Instant This. Instant That. Instant This. Instant....

You want it when? How about right now, this instant? That's the promise of the fastest-growing ingredient in the worldwide Internet pie: Instant Messaging, or IM for short (and for fast).

According to Charles S. Golvin, Senior Analyst at Forrester Research (www.forrester.com), "Instant messaging use is exploding." IM is growing faster than any other communication technology--30 percent faster than e-mail did in the first five years after it was introduced. In the US alone, 44 percent of online consumers and 30 percent of the entire adult population say they use IM regularly. That's a 57 percent increase in less than two years!

Why? Golvin calls it "the power of presence," and writes, "IM is just the first application to exploit 'presence'--the online status of a person or object. As presence permeates new applications, products and processes, consumers and businesses will communicate, conduct transactions and work in fundamentally different ways."

Will IM's "power of presence" make prospecting across the table at Denny's obsolete? Add real-time video, and the digital belly-to-belly future just may become more than a virtual reality.

 

They're Going Online at the Office

According to a recent Wall Street Journal report (prepared with eMarketer), more than one third (37 percent) of working Americans are going online regularly on the job. That's more than 50 million men and women, and they represent a highly prized target market for advertisers. More than 70 percent of the people who use the Net at work have a college degree or more, and about half have household incomes of $75,000 or more.

Here are two of the more interesting (read: amazing) aspects of the report:

1) Sixty percent of all the consumer dollars changing hands via e-commerce is being spent in the work place.

2) At-work users spend more time online than at-home-only users; business executives are particularly heavy Internet users.

The report asserts that these people are "prime candidates for business-to-business marketers"--which just might make them prime prospects for Internetwork marketers, too.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Could Your Job Kill You?

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), part of the US Department of Labor, "Violence has emerged as an important safety and health issue in today's workplace. Its most extreme form, homicide," the agency continues, "is the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the United States."

Says the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 674 workplace homicides in 2000, accounting for 11 percent of the total 5,915 fatal work injuries in the United States.

Environmental conditions associated with workplace assaults have been identified and control strategies implemented in a number of work settings. OSHA has developed guidelines and recommendations to reduce worker exposures to this hazard, but is not initiating rule-making at this time.

In our Networking Times Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines and Recommendations (NTOSHGR), we strongly suggest owning your own home-based business!

Your life may depend on it.

Source: www.osha-slc.gov/
SLTC/workplaceviolence/

 

Search and Ye Shall Find...Anything!

It used to be "surfing" the Internet. Now it's searching.

Here, from the fine folks
at Brain Candy Trivia (www.corsinet.com/trivia), is a list of eminent domains for seeking and finding all sorts of cool stuff.

Of course, you could and should be out there (or online) talking to people...but who knows? Perhaps a Search Break is just what you need to recharge your recruiting batteries.

 

Search the Bible:
bible.gospelcom.net/bible

Search for a Biography:
www.biography.com/

Search the Biographical
Dictionary:
www.s9.com/biography/search.html

Search University and Education Pages:
www.searchedu.com/

Search for Graphics--Icons, Photos, Clip-art:
www.graphsearch.com/

Search History:
lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/today/archive.html

Search for Humor:
www.humorsearch.com/

Search for Javascripts:
scriptsearch.internet.com/pages/l4.shtml

Search Legal Resources:
www.legaltools.com/search.htm
Search for Pictures:
www.arribavista.com/

Search for Pictures:
www.ditto.com/

Search for Pictures and Sounds:
www.lycos.com/picturethis/

Search Prescription Drugs:
www.rxlist.com/

Search for Quotations:
www.quoteland.com/

Search for Quotations:
www.starlingtech.com/quotes/search.html

Search Shakespeare:
tech-two.mit.edu/Shakespeare/search.html

Search for Song Lyrics:
www.lyrics.ch/index.htm

Search for Song Lyrics to Blues and Folk Songs:
www.mudcat.org/folk/search.html

Search for Trivia:
www.uselessknowledge.com/index.shtml

Search for Words, Phrases or
Quotations:
www.freeality.com/phrases.htm

Search for a ZIP Code:
www.usps.gov/ncsc/lookups/lookups.htm

You Think A Gallon Of Gas
Is Expensive...

This little list makes one ponder and puts things in pricey perspective.

The next time you're at the pump, be glad your car doesn't run on water, Scope, Whiteout, or--Heaven forbid--Vick's Nyquil.

PRODUCTCOSTCOST PER GAL.
Diet Snapple16 oz $1.29$10.32
Lipton Ice Tea16 oz $1.19$ 9.52
Gatorade20 oz $1.59$10.17
Ocean Spray16 oz $1.25$10.00
Brake Fluid12 oz $3.15$33.60
Vick's Nyquil6 oz $8.35$178.13
Pepto Bismol4 oz $3.85$123.20
Whiteout7 oz $1.39$25.42
Scope1.5 oz $0.99$84.48
And the real kicker:
Evian water9 oz for $1.49$21.19

Source: Bernie Center, The CenterScape Group