February 2010

Internet Users Spend Most Time On Facebook

facebook-generic-pic-rex-features-615598689How much time do you think you spend on the computer a month? Do you spend the majority of your time updating your status and poking your friends on Facebook?  If you’re like the average American, you do. 

The folks over at Nielsen have released yet another interesting survey which shows how much time we spent online in January and where we visited.  Surprisingly, the average US Internet user, spent more time on Facebook than Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Microsoft, Wikipedia and Amazon combined.  In fact, the average American spent 7 hours, 1 minute and 41 seconds on the social network (that’s the equivalent of 14 minutes or so a day).  That’s a major jump from Nielsen’s June 2009 survey, when at the time the average Facebook user only spent 4 hours, 39 minutes and 33 seconds on the site. (more…)

Consumers Favor Companies Linked With Social Media

cc_matt_hamm_social_mediaIn their latest study The Center for Client Retention, found that consumers are more likely to favor companies that not only are on social media sites but those who engage with clients as well.  During the the study 55% of consumers said they felt positive about the company while a small 5% acted negative towards companies having social media.  The remaining 40% felt neutral. 

That’s significant that only 5% feel negative against the use of social media.  22 companies involved with the Fortune 500 provided the survey with critical information on their social media policies to find the difference of consumer expectation.  Nearly 27,000 consumers gave the survey feed back on their experiences with social media. (more…)

Google Optimistic About Future In China

googlechinaIt’s been nearly a month since the battle between Google & China went public, and for the first time since the insident Google co-founder Sergey Brin said at the TED conference on Friday that he’s optimistic that Google will not end up pulling out of China because of the recent hacking and censorship issues. 

“I’m an optimist. I want to find a way to work within the Chinese system and provide more and better information,” he said. “I think a lot of people think I’m naive, and that may be true.” (more…)

The Olympics & Social Media

olympicsWe are one day away from the start of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.  And although social media has been around for a few years, this will be the most Tweeted, Facebooked, YouTubed Olympic games ever.

Soon we could see well-known American speedskater Apollo Ohno or skier Lindsey Vonn breaking world records.  Both athletes have Twitter accounts that they actually run themselves.  However there is a bit of confusion on if the athletes will be able to tweet or use any social media for that matter.  (more…)

Could The Internet Win The Nobel Peace Prize?

welcome-to-the-world-wide-web-signIt was just a few months ago when President Obama accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, which caused much controversy.  However, last week nominations for this years peace prize winner were due.  Among the nominations according to some include, Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina, Liu Xiaobo, a recently jailed Chinese dissident, for his “distinguished and principled leadership in the area of human and political rights and freedom of expression.”, Former Illinois Governor George Ryan, and the Internet. 

Yes, the Internet.  The World Wide Web.  What you are using right now to read this.  As you can imagine, if President Obama’s nomination caused uproar, what the internet will do. (more…)

What Are Facebook Users Doing

facebookstatsWhether you love it or hate it, you have to admit Facebook has accomplished a lot in the past 6 years.  The company recently just announced they have more than 400 million users, and had changed it’s layout.  So with 400 million users on the site, what are they all doing on the site?

It’s funny you should ask.  Occasionally Facebook will release new statistics of what Facebook users are doing when they are the site.  And it just so happens they released an amazing list of what Facebookers are doing.  So without further ado, take a look at the latest Facebook statistics. (more…)

Google Turning Into A Social Media

googlebuzzAt about 10:30AM PST, Bradley Horowitz, Google’s Vice President for product Management announced in a press conference that Google will open it’s own social media known as Google Buzz.

Horowitz brought on Todd Jackson, product manager for Google Buzz, to actually introduce the product.  Google Buzz with be integrated with G-mail accounts as Jackson called it “an entire new world.”

He first introduced 5 key’s that make up Google Buzz.  Those being, auto-following, a fast sharing experience, both public and private sharing, inbox integration and finally, “just the good stuff.” (more…)

Facebook Taking Over The World

facebook-worldLast week was a major week for the social network Facebook.  Not only did the social network celebrate it’s 6th year birthday, but also officially announced there are more than 400 million users. 

That means in just over two months, the company has gained more than 50 million users.  It took more than 4 years to get 100 million users, and since then Facebook’s population has been increasing and the speed that it’s growing is increasing as well.  (more…)