Facebook & Teachers – Should You Friend Your Students? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Earlier we shared an useful infographic about Facebook, titled “Obsessed With Facebook” and this time we are back with another one, quite interesting one. As a teacher, should you friend your students on Facebook?! This infographic created by Masters in Teaching interesting explains the aspects well here. Some facts I got via this infographic are :

  • 10% of the U.S. Facebook Users are in High School.
  • 21% of the Global Facebook Users are in High School.
  • 3 US Teachers in the past 6 months were fired for having inappropriate dialogue with students.

Facebook and Teachers

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Will Samsung Be The new Nokia? [FACTS]

When was the last time you heard of something new and exciting from Nokia. In last 6 months only talk worthy and successful mobile launched by Nokia is, Nokia N8. Nokia has been really slow in addressing market requirements and new handsets and innovation has been rare.

Result: Nokia is losing its market share in each and every geography and market segment.

On the other hand, Samsung has been clearly gaining market share as well as mind share in all geographies and market segments. Some of the key reasons for Samsung’s success are Innovation in mobile technology, catching market trends early and serving them well.

Nokia Vs Samsung

Following is an analysis of where Nokia and Samsung stand with respect to different segments:

Top-end Phones:

Samsung has multiple options available in top-end smart phone segment with popular mobiles like Samsung Galaxy S (Android), Samsung Focus (Windows Phone 7) and Samsung Wave Series (Bada OS).

Nokia just has 1 decent popular phone in this segment – Nokia N8. While Nokia N8 has got good reviews about its hardware, it has been criticized for its software / OS, as being outdated. Samsung in general has won accolades from both critics and public for its range of top end smart phones.

Winner: Samsung


Tablets

Tablets are in fashion now after the success of iPad. While Nokia is still working since ages on its Meego platform for tables, Samsung has taken the lead here and launched Samsung Galaxy Tab. It has been well received in the markets across the world.

Winner: Samsung


Mid-range Phones

Nokia has some good midrange phones available like Nokia C6, Nokia C5, and Nokia E5 etc. These are good Symbian devices and do their job well.

Samsung has also been able to create a good buzz in this segment with its mid-range galaxy series and Corby series phones.

Winner: Tie. Both Samsung and Nokia have good range of phones in this segment.


Entry-Level Phones:

Nokia has some good options here. But over last few years, the Indian handset manufacturers are giving Nokia a tough fight with feature rich, value for money phones in this segment. Samsung also has many phones in this segment like Samsung Guru Series which are good value for money. Over all Samsung and Nokia are at par in this segment.

Winner: Tie. Both Samsung and Nokia have good range of phones in this segment.


Dual SIM Phones

Samsung is clearly a winner here. It has many good dual sim phones across entry-level and mid range phones. Nokia just has a couple of dual sim phones.

Winner: Samsung


CDMA Phones

CDMA Phones also have a good market base. Nokia has very few CDMA phones available in the market. On the other hand Samsung has many options in CDMA segment. It also has tie ups with CDMA service providers like Reliance and Tata Indicom.

Winner: Samsung


How Samsung is changing the game?

  1. Realize the shift in market demands as early as possible and serve them well. A good example of this is the Corby Series (touchscreen phones) last year and then the Galaxy Series (Android phones) now. According to the Gartner Report Samsung is the top Android mobile seller in the world.
  2. Make good reliable phones which are good looking too. I have personally used Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Samsung phones over last 8 years. My latest phone is a Samsung and I can vouch that it’s as rock solid and reliable as anyone else.
  3. Backup sales by good after sales service. Nokia is still the leader here but Samsung is fast catching up.
  4. Aggressive marketing. Over last few years, Samsung has been really aggressive in marketing.
  5. Impress the class (Opinion makers, bloggers, geeks, mobile enthusiasts) with some really cool products. Samsung has been successful in doing this. Samsung is now perceived as cool.
  6. Innovations in display technologies like AMOLED, Super AMOLEDs
  7. Adopting all popular mobile Operating systems like Android, Windows Phone 7, and having own propriety Bada Operating system.
  8. All this is evident from the fact that while Nokia has around 52 mobiles on sale in India, there are around 82 Samsung Mobile on sale in India.

Summary

Nokia still is number one in terms of Market share. As per IDC report Nokia’s market share plunged to 36.3% at the end of June 2010 from 54% at the end of 2009. Samsung has been steadily increasing its market share over the years and now accounts for around 10% to 11% of Indian mobile market share.

Will Samsung be the new Nokia?

From Samsung’s 10% market share to Nokia’s 36% market share, it’s still a tough task, but if one company that can challenge Nokia, it’s got be Samsung.

This article is written by Sulakshan. He is running a price comparison engine for books and mobile phones – MySmartPrice.com.

What Do You Think About Blogging? [Myths & Facts]

Dish looks very sweet and tasty when placed in the container, but without tasting it you cannot tell whether it is really sweet and tasty. The same fact applies to Blogging; it is not as easy as it looks from outside, but in reality it needs lot of consistent work and of course patience.

I am blogging from last 6 months, I know I am in early stages of blogging, so it feels quite easy to manage and practice blogging. But as the time passes it brings many new changes and it forces you to change yourself and change your blog too. I mean to say, wants you to be “DYNAMIC”.

Blogging Facts

For the time, I am going to talk about basic myths & facts that will help you to clear some doubts about blogging.

#1 – Writing By Your Own Wish

You might be thinking what’s wrong in that. But the truth is that writing anything in your blog is fine in initial stages, but once you have moved far away with your blog, you need to be more focused and concentrated on the theme of your blog.

Freedom of shouting is treasure in blogging, but if you wish to receive consistent traffic then you need to stick to your niche, diverting from your niche will lead to distraction in the stream of traffic.


#2 – Blogging = Money Making

Most of people (from which most of them are students like me) asks me, “I also want to make money through blogging, how I can make money?” I always say to them why you don’t ask “I also want to do blogging, how to do blogging?”

Most of the students see other bloggers making loads of money through blogging but they don’t try to find the real story behind this interface of money making.

Final saying is “BLOGGING IS NOT AN ATM MACHINE, IN WHICH YOU DEPOSITED SOME ARTICLES AND WITHDRAW MONEY OUT OF IT”. Blogging demands working whole day and night, even passing sleepless nights too. Think twice before you start blogging.


#3 – Killer Content Means Popular Blog

The above statement is correct but not 100%. If you are writing killer content, but what if you are not spreading it to others, I mean without popularizing your content your blog cannot become king.

Don’t just sit there and expect people to find you on their own, because there are many fishes in the sea. Once people come to know about your awesome writing style they will surely love to come back at your site.


#4 – Blogging Means Writing Only

Blogging doesn’t mean that you are just writing articles, because there are many things about which you can blog about. You might have noticed that there are many other blogs that shout through pictures and videos.

Main motive of blogging is sharing. It doesn’t matter how you are sharing your knowledge and content with people. But the thing which matters is the way of presentation that must be decent and good looking.


#5 – Consistent Content Posting

Every blogger has made his mind that blogging means daily writing an article is the prime rule of blogging, but then again it’s the quality that counts not the quantity.

Writing a large number of articles daily is better that writing a single article which kills all the other articles. But this doesn’t mean breaking the chain of consistent blogging. It’s a good practice to maintain regular interval of content posting.


#6 – Negative Comments = Quit blogging

Blogging is the job of consistent positive work and patience. If you are targeting to reach high phases, then you need to pass through a lots of harsh phases too. If you are blogging, there is possibility of both positive and negative opinions on your content. Its all about how you are treating the negative opinion, don’t take it personally and understand it positively.

While writing, if you have made some mistake, first of all it’s your duty to proofread your article twice, still you didn’t find out any problem, but the reader found some wrong information and point you out via comment, don’t go out of our mind. Say sorry to your reader with polite nature and correct the problem as soon as possible. After all you are a human “You can make mistakes too” but motive is to “Do not repeat the same mistake again”.

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