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Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links: mid-Jan 2011 to mid-Feb 2011

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on March 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Material I bookmarked in the last month and that I thought worth sharing.

 

Apps

Apple’s App Store hits 10 billion downloads

Android Market growth rate outstrips Apple App Store

App Tells Your Friends What You’re Watching – iPhone app analyzes sound to determine what’s on your TV.

Websites and apps for bargain hunters

The Apps Are Here: World Bank Apps for Development Challenge Now Open For Voting The World Bank is giving its data away for free using a contest challenging developers to build apps on top of the data. Apps have come from 30 different countries and more were built in Africa than in Europe.

Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life – The Locker Project, an open source service will capture  data from users’ activities around the web and offline via sensors, put it firmly in their own possession and then allow them to run local apps that are built to leverage their data.

Mobile App Market: $25 Billion by 2015 – according to a new report from World Mobile Applications Market. The mobile app market was $6.8 billion this year, the report says, but will grow steadily over the next four years to reach $25 billion. Out of that $25 billion, Apple’s App Store will account for 20.5% of total revenues.

 

News and Journalism

Hands On with The Daily – report on the launch of Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad-only newspaper ‘The Daily’.

The Guardian Launches Its New Subscription-Based iPhone App

The Newsonomics of 2011 news metrics to watch » Nieman Journalism Lab »

Washington Post to Launch Free Personalized News Site  – The Washington Post Co. is to launch a free news-aggregation website, called Trove. It lets readers build their own news site based on topics they choose. By sifting through more than 10,000 news sources,  delivering articles to a personalised page using algorithms that take into account articles a person has read and personal interests. Trove apps for devices like the iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry are also in the pipeline.

Paper.li Raises $2.1 Million To Open Operations In The U.S. And Asia

 

America

FCC To Reshape Phone Subsidy Program to Help Boost Rural Broadband – Plan to convert the $8 billion fund that subsidizes rural telephone services into one that will help pay for broadband in underserved areas. The plan will involve reshaping the Universal Service Fund, a decade-old subsidy which is paid for by fees added onto most consumers’ phone bills. That money is then distributed among phone companies to help subsidize the costs of providing services to rural areas.

Vocus Releases Annual Study: State of the Media in 2011 – report sees the US media industry stabilizing; layoffs and closures slow, digital and mobile see growth, Patch.com sites pressure competitive local news

 

Developing World/Middle East

U.S. Military Can Restore a Country’s Internet – Whether It Likes It or Not – The U.S. military, it turns out, can force a country that has disconnected itself from the Internet back online.

Vodafone Forced to Send Pro-Government Text Messages in Egypt – Vodafone says it was forced to send pro-government messages to its subscribers in Egypt during the country’s recent protests.

Middle East unrest according to Glenn Beck and friends … – Guardian curated round up – with video clips – from US rightwing commentators on recent upheaval in the Middle East.

 

Advertising

Super Bowl 2011: Christina Aguilera and Groupon fluff their … “The history books will say that the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 2011’s Super Bowl XLV – but on the night the biggest losers were the pop star Christina Aguilera and the cut-price internet site Groupon.”

Why Groupon’s Super Bowl Ad Was So Offensive

Group-buying – does it deliver? | Money | The Guardian

Foursquare Launches Business Pages

 

Mobile

Smartphones Outsell PCs – According to IDC, smartphone manufacturers shipped 100.9 million devices in the fourth quarter of 2010, while PC manufacturers shipped 92.1 million units worldwide. Or, more simply put, smartphones just outsold PCs for the first time ever.

 

Social Networking

Social Media Marketing By The Numbers [Infographic]

Everything (almost) that you need to know about social networks -Infographic crib sheet with facts about Facebook and Twitter as well as social networking around the world.

Social Network Ad Outlook Is Modest And Unclear – Deloitte predicts that in 2011 social networks are likely to surpass the milestone of one billion unique members. They may deliver over 2 trillion advertisements.

A Question for Quora – Technology Review – “Quality of content and community is diametrically opposed to mass market success,” says Burbidge. “Having worked on Answers, I can tell that the level of quality is going to drop from the very high level it is at now as more people sign up.”

Social networking under fresh attack …

Facebook ‘friends’ did not act on suicide note …

 

Social Media Tools

Training Handouts « Claire Wardle, PhD – Six terrific ‘slideshows’: Google Advanced Search, Delicious, Aggregators and RSS, Facebook, Twitter and Image & Audio tools: Flickr, Picfog and Audioboo

YouTube – First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy – fun video with a social media message

5 Ways to publish your social media messages – 10,000 Words

 

Twitter

Who are the top UK journalists on twitter?

100 Most Influential UK Journalists on Twitter

Twitter’s Advertising Revenue May Triple to $150 Million

 

LinkedIn

LinkedIn plans to float this year | Technology | guardian.co.ukLinkedIn plans to float this year – Private shares in the company changed hands at an implied valuation of $2.5bn (£1.6bn).

LinkedIn Said to Be Worth Almost $3 Billion in Secondary Sale …

5 things you didn’t know you could do with LinkedIn – 10,000 …

 

AOL

LEAKED: AOL’s Master Plan – Leaked slides and editorial summary of AOL’s vision for the next couple of years.

Huffington Post to be sold to AOL for $315m

Huffington Post sale: who gets the $315m?

 

Everything Else

Microsoft Ships 8 Million Kinect Devices, to Add Hulu

Google, Microsoft Added Internet-Search Market Share in December

10 per cent of users take 90 per cent of mobile data …

The State of the Blogosphere 2010 ” – Brian Solis

Chancellor crowdsources for budget ideas – No 11’s ‘online portal’ where the public can submit ideas for the March 23 budget.

Can We Crowdfund Our Lives? – “What do a chipped tooth, a world record and the relocation of a popular café in downtown Oakland all have in common? Each needed money to achieve a goal and, rather than going the usual routes of taking out loans or operating on credit, each found funding through crowd funding.”

7 Innovative online maps – 10,000 Words

MC Hammer Is Just Another Tech Geek – the 90’s rap icon MC Hammer made a fortune, lost it, and is now an investor in 8 different tech companies.

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Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links: mid-Dec 2010 to mid-Jan 2011

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on February 11, 2011 at 12:22 am

Summary of the key stuff I bookmarked in the last month and that I thought worth sharing.

Social Media

Best of 2010: Social Media Stats & Year in Review | Social Media Today

Piracy

A new study has found a “staggering” amount of people are accessing piracy websites. Anti-fraud firm MarkMonitor said there were more than 53bn visits a year to the 43 file-sharing sites it studied.

Audio

The BBC is launching a higher quality audio stream for online radio, initially for live events but ultimately to be incorporated into iPlayer and Radioplayer. BBC Audio & Music director Tim Davie said: “HD Sound is an exciting development and a signal of our commitment to innovate in digital radio for the benefit of our listeners.”

UK Radioplayer, will be made available on joint venture YouView and other internet-connected TV platforms.

Facebook

Facebook tops Google as most visited site in U.S. – Facebook surpassed Google for the first time as the most visited website in the United States for most of 2010.

In a speech to the British Venture Capital Association, Facebook’s Europe VP and managing director Joanna Shields said she believes “the most important word on the internet today isn’t ‘search’, but ‘share’”, insisting the rise of social features represents a massive commercial opportunity for most businesses.

Facebook is temporarily disabling a newly launched feature which would have granted app developers access to some users’ home addresses and telephone numbers, saying it was making amendments following customer feedback.

The Wall Street Journal reported Facebook is breaching privacy rules as many applications are sharing personally identifiable information about their users with advertising and internet tracking companies. The report said the problem is allowing at least 25 ad and data firms to access users’ names and, in some cases, names of their friends, and the top 10 applications, including Zynga’s Farmville game, are transmitting user IDs to third parties. Facebook said it was taking steps to “dramatically limit” the exposure of personal information, adding the company would introduce new technology to eliminate this issue.

Google

Google announced a reshuffle of its top management that will see Eric Schmidt hand over the title of chief executive to co-founder Larry Page in April. The leaders said the changes were prompted by challenges brought by Google’s continuing growth. Brin said: “Every time we double in headcount the whole company changes a lot.”

Google posted a fourth-quarter net profit of $2.54bn, up 29% on a year earlier, on revenue 26% higher at $8.44bn.

Only 1% of Google searches get past page one of results.  Ref: Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein

Google has increased its dominance of the US search engine market, growing its share to 66.6%, according to data from ComScore. The figures for December also show that Microsoft increased its share to 12%, though Yahoo! saw its share fall slightly to 16%.

The number of apps available at Google’s Android Market has increased six-fold in a year to almost 130,000. The research by Distimo also showed that the Apple App Store for iPhone doubled its total number of applications during 2010 to almost 300,000.

Apple

The New York Post reported Apple expected to ship about 12m iPad tablets by the end of 2010, and another 20m in 2011

Apple posted first-quarter net profits up 78% on a year ago to $6bn, on sales up 71% to a record $26.7bn.

Other Companies

Swiss-based Paper.li has raised $2.1m in a funding round which will allow it to set up operations in the US and Asia. Paper.li lets users transform social media news streams from Twitter and Facebook into personalised online newspapers.

Amazon is to take full control of movie streaming service Lovefilm, in which it already has a 42% stake. Terms were not disclosed, but the FT said the price was close to £200m.

Groupon has completed a $950m financing deal with investments from a number of firms, including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Greylock Partners and Andreessen Horowitz. The company now has 50m subscribers.

Mobile

Android Market growth rate outstrips Apple App Store

Pandora CEO Tim Westergren credited the rise of smartphones with transforming the US radio streaming group, which was close to bankruptcy four years ago, into an “anytime, anywhere service without us doing anything”. Registered users at the site have grown from 40m to 75m over the past 12 months.

50% of UK children aged 5-9 and 75% of 7-15 year olds now  own a mobile phone.   Ref: Manchester University Social Attitudes Study (UK)

Only 3 out of 220 US students were able to turn off their cell phones for 72 hours.  Ref: Fox News (US)

Both from: http://brainmail.nowandnext.com/brainmail_issue68.txt

Research by video traffic management firm Bytemobile revealed just 10% of mobile users account for 90% of all networks’ data traffic, and suggested that by 2011 60% of all traffic will be video.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has revealed the number of posts made via mobile phones has risen 25% in a year, with two out of every five Tweets now made through handsets.

New research suggested a growing trend among consumers to use their mobiles to shop, with almost a third having used their phone to access a retailer’s website.

Games and Gaming

Microsoft Ships 8 Million Kinect Devices, to Add Hulu

Nintendo said it expects to ship around 1.5m units of its 3DS console in Japan after its launch at the end of January. Hailing the new 3D-capable handheld game player, president Satoru Iwata told the Nikkei business daily: “It’s important that we ensure a continuous supply.” The 3DS is scheduled for a European and US launch in March, with the Japanese company targeting 4m worldwide sales before the beginning of April.
Predictions for 2011

Just some of the many of the navel crystal ball gazing articles produced around Christmas time…

10 Predictions for the News Media in 2011 – in 2011, the focus on mobile will continue to grow with the launch of mobile- and iPad-only news products, but the greater focus for news media in 2011 will be on re-imagining its approach to the open social web. The focus will shift from searchable news to social and share-able news, as social media referrals close the gap on search traffic for more news organizations. In the coming year, news media’s focus will be affected by the personalization of news consumption and social media’s influence on journalism.

Social Business Predictions 2011 – Being Peter Kim

2011 Social Media Prediction Roundup: Common Themes for the New Year – Shoutlet

Eleven Digital Trends to Watch in 2011 – Edelman presentation

Edelman Technology–our predictions for 2011 « The Naked Pheasant

5 Predictions for 2011 From IDC

Charlie’s Angles: How did I do with my tech predictions for 2010? | Technology | guardian.co.uk

The Cool Commentator 2011 Trend Predictions! | THE COOL COMMENTATOR

Tomorrow’s world – 2011 predictions | The Filter: Team Blog

95+ Predictions for the Web in 2011 – from Mashable

Top 5 technology predictions for 2011 – Telegraph

Analyst technology predictions 2011 « The IIAR Blog

BBC – dot.Rory: Tech in 2011: Who knows what’s next?

30 Social Media Predictions From 30 Social Media Pros … – Social Media Examiner

10 Ways Social Media Will Change in 2011 – ReadWriteWeb

Top Ten Trends for 2011 from Moxie – with excellent downloadable PDF

2011 Staff Predictions – more from ReadWriteWeb

Gartner Predicts 2011 – business angle

11 Digital Predictions for 2011, Contagious Magazine

Seven Technologies That Will Rock 2011 – TechCrunch

10 Websites to Watch in 2011 – Mashable

Summary of Trends for 2011+ – Futurist, Richard Watson

Deloitte predicts that in 2011 social networks are likely to surpass the breathtaking milestone of one billion unique members. Also, they may deliver over 2 trillion advertisements.

Giving its top predictions for 2011 in its annual ‘Year in Review Briefing’, search marketing specialist and technology firm Greenlight said it expects Google and Bing to offer app search before the end of the year

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Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links: mid Sept to mid Oct 2010

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on October 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Social Media – General

What They Know – WSJ – “The Journal analyzed the tracking files installed on people’s computers by the 50 most popular U.S. websites, plus WSJ.com. The Journal also built an “exposure index” — to determine the degree to which each site exposes visitors to monitoring — by studying the tracking technologies they install and the privacy policies that guide their use.”

The rise of social media and its impact on mainstream journalism – Working paper from Nic Newman.

101 Social Media Marketing Terms Explained

How Do You Balance Personal and Professional on Social Media? – “Social media is all about people connecting with people, and so your true personality is bound to come out — no real point in trying to hide who you are as a person.”

36 Awesome Social Media Blogs Everyone Should Read

The Future of Social Media in Journalism – “The future of social media in journalism will see the death of “social media.” That is, all media as we know it today will become social, and feature a social component to one extent or another. After all, much of the web experience, particularly in the way we consume content, is becoming social and personalized.”

Twitter

Twitter plans to step up monetisation by allowing advertisers to use data on which brands and people users follow to target ‘promoted tweets’. Product manager Shiva Rajaraman said: “Who you follow is a good indicator of what you are interested in. As we move forward, we are going to implement targeting mechanisms that allow people to engage their audience in that way. We are starting with essentially keywords but the basic goal is to build out interests based on who you’re following.”

Twitter has rolled out what they have called the “biggest overhaul of its web page in its four-year history”, incorporating images, video and other media into its main page in a bid to increase stickiness.

Best of the Greater Manchester Police 24-hour Twitter experiment – Between 5am on Thursday 14 October and 5am today (Friday 15 October) the northern police force dealt with 3,205 incidents and posted the details of every alleged misdemeanour on micro-blog Twitter.

Twitter’s Impact On News Traffic Is Tiny | paidContent:UK – Facebook sends 13 times more clicks to news sites than Twitter in France, according to European internet monitor AT Internet Institute.

16 bitchin’ commands and shortcuts for Twitter | Econsultancy

Facebook

Facebook is introducing new procedures to identify accounts which have been hacked after admitting fraud has become a “major issue” for the company.

Six Reasons Why I’m Not On Facebook, By Wired UK’s Editor – “My cautious use of the social networks has nothing to do with paranoia about privacy; and yes, I celebrate the unprecedented transparency and connectivity that these services can empower. But what’s increasingly bothering me is the wider social and political cost of our ever-greater enmeshment in these proprietary networks. Here are half a dozen reasons why.”

MySpace

MySpace is to undergo a “dramatic remake” to return it to its “roots of music, discovery and self-expression”.  

Internet TV

Virgin Media CEO Neil Birkett said internet TV will “make people fall in love with their television sets again”, expressing confidence that Virgin’s status as a “trusted brand” will ensure it is well positioned to persuade consumers to take up new services.

Sony has announced a range of Wi-Fi enabled TVs built on Google’s Android platform, which allow users to find content online via Google’s search engine. They can toggle between live TV, or browse online content while regular TV plays in a corner of the screen. Jeff Goldstein, vice president of connected home products and services for Sony, said: “There’s a lot of folks out there who want to see something more out of their TV. I think the adoption rate on this type of device is going to be very fast.”

Google TV product manager Ambarish Kenghe said in a blog posting that the group has been working with “some leading technology and media companies to optimise their content for Google TV, including news sites like The New York Times and USA Today… information networks like Twitter and online networks like blip.tv.” Reported here.

A Google spokeswoman said the group “does not have any specific plans for advertising” on its Google TV service as yet, although industry sources said Google has set out plans to sell ads alongside viewer search results.

Project Canvas is now YouView.

Initial iterations of YouView will not feature a web-browser, “We’ve essentially built a TV experience” that will function in a similar way to Apple’s App store said Richard Halton. “For content providers, it means you can create a TV experience that’s tailored for the TV set. The reason mobile apps work is because they’ve been tailored for the mobile. In a way, that’s even more so for the TV set, because you’re 10 feet away from the screen.”

Apple has launched  a new version of its Apple TV set-top box priced at $99, less than half previous iterations, as well as unveiling a new interface which allows users to stream movies from Netflix as well as content from the iTunes store.

Ofcom has formally handed over responsibility for editorial complaints related to online and VoD content to the Association for TV On Demand. The Advertising Standards Association retains oversight of advertising across the platforms.

Research

Nearly two-thirds of US adults with cell phones say they have slept with their phone on or right next to their bed.

 A study by Orange found that 13% of smartphone owners said they consume more online newspaper content as a result of their handset’s capabilities; however 14% of people who access the internet via mobiles said they read fewer newspapers as a consequence.

TNS Digital Life | Internet Statistics & Social Media Usage | Online … Interviewing almost 50,000 consumers across 46 countries, including all BRIC and most N-11 markets, Digital Life is the largest, most comprehensive study of the Global Digital Consumer, ever. These markets represent 88% of the global Digital population; we cover markets from where Digital is close to ubiquitous to those beginning their digital journey whether through PC at home, mobile or internet cafés.

Social networking makes you happy – New research has established a direct link between IT access and happiness; social networking and instant messaging were found to provide the biggest benefit. In contrast to the stereotype that IT causes social isolation, the research reveals that the biggest positive contribution that IT access makes to the newly connected is the additional social contact with family and friends.

Almost Half of All British Using Social Media While Watching TV – With the rise of ‘event TV’ like X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and sporting events, more and more British viewers are using social networks and instant messaging to chat to friends as the events unfold according to research from Intel has found that almost half of (45%) Brits have admitted to using sites like Twitter, Facebook and MSN messenger to discuss a TV programme whilst it’s on air.

Devices

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed the group will roll-out Windows-based tablet devices in time for the Christmas market.

The FT says its new Apple iPad app had generated more than £1m in ad revenues since it was launched in May, with more than 400,000 subscribers. It represents 10% of the paper’s new digital subscriptions. Traditional print advertising now accounts for just 40% of the FT’s overall revenue.

Ofgem said it expects electricity traffic to double over the next decade, warning investment of about £32bn will be required to ensure networks can meet demand.

3DTV

Toshiba plans to launch the world’s first LCD TV which offers 3D images without requiring viewers to wear 3D glasses.

Sky has launched its 3D TV channel, the first in Europe, kicking off with coverage of the Ryder Cup. Viewers require a Sky+HD package, a 3D-enabled TV and glasses. Virgin Media said it plans to produce its own 3D content from events such as the V Festival. Its own 3D VoD service is now live.

A YouGov survey of 4,199 Britons for Deloitte revealed only 89 respondents planned to buy a 3D-enabled TV set over the coming year. Five per cent of 25-34-year-olds said they would invest over the next 12 months, while only one per cent of over-45s said they would buy a 3D set.

Search

Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes computers will be able to suggest useful information based on past preferences, the location of the user and the time of day.

Google Agonizes on Privacy as Ad World Vaults Ahead – A confidential, seven-page Google Inc. “vision statement” shows the information-age giant in a deep round of soul-searching over a basic question: How far should it go in profiting from its crown jewels—the vast trove of data it possesses about people’s activities?

Mergers & Acquisitions

AOL has bought TechCrunch for an undisclosed sum. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said: “We’ll try to be as hands-off as possible.”

Internet

The News of the World’s online content is now behind a paywall, costing £1 a day or £1.99 for a month’s access. Editor Colin Myler said the switch represented a “very significant moment in the history of the News of the World”, adding the site would have a “real focus on exclusive video and pictures”. An iPad app is to follow which will cost £1.19 per week.

Google plans to add social features to its core products this autumn, adding he hopes people will use the site to grow their network of contacts. Eric Schmidt said: “The best thing that would happen is for Facebook to open up its data. Failing that, there are other ways to get that information.”

Sir Tim Berners-Lee criticised recent calls by telcos and tech groups for net neutrality to be superseded by a tiered pricing regime.  “The moment you let net neutrality go, you lose the web as it is. You lose something essential – the fact that any innovator can dream up an idea and set up a website at some random place and let it just take off from word of mouth.”

Mobile

Fox Mobile has launched its Bitbop subscription mobile entertainment service, which offers unlimited streaming of TV shows for $10 per month, on Android-powered handsets.

Verizon Wireless has launched a media storage service which allows users to back up 25 gigabytes’ worth of documents, photographs and other unprotected content from their phone to the cloud. The $2.99 monthly service’s aim is to ultimately allow the content to be viewable on TVs, phones, PCs and tablets.

A report in the Independent said new research found that smartphones running Google’s Android software could take the largest share of the global market by 2014 – rising from a less than 4% share last year. Gartner said Android’s share will hit 17.7% by the end of the year, overtaking Research In Motion’s BlackBerry (17.5%).

The BBC has launched the latest version of its iPlayer VoD service following beta tests. New features include a facility to download programmes ahead of linear broadcast, which can be viewed immediately after transmission, and integration with social networks Facebook and Twitter.

Music

Sony has unveiled MusicUnlimited, a cloud-based music streaming service which it said will “deliver a variety of digital entertainment content and services” within its Qriocity online platform. The service will initially launch in five European countries, including the UK, and will be available across devices including web-enabled Bravia TVs, PlayStation 3 consoles, Vaio laptops and Blu-ray players.

Government will pay you to download music legally…in France – The French government will subsidise young music fans who agree to download music legally, by footing the bill. Under the scheme, French residents will purchase a card, called the Carte Musique, to download music from subscription-based website platforms. But they will only pay half the cost of the €50 credit included in the card, because the French government will step in to pay the rest.

Other

Video calling is poised to become a mainstream consumer sector, with Cisco and Logitech are to launch ‘couch-to-couch’ offerings this autumn, while Microsoft will add the function to its Xbox 360 console alongside its Kinect motion controller in November.

What I learnt over the summer aka Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links for August and early September 2010

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on September 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Here’s the best of what I’ve read in the past four-six weeks relating to social networking, social media, technology et al. Comments, additions and your own contributions are very welcome.

General

50 Best Websites 2010 – file under ‘stuff to do on a rainy day’. List by Time Magazine. 

Best Blogs of 2010 more of the same from Time.

Internet 2009 in numbers from Royal Pingdom.

Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia will double their Internet users to 1.2 billion by 2015

Social Networking

The top countries on Facebook (chart) | Royal Pingdom

Web Users Now Spend More Time on Facebook Than Google

Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies

The Next 5 Years in Social Media

How News Consumption is Shifting to the Personalized Social News Stream

75% of news consumed online is through shared news from social networking sites or e-mail. Social news is finding us.

Gender, Education, Age and Income analysed for social networks around the world, including many I’d never heard of!

MySpace has struck a deal with Facebook which will allow users to “sync” their status updates on both social networks. 
 

Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley told the Sunday Times the location-based social network, which boasts 3m users, does not regard Facebook’s newly launched Places service as a direct threat, saying: “I use Facebook, but not to announce which bar I’m in. That’s for your good friends, not for some half-forgotten college acquaintance.” Ouch!

Apple said 1m people signed up to Ping, its music-based social network, in the 48 hours after its launch

Virgin Media has launched Sofa Stadium, a new dual-screen app which coincides with the start of the Premier League season, giving fans match stats and social networking feeds alongside televised games.

Blogging

A Look Back at the Last 5 Years in Blogging

Royal Opera House threatens to sue blogger over photo row

Without Prejudice – why all the Royal Opera House posts have disappeared

Non-profit blog threatened by legal action from the Royal Opera House for using unauthorised images of the ROH. This post lists the correspondence.

Consumer

Leading article: Thanks to the internet, the customer is king again …

Hoteliers to take their revenge on TripAdvisor’s critiques in court …

Search

9 Awesome Search Engines That Aren’t Named Google

“On Google, 34,000 searches occur each second….”

Search Google like an expert

Selected coverage of Google Instant:

Mobile

Google phones set to overhaul competitors in four years – Business News …

Quarter of all searches on Android devices in the US are now made using voice.

Government

Town halls ‘saving millions by embracing new technology’ – Telegraph

How Flickr can work on a local government website – a nice example from Walsall.

Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing tubestrike info

TV online

Research by SeeSaw.com and Radio Times found 34% now watch their favourite shows online, rising to 56% among students. Radio Times editor Ben Preston said: “The couch potato is dead, the age of the hunter-gatherer is nigh. Technology means television isn’t a passive activity any more. We hunt down what we want to watch, we gather up great shows we’ve missed and we chat and joke about what we’ve seen – whether friends and family are sitting next to us or are online thousands of miles away.”

Apple iPhone users accessed 5.3m BBC programmes in July, according to new figures. New Media Age reported that an average of 230,016 Apple mobile handset owners visited the BBC iPlayer service to download shows each week during the month.

4oD accounted for 25% of TV watched by students with YouTube accounting for a further 13%.

TiVo has announced a research project that will see the company monitor how much time users spend watching online content on their TV sets alongside regular programmes.

Privacy

New Facebook safety concerns have emerged after the social networking giant launched a feature in the US which automatically shares location information of users with their ‘friends’. People will be able to “check in” at locations, with the information shared among their chosen online contacts. But US Privacy Rights Clearinghouse spokeswoman Rainey Reitman warned: “What we see with Facebook is a massive learning curve. Every time they make a change, consumers scramble to figure out the privacy settings. Location data is tied to people’s safety – if people know where you are, they know where you’re not. Your location data is some of the most sensitive data we have.”
Sources: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/aug/19/facebook-places-location-tool-unveiled and http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/de665226-ab2e-11df-9e6b-00144feabdc0.html

Defending the new Facebook Places feature, product manager Ana Yang said: “People are already sharing their location on Facebook, so we looked at this to see if we could make it easier, more consistent and more social. But if it means removing friends you don’t know or even blocking someone, we support all those things because you’ll have more control. People should be establishing the social norms that it’s OK to block the sketchy ex-boyfriend and in some ways it’s easier to do this on Facebook than in real life.” She added that users could opt to be notified if they are tagged at a location, and said a total opt-out of “places” tags was available.
 

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has suggested a radical plan for today’s teenagers whose social networking site activities could embarrass them into their adult lives – change your name. In an online debate hosted by the Wall Street Journal, he predicted this could be an effective way of disowning potentially compromising photographs and comments preserved for all time on social media sites, stating: “I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time.”
See: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/16/schmidt_wsj/ and http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/google-on-privacy-change-your-name-20100817-127xj.html?from=smh_sb

links for 2010-09-09

In Daily Links on September 10, 2010 at 2:03 am
  • Facebook recently passed an incredible milestone, 500 million active users. And it keeps growing… If Facebook were a country, it’d be second only to China and India.
  • What happened with the Internet in 2009?
    How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there? This post will answer all of those questions and many more. Prepare for information overload, but in a good way. 😉
  • # Pursue what you love. Passion is an incredible motivator. It fuels focus, resilience, and perseverance.
    # Do the hardest work first.
    # Practice intensely, without interruption for short periods of no longer than 90 minutes and then take a break.
    # Seek expert feedback, in intermittent doses.
    # Take regular renewal breaks.
    # Ritualize practice
    (tags: li)
  • 1. Meet People's Needs.
    2. Teach Creativity Systematically.
    3. Nurture Passion.
    4. Make the Work Matter.
    5. Provide the Time.
    6. Value Renewal.
  • A recent survey done by the Red Cross Organization in the US revealed that social media is becoming increasingly important when crisis hit home.
    * 16% uses social media to get news of an emergency
    * About half the respondents are willing to sign up for email, text alerts to receive news regarding emergency
    * About half of the respondents would mention a particular emergency on their social media channel
    * 75% choose Facebook as the most used platform for respondents to post eyewitness information to. Blog comes in 22% while Twitter 21%
    * Vast majority will choose Facebook as the platform of choice when it comes to posting about their safety
    * Most than two third agree that response agencies should regularly monitor social media
    * Younger users age 18 – 34 (33%) make use of social media to get use of an event or emergency compared to only 9% of those age 35 and older
    * In the survey, 3 out of 4 respondents expect help to arrive within one hour
  • …focus on the 20% that will bring you 80% of the results.

    By doing an 80-20 optimization of your website — whittling your pages down to the 20% of things that produces 80% of the results — you’ll not only have a simpler site that’ll convert better, but you’ll have less work in developing and managing it since there’ll be fewer elements to think about.

  • Searching is one of the core utilities of the internet. Most websites today have a search function, and we all spend a lot of time searching. On Google, for example, 34,000 searches occur each second. For many internet users, Google has become the default search engine in web browsers and mobile devices; however, Google isn’t always the best search engine for the job. When Google isn’t getting the job done, give one of these other search engines a chance.
  • An online business news outlet, TheBusinessDesk.com, has reached a readership milestone by securing more than 50,000 registered subscribers.

    The free-to-use service has three regional hubs: Yorkshire, the North West and the West Midlands.

  • Industrial areas in the North East and Midlands are least resilient to economic shocks, BBC-commissioned research suggests.

    Middlesbrough is ranked as the most vulnerable, followed by Mansfield, in Nottinghamshire, and Stoke-on-Trent.

    The Experian research suggests how England's regions may cope with further public sector cuts.

    The study looks at the ability of each local authority area to withstand sudden changes in the economy.

    A clear north-south divide is evident in the research.

    Elmbridge in Surrey is the most resilient area in England, followed by St Albans in Hertfordshire and then Waverley in Surrey, the information suggests.

    The research, commissioned by BBC English Regions, looks at four key themes; business, community, people and place.

    (tags: cuts experian)
  • Local authorities have embraced new mobile phone, satellite and “location based” technology to better inform residents about a variety of council services such as meals on wheels, schools, busses, refuse collections and planning applications.

    The new technology has helped increase council “productivity” by £230 million, the Local Government Association research found, as local authorities struggle to plug budget black holes.

links for 2010-09-06

In Daily Links on September 7, 2010 at 2:04 am