If you are living in the United Kingdom you might of seen this advert. It is an advert run by the Advertising Standards Authority.
This is something interesting to Brits because previously the only kinds of ads that were being monitored were outside of the internet. It's only a few weeks before March 2011 and apparently the ASA's reach will now go beyond it's traditional borders and even into the world of Facebook and Twitter. Yes, those who are promoting and misleading others using social media in the UK might end up being regulated.
I believe I have been told by a Londoner that it will be the internet users who will be responsible for reporting sites that do not follow the ASA guidelines. We can expect that they are going to be very busy in 2011 don't you think?
Here are some links if you are really interested in the ASA
Advertising Standards Authority Homepage
Committee of Advertising Practice
Advertising Standards Authority on Wiki
Twitter is "Realtime"
MY FOLLOWERS WILL RECEIVE THIS NEWS VIA TWITTER
What I am writing about might not be anything new to people selling goods and services in the United Kingdom via the internet, but it is probably going to be something new to those who live outside the UK. If I had not been visiting the UK over the past few weeks, I would probably have never known about it. I guess that most people living outside the UK don't care about what goes on in the United Kingdom and why should they? However, if you are selling goods and services on an international basis, it might be important for you to know. More and more we see that the internet is going local. If you don't know what I am talking about you should start using search engines through proxy servers and consider the fact that the internet is moving away from the idea of the world wide web *WWW and becoming more localized in search. If you can understand where I am coming from, it might give you enough justification to start building a social network following others from around the world. Right now my website statistics show that I have only managed to get visitors from 50 countries in the world after being online for about 3 1/2 months. Even though these stats are not impressive I believe there is no way I would of been able to reach so many countries without Twitter. This is because this website is hosted in the USA.
|Top 30 of 50 Total Countries|
|19||108||0.29%||107||0.36%||5131||0.83%||Old style Arpanet (arpa)|
IMAGINING THINGS THAT ARE NOT TRUE
For someone reason there are millions of people imagining that their website is being seen by the world. If someone takes some time to actually view most website statistics, they are probably going to find out that they are making very little headway as far as "the world" is concerned. This is going to be especially true for new websites. If you are running an international business, you ought to be concerned about these matters. You ought to think seriously about search engine optimization.