The Stimulus Appears To Have Worked

Data Suggests The Stimulus Is Working
It was exactly one year ago today that Barack Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus package, officially known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, into law. With the unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent, the White House continues to battle public perception and Republican attacks that the stimulus plan has been ineffective in creating jobs, and it just released a report reiterating claims it made last month that 2 million jobs have been saved or created.

U.S. stimulus prevented another Depression: report (ctv.ca)
Obama Notes What Could Have Been Without Passing Stimulus (gloucestercitynews.net)
Obama hails stimulus plan success (news.bbc.co.uk)
Obama Says Stimulus Bill Saved Troubled Economy (abcnews.go.com)
The Rachel Maddow Show: Duality Bites (videocafe.crooksandliars.com)

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Tomorrow’s Social Networking, Today’s Teens

Ninety-three percent of teens ages 12 to 17 go online, 75% of them own a cell phone, and 66% say they text. In fact, 58% of 12-year-olds now have mobiles, compared to 18% just five years ago.

Teens prefer reading news online to Twitter (guardian.co.uk)
Blogging not so big with teenagers anymore (vator.tv)

Teens and young adults shirk blogs and spurn Twitter (nationalpost.com)

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Top 10s

Getting people to interact with others and upload content to a community-driven site enough may sound easy, but engagement doesn’t happen automatically. It takes time and work, and much of the right formula is deduced through trial and error. Here are 10 tips for increasing user engagement that work for news community web sites, but can apply to all types of online user-engagement communities.
For the first time YouTube are sharing theri official Most Watched lists and some of the fastest-rising search terms on YouTube. “Some moments were big (President Obama’s inauguration), some small (a Minnesota wedding party erupts into dance), some expected (“New Moon”), some surprising (Susan Boyle) — but all of them inspired, entertained and connected millions of people around the world via YouTube.”
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Stats: Twitter (50%), DVRs (20%), Web Banners (1%)

Despite significant growth in the number of Twitter accounts since last year, 53% of those who have registered with the much-publicized micro-blogging service have no followers, 56% are not following anyone, and 55% have never even tweeted, according to a report from HubSpot.
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A new report from Harris (measuring the temperature with a ruler again) claims that over one-third of Americans (37%) say TV ads are most helpful to them in making a purchase decision, while nearly half say they ignore internet banner ads. In terms of the helpfulness of ads in other media, newspapers rank second behind TV, with 17% reporting that newspaper ads are most helpful, while 14% say the same about internet search-engine ads. At the other end of the spectrum, Radio ads (3%) and internet banner ads (1%) are not considered helpful by many. The poll found that more than one fourth (28%) of Americans say that none of these types of advertisements are helpful to them in the purchase-decision-making process.
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Best Cities For: Hair, Men, Startups

Santa Barbara, Calif. has been named the best US city for “good hair days,” while Corpus Christi, Tex. ranks as the place where people are most likely to experience a “bad hair day,” according to an analysis compiled by TotalBeauty.com, which listed the top cities in each category. The study examined average humidity levels, pollution, rainfall, wind speeds, water hardness, demographics, and took into account the number of beauty salons per capita to determine rankings for the cities have the best – and worst – conditions for healthy, stylish hair.
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Best Cities for Men: Chicago, Barcelona, San Francisco
Because it strikes the ideal balance between “cosmopolitan” and “comfortable,” Chicago has landed the #1 spot on the list of the world’s 29 best cities for men, according to website AskMen.com, which recently conducted the analysis. Barcelona and San Francisco came in at #2 and #3. Cities that round out the top 10 are London, Sydney, New York City, Berlin, Hong Kong, Copenhagen and Paris.
Small US cities that have a stable base of industry, a young and educated workforce, plentiful venture capital and a reasonable cost of living are the most conducive to startups, according to BusinessWeek and ZoomProspector, which recently collaborated to identify the best small city in each state in which to start a business. The research found that, among other things, proximity to a university was an important factor in city selection. As examples, the cities of Ann Arbor, Mich., Auburn, Ala., Cambridge, Mass., and Colombia, Mo., all were tops in their respective states
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Important Stats: 51% of Americans Don’t Use Twitter, Myspace, Facebook. Four In Five Are “Attached To Old T-Shirt”

Glad to see MarketingCharts is focussing on the important stuff … Evidently nearly 80% of Americans in all demographic groups say they feel a sense of attachment to at least one of their old t-shirts, and that shirt is most likely to be one that was acquired on vacation, according to research from BlueCotton and conducted by Synovate. The nationwide study, which was undertaken to learn the fate of all the t-shirts created for sports leagues, fraternity parties, church camps, fundraising events and innumerable other groups and activities, found that 79% of survey respondents still have an old shirt, and that the average number of shirts per person is 2.5.
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