Monthly Archives: March 2009

Preserve a memory

picture-in-diamondThe science of nano-photography has entered the world of gemology and pulling heart strings. Now offered by a US company, Gemory, you can send them a diamond and a photo and they will “safely injected (the photo) just beneath the surface of your diamond without damaging the surface.”
The photo will invisible to the naked eye, but can be viewed by their “GemmaView” a Nano-Photograph Viewer, sold separately.
So what does it cost? The nano-photography sets you back $1500 and the viewer cost $300.
One interesting fact, the process is reversible if you want to erase that memory form your diamond.

For more information, go to www.gemory.com

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Social networking taking hold

tiffany2009 has been a big year for social networking! Adults and businesses are flooding to the media for various reasons. National jeweler, a retail jewelry trade magazine, recently reported that Tiffany and Co jumped into this arena by adding a T&C facebook page. For the full article click this link:

Tiffany taps into social-networking scene

In store surprise engagement on video

proposal3Applause to Roman Jewelers and the new happy couple! Great idea to offer their store for a surprise engagement “get together.” Even better that they captured it on video to share with the world. Great idea and a touching gesture to the engaged couple!

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Social Networks, Blogs Pass Email In Usage by Gavin O’Malley, Monday, March 9, 2009

myspacefbook-0310bThe rapidly evolving world of social networks and blogs has officially grown up.

Last year, the largest increase in visitors to such “member community” Web sites came from those ages 35-49, according to a new report from The Nielsen Co.

“Social networking isn’t just growing rapidly, it’s evolving–both in terms of a broader audience and compelling new functionality,” said Alex Burmaster, author of the study and communications director across EMEA for Nielsen Online.

But grow rapidly it did. In 2008, over two-thirds (67%) of the global online population visited what Nielsen dubs “member communities,” which include both social networks and blogs.

That placed “member communities” as the fourth-largest online category, ahead of “personal email.”

What’s more, the category grew twice as fast as any of the other four largest sectors, including search, portals, PC software and email.

According to the Nielsen report, Facebook–which has now surpassed MySpace as the world’s most popular social network–was visited monthly by three in every 10 people online across the nine markets in which Nielsen tracks social networking.

In Brazil, meanwhile, Google’s Orkut social network had the largest domestic online reach–70%–of any social network in these markets.

Germany saw the greatest increase in penetration of social networks and blogs across 2008, from 39% of the online audience in December 2007 to 51% in December 2008–a relative growth of 39%.

In addition, mobile is playing an increasingly important role in social networking, according to Nielsen. U.K. mobile Web users had the greatest propensity to visit a social network through their handset, with 23%–or roughly 2 million people–doing so, compared to 19% in the U.S.–or some 10.6 million people.

This year, said John Burbank, CEO of Nielsen Online, “social networking will continue to alter not just the global online landscape, but the consumer experience at large.”

Understanding the WE movement

If you want to understand your future as a business person in this new business environment, go to this website and watch the video about the new generation of customers and learn what they care about.    http://www.gen-we.org/
I think the video really gives you a great perspective on the shifting world business and cultural paradigm!