The Web Index is a measure of the world wide web’s contribution to development and human rights globally. It is designed & produced by the World Wide Web Foundation. The index measures & ranks Universal Access, Freedom and Openness, Relevant Content & Empowerment. The index was released in 2012 & in 2013 has been expanded to include 20 new countries. Both secondary data a& new primary data has been used to build the index.
It is not just how many internet users a country has, the penetration index, broadband speed & others which are important but also how the web impacts social, developmental, economic and political dimensions as well. This can be utilized by the NGO’s, Govt, think tanks & others to how to better use the web for overall development.
India has been ranked 56 out of 81 countries in the annual Web Index. Sweden, Norway, UK & USA are in the top 4 positions.
Candy Crush Saga on Facebook, Google Play, Apple App store & Kindle Fire – Reaches 500 Million Downloads
Candy Crush Saga has surpassed 500 million downloads & has been played billions of times. Clever marketing strageties of easy game, simple design, colors & availability of game across many platforms have aided for the growth of game. It made its debut on Facebook, followed by iOS & Android. Game has an in market app which could be used playing the games. With just 1 level, several hundred levels have been added to the game. Candy Crush Facebook page has millions of likes & many post their opinions of the game on the page.
Download links on various platforms
Helping Women Get Online(hwgo.com) is an initiative by Google in India to empower women by enabling them to use the internet. In India, only 30% of the active Internet users are women. By bringing more women online, it would empower them & also improves society. Google’s Plan is to have 50 million additional women get online by end of 2014. Intel, HUL, Future Group & Axis Bank are the other partners in this effort who will help drive this initiative through various efforts. Some of the other partners in this effort are Johnson & Johnson, indiatimes, Healthkart & Babyoye.
An Internet Toll Free Helpline number has also been set up at 1800 41 999 77 to guide women if they get stuck on the Internet.The site has information on all the basics like internet skills, chat/email & videos online. Cooking tips, Financial tips & Household tips are also available on the site. The site is also available in Hindi.
Radiant Info Systems Ltd, the Bangalore based IT company, in partnership with the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) has developed Busindia.com. It is the same IT company which developed India’s first online bus ticket reservation system in 2006 for Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). Karnataka, Punjab, Orissa, TN, UP & other RTC’s have been included in the website now for reservation. Anyone from across the world planning a bus trip in India can seamlessly book tickets across India using the site. Other RTC’s will be included in future for booking tickets. This makes it the largest such portal in the world.
Already bus booking portals like redbus.in, travelyaari.com & others are in the market place for online ticketing. India, with a huge road network & diverse nature, would provide a great opportunity for such portals to grow.
99Games Online Pvt. Ltd & Yash Raj Films Pvt. Ltd. have launched the official game for Dhoom 3 movie on Windows Phone. Dhoom 3 is the most awaited move of the year 2013. In this game, you can don the cap of Dhoom3 Movie anti hero & Zoom through the streets of Chicago. This 3D racing game has great graphics with awesome controls. This is available exclusively on Windows phone with state of the art graphics.
With the growth of social media, mobile & gaming consoles, Bollywood has gone for a new way to market movies. Apps, Games, special promo websites, Google+ hangouts & others are some of the new ways bollywood is including promotion for the movies.
Download Link: Dhoom:3 The Game on Windows Phone
More details about the game is available at
BJP’s bjpelectionmanifesto.com Vs Congress’s incmanifesto.in – BJP & Congress 2014 Election Manifesto
Both BJP & Congress have launched election manifesto websites soliciting ideas/suggestions for the 2014 elections. BJP’s website has pics of Modi, Singh & Joshi with links to their 2009, 2004 & 1998 elections manifesto. There is also links to their social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube & Google+. Both the parties have taken to internet & social media to reach to the public & connect with them. A Manifesto is a public declaration of intent.
While Congress has pics of Singh, Sonia & Rahul on the website with links to their Facebook & Twitter profiles. Suggestions can be given pertaining to various areas & also for a particular state. There is also links to various reports of the past year’s UPA govt’s report card. A twitter feed has also been included in the site.
Fastest Growing Apps in the world – Vine, Flickr, Instagram, Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype, Youtube, Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook Messenger & others
Twitter’s vine is the fastest growing app in the world. Its user base grew 403% between Q1’13 & Q3’13. With millions of users, vine has become a popular tool for marketers. Many marketers are using vine videos to connect with their customers & also for promotions. Flickr & Instagram are in the 2nd & 3rd positions with a growth of 146% & 130% respectively. Top 3 apps are related to Video/Pics Sharing. Whats app & Facebook Messenger are chat related apps with a growth of 123% & 107% respectively. Amongst the social media sites, Facebook, Twitter & Youtube are in the list.
You will find more statistics at Statista
2013 Linkedin’s World’s Most inDemand Employers – Google, Apple, Unilever, P&G, Microsoft & others in list
Linkedin has released the 2013 list of Most sought after employers. This is based on billions of interactions from Linkedin’s 238 million members. Data & surveys of thousands of members has also been taken into consideration to determine a company’s familiarity & engagement score. The top 5 smallest companies by no. of employees are Spotify, Tesla motors, Razorfish, Netflix & Virgin Atlantic airways. Top 3 sectors are Retail & Consumer products, Oil & Energy & tech/software. Some of the tech companies are Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon & others. Spotify is the smallest company (by number of employees) to make this year’s list at number 99.