Youtube's variance in interface/s for sharing

Youtube seems to have a different  interface for sharing a channel, a playlist or an individual song. Also it seems to be missing out on revenue from Itunes (or maybe it isnt). and it seems to promoting Facebook and Twitter to the expense of other social media sharing buttons which can be only seen when you click share more (or maybe the buttons/social media channels change based on sharing activity analytics 🙂 )

on a slightly different note read my techie tutorial on boosting your youtube channel views

https://decisionstats.com/2010/09/10/creating-an-anonymous-bot/

Creating an Anonymous Bot

 

See the following interface snapshots/views-

youtube song share expanded
youtube song share expanded

 

youtube song share
youtube song share default
youtube playlist share
youtube playlist share
utube channel share
youtube channel share

Comparing Bit Torrent Downloaders

Tux, as originally drawn by Larry Ewing
Image via Wikipedia

I personally like UTorrent on Windows and KTorrent on Linux.

While no experts on this, anything that gets the data down faster while maximizing my pipes efficiency.

I also like Torrenting than  any of the sudo-apt get method of downloading software or the zip unzip,tar untar, install/make file

Torrenting is a simpler way of sharing applications but sadly not used much by the stats computing community to share downloads.

Also I think any dashboard or visualization should be sorted (but not alphabetically but numerically/categorically)

SORT THE DASHBOARD —-KEEP IT SORTED

So I am partially recreating after sorting the data viz from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_BitTorrent_clients

BitTorrent client Magnet URI Super-seeding Embedded tracker UPnP[81] NAT Port Mapping Protocol NAT traversal[82] DHT[83] Peer exchange Encryption UDP tracker LPD
µTorrent Yes Yes[95] Yes[96] Yes[97] Yes Yes[98] Yes[99] Yes[85] Yes[100] Yes Yes[101]
BitSpirit [11] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
BitTorrent 6 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[85] Yes Yes Yes
OneSwarm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
qBittorrent Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SoMud Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vuze (formerly Azureus) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[102] Yes[87] Yes Yes Yes No
BitComet Yes Yes Separate download Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Tixati [43] Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial
Aria2 Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tribler Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Bitflu Yes No No No No No Yes Yes No Yes No
Deluge Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flush Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes
KTorrent Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial
Shareaza Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes[93] Yes No No No
Transmission Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[94] Yes No Yes
LimeWire Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
BitTyrant No Yes[citation needed] Yes Yes Yes Yes[86] Yes[87] Yes Yes No No
BitTornado No Yes Yes[84] Yes No No No No Yes No No
Torrent Swapper No Yes Yes[84] Yes No No No Yes No No No
Localhost No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes [89] No No No No
Meerkat Bittorrent Client No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
rTorrent No Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No[92]
TorrentFlux No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No
TorrentVolve No Partial [76] No Partial[76] Partial [76] Partial [76] Partial[76] Partial [76] Partial [76] Partial [76] No
Opera No No Yes[90] No No No No Yes[91] No No No
BitTorrent 5 / Mainline No No Yes[84] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
ABC No No Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Blog Torrent No No Yes No No No No No No No No
MLDonkey No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No
Tomato Torrent No No Yes No No No Yes No No No No
Acquisition No No No No Yes No No No No No No
Arctic Torrent No No No No No No No Yes No No No
BitLet No No No Yes No No No No No No No
BitLord No No No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes No
BitThief No No No No No No No No No No No
Bits on Wheels No No No No No No No No No No No
BTG No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
BTPD No No No No No No No No No No No
FlashGet No No No No No No Yes No Yes No No
Folx No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No
Free Download Manager No No No No No No Yes Yes No No No
G3 Torrent No No No No No No No No No No No
Gnome BitTorrent No No No No No No No No No No No
Halite No No No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No[88] No
QTorrent No No No No No No No No No No No
Rufus No No No No No No No No No No No
SymTorrent No No No N/A N/A N/A No No No No No
Tonido Torrent No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Torium No No No Yes No No Yes No No No No
ZipTorrent No No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No

 

 

 

 

How to balance your online advertising and your offline conscience

Google in 1998, showing the original logo
Image via Wikipedia

I recently found an interesting example of  a website that both makes a lot of money and yet is much more efficient than any free or non profit. It is called ECOSIA

If you see a website that wants to balance administrative costs  plus have a transparent way to make the world better- this is a great example.

  • http://ecosia.org/how.php
  • HOW IT WORKS
    You search with Ecosia.
  • Perhaps you click on an interesting sponsored link.
  • The sponsoring company pays Bing or Yahoo for the click.
  • Bing or Yahoo gives the bigger chunk of that money to Ecosia.
  • Ecosia donates at least 80% of this income to support WWF’s work in the Amazon.
  • If you like what we’re doing, help us spread the word!
  • Key facts about the park:

    • World’s largest tropical forest reserve (38,867 square kilometers, or about the size of Switzerland)
    • Home to about 14% of all amphibian species and roughly 54% of all bird species in the Amazon – not to mention large populations of at least eight threatened species, including the jaguar
    • Includes part of the Guiana Shield containing 25% of world’s remaining tropical rainforests – 80 to 90% of which are still pristine
    • Holds the last major unpolluted water reserves in the Neotropics, containing approximately 20% of all of the Earth’s water
    • One of the last tropical regions on Earth vastly unaltered by humans
    • Significant contributor to climatic regulation via heat absorption and carbon storage

     

    http://ecosia.org/statistics.php

    They claim to have donated 141,529.42 EUR !!!

    http://static.ecosia.org/files/donations.pdf

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Well suppose you are the Web Admin of a very popular website like Wikipedia or etc

    One way to meet server costs is to say openly hey i need to balance my costs so i need some money.

    The other way is to use online advertising.

    I started mine with Google Adsense.

    Click per milli (or CPM)  gives you a very low low conversion compared to contacting ad sponsor directly.

    But its a great data experiment-

    as you can monitor which companies are likely to be advertised on your site (assume google knows more about their algols than you will)

    which formats -banner or text or flash have what kind of conversion rates

    what are the expected pay off rates from various keywords or companies (like business intelligence software, predictive analytics software and statistical computing software are similar but have different expected returns (if you remember your eco class)

     

    NOW- Based on above data, you know whats your minimum baseline to expect from a private advertiser than a public, crowd sourced search engine one (like Google or Bing)

    Lets say if you have 100000 views monthly. and assume one out of 1000 page views will lead to a click. Say the advertiser will pay you 1 $ for every 1 click (=1000 impressions)

    Then your expected revenue is $100.But if your clicks are priced at 2.5$ for every click , and your click through rate is now 3 out of 1000 impressions- (both very moderate increases that can done by basic placement optimization of ad type, graphics etc)-your new revenue is  750$.

    Be a good Samaritan- you decide to share some of this with your audience -like 4 Amazon books per month ( or I free Amazon book per week)- That gives you a cost of 200$, and leaves you with some 550$.

    Wait! it doesnt end there- Adam Smith‘s invisible hand moves on .

    You say hmm let me put 100 $ for an annual paper writing contest of $1000, donate $200 to one laptop per child ( or to Amazon rain forests or to Haiti etc etc etc), pay $100 to your upgraded server hosting, and put 350$ in online advertising. say $200 for search engines and $150 for Facebook.

    Woah!

    Month 1 would should see more people  visiting you for the first time. If you have a good return rate (returning visitors as a %, and low bounce rate (visits less than 5 secs)- your traffic should see atleast a 20% jump in new arrivals and 5-10 % in long term arrivals. Ignoring bounces- within  three months you will have one of the following

    1) An interesting case study on statistics on online and social media advertising, tangible motivations for increasing community response , and some good data for study

    2) hopefully better cost management of your server expenses

    3)very hopefully a positive cash flow

     

    you could even set a percentage and share the monthly (or annually is better actions) to your readers and advertisers.

    go ahead- change the world!

    the key paradigms here are sharing your traffic and revenue openly to everyone

    donating to a suitable cause

    helping increase awareness of the suitable cause

    basing fixed percentages rather than absolute numbers to ensure your site and cause are sustained for years.

    The Year 2010

    Nokia N800 internet tablet, with open source s...
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    My annual traffic to this blog was almost 99,000 . Add in additional views on networking sites plus the 400 plus RSS readers- so I can say traffic was 1,20,000 for 2010. Nice. Thanks for reading and hope it was worth your time. (this is a long post and will take almost 440 secs to read but the summary is just given)

    My intent is either to inform you, give something useful or atleast something interesting.

    see below-

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
    2010 6,311 4,701 4,922 5,463 6,493 4,271
    Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
    5,041 5,403 17,913 16,430 11,723 10,096 98,767

     

     

    Sandro Saita from http://www.dataminingblog.com/ just named me for an award on his blog (but my surname is ohRi , Sandro left me without an R- What would I be without R :)) ).

    Aw! I am touched. Google for “Data Mining Blog” and Sandro is the best that it is in data mining writing.

    DMR People Award 2010
    There are a lot of active people in the field of data mining. You can discuss with them on forums. You can read their blogs. You can also meet them in events such as PAW or KDD. Among the people I follow on a regular basis, I have elected:

    Ajay Ori

    He has been very active in 2010, especially on his blog . Good work Ajay and continue sharing your experience with us!”

    What did I write in 2010- stuff.

    What did you read on this blog- well thats the top posts list.

    2009-12-31 to Today

    Title Views
    Home page More stats 21,150
    Top 10 Graphical User Interfaces in Statistical Software More stats 6,237
    Wealth = function (numeracy, memory recall) More stats 2,014
    Matlab-Mathematica-R and GPU Computing More stats 1,946
    The Top Statistical Softwares (GUI) More stats 1,405
    About DecisionStats More stats 1,352
    Using Facebook Analytics (Updated) More stats 1,313
    Test drive a Chrome notebook. More stats 1,170
    Top ten RRReasons R is bad for you ? More stats 1,157
    Libre Office More stats 1,151
    Interview Hadley Wickham R Project Data Visualization Guru More stats 1,007
    Using Red R- R with a Visual Interface More stats 854
    SAS Institute files first lawsuit against WPS- Episode 1 More stats 790
    Interview Professor John Fox Creator R Commander More stats 764
    R Package Creating More stats 754
    Windows Azure vs Amazon EC2 (and Google Storage) More stats 726
    Norman Nie: R GUI and More More stats 716
    Startups for Geeks More stats 682
    Google Maps – Jet Ski across Pacific Ocean More stats 670
    Not so AWkward after all: R GUI RKWard More stats 579
    Red R 1.8- Pretty GUI More stats 570
    Parallel Programming using R in Windows More stats 569
    R is an epic fail or is it just overhyped More stats 559
    Enterprise Linux rises rapidly:New Report More stats 537
    Rapid Miner- R Extension More stats 518
    Creating a Blog Aggregator for free More stats 504
    So which software is the best analytical software? Sigh- It depends More stats 473
    Revolution R for Linux More stats 465
    John Sall sets JMP 9 free to tango with R More stats 460

    So how do people come here –

    well I guess I owe Tal G for almost 9000 views ( incidentally I withdrew posting my blog from R- Bloggers and Analyticbridge blogs – due to SEO keyword reasons and some spam I was getting see (below))

    http://r-bloggers.com is still the CAT’s whiskers and I read it  a lot.

    I still dont know who linked my blog to a free sex movie site with 400 views but I have a few suspects.

    2009-12-31 to Today

    Referrer Views
    r-bloggers.com 9,131
    Reddit 3,829
    rattle.togaware.com 1,500
    Twitter 1,254
    Google Reader 1,215
    linkedin.com 717
    freesexmovie.irwanaf.com 422
    analyticbridge.com 341
    Google 327
    coolavenues.com 322
    Facebook 317
    kdnuggets.com 298
    dataminingblog.com 278
    en.wordpress.com 185
    google.co.in 151
    xianblog.wordpress.com 130
    inside-r.org 124
    decisionstats.com 119
    ifreestores.com 117
    bits.blogs.nytimes.com 108

    Still reading this post- gosh let me sell you some advertising. It is only $100 a month (yes its a recession)

    Advertisers are treated on First in -Last out (FILO)

    I have been told I am obsessed with SEO , but I dont care much for search engines apart from Google, and yes SEO is an interesting science (they should really re name it GEO or Google Engine Optimization)

    Apparently Hadley Wickham and Donald Farmer are big keywords for me so I should be more respectful I guess.

    Search Terms for 365 days ending 2010-12-31 (Summarized)

    2009-12-31 to Today

    Search Views
    libre office 925
    facebook analytics 798
    test drive a chrome notebook 467
    test drive a chrome notebook. 215
    r gui 203
    data mining 163
    wps sas lawsuit 158
    wordle.net 133
    wps sas 123
    google maps jet ski 123
    test drive chrome notebook 96
    sas wps 89
    sas wps lawsuit 85
    chrome notebook test drive 83
    decision stats 83
    best statistics software 74
    hadley wickham 72
    google maps jetski 72
    libreoffice 70
    doug savage 65
    hive tutorial 58
    funny india 56
    spss certification 52
    donald farmer microsoft 51
    best statistical software 49

    What about outgoing links? Apparently I need to find a way to ask Google to pay me for the free advertising I gave their chrome notebook launch. But since their search engine and browser is free to me, guess we are even steven.

    Clicks for 365 days ending 2010-12-31 (Summarized)

    2009-12-31 to Today

    URL Clicks
    rattle.togaware.com 378
    facebook.com/Decisionstats 355
    rapid-i.com/content/view/182/196 319
    services.google.com/fb/forms/cr48basic 313
    red-r.org 228
    decisionstats.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-top-statistical-softwares-gui 199
    teamwpc.co.uk/products/wps 162
    r4stats.com/popularity 148
    r-statistics.com/2010/04/r-and-the-google-summer-of-code-2010-accepted-students-and-projects 138
    socserv.mcmaster.ca/jfox/Misc/Rcmdr 138
    spss.com/certification 116
    learnr.wordpress.com 114
    dudeofdata.com/decisionstats 108
    r-project.org 107
    documentfoundation.org/faq 104
    goo.gl/maps/UISY 100
    inside-r.org/download 96
    en.wikibooks.org/wiki/R_Programming 92
    nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2010/12/07/07readwriteweb-report-google-offering-chrome-notebook-test-11919.html 92
    sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/rkward/index.php?title=Main_Page 92
    analyticdroid.togaware.com 88
    yeroon.net/ggplot2 87

    so in 2010,

    SAS remained top daddy in business analytics,

    R made revolutionary strides in terms of new packages,

    JMP  launched a new version,

    SPSS got integrated with Cognos,

    Oracle sued Google and did build a great Data Mining GUI,

    Libre Office gave you a non Oracle Open office ( or open even more office)

    2011 looks like  a fun year. Have safe partying .

    Privacy Browsing Extensions in Google Chrome

    coat of arms of the Palaiologos dynasty, the l...
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    Using two Chrome Extensions, Disconnect and AdBlock you can be sure of having a vary very clean browsing experience-it is recommended especially if you dont like the auto sharing of your personal preferences and cannot be bothered by the Byzantine maze of social media privacy fineprint.

    https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/jeoacafpbcihiomhlakheieifhpjdfeo

    Disconnect by Brian Kennish

    (184) – 44,284 users – Weekly installs: 24,086

    Stop major third parties and search engines from tracking the webpages you go to and searches you do.

    * Search depersonalization is now optional and off by default. Click the “d” button then the “Depersonalize searches” checkbox to turn this feature on (or back off in case you have trouble getting to Google or Yahoo services). For help with anything else, see the known issues below and ask questions at http://j.mp/dnewgroup.
    
    §
    
    If you’re a typical web user, you’re unintentionally sending your browsing and search history with your name and other personal information to third parties and search engines whenever you’re online.
    
    Take control of the data you share with Disconnect!
    
    From the developer of the top-10-rated Facebook Disconnect extension, Disconnect lets you:
    
    • Disable tracking by third parties like Digg, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo, without requiring any setup or significantly degrading the usability of the web.
    
    • Truly depersonalize searches on search engines like Google and Yahoo (by blocking identifying cookies not just changing the appearance of results pages), while staying logged into other services — e.g., so you can search anonymously on Google and access iGoogle at once.
    
    • See how many resource and cookie requests are blocked, in real time
    
    
    and
    https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom
    
    ExtensionsAdBlock

    AdBlock

    (6937) - 1,615,373 users - Weekly installs: 153,032
    The most popular Chrome extension, with over 1.5 million users! Blocks ads all over the web.
    Verified author: chromeadblock.com
    =================
    
    New in version 2.1: Translated into dozens of languages!
    New in version 2.0: Ads are blocked from downloading, instead of just being removed after the fact!
    
    =======================
    
    The official AdBlock For Chrome!  Block all advertisements on all web pages.  Your browser is automatically updated with additions to the filter: just click Install, then visit your favorite website and see the ads disappear!
    
    FAQs:1. This is the official AdBlock extension: the original ad blocker written from the ground up to be optimized in Chrome.  There's an unrelated, older Firefox project called Adblock Plus, and they're working on making a Chrome version out of the old AdThwart codebase.  At the moment AdBlock blocks some ads that AdThwart only hides, but they're working to improve it.  It's available at bit.ly/id2Gqx; if you have trouble with AdBlock, they're good guys and a fine alternative!

     

    Nice BI Tutorials

    Tutorials screenshot.
    Image via Wikipedia

    Here is a set of very nice, screenshot enabled tutorials from SAP BI. They are a bit outdated (3 years old) but most of it is quite relevant- especially from a Tutorial Design Perspective –

    Most people would rather see screenshot based step by step powerpoints, than cluttered or clever presentations , or even videos that force you to sit like a TV zombie. Unfortunately most tutorial presentations I see especially for BI are either slides with one or two points, that abruptly shift to “concepts” or videos that are atleast more than 10 minutes long. That works fine for scripting tutorials or hands on workshops, but cannot be reproduced for later instances of study.

    The mode of tutorials especially for GUI software can vary, it may be Slideshare, Scribd, Google Presentation,Microsoft Powerpoint but a step by step screenshot by screenshot tutorial is much better for understanding than commando line jargon/ Youtub   Videos presentations, or Powerpoint with Points.

    Have a look at these SAP BI 7 slideshares

    and

    Speaking of BI, the R Package called Brew is going to brew up something special especially combined with R Apache. However I wish R Apache, or R Web, or RServe had step by step install screenshot tutorials to increase their usage in Business Intelligence.

    I tried searching for JMP GUI Tutorials too, but I believe putting all your content behind a registration wall is not so great. Do a Pareto Analysis of your training material, surely you can share a couple more tutorials without registration. It also will help new wanna-migrate users to get a test and feel for the installation complexities as well as final report GUI.