Small-business owner Jay Goltz says most of the business problems he has encountered have been the result of hiring the wrong people. Entrepreneurs tend to be busy, optimistic people who spend more time in interviews talking about their companies than asking the right questions, and with the market flooded with people who have been laid off, Goltz writes, it is more important now than ever to establish a good hiring process.
Visitors to social networking sites don't feel an obligation to stick to one online venue, a survey by Parks Associates found. The race to remain relevant is ongoing as visitors easily jump from juggernauts such as MySpace to up-and-comers, including Facebook, and former star Friendster struggles to survive as users move to sites with better music and videos.
Wired News columnist Adam L. Penenberg notes that despite their recent ascendancy, bloggers should think twice before assuming they will be extended the same legal privileges accorded to credentialed journalists when trying to protect a source. This is, in part, because on a federal level, those protections are eroding for all journalists -- even those in the mainstream -- Penenberg says.
Microsoft could deal a death blow to pop-ups when it adds a pop-up blocker to its Internet Explorer Web browser, which is used by about two-thirds of the world's computer users. Despite new threats to the pop-up model, their popularity among advertisers actually has increased in recent months, data show.