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Day August 3, 2007

Are you a Cyberchondriac?

Harris interactive refers to people who have gone online for health information as Cyberchondriacs - I love that name - although I had to teach it to my spell-checker.They found in their poll, conducted during July this Year:Over the last two years, the number of people who have used the Internet to search for health-related information has also increased markedly, (from 53% in 2005 to 71% currently). This brings the number of all U.S. adults who have ever searched for health information online (Harris Interactive® refers to them as "cyberchondriacs") to 160 million, from 136 million in 2006 and 117 million in 2005 — a 37 percent increase over two years.I think that is a great statistic, it also changes the interaction between patient and doctor, as some patients arrive with information in hand.

Top 10 Most Significant Commerce Developments of the Last Decade

The Software & Information Industry Association, the principal trade association for the software and digital information industry, today announced its list of the top ten developments that have had the most significant impact on electronic commerce since the White House released the "Framework for Global Electronic Commerce" ten years ago. Google (September 1998) 50% Broadband Penetration in the US (June 2004)eBay (September 1997) (May 1997)Google Ad Words (2000)Open Standard (HTML 4.0 released 1997)Wi-Fi (802.11 launched 1997)YouTube (2005)iTunes (2001)BlackBerry (1999)It should be noted that the staff of the SIIA voted on this list - so it is a fairly limited demographic - but still interesting.... I think the trend is very clear - online & on-demand - so all personal businesses, like contractors, freelancer, self-employed, virtual assistants and small business, like home-, micro-, lifestyle-, mobile-, SME-, SMB-, SOHO-businesses, need to look at this trend and then look at their business.

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