Celebalike reaches 5 million matches

We were really excited here in the office yesterday as Celebalike hit 5 million successful matches.

As we surpassed 5 million matches we watched to see who the celebrity look alike would be.  Not surprisingly as our top celeb match so far this week it was Lorraine Kelly who has had an impressive 141 matches over the few days.

Facebook inspires Israeli couple to name baby ‘Like’

An Israeli couple have named their baby daughter Like, taking inspiration from the Facebook social networking site, Israeli media say.

Lior Adler and his wife Vardit said they were looking for a name that was “modern and innovative”.

Facebook allows users to “like” their friends’ statuses, pictures and posts.

Like Adler’s father said originality was a key factor in the choice and said he had checked no-one else in Israel had the same name.

“In our opinion it’s the modern equivalent of the name Ahava [Love],” he said, according to Israeli newspaper Maariv.

“It’s just my way of saying to my fantastic daughter, ‘Love’.”

According to the Haaretz newspaper, the most popular names for girls in Israel currently are Noa, Maya and Tamar.

Like, however, will not be alone within her family with her unusual name.

Both parents enjoy cooking and named one of their daughters Pie – using the English word for the name – and Dvash, Hebrew for Honey, according to Maariv.

Like’s father said that when he announced her arrival on Facebook she was very popular.

“When I posted her picture and name on Facebook I got 40 ‘likes’,” he told the newspaper.

“Considering that I have only a little more than 100 friends on the network that’s a lot.”

Apple’s iPhone and App Store given Guinness World Records

The iPhone 4 and App store from Apple have been awarded records in the 2011 Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition.

Winning the award for the fastest selling portable gaming devise in the world, the iPhone 4 proved its  top spot with impressive sales figures. Selling 1.5 million units just on its launch day.

Gaz Deaves, Guinness World Records Gaming Editor, Pad Gadet said ‘The release of the iPhone has not just changed the mobile industry, but the video game world too.’

Apple’s App Store didn’t miss out, after scoping the award for the most popular application marketplace in the world, with more than 65 billion downloads since it launched in 2008 and a reported 259,470 apps as of September 2010.


Panda increases SEO competition

The latest in Google’s search algorithm updates – Panda, was first launched on the 24th February this year and research showed it instantly affected up-to 12% of overall search queries in the US, causing substantial traffic loss to many reputable websites.  Now as these updates take further affect its slowly affecting global search and sites world-wide.

The update mainly targets those sites with poor usability, inactive user behavior, low quality content and duplicated sites with poor links to original source content.

This, the latest in Google’s algorithm updates highlights just how important it is to treat SEO as a long term and ongoing investment.  Google continuously demands more quality content and natural web popularity in order for sites to gain a place at the top of their search results.

This move sees many of the businesses affected by the updates looking to make substantial changes in their website strategy and seek the help of professional SEO experts, in order to keep their highly sought after positions on the search engine.

An early morning App call

According to findings from Ericsson ConsumerLab’s research, 35% of iPhone and Android owners access one for more mobile applications before getting out of bed in the morning.

The survey found that social media engagement is driving the early morning app addiction, as Facebook came out as the most popular app to access in bed.  With 20% of respondents also checking friend’s updates just before going to sleep at night.

The research also highlighted a common thought amongst respondents that  ‘app culture” is now very easily transferable between mobile devices, people are using apps on tablets in much the same way as they do on smartphones. The context and situation, not the device, determine how the consumer uses the app.’

The Apprentice does Apps!

This week, the Apprentice was right up our street as Wednesday’s episode saw the 15 candidates designing mobile apps.

We all watched with intent as the two teams went head to head to secure the most downloads over the course of 24 hours.

The girls came up with an app, which played annoying noises and sounds, whilst the boys chose an app that repeated phrases in a selection of regional UK accents.  Despite the boys looking like they would come out on top, the girls secured a win.

It’s a topic close to our hearts here at Ventutec as we understand how exciting it is to watch your app release climb into the download charts.

We’ve got out thinking caps on again now, so watch this space for more!