How Your Favorite Sites Are Using Your Data

The rise of social sharing sites has brought about an interesting change in how our data is being used. All of the different sites you frequent on a daily basis are actively gathering facts about you. You may have noticed that when you were searching for a perfect new summer tank top on Urban Outfitters, that when you left to check other websites those same tank tops started following you in ads on those new sites. Social networks are betting on a future built on a personalized web, an Internet paradise filled with items the virtual you will be more apt to share, pin, tweet, or “like.”

The Race For Gold

The 2012 London Olympics are just 7 days away, and Olympians from around the world are gearing up for the competition. Athletes are completing their final warm-ups, settling into their new living quarters, and eagerly awaiting the massive crowds to fill all the different venues of the Olympic Park. Some of them have accomplished Olympic glory before, while others have spent their entire lives training for this once in a lifetime opportunity. While athletes in various events all have earning potential, there are certain events that garner the most lucrative pay-outs. 

The Mythology of Mobile Payments

Myths can affect the way people go about their daily lives. Not only can it keep them from enjoying leisure activities like swimming after eating, drinking water out of plastic bottles, and believing their wishes will come true when made at 11:11; it can also have an effect on them adopting new forms of technology. These myths about technology are keeping Americans from making the jump to mobile payments — even though nearly half of them are smartphone users.

Made for TV: Television’s Most Excellent Roommates

We’ve all had our fair share of roommates. Having the right one can enhance your life tremendously, and account for hours and hours of ridiculous conversation and hilarious hijinks. Being stuck with the wrong roommate can turn your life into an awkward living hell, where the torment of not getting along, mixed with the continuous stream of passive aggressive notes about inconsequential things, will drive you to the brink of jumping straight off a bridge. Because of these polar extremes, roommates have always made great content for television.

Americans Rate Their Utility Companies

There are choices for many things in life. We can choose to not have a cell phone, delete our Facebook account, never fully understand Twitter, buy our dogs ridiculously priced sweaters and treats, complain about politics, or quit our jobs to move halfway across the world to a beach in Thailand to completely start over and live in boardshorts. But, there is one thing — unless you live completely off the grid — that we don’t have a choice in, and that’s dealing with a utility company. So how do Americans feel about their power company? And how does that change depending on what company they use and whether they use solar or grid power?

Why Retailers Should Get On Board With Pinterest

Pinterest is making an actual vision board obsolete. People are flocking to the social networking site to keep a virtual space of recipes, decor ideas, fashion must-haves, beauty tips, and artwork. By now, most people are familiar with the pull Pinterest commands around the web in terms of driving traffic — as compared to other social networks. Almost two out of five consumers follow retailers through one or more social networking sites, with Pinterest users following an average of 9.3 retail companies… that is more than the average amount of Facebook and Twitter users. With so much happening on Pinterest, it only makes sense that retailers set up a Pinterest profile and interact with consumers on the platform.

Winning Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

With the 2012 Wimbledon Championships just ending this past weekend, spectators at the event and around the world witnessed records being broken, upsets stealing the show, and the domination of the Williams sisters and Roger Federer. Wimbledon combines the best modern-day advanced sports technology with the charm of an English country garden, and is the only one of the major tennis championships to be played on grass. Whether you saw every match, or didn’t watch a single moment, there are still some interesting facts to learn about the Wimbledon Championship in this graphic created by Confused

Travel Like a Local: San Francisco’s Best-Kept Secrets

Seeing the majority of a city through a camera lens, hanging out at the busiest tourist spots, and wearing tan shorts with black socks isn’t the way everyone wants to travel and experience new cities. Some people hate the idea of sticking out like a sore thumb when they’re on vacation, and will go to great lengths to make sure they fit in with their surroundings. San Francisco is one of the best cities in California, and there’s so much more to enjoy than the Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman’s Wharf.

Sharks: Decoding the Mysteries of the Ancient Predator

Sharks have been one of the most feared creatures of the ocean for nearly 400 million years. There are more than 400 living species of sharks in our world, with over 200 of those species being listed on the World Conservation Union’s “Red List” of endangered species. This graphic from the History Channel brings us some very interesting facts about these wild creatures while highlighting their new series Shark Wranglers . The show will head to the Atlantic Ocean, faring some of the world’s most treacherous waters, while following Chris Fischer and his crew aboard the shark research vessel OCEARCH. Their mission: to decode the mystery of one of the planets most notorious predators, the great white shark.

Explosions in the Sky: Independence Day Fireworks

The Fourth of July is the day in which America celebrates gaining its independence from England, and has become synonymous with being the most supreme holiday of the year. Fourth of July is a time where you hang out with family and friends, grill food, and light off a ton of fireworks — the more illegal the better. More than 67 percent of Americans are planning to join in the festivities this year. Whether it’s attending a BBQ, watching a community fireworks celebration, or walking in a parade, there is plenty of fun for everyone — except for the small percentage of people who aren’t celebrating at all.