Content Marketing – Todays Marketing Format In Costa Rica

A week ago, a friend, from the world-class resort Crocodila Bay published an awesome video of a sailfish jumping into a boat and in a heat of panic, the angles jumping out. Within days, the hits to the video numbered over 26,000. A while back, we published a short video on Costa Rica sportsfishing captain, Captain Bobby McGuinness, holder of over 200 world records, and within a short time over … [Read more...]

Could Costa Rica Become the “Poster Child” of Bitcoins Users?

About a year and a half ago I made my first Bitcoin (the controversial digital currency) transaction and several weeks ago another one. People have asked me, "Why?" My answer was simple, "To see what it was all about." In the last several months, I have been following the outcome of the Bitcoin ETF Backers Winklevoss Twins, who were made famous by suing Facebook founder, Mark … [Read more...]

Is the U.S. Government Spying on Costa Ricans and Storing Their Personal Data?

Costa Rica is no stranger to surveillance; it has always been Central/South America's hub of eavesdropping.  Back in the early 1980s the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica was undergoing a remodeling and when finished, the roofs were covered with various sizes of satellite dishes and antennas. These CIA surveillance equipment targeted the conflict areas of Nicaragua, El Salvador, and … [Read more...]

Help Protect Yourself and Friends On Facebook

There is not a day that goes by where I/m getting emails about Facebook on whether or not this link is legit or not. Most recently many of my photographic friends are bitching about how to protect their photos from being shared etc. However, that’s a new subject matter and on to protecting oneself on Facebook. Since Facebook launched in Feb 2004, it has been the pride of Social Media. It … [Read more...]

Costa Rica’s “New” Internet Cybercrime Law

It’s always good when some sort of controversy happens is to first sit back. So when President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica signed into law Ley 9048 [July 10, 2012], which sought to expand the definition of cybercrime, we listened before writing this post. As expected, the Costa Rica bloggers, newspapers, etc.  had a field day,  claiming a violation of internet freedom and a … [Read more...]

Social Media Marketing Costa Rica

Years ago when a client's only bullheadedness concern was getting in the top five at Google under a few very major Costa Rica keywords, I said to myself, Oh boy, here we go again! I had to shake my head. It took me about six months (after his keywords hit the top five) for him to realize, even if keywords are good way to drive traffic to ones websites, it is not the only way. In my … [Read more...]

Serving Legal Papers in Costa Rica Via Facebook

Take The Poll The distance between Costa Rica, Social Media, Internet and technology is narrowing all the time. No, I'm not referring to iPhones and better Internet services, but to a judge in the United Kingdom's High Court, who ruled this week that legal claims can be served on Facebook. The big question, whether or not, Costa Rica's Judicial System will … [Read more...]

Paypal and Costa Rica – Banco National, Scotiabank, and Citibank

Paypal has been hyped as the best way to send and received money anywhere in the world and personally it is the simplest and easiest way to accept credit and debit cards and e-checks. So you’re an expat, and you start a business in Costa Rica. Then you signup for PayPal (which is free), so you can start accepting credit card payments instantly. Right? Well, as many know, not so true! The … [Read more...]

Increase of Phone Solicitations in Costa Rica

At the end of January two major events took place in Costa Rica. 1) The iPhone craze finally took place when three primary cell phone operators (ICE Kölbi, Móvistar and Claro) started selling the iPhone 4S with numerous plans. At some of the major shopping centers customers bounced like pin balls comparing prices and plans - all three companies say sales have been [very] good in the last … [Read more...]

Solar Energy in Costa Rica – Saving Money and the Planet

Up until quite recently in Costa Rica, the proposition of saving both money and the Earth with photovoltaic solar systems has stood on some pretty shaky ground. But that is changing.  Nowadays,  more and more Costa Ricans and expats are installing stand-alone or autonomous photovoltaic systems in the country's remotest regions and have made it possible for people to live well where ordinarily they … [Read more...]

Why Hurricanes Rarely Hit Costa Rica

We get asked all the time, does Costa Rica get hurricanes? Well, yes and no, meaning "yes" they do receive the tropical aftermath of one, like heavy rains  of what Tropical Storm Tomas did in November 2010 that caused sever damage and deaths. In meteorology; a tropical cyclone (or tropical disturbance, tropical depression, tropical storm, typhoon, or hurricane, depending on strength and … [Read more...]

Are Costa Rica’s Internet Service Providers Going to Be Charging Extra for Excessive Bandwidth?

In the last couple of weeks one of our accounts has been having a hard time logging into their server. So after they rebooted the router a few times and then cleaned the ends of the cables the problem still existed. For a while it was driving me a bit crazy why this was happening until suddenly that light bulb clicked on; I remembered the article I wrote back in April, 2010,  Net Neutrality For … [Read more...]