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Newspapers Are Not Dying Because Of Technology. They Shot Themselves In The Head

Posted by AGORACOM at 7:15 PM on Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Canada Newspapers

 

It still amazes me that Canada’s newspapers didn’t figure out a long time ago that content could have saved them. Reporting on another car bombing in Iraq, ferry boat disaster in the Philippines and tensions between Israel and Palestine was just a stupid path to continue down. Flat out stupid.

They needed to turn into massive “local” papers that provided readers with helpful, useful, actionable information. Not just bad news pertaining to car accidents and city hall drama. REAL. ACTIONABLE. INFORMATION.

Divide the Toronto version into Toronto, Scarborough, Mississauga, York Region, etc. and report on things helpful to subscribers. How are the schools performing? How are the bridges holding up? What matters are up for debate in city hall? Where is new construction taking place? What is a fair property tax increase to make sure services are delivered properly? Who is throwing away your money? Rank the local soccer clubs. Which city is growing, which one is dying.  Where are the opportunities?

Do a deep dive into all of these things.  Don’t just report.  DIVE.  I don’t give a shit about two tribes in Afghanistan.  Tell me everything I need to know about living a better life in my region.

Cut out anything generic that your subscribers could have found on the web. Don’t waste a paragraph summarizing the Dallas Cowboys / Miami Dolphins game yesterday. Other people do that way better than you.  Just give me the scores.  Do tell me about what is going on in the home team dressing rooms and which young GTA athletes are looking like professional prospects.

Do the same thing in every city across Canada.

The result should have been a smaller but far more dense newspaper that was invaluable to its readers. Give Joe Subscriber a reason to keep giving you $600 / year …. because he sure ain’t giving it to you to read about two tribes scrapping it out in Afghanistan.

Canadian newspapers aren’t dying because of technology. They’re dying because they forgot to deliver the news that matters to their subscribers.

And Now You Die.

Paul Kedrosky Provides Best Early Analysis Of Facebook … He Has Concerns

Posted by AGORACOM at 12:26 AM on Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Paul Kedrosky is one of the smartest and most level headed financial-tech commentators I know.   So when Bloomberg posted this video, I watched.  Lots of great information, though it seemed like the interviewer couldn’t keep up with Kedrosky’s brain in the last couple of minutes and failed to really get Paul to dive into a detailed discussion about growth opportunities.

Have a look at this 12 minute video.  Well worth the time, especially if you are considering buying the stock when it IPOs.

AGORACOM Launches Skype Interviews With Smash Success

Posted by AGORACOM at 8:44 AM on Friday, April 1st, 2011

We are pleased to announce the official launch of AGORACOM Via Satellitean AGORACOM production in which we interview small-cap CEO’s in depth after the release of important news.  AGORACOM Via Satellite is valuable because it is news driven and, therefore, very relevant and timely to the investment community.  This is not the typical “tell everybody a little about you so that we can fall asleep” format.  We’ve all seen this format and safe to say we’ve had enough of them.

This is hard hitting and granular.  We’re changing the game again  …. as always, don’t take my word for it.  See below:

CASE STUDY – GOLDEN HOPE MINES – OVER 1,000 VIEWS !!

On March 22nd, Golden Hope Mines issued this Corporate Update Press Release.  On March 23rd, we conducted an interview with GNH President, Frank Candido, from their exploration offices in South Eastern Quebec. Later that day we released this Skype interview (see snapshot at the end).  Golden Hope Mines is neither a current nor past client of AGORACOM. As such, we have never had any kind of official relationship with GNH shareholders.  They simply have a Free HUB on AGORACOM.

In less than 1 week, the results were as follows:

1.  Views: 1,070 … and counting

2.  Retail Investor Reaction: In a word – overwhelming. View this link to see just some of the posts.  The best reactions came from these two posts.

Excerpts:

  • Great interview, George and thanks for doing that. Frank, clearly is a man with a vision and passionately believes in it. This transmits very well to the shareholders, when you see him talking live.
  • I am a GNH shareholder, but after viewing this interview and watching & listening to the man in charge, I want more shares. Plain and simple.
  • Wonderful,classy interview with Frank,George. Not being able to see the GNH property, or to chat with Frank, as so many have had the pleasure of doing on this hub, well it really was a great opportunity to see why everyone comes away with such a positive feeling about GNH. Kudos to George and AGORACOM for doing this. I’ll be buying more.
  • I think George’s interview today with Frank was fantastic. Frank’s enthusiasm and confidence have always been apparent, but I learned so much more today. I’m delighted that the team will be bringing on board an outside engineering firm to confirm results to date etc.
  • Maybe we could ask George to have another such meeting with Frank following the next press release! Even better…a monthly chit chat with Frank! :)
  • I was so impressed I bought more shares today, and it’s a good feeling.

3.  Institutional Investor Reaction: Within 18 hours of it’s release, Golden Hope advised:

  • “Brokerage 1, Broker 2 and Broker 3 have watched it already” [Sorry but can’t publicly release the names of the firms]
  • “I would suspect there are more than a few (brokers) that are watching it. It is a phenomenal update piece.”

CONCLUSION

This case study demonstrates very strongly that AGORACOM Via Satellite will become the new paradigm with respect to small-cap CEO interviews. It will do so for the following reasons.

  • Timeliness - It provides small-cap companies with an ability to speak about important news within minutes of its release.
  • Relevance – Investors are hyper-tuned in to hear about and better understand the relevance of your recent news.
  • Connection - Investors that rarely get a chance to speak with management now have an ability to watch, connect and feed off management confidence.
  • Format - The side-by-side “Satellite” format has only been available to large cap companies on large business networks.  Not anymore.

How much does it cost?  Nothing, nada, zilch, zero, no strings attached, no conditions, no contracts, no fine print … its free.  Why?  As much as this helps you, it also helps us generate amazing content for our site.  The only limitations are A) The underlying news has to be awesome B) A max of 2 per year per company to give everyone a fair shake.

Win-win.  Welcome to AGORACOM.

AGORACOM Averages 1.1 Million Investors, 7.4 Million Visits and 74.7 Million Pages Annually For 2008-2010

Posted by AGORACOM at 4:21 AM on Friday, January 21st, 2011

Good morning to you all.  As you know, I love to share AGORACOM Traffic data and today I’ve pulled out our average annual traffic metrics for the years 2008 – 2010, representing our first 3 full years of operating a full-blown community for the small-cap industry.  Suffice it to say, we are extremely proud of the results, which all started with this mission to smash the status quo by launching “Investor Controlled” stock discussion forums back in October of 2007.

As always, please find enclosed a Google Analytics snapshot that details the period:

TRAFFIC DATA SNAPSHOT COMING SHORTLY

THE TALE OF THE TAPE

(Figures for January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2010. All figures reported by Google Analytics)

  • Unique Visitors 3,323,264
  • Visits 22,200,293
  • Page Views 224,097,193
  • Pages Per Visit 10.09
  • Avg Time On Site 8:26
  • Traffic Sources  55.65% Direct;  27.03% Search Engines; 16.15% Referring Sites
  • Number Of Countries/Territories 223
  • Top 10 (Canada, USA, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Norway)

The numbers look even better when you consider

  • We built our model on quality vs quantity. As such, this is pure discussion. No spam, flaming and bickering traffic.
  • We are only focusing on small-cap and mid-cap stocks …for now.

The continued strength in our traffic can be attributed to the following reasons.

1. Social Media

We have really turned on our social media efforts in 2010, which have resulted in:

  • Twitter:  A focus on great content has helped us generate 1,460 followers on our main AGORACOM Twitter Account.  This is especially impressive when you consider the fact we have a 3.93:1 ratio of following:followers.  In English, that means we’ve earned our followers, as opposed to simply racking up high totals by reciprocal follows.
  • Our Facebook Fan Page now has over 475 Fans thanks to the great content (video, blog posts, tweets) we are feeding into it on a daily basis

SOCIAL MEDIA IS MEANINGLESS WITHOUT TRAFFIC

Furthermore, we’ve worked hard at cross-promoting our social media channels AND providing a variety of content on each. If you’re a small-cap company that is simply creating Twitter and Facebook accounts to post press releases, you are simply wasting your time (Beware Of ….  The Rise Of Social Media IR “Experts” a.k.a Pretenders)

Cross-promote and differentiate so that investors have options to consume what is most important to them.  Otherwise, investors simply won’t engage you.  If you can’t do this internally, call me.

2. Cross-Promoting Great Content

We recently introduced a “News Flash” feature that allows us to provide investors in every corner of AGORACOM with breaking/important small-cap news as it happens.  As a result, investors that may be focused on a particular HUB or group of HUBS on AGORACOM are discovering new ideas every day.

More than just lip service, click-through analysis shows these are a big hit with AGORACOM visitors and a good reason to both keep returning to the site and consuming our content.

3. Great Platform

Small-Cap Investors continue to flock to AGORACOM thanks to what we believe is the best small-cap community platform on the web. By providing Wiki and UGC tools to our members, we’ve put significant control into their hands and that has benefited the entire community. From adding/editing/updating content, to self-policing their own HUBS, members have created a small-cap community that is more informative and cleaner than any other small-cap site on the web. It isn’t perfect – but it is as close to perfect as you can get using today’s technology.

4.  Mobile

We are seeing dramatic results from mobile devices that will be the subject of a separate blog post over the next few days.  In the meantime, suffice it to say that mobile traffic is big and expanding rapidly as small-cap investors check in from the road, waiting rooms, the beach and any other place away from their PC.  This is traffic we simply didn’t have a couple of years ago and we expect it to climb significantly for years to come.  Hence, why we recently announced the launch of our iPhone Small Cap App.

CONCLUSION

Going forward, we’ll be adding further fuel to the fire via the following exciting initiatives:

* Rapid traffic expansion in 2011 thanks to greater product variety for public companies

* Our upcoming mobile push in Q1, including the launch of an Android and Blackberry App to complement our iPhone App and of course our Blackberry partnership

* Our next online conference in Q2.  Our first one brought in over 17,500 investors from 77 countries.

* An expanded content push (Holding our cards close to our chest)

* A greater social media push (Look for Facebook and Twitter integration announcements)

All in all, we’re excited about the next 12 months and beyond.  If you think we’ve come a long way, you ain’t seen nothin’yet.

Thanks to our great clients and members for continuing to make AGORACOM the best community platform within the small-cap industry.

Regards,
George

974,000 Investors, 55.5 Million Page Views On AGORACOM In 2010

Posted by AGORACOM at 7:32 AM on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Good morning to you all and Happy New Year to you and yours.  As most of you know, I like to share AGORACOM traffic data on a regular basis.  Why?  In the world of online investor relations, nothing speaks more about your ability to meet a client’s needs than the amount of traffic and overall engagement you are able to deliver.  This is especially true in the small-cap space, which is full of investor relations pretenders that throw around all the right jargon but offer little to no substance.

To this end, I am very happy to announce our traffic results for the full year 2010.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, this snapshot from our Google analytics is worth several million.

CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VERSION


THE TALE OF THE TAPE

(Figures for January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010. All figures reported by Google Analytics)

  • Unique Visitors 974,019
  • Visits 6,486,371
  • Page Views 55,556,593
  • Pages Per Visit 8.57
  • Avg Time On Site 7:46
  • Number Of Countries/Territories 208
  • Top 10 (Canada, USA, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Mexico)

The numbers look even better when you consider

  • We built our model on quality vs quantity. As such, this is pure discussion. No spam, flaming and bickering traffic.
  • We are only focusing on small-cap and mid-cap stocks …for now.

The continued strength in our traffic can be attributed to the following reasons.

1. Social Media

We have really turned on our social media efforts in 2010, which have resulted in:

  • Twitter:  A focus on great content has helped us generate 1,460 followers on our main AGORACOM Twitter Account.  This is especially impressive when you consider the fact we have a 3.93:1 ratio of following:followers.  In English, that means we’ve earned our followers, as opposed to simply racking up high totals by reciprocal follows.
  • Our Facebook Fan Page now has over 475 Fans thanks to the great content (video, blog posts, tweets) we are feeding into it on a daily basis

SOCIAL MEDIA IS MEANINGLESS WITHOUT TRAFFIC

Furthermore, we’ve worked hard at cross-promoting our social media channels AND providing a variety of content on each. If you’re a small-cap company that is simply creating Twitter and Facebook accounts to post press releases, you are simply wasting your time (Beware Of ….  The Rise Of Social Media IR “Experts” a.k.a Pretenders)

Cross-promote and differentiate so that investors have options to consume what is most important to them.  Otherwise, investors simply won’t engage you.  If you can’t do this internally, call me.

2. Cross-Promoting Great Content

We recently introduced a “News Flash” feature that allows us to provide investors in every corner of AGORACOM with breaking/important small-cap news as it happens.  As a result, investors that may be focused on a particular HUB or group of HUBS on AGORACOM are discovering new ideas every day.

More than just lip service, click-through analysis shows these are a big hit with AGORACOM visitors and a good reason to both keep returning to the site and consuming our content.

3. Great Platform

Small-Cap Investors continue to flock to AGORACOM thanks to what we believe is the best small-cap community platform on the web. By providing Wiki and UGC tools to our members, we’ve put significant control into their hands and that has benefited the entire community. From adding/editing/updating content, to self-policing their own HUBS, members have created a small-cap community that is more informative and cleaner than any other small-cap site on the web. It isn’t perfect – but it is as close to perfect as you can get using today’s technology.

4.  Mobile

We are seeing dramatic results from mobile devices that will be the subject of a separate blog post over the next few days.  In the meantime, suffice it to say that mobile traffic is big and expanding rapidly as small-cap investors check in from the road, waiting rooms, the beach and any other place away from their PC.  This is traffic we simply didn’t have a couple of years ago and we expect it to climb significantly for years to come.  Hence, why we recently announced the launch of our iPhone Small Cap App.

DECREASE IN PAGE VIEWS

On the flip side, we have seen a decrease in page views over the same period last year that can probably be attributed to two items. First, one of our busier HUBS was Freewest Resources which was acquired by Cliff’s Natural Resources in Q1 2010 after a long and bitter battle with Noront Resources, which also happens to be a very busy HUB on AGORACOM.  As such, with Freewest being taken over, we haven’t had the benefit of page views for one of the prominent players within the Ring Of Fire, nor have we had the benefit of the debate between two very busy HUBS.

Second, as a result of our OSC matter, several of our high-profile client HUBS have been put on hold, leading to page view losses there as well.

Nonetheless, 974,000 visitors and 55,500,000 page views is pretty good for a slow year and we

CONCLUSION

Going forward, we’ll be adding further fuel to the fire via the following exciting initiatives:

* Rapid traffic expansion in 2011 as clients come back to AGORACOM.

* Our upcoming mobile push in Q1, including the launch of an Android and Blackberry App to complement our iPhone App and of course our Blackberry partnership

* Our next online conference in Q2

* An expanded content push (Holding our cards close to our chest)

* A greater social media push (Look for Facebook and Twitter integration announcements)

Thanks to our great clients and members for continuing to make AGORACOM the best community platform within the small-cap industry.

Regards,
George

AGORACOM Launches Wicked iPhone App For Small Cap Stocks and Investors

Posted by AGORACOM at 2:39 PM on Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Good afternoon to you all.  I am very proud to announce the launch of the AGORACOM iPhone App – and it is wicked!  First, as you can see from the screen shot above, our development team did a great job of creating an elegant and functional interface.

Second and most importantly, it provides small cap investors with powerful information in the palm of their hands.  No matter where you are, you are never out of touch with the small-cap world thanks to the following amazing features:

  • Headlines - The best small-cap headlines of the day are posted every morning and as they happen throughout the day.  We even break it down by industry, including the best news out of the Chinese small and mid-cap space.
  • Videos - AGORACOM Small Cap Videos have been watched over 300,000 times and are now available right on your iPhone. Why do small-cap investors love our videos?  Every morning we produce AGORACOM Small Cap TV, AGORACOM Small Cap Gold and Resources TV and Chinese Small-Cap TV to provide investors with a daily, fast-paced cutting edge show delivering the best small-cap news of the day.
  • Blogs and Tweets – We share some pretty powerful information via our multiple blogs and twitter accounts, so for those of you that follow us, you aren’t skipping a beat.  For those of you that haven’t caught on to blogs and tweets yet, the information is nicely and conveniently compiled in the palm of your hand.
  • AGORACOM Mobile – Feel the need to read and/or post to your favourite HUBS on AGORACOM.  Click on AGORACOM Mobile and go straight to the log-in page to get you started.  For those of you that aren’t AGORACOM members, you can surf anonymously, or log-in using your Facebook account (more about that in another announcement)

Overall, we’re really happy with the first version of our app and you can expect us to keep adding new features over the coming months and years.

WHY MOBILE? …. WHY AN IPHONE APP? …. WHERE TO?

In case you are asking yourself about the importance of mobile and, specifically, an iPhone app, look for answers no further than our announcement earlier this year that Mobile Devices Drive 16,000 Visits To AGORACOM in August.  The iPhone accounted for 75% of all mobile visits (yeah, that surprised us too)

Also, people now spend as much time on mobiles as reading on newspapers and magazines. We’re extremely confident that mobile is going to dwarf newspapers and magazines going forward for the simple reason that your phone gives you information as it happens, not the day after.

Moreover, look for a Blackberry App (to compliment our existing Blackberry content partnership) and Android app to follow in Q1 2011.  Unfortunately, much to the chagrin of 4 AGORACOM Members, (Cylinder and AlsoFromSudbury) we won’t be developing a Palm App … we calculated it would be cheaper to simply buy each one of them an iPhone :-)

In the meantime, please download our iPhone App and provide us with your feedback, as well as, feature requests for our next upgrade.

Do you want your small-cap company to be featured on the AGORACOM iPhone App? Need to create your mobile / online / social media IR strategy?  Contact me to discuss your needs and how we can solve them.

Regards,
George

Loving How Skype Video Is Being Used To Replace “Via Satellite” Interviews

Posted by AGORACOM at 2:18 AM on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Latest Jim Rogers interview regarding Ireland financial mess is informative for investors – but provides me with even greater validation for AGORACOM Via Satellite.

If you’re a small-cap CEO, grab yourself a webcam and a Skype account as we step on the accelerator with this one .

Regards,
George

873,000 Investors, 50 Million Page Views On AGORACOM Year To Date

Posted by AGORACOM at 12:02 AM on Friday, November 19th, 2010

Good evening to you all. As most of you know, I like to share AGORACOM traffic data on a regular basis and today is no exception.  I was a little distracted for the quarter ended September 30th and with things getting back to normal around here, it was a good time to report on our traffic.

I’m pleased to report that the number of visitors (873,000) visits (5,820,000) and page views (50,000,000) to AGORACOM remain very strong despite a couple of extraordinary matters this year compared to last year, which I will discuss further below.

Please find enclosed a Google Analytics shot of our traffic year to date (January 1, 2010 – Nov 17, 2010)

The continued strength in our traffic can be attributed to the following reasons.

1. Social Media

We have really turned on our social media efforts in 2010, which have resulted in:

SOCIAL MEDIA IS MEANINGLESS WITHOUT TRAFFIC

Furthermore, we’ve worked hard at cross-promoting our social media channels AND providing a variety of content on each. If you’re a small-cap company that is simply creating Twitter and Facebook accounts to post press releases, you are simply wasting your time (Beware Of ….  The Rise Of Social Media IR “Experts” a.k.a Pretenders)

Cross-promote and differentiate so that investors have options to consume what is most important to them.  If you can’t do this internally, call me.

2. Cross-Promoting Great Content

We recently introduced a “News Flash” feature that allows us to provide investors in every corner of AGORACOM with breaking/important news as it happens (both small-cap specific or macro-market related). As a result, investors that may be focused on a particular HUB or group of HUBS on AGORACOM no longer feel as if they are missing important news.

Click-through analysis shows these are a big hit with AGORACOM visitors and a good reason to both keep returning to the site and consuming our content.

3. Great Platform

Small-Cap Investors continue to flock to AGORACOM thanks to what we believe is the best small-cap community platform on the web. By providing Wiki and UGC tools to our members, we’ve put significant control into their hands and that has benefited the entire community. From adding/editing/updating content, to self-policing their own HUBS, members have created a small-cap community that is more informative and cleaner than any other small-cap site on the web. It isn’t perfect – but it is as close to perfect as you can get using today’s technology.

DECREASE IN PAGE VIEWS

On the flip side, we have seen a decrease in page views over the same period last year that can probably be attributed to two items. First, one of our busier HUBS was Freewest Resources which was acquired by Cliff’s Natural Resources in Q4 2009 after a long and bitter battle with Noront Resources, which also happens to be a very busy HUB on AGORACOM.  As such, with Freewest being taken over, we haven’t had the benefit of page views for one of the prominent players within the Ring Of Fire, nor have we had the benefit of the debate between two very busy HUBS.

Second, as a result of our OSC matter, several of our high-profile client HUBS have been put on hold, leading to page view losses there as well.

Nonetheless, 873,000 visitors and 50,000,000 page views is pretty good for a slow year.

CONCLUSION

Going forward, we’ll be adding further fuel to the fire via the following exciting initiatives:

* Our upcoming mobile push in November, including the launch of our iPhone App and of course our Blackberry partnership

* An expanded content push (Holding our cards close to our chest)

* A greater social media push (Look for Facebook and Twitter integration announcements)

Thanks to our great clients and members for continuing to make AGORACOM the best community platform within the small-cap industry.

Regards,
George

Why Skype IPO Is A Buy

Posted by AGORACOM at 7:31 PM on Monday, August 9th, 2010

Internet telephony company Skype today announced plans to IPO, the details of which are included in this registration statement.  As an online investor relations company, AGORACOM is extremely bullish on the long-term prospects of great online technology (including our own).  I’m personally a user, big fan and plan to incorporate Skype into AGORACOM over the next 6 months.  If you are a small-cap company, you should be using Skype to both save costs and better connect with shareholders – but we’ll save that conversation for another day.

SHOULD I BUY SKYPE STOCK?

For now, the most important question I need answered is – should I buy Skype if and when it goes public?  The answer is yes and it comes from two sources of information:

1.  THE DATA

As you can imagine, there is a ton of good data floating around on Skype’s business so here are a few tidbits (hat tip to Techcrunch):

  • Revenues for the first six months of 2010 were $406 million, with a net income of only $13 million.
  • However, a big portion of that was interest income. Income from operations was only $1.4 million for the six months.
  • Gross margins are a healthy 51% and expanding thanks to scale and the ability to negotiate lower telephone fees around the world.
  • The company currently has $85 million in cash.
  • Skype users made 95 billion minutes of voice and video calls during the first half of 2010.
  • Skype users sent 84 million SMS text messages during the period.
  • Skype is averaging 124 million users a month, with only 8.1 million of those paying users.
  • The paying users pay an average of $96 a year.
  • Skype growth is going to come from: More paying customers; More enterprise customers; and Advertising

2.  THE EXPERTS

All of the data above is great but it still doesn’t tell me is Skype should be a buy.  Are their growth objectives realistic? What is the competitive landscape like? Will they be the leader 5 years from now or will Skype get “Yahooed”? Truth is that nobody has a crystal ball but if there is one guy I trust to summarize the big picture, it’s AGORACOM Keynote Speaker and leading global financial blogger – Paul Kedrosky.  His commentary below was the icing on the cake for me, all I have to do now is wait for the IPO.

Regards,
George

Browsers and Operating Systems Used By Small-Cap Investors

Posted by AGORACOM at 8:30 AM on Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Given the fact AGORACOM attracted over 1.1 million annual unique visitors again in 2009, I think it’s safe to assume our site represents about as good a sample of small-cap investors as any on the web.  As such, here is some information I fished out of our Google Analytics on the browser and operating systems used by small-cap investors:

BROWSERS

Internet Explorer is still the unequivocal leader with > 70% share of small-cap investors.  Personally, I abandoned IE a couple of years ago for Firefox and have recently moved onto Google’s Chrome due to better speed and all the add-ons they provide.  If you’re an AGORACOM member/visitor, you should take 3 minutes to download each browser and test it out. It certainly won’t hurt and can definitely help.

AGORACOM Visitors - Browsers 0110

Of slight concern is the fact that 20% of AGORACOM IE users are still using IE6.  If you’re an AGORACOM member/visitor that is still using IE6, do yourself a big favor and upgrade to IE8 for a significantly better browsing experience and security. Don’t just take my word for it, on January 19, 2010 Microsoft came out and advised customers to keep using IE but to upgrade from IE6.

AGORACOM Visitors - Browsers IE 0110

OPERATING SYSTEMS

Microsoft (Windows) is running away as the operating system of choice for small-cap investors (mine too). I expected a big spread but 91.5% is far greater than I expected.  The big questions are:

  • Are Mac users generally not as big into finance? OR
  • Are Mac users big into finance but – due to their tech savvy – are they using cutting edge sites such as StockTwits?  I’m very curious as to what percentage of StockTwits visitors are Mac users. Howard?

Mobile operating systems are on the grid but we personally have a lot of room to improve, which is good news for the mobile applications we’ve been working on over the past few months.  Look for big mobile news to come out of AGORACOM in the next 30 days.

AGORACOM Visitors - Operating Systems 0110

Of those small-cap investors using Windows while surfing AGORACOM, the further operating system breakdown is as follows. Am I the only one surprised to see Windows 7 at < 1%?  If I had to guess, I would have estimated 5% uptake of Windows 7 at this stage.  Clearly, small-cap investors like to stick with that works – including me who plans to be on XP for quite a while.

AGORACOM Visitors - Operating Systems Windows 0110

BROWSER AND OPERATING SYSTEM COMBINATIONS

Finally, here are the top broswer/operating system combos of small-cap investors.  Not surprisingly, Microsoft dominates here as well – but put me down in the Firefox/Windows group, though I have recently switched camps into Chrome/Windows, which makes up less than 2% of small-cap investors (ooh, I’m so cutting edge :-) ).

AGORACOM Visitors - Browser OS 0110

CONCLUSION

I hope you found the above information to be helpful. I’d love to hear any questions or comments, especially from AGORACOM members/visitors.

Regards,
George