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    Jul 06 10:18 AM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Why do people get so emotional about SIRI, RIMM and AAPL?
    Over 40,000 comments are written by readers on Seeking Alpha articles each month. Many of them are remarkable, offering carefully written insight and analysis, often even better than the articles themselves.

    But certain articles -- anything to do with SIRI, AAPL or RIMM, for example -- elicit highly emotional comments. In those cases, the comments often aren't about the stocks, but more about the companies themselves or their products.

    What is it about gadgets that is so emotional?

    From a column by David Pogue, the outstanding technology columnist for the New York Times:

    Some people’s gadgets determine their self-esteem. Being a tech columnist is like being onstage: feedback from readers is instantaneous, impassioned and voluminous.

    For years, I was baffled by the degree of emotion they’d express. (There was this gem from 2006, for example: “In my oppinion you should be fired for wrighting such a biast article in a (somewhat) professional newspaper. Oh and in case you think i work for microsoft or have bad grammar, or something, you should know that im 15!”) Eventually, I came to understand. Today’s gadgets are intensely personal. Your phone or camera or music player makes a statement, reflects your style and character. No wonder some people interpret criticisms of a product as a criticism of their choices. By extension, it’s a critique of them.

    Which brings me to my next realization:

    Everybody reads with a lens. Some of the cultural wars in this country are deep-rooted, eternal and irresolvable. Gun control. Abortion. Justin Bieber.

    But feelings run just as strongly in the tech realm. You can’t use the word “Apple,” “Microsoft” or “Google” in a sentence these days without stirring up emotion.

    When I reviewed the iPad, I tried something radical: I wrote two separate reviews, of equal length, in the same column. One was negative, one was positive. My point was that you could view this machine very differently depending on your technical background.

    But on blogs and in e-mail, anti-Apple readers wrote about the “love letter” I’d written to the iPad; the Apple fanboys got riled up about the way I’d “trashed” it. Incredibly, each side completely ignored the other half of the review.

    Is he right that some people's gadgets determine their self-esteem, and everybody reads through a lens? What do you think?
    Tags: AAPL, BBRY, SIRI
    Jan 03 3:20 AM | Link | Comment!
  • Nov Update: Mobile Site Live, Income Investing, 20,000 Apps Installed and Our Best Week to Date
    Before you’re all off to enjoy Thanksgiving, I wanted to provide a short update on what we’ve been up to in November.

    Seeking Alpha Launches Mobile Site
    Last week we launched our mobile site (finally!), enabling faster page load times and a cleaner user experience for  smartphone users. The mobile site has been optimized for iPhones, iPod Touches and Android phones; we hope to add support for Blackberries in the near future. It’s particularly good for viewing our real-time market commentary Market Currents. When bookmarked or added to your iPhone home screen, the new mobile version of Seeking Alpha feels like a native iPhone app.

    New: Investing for Income
    We recently added a new area on Seeking Alpha, to help users find smart content specifically geared towards income investing.  Largely thought to be popular with retirees and those approaching retirement, we’re finding that investing for yield appeals to a wider audience than expected.  Many non-retirees are looking at dividend stocks, bonds and other income strategies to generate supplemental income during periods when they are under-employed or have long-term doubts about the market.  We’ve actually seen a significant increase in interest for SA articles covering  income investing from non-retirees.   

    On other finance sites, content for income investors is typically buried under ‘personal finance’ and often includes simplistic and evergreen articles that are not relevant for sophisticated investors. In contrast, here are a few recent articles that give you a sense of what’s available on Seeking Alpha:

    Investing Apps hit 20,000 Installs

    On October 10, we launched a platform for web-based investing tools on our site – Investing Apps.  The Apps let users track, analyze and manage their investments on the Seeking Alpha site.  Tools available cover a wide range of investor needs such as research from providers like Zacks and Morningstar, charts & data, stock screeners, and portfolio management.  In one month, users have installed over 20,000 Apps.

    We continue to raise the number of Apps offered on Seeking Alpha through partnerships. New Apps that will launch on the platform soon include:
    • Earnings Window from Midnight Trader - Earnings calendar including call and earnings information, with the ability to create a watchlist of stocks you follow.
    • Live Briefs from Midnight Trader - Breaking real-time market moving news and trading ideas, sector summaries and earnings alerts.
    • BornToSell - A covered call ideas screener and covered call portfolio management tool.
    • ETF Research Center - ETF Fundamental Research with an ETF screener.  
    • TheFlyonTheWall - A real time financial news feed with market intelligence.
    • StockTraders Almanac - Newsletters, alerts, and tools based around historical /technical stock market cycles and seasonal trends.  

    Site Traffic at an All Time High

    During the week starting the 7th of November, Seeking Alpha had the strongest traffic in the history of our site -- 7% more traffic that the second strongest week in the history of the site and 40% more than we saw in the same week in 2009.

    Tags: What's New
    Nov 23 3:29 PM | Link | Comment!
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