Kim Kardashian and Soulja Boy can send out one little tweet and get paid $10,000.
While their 140 character messages may take little effort, advertisers are willing to pay up to get a piece to get the attention of their millions of followers.
Start-ups like Ad.ly are connecting brands and celebrity Twitterers and with more than 50 million Twitter messages are tweeted each day, imagine how those updates can add up!
See how much celebrities and sports stars are making off their tweets >
Kim Kardashian: $10,000+
Kim Kardashian, who has more than 3,210,865 followers, makes up to $10,000 per sponsored tweet, according to SFGate.
Soulja Boy: $10,000+
The Grammy-nominated artists tweets several times a day to his 2,113,311 followers. His price per tweet is unknown, but with millions of followers, it is sure to be close to Kim Kardashian's.
Khloe Kardashian: $1,359.60
E! reality show star and wife of LA Laker Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian is tweeting for money just like her big sis. This
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- Business Insider | Work + Money – Tue, Mar 23, 2010 7:52 PM EDT
Kim Kardashian and Soulja Boy can send out one little tweet and get paid $10,000.Read More »from How Much Celebrities And Sports Stars Make Per Tweet
- Business Insider | Work + Money – Thu, Mar 18, 2010 6:16 PM EDT
Is this well known? We had no idea.
The main reason seems to be that Diana Jenkins is really attractive. Also, her husband has a great job. He used to be Barclay's chief executive of Private Equity. Now he's Principal Investments and Structured Capital markets at Barclays Capital.
They are definitely not your average banking couple.
An article in the Telegraph tells us that Jenkins says it was his wife who charmed the Qatari royal family into investing £7.3 billion in Barclays in 2008. And she apparently persuaded Justin Timberlake to perform at Sir Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball last summer.
She's no ditz, either. The Daily Mail says she graduated from the University of Sarajevo with a degree in economics and social engineering. She alsoRead More »from Meet The "Posh And Becks" Of International Finance
- Business Insider | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 17, 2010 11:17 PM EDT
Read: Hey, Girls, What's Wrong With You People? Why Are So Few Of You Billionaires?
The Forbes list of billionaires has triggered a hew, cry, and great debate among the fairer sex: Why are so few of them billionaires?
Sarah Gilbert at AOL's Daily Finance thinks it's because the pursuit of money is a crass, selfish behavior that only interests men.
Helaine Olen at Slate thinks it's because women are discriminated against and make less than men.
Neither of these explanations ring true. We know plenty of women who like money. And you don't become a billionaire by working for someone else.
So, girls, what's up? Why are you so darn poor (relatively speaking)?
While you're mulling that over, here are the sad stats, courtesy of Helaine Olen:
The Forbes list is composed of 922 men and a pathetic 89 women (1 in 10). Worse, only 14 of those women actually made their money instead of inheriting it.
That's billionaire No. 16 above, by the way. Her name's Alice Walton.Read More »from Hey, Girls, What's Wrong With You People? Why Are So Few Of You Billionaires?
- Business Insider | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 17, 2010 8:30 PM EDT
You've probably seen ads on TV imploring you to pay for retirement before it's too late.
But unfortunately, it is too late.
Well, if you're like most Americans that is.
By and large, we haven't saved enough and have no idea where the money will come from. Also we're freaked out and don't want to admit it.
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A quarter of Americans just decided to postpone retirement for at least a year. Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute
A record 33% of Americans now plan on working past the age of 70. Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute
Now, here's how much ING thinks you need to retire (the lowest estimate is $675,000).
And here's how much Americans think they need. Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute
But here's what American workers actually have: 43% have less than $10,000 in retirement savings. Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute
31% of workers have saved NOTHING for retirement.
Only 56% of workers expect income from a defined benefit Read More »from 20 Terrifying Facts About The Coming Retirement Crisis
Read: Inside The Minds Of Girl Gamers>>
We've heard the stats about women and social gaming. Nearly half of women play online games. They like casual gaming like Farmville and Fashion Wars. They buy more console games then men. Even Nintendo is marketing to them.
So the A&E-owned cable network Lifetime, in their pursuit to learn about all things women-related, conducted a year-long, in-depth study to go inside the minds of women gamers: She's Got Game: Women & Gaming Study.
Kris Soumas, head of games for AETN Digital Media, and Matt Lashey, vice president of strategic insights for Lifetime, said they surveyed gaming CEOs, talked to a pool of men, and surveyed to more than a 1,000 women about their habits and opinions about gaming.
Lifetime plans to offer these stats and details to marketers and advertisers, and use them for their own game-building pursuits. Lifetime Game Studios Korea, is headquartered in Seoul, and they also own Roiworld.com stateside.
Here's just aRead More »from Inside the Minds of Girl Gamers
- Business Insider | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 10, 2010 5:04 PM EST
But, in the 15-or-so years since the dot-com revolution, only a few famous faces have successfully ventured into the digital industry.
And some of them might surprise you.
Don't think of MC Hammer, Will Ferrell, or Kim Kardashian as web-savvy? Think again.
These celebs, along with a handful of others, have combined the accessibility of the internet with their star power to launch some very popular online endeavors, most of which are driven by user-generated content. None has gone bust yet.
David Roberts, CEO of Peter Gabriel's The Filter, gave us some insight into why internet startups are a great entrepreneurial choice:
"Thanks to powerful and flexible technology and an abundance of developers, it is possible to build a prototype very quickly (within 4 weeks in many cases) and release it."
- "This enables you to get real feedback and usage data
- "Thanks to powerful and flexible technology and an abundance of developers, it is possible to build a prototype very quickly (within 4 weeks in many cases) and release it."
Sure, print media is dying. But let's not forget that there are still some uses for it besides current events.
Here is what 23-year old designer Tyler Resty -- whose work has been featured on the cover of Conde Nast's Women's Wear Daily -- does with his scraps.Read More »from Another Reason You'll Actually Miss Newspapers
- Business Insider | Work + Money – Mon, Mar 1, 2010 9:50 PM EST
Read 15 Miserable Airports You'd Never Want To Set Foot In
laguardia airportGoing to the airport can be a quick and pleasurable experience.
Seriously. Some airports offer such great restaurants and duty free shopping that locals will stop by just for the afternoon.
J.D. Power and Associates took a nationwide survey to determine the best and worst airports in the country. Passengers were polled on 27 specific attributes to evaluate six factors: Accessibility, Check-in, Security, Terminal, Food & Retail, and Baggage Claim.
Ten airports received the top overall score of 5 out of 5. Fifteen airports received a dismal overall score of 2.
Sorry, New Yorkers...See The 15 Worst Airports In America >>
No. 15: Bradley International (BDL)
No. 15: Bradley International (BDL)(Sixth-worst among small airports.)
Overall Satisfaction: 2
Food & Retail Services: 3
Baggage Claim: 3
Source: J.D. Power
Photo: The new terminal at BDL, from WikiRead More »from 15 Miserable Airports You'd Never Want To Set Foot In
Read How Innovation Has Changed The Winter Olympics
Bobsled from 1910
We like to think that success in the Olympics is all about athleticism, talent, and hard work.
But using the right gear is also a huge part of the equation. Innovation in the design of athletic equipment has completely transformed many Olympic sports, in some cases forcing major changes to the strategy or even rules of the game.
We've highlighted some of the most dramatic ways in which innovation impacts the sports in the Winter Olympics.
Click here to take a look at how innovation has changed the Winter Olympics →
Speed Skating: Then
Until the mid '90s, most speed skaters wore skates that weren't all that different from what casual skaters use.
The blade was firmly attached to the heel and toe of the boot. The only thing that really stood out about the speed skate was the great length of its blade.
Back then, the major area of technological competition in the sport was bodysuit design, as in so many other sportsRead More »from How Innovation Has Changed The Winter Olympics
Read What It's Like To Look For A Job These Days
A note from a reader in New Haven, CT, responding to our post on long-term unemployment:
Dear Mr. Blodget,
Interesting story you've written... Did you happen to read the article by Peter Goodman of the NYTimes entitled "The New Poor?"
I can offer further insight...
Do you have any idea how difficult and depressing it is to apply for the jobs that are posted out there?
The other day I read an ad for help at a local coffee shop. Here's what it said....Read More »from What It's Like to Look for a Job These Days
BARISTA. looking for someone who takes coffee quite seriously. please send note of interest and resume. Experience required. Please make an effort to write the word(s) coffee, espresso and/or barista in your email. No form responses. Do not use the title "hiring manager" or the phrase "ideal match" or the word "position".
Location: New Haven
Compensation: $8.75 per hour + tips
Although I have a degree from Pratt Institute and have managed to achieve some