Movie Social Networking Sites

With the emergence of social networking sites, there has also been a small influx of a niche in this market – movies. Each one has its pros and cons as they relate to the future and where to go in the future. Below is a detailed look at each one.

IMDB.com: The perfect movie information site. It has virtually every director, actor, writer, movie, tv movie, year released known to man. The site is quoted more times than any other movie site. Often, the information found here is considered law. Its social network side of things is a little blah and lacks a lot to be desired. It has a few login features and some list generation, but other than that it is nothing to get excited about – especially something you and your friends would want to get involved with. The overall outlook of the site is incredibly promising. It has everything that is needed for a movie site, and could easily incorporate a few more interactions with the social side of things.

RottenTomatoes.com: A monster movie review site. It has all the critical reviews compiled for each movie. It does a great job of getting people into or out of the theater with an idea of how good the movie will be. It also provides some info for release dates, actors etc. But, for social networking it lacks a little something. It does have some movie list functions and some message boards to keep people interested in coming back signed in. But, there is no substance or nothing really pushing you to interact.

Flixster.com: A newer true social networking site dedicated to movies. Users can do all sorts of stuff as well as recommend movies, rate movies, review them, and talk with friends. The movie information is there as well. But, it doesn’t push you to come back to the site. It has some nice features, but most users frequent the site for a short time never to return. It does have a Facebook application, but how much it draws users to the site is unknown. Some call this the myspace of movie social networking – this was the first.

YMDB.com (shompy): Old, outdated, and not frequented much. It has one feature – movie lists. Users can fairly easily create a top movie list, explain why they think it is good, then chat with a few friends who may stumble across their list. It has no movie reviews, no true social interaction, and nothing intuitive. It is a one and done site that never really generated revenue. No one knows how it is able to keep a float. It is possible to get some knowledge about non English films.

Spout.com: This little site has a decent amount of movie information and some cool tools. It finally has some type of movie review feature although all it really is is a blog attached to it. The design is nice and the people seem nice as well. It lacks social interaction and a bug free site. I enjoyed looking for movie via an instant movie search, but it was buggy. It had some good movie list functions and a way to look at hot or not films. In the end though it was a confusing site that most will not go back to many times.

FilmCrave.com: A very young but ambitious social networking site. It lacks a strong movie database (though it looks like it is growing), some social interaction, and a solid heart. What it does have is almost everything else. Strong movie reviews, intuitive movie list creation, enough social networking, and potential. It is less than a month old by the looks of it so it is not known where it will go or grow, but everything looks promising.

YahooMovies.com: A very large part of yahoo is yahoo movies. They have movie reviews, movie lists, recommendations, critics, and number ones. They pretty much have it all. It is not focused or very intuitive. It is a site that can be used once in a while or very often. It has great movie data but as far as social interaction it may be too spread out to get users to enjoy the company of others. It looks like it is mostly used for movie reviews.

As you can see, most sites have good and bad points. It is up to you to decide if any or all of them are worth joining. I find it easier to join all of them then come back to the ones that I feel like I need to come back to. Some day, one of these sites will do all of them combined better than anyone else. Currently, it looks like it could be flixster or filmcrave.



Top 7 Home Business ideas

If you’ve spent any time researching on the internet, you’ll have found hundreds of ideas for businesses to start from home. How do you find out which ones are scams and which ones are genuine ways to make money? Keep reading and researching.

Anyone who promises that you can earn quick money in just a few weeks, but requires you to pay them large sums of money first, is probably best avoided.

Any genuine home business opportunity will take time and effort to build up, but we’ve all heard stories of people who are now earning a good income, and some who have given up work completely, by starting home businesses.

One of the easiest and cheapest, even free, ways to start a home business is by using the opportunities afforded by the internet. This can be a low cost option, as there are minimal overheads, your main requirement being a computer and an internet connection.

Ebay reselling – either buying low and selling high – clearing out items from your loft or garage, or using the dropshipping directories now available to buy direct and sell on via Ebay.

Google Adsense – setting up content websites with Google AdSense code and getting paid for every visitor that clicks on one of your ads. There are people making money with this, the outlay is minimal and the potential is huge.

Google Adwords – this is a real art, but there are some people making good money. If you are good with words, then this could be for you. By setting up a Google AdWords campaign and directing traffic to an Affiliate site, such as an Ebook, it is possible to make money. By the way, it’s also possible to spend a lot of money without making even one sale. If you’re considering this option, I’d recommend buying one of the very good ebooks available on the subject, and learn from the experts.

Affiliate Sales – if you are a good sales person and feel that you could write good copy online, this could be your opportunity to make money. Not for the faint hearted, the highest paid “super affiliates” are making hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Consider that 20% of the people are making 80% of the money and you’ll know that you’ll need to do some good research before you get started. The only option for this is Rosalind Gardners, “Super Affiliate Handbook”, which is a comprehensive manual to everything you need to know on the subject of affiliate marketing.

Write your own Ebook – at one time or another, most of us have thought of this, but have we taken it any further? If you are an expert in an area, or are a good writer, then this could be an option for you. I know of one person who is making a good living from selling a scrapbooking ebook, so this could be a way to make money from your hobby!

Home surveys – find out about genuine surveys that you can carry out for national companies. This can often be a simple survey that you carry out by visiting a shop, restaurant, or similar venue and must be completed online.

Writing articles & webcontent – if you are one of those people that finds writing easy, be thankful. There are many people out there with the skills to set up a successful website, but who haven’t a clue when it comes to writing the content on their web pages. Often times, this is contracted out via companies like Elance.com and you can bid for the opportunity to write for them.

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Does Uptalk Make you Upchuck?

Uptalk is invading the work place and is reaching epidemic proportions. It’s that singsong speech pattern that has a rising inflection at the end of sentence. It sounds like the speaker is asking a question instead of making a declaration.

Once the exclusive domain of teens, it is now a regular part of the adult world. And I don’t mean Generation X. It’s everywhere. It can be heard even at management levels and it’s destroying their credibility.

Uptalk renders the speaker weak, tentative, lacking conviction and authority.

How can a person influence, lead, or command respect if they can’t take a stand and sound like they mean it?

I’ve even heard it at networking meetings. It sounds like this: “Good morning. My name is Jane Doe? ” Well is that your name or isn’t it?

It takes seven seconds or less to make a first impression. Would you do business with someone who isn’t sure of his/her own name?

According to one study, the voice is nearly 40% of the message. You can convey a message through your intonation alone! Next time someone asks a question, respond with a yes or no with only your tone. They will understand what you meant.

If you ask for a raise using uptalk you will remain at your present salary. If you try to sell a product, you will fail. If you direct your staff, they won’t follow. Why? Because uptalk makes you sound like there are other options!

What causes a communicator to choose this pattern of speaking?

Habit. We don’t always hear the way we speak and the affect it has on others. When I was invited to do a chat on ivillage.com, I posted my article, Ten Ways Women Sabotage Their Communication in the Workplace. Thinking these tips did not apply to her personally, a woman emailed the tips to her friend Her friend sent them back to her saying, “You have uptalk.”

Foreign/Regional Accent.

If you are from the Southern United States or from a country like Canada, India or China, you may have a rising inflection as part of your cultural speech pattern. This is more difficult to change but can be conquered with ear training, practice, and professional coaching.

Peer Identity. This is most often the case with teens and children. They tend to identify with the group and will adapt the speech patterns they hear on television as in the case of the show Clueless. Many parents are frustrated by their attempts to teach their children to speak correctly. Uptalk is a way of sounding like their peers and not like their family.

Insecurity. The voice is the greatest barometer of emotions. When you lack confidence it will show up in the voice. In our politically correct environment people are becoming less willing to take a stand. By using “safe words” and a rising inflection, the speaker can easily back petal or soften the real intent of the message. In selling, a fear of rejection may show up in the form of uptalk.

There is no value in using uptalk. When you bring your voice down at the end of a sentence, you will automatically sound more authoritative and confident. People will hear the conviction in your voice and will take you seriously. Your credibility will improve and you’ll be more persuasive.

Copyright Diane DiResta 2001. All rights reserved.



Health Benefits of the Female Orgasm

The orgasm is the crowning of a successful and highly pleasurable session of sex. It puts a grin on the face of satisfied women and makes men walk with a swagger. ┬áThe big “O” is the one of the most important little things in the universe and the fundamental end product of a wonderful sexual experience. If it wasn’t for the orgasm life would be a very dull existence.

But orgasm isn’t limited in scope to making one (or two) folks feel good for 5 or 10 minutes before falling asleep. Science has demonstrated that frequent sex and orgasms are vital to the general contentment and health of each person.

The more frequent the orgasm, the better off that person is going to be on both the physical and psychological planes. Everyday life results in tension for most of us. The troubles of responsibilities and relationships take their toll on the psychological balance of a person. Sex and orgasms are an opportunity for these tensions to be released as stress and anxiety are flushed from the system when you reach orgasm

Therefore; the mind uses the orgasm to discharge the tensions out of the system and replace them with a relaxed body state and on a plus side incorporates pleasure. The most common thing to do after extricating yourself from the tender embrace is, naturally, to slip into sleep. The mixed effort of sex and relaxation brought by orgasm is the ideal replacement for any sleeping tablet.

Rather than reaching out for the bottle of tablets, you would be better off reaching out for the person lying in bed next to you or for a much-loved sex toy. It is a completely natural solution that should be heartily endorsed. What men also need understand is that a headache is a lady’s way of saying “You have to try harder”.

The pleasure brought by orgasm is the result of a discharge of endorphins into the brain. No headache can survive the attack of pleasure flooding the brain and the relaxing effect it has.

Naturally, sex isn’t intended to replace dieting, but it appears to go some way toward helping you rein in those food longings and it does burn some calories. In truth, sex burns more calories per minute than tennis. The number of systematic studies shows that frequent orgasms are good for one’s health. The Orgasm plays a critical role to obtain a successful sex life and also for the physical and psychological health of all men and women.

Apart from the undeniable fact that increased heart rate and heavy breathing keep the circulatory system in shape and make oxygen circulate through the body, sex has other benefits. A study made public in Psychosomatic Medication in 1976 showed clearly that failure to reach orgasm has a negative result on the heart health of ladies.

Healthy levels of oestrogen help keep the heart system in shape, fight cholesterol and keep the skin pliant. To conclude regular orgasmic experiences can truly lead to better health and well being be it from self pleasure or through love-making. What other excuse to you need?



The Top 10 Reasons Businesses Succeed

Only one of every 5 businesses makes it to its 5th year, and fewer still make it to 10 years. What do the successful businesses have in common?

1. The experience and skills of the top managers. Over half of business failures are directly related to managerial incompetence.

2. The energy, persistence and resourcefulness (the will to make the business succeed) of the top managers. Many business owners have failed or come close several times before their “instant” success. Don’t give up.

3. A product that is at least a cut above the competition and service that doesn’t get in the way of people buying. There must be a compelling reason to buy; the product is great, the people love to provide service, and the buying experience is easy and fun.

4. The ability to create a “buzz” around the product with aggressive and strategic marketing. Make scarce marketing resources count. Do as much homework about your customers and their choices as you can before investing your marketing dollars.

5. Deal-making skills to sell the product at the highest possible price given your market. It comes down to your customers’ perception of the value of your product and sometimes the power of your personality.

6. The ability to keep developing new products to retain and build a customer base. Consider gradual product development based on improvements to the current product line and sold to the current customer base.

7. Deal-making skills to work with resource suppliers to keep costs low. Keeping costs lower than competitors’ and continuing to look for cost reductions even when the business is profitable is key.

8. The maturity to treat employees, suppliers and partners fairly and respectfully. Trust and respect result in productivity increases in ways that may be difficult to see and quantify.

9. Superior location and/or promotion creating a connection between your product and where it can be obtained. Studies have shown it can take seeing your product or name seven times before a customer is ready to buy.

10. A steady source of business during both good economic times and downturns. Over the long term, develop a product mix that will include winners during good economic times and other winners when times are tough.



Fight Club, Consumer Psychology, and Redemption

The movie Fight Club was one of those unique films that help define a generation. The movie was preceded by the novel from Chuck Palahniuk, who created such a stir with the book and later the movie that people began to treat Chuck himself like Tyler Durden, often offering to “take care of” people at his request. So what was it about his movie that struck such a cord with people? Many were simply engaged by the movies entertaining elements, but upon deeper examination the movie had a much deeper meaning that this analysis will attempt to explore. Although we start with the idea of an analysis of Tyler Durden, his alter-ego, referred to in the movie as “Jack” is also highly relevant to this discussion.

The narrator “Jack” begins the movie with a raging case of insomnia that is brought on by existential crisis. Much like the character of Meursault in Albert Camus’ novel The Stranger, who commented that “life had begun stalking him” Jack has reached a point in his life that is also utterly devoid of meaning as evidenced by his quote, “this is your life and its ending one minute at a time.” Finally Jack seems to embrace the Buddhist idea that meaning in life can be achieved by actively meditating on one’s own death. He joins a number of survivor’s groups where he can see people at the very end of life, and this seems to bring him a great deal of peace. Perhaps a part of him is taking solace in the fact that fate has been cruel to others while it continues to spare him, and this gives him a sense of peace where he can finally get some sleep.

Everything changes when Jack meets Marla who is suffering through a similar existential crisis. Marla, although every bit as lost as Jack, does not have a place in mainstream consumer America and is essentially a bottom feeder in society. All the same, Marla and Jack are kindred souls, and there is an immediate attraction that Jack is unable to act on, until his subconscious creates Tyler Durden.

So Jack’s spilt into Tyler can be partially explained by looking at the fundamentals of dissociation. This occurs when someone’s thoughts become too uncomfortable to consciously process, and they go into another state as a psychological defense against these painful feelings. The question therefore becomes what was so uncomfortable in Jack’s life that he needed to create an alter ego? The answer can be found in looking at our greater American society and how consumerism creates a sense of the empty self.

In Adam Curtis’s documentary entitled The Century of the Self, the roots of American consumerism are explored by following the trail of Sigmund Freud’s nephew named Edward Bernays. Bernays had studied his uncle’s works extensively, and became convinced that people could be manipulated into buying products based on their instinctual drives towards aggressiveness and sexuality.

To back up a second, Freud posited that our subconscious is made up of three separate functions known as the id, ego, and superego. The superego takes the function of what we consider to be the “conscience” which urges us towards moral and just behavior. The id on the other hand is our drive towards destruction and sexuality which Freud thought was inherent in human nature. The ego acts as a kind of referee between these two forces to create a balance where people can successfully function in line with the rules of the society.

Freud believed we were all inherently aggressive and that the id is the dominant force in our lives, and is only curtailed by society’s conventions. In Civilization and its Discontents, Freud stated “men are not gentle creatures, who want to be loved, who at the most can defend themselves if they are attacked; they are, on the contrary, creatures among whose instinctual endowments is to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness. As a result, their neighbor is for them not only a potential helper or sexual object, but also someone who tempts them to satisfy their aggressiveness on him, to exploit his capacity for work without compensation, to use him sexually without his consent, to seize his possessions, to humiliate him, to cause him pain, to torture and to kill him.”

So to return to Edward Bernays, he felt his uncle’s ideas could be used to exploit the American public into buying things they didn’t need if he could make them feel that these things would make them more sexually powerful or perceived as more aggressive. Consider Tyler’s comment; “God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need” in this regard.

A part of Jack has begun to understand that constantly acquiring furniture and other things for his condo is a meaningless pursuit totally devoid of purpose and fulfillment, and he feels a strong impulse to act on this feeling. Much of Jack’s dissociation has to do with this empty sense of self that he realizes he has for years been filling up by buying things, i.e. “What kind of dining set defines me as a person?” Tyler also makes a comment that, “We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no great war, no great depression. Our great war is a spiritual war, and our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact, and we’re very, very pissed off.” Jack has begun to reject the consumerism he has become a kind of slave to, also evidenced by his comment that “the things you own end up owning you.”

Tyler’s comment has a great deal of validity and can be historically supported. Prior to industrialization in this country, most people lived in rural communities where there was a shared sense of community and values of hard work and self-reliance were emphasized. With the coming of industrialization people began flocking to the cities, and with this migration, many of the core values of the rural way of life were also left behind. As people began living in close proximity in the US, a desire to “keep up with the Joneses” soon developed where people wanted to acquire as many possessions as their neighbors to keep up appearances. This mentality was soon exploited by people like Bernays, who worked with business to create adverting campaigns that capitalized on this idea.

World War 2 interrupted the county however, and the “sense of purpose” Tyler refers to came from taking on Adolph Hitler and protecting the world from the spread of fascism. Following World War 2, the consumer machine kicked back in however, and we soon returned to the idea of buying newer and better things in accordance with our deeply rooted subconscious desires. The next generation partially rejected this idea however, and in the 60’s a number of social causes such as the Women’s Movement, Civil Rights, and brining an end to Vietnam War energized people, and once again created a sense of unified purpose.

The children born after this generation are Tyler’s “middle children of history”. With more media outlets than ever constantly bombarding them, and no political or social causes to get behind, “Generation X” became one of the most restless and unfulfilled in history, and this is where we pick up the story of Jack.

One interesting piece of Jack’s story comes from analyzing his ideas about women and sex. At the beginning of the movie we see him holding a catalog likes it’s a porno magazine and we see instead it’s an Ikea advertisement. Jack, through filling up his psychological desires by purchasing things, has suppressed his sexual urges and become celibate. When he does create Tyler, he is able to finally release his pent up sexual frustration and release the desires of his id. But when Jack lets this genie out of the bottle, sexual conquest is not the least of Tyler’s desires. Freud also believed our drive towards destruction would emerge when society’s conventions are stripped away, and this is exactly what happens in the case of Tyler, who wished to destroy the consumerism that has prevented Jack from acting on his natural primitive urges.

Tyler’s actions suggest that destruction can also be evolutionary, as evidenced by his comment that “only when we lose everything do we have the power do to anything.” By destroying Jack’s possessions he feels he has set him free, but it is also important to understand what Jack is now free to do. “Tyler’s advice that “self-improvement is masturbation, but self-destruction is where its at” is interesting to consider. In setting himself free has Jack found redemption? This returns us to his comment at the end of his journey, where he remarks “all of this has something to do with a woman named Marla Singer.”

So, is love Jack’s salvation? This is certainly one hypothesis. At the end of the film, when Jack destroys Tyler, we see two things. One, the towers of consumerism crumbling to the ground, and two, him joining hands with Marla in perhaps their first moment of real intimacy. Perhaps this suggests that Jack has destroyed the power of his addiction to consumerism while also understanding there was a drive in the human instinct more powerful than simply sex.

So is that the message of Fight Club? That love can be the redemptive force that sets us free from our shackles? I think this is a likely explanation. Although as a viewer I particularly enjoyed watching Tyler/Jack free themselves from the bondage of consumer addiction, we still have Jack’s comment that “all of this has something to do with a woman named Marla Singer.” The nature of the psyche is such, that the ego’s defenses aren’t stripped away without being replaced by another force to protect the ego. In Jack’s case by killing Tyler he has freed himself from his disassociation and unified the forces inside of him into a single front. Bringing down the towers exorcises the demon forces of consumerism that have been filling up Jack’s empty self, and he is now free to live through the redemptive powers of love.



Leadership Coaching: How To Manage A Multigenerational Workplace

Boomers, Gen X and Y In The Workplace

Multiple generations occupy the workplace nowadays and it implicates employee benefits. Basically, the workplace is increasingly becoming youthful. Organizations thus have to tailor strategies that will cater to a multiple generation workforce from the standpoint of recruitment and retaining top talents. Baby Boomers who lived in an era of prosperity and opportunity in their 20’s experienced a different economic reality compared to today’s Generation Y that has to cope with reduced opportunity and economic hardship.

The number of Baby Boomers retiring from the workplace is increasing, resulting to Generation Y employees consisting almost half of the workforce worldwide. Organizations want to ensure long term business success that’s why management of the swelling talent pool of Gen Y workers is critical. Generation X and Y employees rely ever more on employee benefits because of demographic differences. In the 10th annual study of Metlife on Employee Benefits Trends, results showed that 66% of Gen Y employees are more reliant on employee benefits (because of the economic downturn) as opposed to only 31% of older Baby Boomers.

Generational Culture And Employment Decisions

Employee benefits strongly influence employment decisions among Gen X and Y employees than they do the Boomers. The same Metlife study found that 54% of Gen Y workers would like to work for a different employer a year from now versus 21% of older Baby Boomers. However, there is a greater commonality among different generations in the workplace, and that is their willingness to pay for voluntary benefits. It is necessary to recruit and retain younger workers, but there are cautions to consider. A company, to be highly productive needs to leverage employee engagement that’s why leaders have to tailor their employee benefits plans and design according to the expectations of a younger workforce. Gen Y employees, particularly the women, appear to be the most dissatisfied with how their employment benefits are explained, and these areas should be improved for a greater return on investment. Generation Y women workers are eager to support the company’s product and information so that personally, they can manage their financial security.

Retaining Boomers In The Company

A Colonial Life research showed that Gen Y is the least financially stable generation. The Gen Y segment in the workforce strongly values the benefits package and personalized communication, but it is woefully deemed as underinsured. There is a growing emphasis on youth in the workplace, but Edwin Redfern, a panelist in the 25th Annual Forum and Benefits Expo in Phoenix, Arizona advises that older workers should be recruited and retained, especially for companies that face current and future skill shortages. Top, experienced talent needs to be recruited, too, that’s why companies have to design and adjust HR practices, policies and benefits that appeal to older workers.

Seventy- eight percent of workers aged 50 and above are working to sustain their health insurance needs while 77% of this group intend to stay in their current jobs until they retire.



Night Vision Goggles for Sale at Affordable Prices

When you see people in the movies wearing night vision  goggles , they seem so amazingly high tech that you don’t think that you could ever afford them. Of course, there are some people that think there is no need or use for them in civilian life, but many people are opting to buy night vision optics of all kinds for a variety of reasons.

You will find night vision  goggles  for sale in hunting and gun stores because people enjoy hunting at night or the early morning before the sun comes up. You will also find night vision  goggles  for sale in sporting goods stores because people are interested in seeing what is going on outside their tent in the middle of the night, or they are worried about their own safety.

Are They Just for Outdoorsmen?

Perhaps the most common reason why people are buying these  goggles  right now is for their personal safety at home. Whether they are worried about someone breaking into their car in the middle of the night, or they want to see if anyone is on their property, having night vision can really make you feel a lot safer.

Some of the newer models of night vision  goggles  for sale also allow you to record what you are seeing, so if you are doing surveillance or trying to find the person who keeps breaking into cars in your neighborhood, you will have the proof to show the police.

Are They Available to Everyone Now?

It actually wasn’t that long ago that night vision  goggles  for sale were only allowed to be sold to people in law enforcement or to government entities. People in our military have been using this type of technology for years, but it has taken quite a long time until it has become both available and affordable for the average person on the street.

If you are trying to find night vision  goggles  for sale at the best price, the first thing you should do is shop online. You will be able to choose from a wide variety of  goggles  for different purposes. Because these  goggles  are affixed to your head, you will want to see the different makes and models in order to choose one that will fit you properly and allow you to move around while wearing them.

Where Can I Buy Them?

If you are on a tight budget, then there is no doubt that you can buy a very affordable pair of night vision  goggles  for a couple of hundred bucks or less, though if you pay more, you will end up with a pair that allows you to see with more clarity and in less light. If you are serious about your surveillance and need to see for a longer distance (for example, more than 100 or 200 yards), then you would be well advised to spend more. Generally speaking, the more you spend on your night vision  goggles , the further you will be able to see and the more clarity you will get in the least amount of light.



Social Media Marketing and Twitter Demographics

Whether you’re just a guy trying to promote your blog, own a small company, or are the head of marketing at a large corporation, it’s becoming more and more likely that your competitors are using Twitter, so should you be using it too? Before answering that question, it’s VERY important to understand Twitter’s demographics so that you know what sorts of audiences you might be reaching. The purpose of this post is to explore the major variations in Twitter demographics in order to help you decide if Twitter should be used as a means of social media marketing. The following summarizes the three major demographics of interest.

Age

  • 1% 12-17
  • 47% 18-34
  • 31% 35-49
  • 21% 50+

You can see here that the bulk of twitter users are between the ages of 18 and 34, followed by people aged 35 to 49. This means that most Twitter users are generation Y, followed by generation X users. These two generations account for 78% of Twitter’s demographics.

People from generation Y are information driven, ambitious, and striving to get ahead. On the other hand, people from generation X are often times called the “reactive” generation and are very street wise.

Ethnicity

  • 82% Caucasian
  • 7% African American
  • 5% Asian
  • 5% Hispanic
  • 2% Other

As you can see, the distribution of ethnicities is hugely lopsided, in which Caucasians account for most of Twitter’s demographics.

Family Orientation

  • 84% No kids
  • 16% Has kids

This demographic is also largely segregated, in which most Twitter users do not have kids. This might indicate that having children will take away all of your free time to make tweets. Yikes!

Conclusion

By looking at these three very important Twitter demographics, you can see that most Twitter users are between the ages of 18 and 49, are Caucasian, and have no kids.

If your company promotes a product or service that fits this demographic, Twitter would be an excellent marketing tool to help bring in new business. If on the other hand your product or service does not fit these demographics, it would probably be a wasted effort to invest in social media marketing with Twitter.



Forex Market Terms Explained

Many people who start to trade the Forex market, do so without really knowing what everything means. You need to know all the facts before doing anything, get to know the system, memorize symbols and terms for later use. Here is a list of some of the terms that a successful trader will need to know.

Arbitrage – Profiting from the differences in the price of a currency pair that is trade against another pair.

Ask/Ask Price – Price at which a currency pair is offered for sale; the quoted price at which a trader can buy a currency pair.

Bear Market – An long period of general price decline in an individual currency, asset or market.

Bid – The price at which a trader can place an order to buy a currency pair.

Broker – An agent who ‘executes’ orders to buy and sell currencies for a commission or on a spread.

Bull Market – A market with a consistent upward trend.

Central Bank – A bank administered by a national government, which regulates the behavior of financial institutions within its borders.

Commission – The fee that a broker may charge traders for dealing on their behalf.

Currency Pair – The two currencies in a foreign exchange transaction. The”EUR/USD” for example.

Day Trading – A type of trading style where trades are opened and closed during the same day.

Federal Reserve (FED) – The Central Bank of the United States.

Hedge – A Transaction that reduces the risk on an existing investment position.

Long Position – In the forex market, when a currency pair is bought, the primary currency is the “long” pair and the second is the “short”.

Margin Call – A call for additional funds in an account because the amount of money in an account has fallen below a required minimum.

Open Position – Any position, long or short, that is subject to market movements and has not been closed out.

Pip – The smallest amount of change in a foreign currency price, up or down.

Rate – Price at which a currency can be bought or sold against another currency.

Slippage – Its the experience of not getting filled at your expected price when you place a market order or stop loss. This can happen because either

Spot Market – A market where people buy and sell actual financial currencies.

Spread – The pip difference between the bid and ask price of a currency pair.

Stop Loss – Order to buy or sell when a given price is reached.

Tick – The smallest possible change in price, up or down.