happy that I’m not living in Mexico or Turkey, where the price of the Internet is literally obscene! I’m though wondering what is the actual monthly fee for 1mbps in China… Probably high too, as expensiveness is even a more effective way than censorship to limit the access of the masses to the Internet.

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via Gizmodo

Picture of the week: living in a small connected world

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Physical distance used to dictate how remote a place was, but no longer. Now that there are airlines reaching around the globe, bullet trains, Autobahn-like superhighways and go-fast boats, the remoteness of the location is measured by how good the transportation is between here and there. In the map above, the darker a location is, the harder it is to get there.

Created by the European Commission’s Joint Research Center in Italy and the World Bank, the map started out as a model based on how long it would take to travel from each point to a city with a population of 50,000.

Just be happy you’re not in Tibet, the most remote place in the world — you’ll travel three weeks to get to a city of any decent size, including 20 days on foot.

Now you know where you have to go if you feel like tasting the edge of a real nomadic life.

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New Scientist, via Fast Company

10 useful tools and tips to help you (better) work remotely!

a happy teleworkerBeing able to work from (almost) anywhere is not a fiction any more. Technically speaking, we have the ability today to work from absolutely anywhere in the world and stay connected: should that be in the middle of a desert, somewhere over the ocean (or under its surface), or a hundred miles above, in a capsule orbiting around the earth. And as long as you can afford paying for your satellite communications, working from any of those places is not an issue. But in the real business life it would definitely be!

In my world, advertisers, software developers and programmers, PR consultants, lawyers, journalists, salesmen, photographers, analysts, and all those people who can work from anywhere just as much as their office, will use one day (if this has not be done yet) at least one of those technologies or their upgraded versions, to do their job. Once you’ll have managed to convince your boss that working from home is good for you, your productivity and his shareholders, then take a moment to review those 10 useful tips that will make your home working experience, unforgettable!

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Picture of the week: a new experience of live and mobile “social networking”

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What would you do if you were walking through a park and saw a little cardboard robot struggling to make its way along the paths? Would you, good samaritan-like, help it get to its destination, or would you walk on by?

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Microsoft recommends companies to let their employees work from home

Microsoft has recently published a survey conducted in the U.S. in which it highlights that staying at home could make individuals a better worker and save their company money at the same time, which is not bad in this current era of economic downturn.

Although more people are working away from the office, only 40 percent of businesses have a formal policy on telecommuting, this recent Microsoft Corp. survey shows. Saving gasoline, avoiding long commutes and working in a less stressful environment are the top reasons workers log in away from the office. Continue Reading →