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Is your Media Monitoring missing something ?

Are you seeking insights into what might be being said about…
your company, your products, your services or your competitors on the Internet.

– If yes, Harro Research can find out for you.

Harro Newsletter March 2008

– Singapore continues to capture headlines across the world. These range
from sovereign funds buying into global banking franchises UBS &
Citibank to Mas Selamat’s inexplicable escape from police custody.

– Social Media continues to grow with countless sites lead by
individuals creating a form of on-line presence. We see these sites as
gaining credibility because the creators are making investments into
their web properties. This could be from site upgrades, to purchasing
their own domain names, registering with various search engines, and

– Facebook traffic tapers off. Is this the end of Facebook? Not likely.
You can now place ads on Facebook.
– Linkedin has updated its user interface. Are they following the
Facebook layout?
– Ning claims to be a virtual world? Well, it all depends on what people
perceive as a virtual world. Ning definitely has a growing community.

– Introducing a soon to be launch virtual world This is a
virtual world funded by Germans, and builds upon the successes and
failures of Second Life. Twinity is about REAL people, REAL places, and
REAL events. Its invitation only for now.

– Are social networks the new search engine? Because of a global
increase in online media, search engines are struggling to remain
relevant. This has sprouted off countless vertical search engine. In a
parallel universe, social networks started facilitating community-based
interactions. They are strong in providing relevant news and events to
their community. This is something that search engines lack. In the
future, we will see social networks become a the mainstream of
information management supported by search engines.

Andrew Peters has joined Harro to lead sales & marketing. Andrew hails
from Australia/NZ and has mastered the art of internet-awareness. Andrew
also leads niche communications platforms like Twinity, the Internet
Association in Singapore, and countless other communities. gets a new look. As the Harro business evolves, we
communicate our business focus to the public. Harro is about Research,
Monitoring, Syndication and Reports. We maintain strict practices of
research confidentiality and information distribution. has been created as a home for the social media
aggregation platform. Although this plays an important part of our
business, our focus is increasingly on what clients are looking for.
There is also a wealth of tools, methods and resources that assist us to
understand the media. Bloggorazzi is a valuable platform.

Andrew Peters | Harro Research

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Call for Papers –

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Computer Games; Animation, Multimedia, IPTV, Edutainment and Security
International Conference and Symposium on
28th-30th April 2008
Authors should submit a complete paper in English of up to 8 A4 pages, using the submission procedure indicated below. The program committee will review all papers and the contact author of each paper will be notified of the result, by email. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. Authors must also indicate the conference track to which the paper is submitted. The paper must be carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling.
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The social revolution that conquered the internet – itsReal

DELUGED BY billboards, television advertisements and an apparently limitless arsenal of marketing hype, you might imagine that the launch of Apple’s iPhone, pictured, stands head and shoulders above the rest as the most significant technology event of 2007, but you’d be wrong. The iconic mobile handset may well have been a runaway consumer success, but the undoubted heavyweight champion of the year has been web 2.0.
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SpringBoard Research – Asia’s Public Sector Continues to Show Strong IT Growth – itsReal

Regional and state government spending is growing faster than federal spending, creating new IT opportunities and challenges

Singapore – November 13, 2007 – Springboard Research, a leading innovator in the IT Market Research industry, today announced the latest data from its study of public sector IT spending in Asia (including Japan). Study results show that growth was steady in the region. Based on its market analysis, Springboard expects IT spending to be US$51.5 billion in 2007, with the market growing at a compound annual rate of 6.9% from 2006 through 2010.

Springboard’s analysis also showed that Japan, while growing much slower than the rest of Asia, is still by far the largest market in the region, accounting for 45% of public sector IT spending. China and Australia are the next largest markets, accounting for 20%, and 11%, respectively, of public sector technology spending. India is the fastest growing market in the region, and the market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19.5% through 2010.

While federal IT spending accounts for 72% of all expenditures, Springboard is seeing increased growth in spending at the next level, comprised of state, regional, provincial and local governments.

“This segment of the market is growing at close to 10% a year across the region and state-level spending is growing twice as fast as federal spending in more mature markets like Japan, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, and Taiwan ,” said Jonathan Silber, Research Manager for Springboard Research. “This is an opportunity, but it also represents more real estate that vendors need to cover as there are a lot more organizations at this level. Also, local government spending has tended to grow slower than state and regional spending; but in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, we have seen strong local spending growth that is as fast or faster than federal and state spending,” Silber added.

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Blogosphere a treasure trove for Journalists – itsReal

B2B Journalists: Blogs Increasingly Make Legit Primary, Secondary Sources..

Tomorrow’s Lois Lane, today..

More than eight in 10 business journalists (84 percent) say they have used or would use blogs as primary or secondary sources for articles, according to the 2007 Arketi Web Watch Survey: Inside B-to-B Media Usage of Web 2.0 by Arketi Group, reports MarketingCharts. Continue reading

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Why Your Start-up Will Fail – itsReal

APLINK recommends this for emerging entrepreneurs…Courtesy of Forbes

“Why do so many entrepreneurs lose focus? The same reason they became entrepreneurs in the first place: ferocious ambition. Entrepreneurs are dreamers; restraint is unnatural.”

An oft-cited study estimates that just two-thirds of all start-ups see their second birthdays, and less than half make it to their fourth.

Whatever the exact figures, no one would argue that scores of budding new ventures die on the vine. One of the most common killers: lack of focus.

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Search Engine Rankings courtesy of – itsReal

So, how are the Alternative Search Engines doing? Well, there are statistics of all shapes and sizes that can be referenced, but here is one that seems fairly representative.

The $65,000 question is – if YOU owned every single Alternative Search Engine,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO to increase your total market share penetration?

Chart provided by Internet World Stats by permission.

Check Out altsearchengines for emerging search technology breakthroughs

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XING Releases Research on Communication & Networking

The research unsurprisingly is endorsing XING… there were 7,418 randon XING’s european based with China input… Nothing from outr part of the world or Australia…hmmm so i guess they need more time to extend their global reach…

XING Research….

We have just published our third international survey “Communication and Networking on the Internet”, and  this year’s survey has a lot of interesting results. For example:
Did you know that standard communication technologies such as landline phones and Microsoft Outlook are becoming less important for XING members, while Internet-based networking is more and more popular around the globe? Or that 62% of XING members work in middle and upper management?

See more here and download the pdf… openBLOG

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Fastest growing job-search engine clinches top award for Asian technology companies the leading job search engine for Asia Pacific has been named a winner of the Red Herring Asia 100 award for 2007.

Red Herring Top 100 Asia

Red Herring 100 Asia is an exclusive annual event honoring 100 cutting-edge private technology companies from across the Asia-Pacific region. The event brings together an elite roster of entrepreneurial and global venture investment firms to showcase excellence in innovation.

“We are honored to be winners of this prestigious award for 2007, and to join the impressive roster of ground breaking companies that have won this accolade in the past.” Said Maneck Mohan, Founder & CEO of

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TPWC starts work with a Red Herring favorite –

It’s always great to shake hands with a company and bring them on was TPWC’s first day working with and we sent our first of many releases to the media today…bloggers are media too right so here courtesy of is our maiden release. Do keep an eye on news from as there will be some interesting news soon besides the possibility of finding that elusive position you may be dreaming of.

Red Herring selects amongst the most-promising technology ventures in Asia

Red Herring Releases List of Finalists for the “Red Herring 100 Asia” Awards 2007

Singapore, August 13, 2007 Red Herring Magazine announced today that the job search engine, has been named finalist in the Red Herring 100 Asia 2007 awards. The 100 winners will be announced at the Red Herring 100 Asia event in Hong Kong, on August 29-31.

“The 200 finalists we selected from across 16 countries and regions are all excellent contenders,” said Joel Dreyfuss, Editor-in-Chief of Red Herring. “They are exceptional companies who thrive on innovation and strongly define the important role of technology in Asia’s economy and throughout the world.”
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