Social Media Tag

Skype To Come To A TV Near You

skypetvWe have all at least seen Skype.  Oprah uses it to talk with guests from around the world!  In case you aren’t familiar with Skype, it’s a free service which allows you to video chat with other Skype users or lets you pay a small  fee to call land line and mobile phones worldwide.  As of last count, the service had more 527 million users, that’s more than Facebook’s impressive 350 million users. 

This week at the Consumer Electronic’s Show, which starts Wednesday in Las Vegas, Skype is expected to show off Skype for your HDTV.  Right now the service only works on computers, and several smart phones.  So moving it to you television would be a new experience. (more…)

Social Media In The New Decade

fexit10 years ago at this moment, the world was relieved that nothing that they had feared about, regarding Y2K actually happened.  People were now placing their money back into the bank, while others had an endless supply of food they had stocked up on just in case.  It’s crazy to think that if someone would have said “Facebook”, “YouTube”, “Digg”, or just the words “social media,” we most likely would have given them a funny and strange look. 

It was in 2004 when social media was created.  Linkdin & MySpace took to the web and since then there has been explosion of “social media” & “social networking” sites.  When I graduated high school in 2005, if had ever wanted to share a video with the class for a certain project, I’d have to visit the library, maybe a video store, and rent the video, while worrying about some return date.  Today, my brother who is in his sophomore year of high school is able to use YouTube to share a video with just the click of a mouse.  Our world has advanced so much in the past decade, and social media has played a significant role! (more…)

2009 Online Holiday Shopping Ends High

falling-moneyThe numbers are in from the 2009 online holiday shopping season, and it could be a good sign for the economy.  In the report from comScore, the e-commerce industry faired better than the same time in 2008. 

“During [November 1- December 24], approximately $27 Billion was spent online, which represents an increase of 5 percent over the same period a year ago,” said the comScore Press Release. For the period from Black Friday through Christmas Eve, and after adjusting for the additional shopping day in 2009, sales grew by approximately 3.5 percent.” (more…)

Twitter Makes Extraordinary Prediction

3231178720_5e2c1c45a8By the time you finish reading this article, nearly 30,000 tweets will have been posted.   On December 19, Mashable announced that there were officially more than more tweets in the world than people.  While the world population is roughly 6.79 billion people, the number of tweets is now well over 7 billion.  It took roughly three years, to get 7 billion tweets, which is very impressive.  That’s averaging 1.75 billion tweets a year, mind you that Twitter hit 3 billion tweets in April of this year followed by 5 billion in mid-late October. 

In an Online Times article, Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone write, “In the new year, Twitter will begin supporting a billion search queries a day. We will be delivering several billion tweets per hour to users around the world.” (more…)

Video Changing The Social Media Game

blogtvsOnline videos have become part of our everyday culture.  Within the past two weeks, the latest viral video, which features a 5 year old Japanese boy, playing the ukulele while attempting to sing Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”, has had more than 9 million views.  While we will never get tired of watching videos like that, watching live events on our computer’s is becoming increasingly popular. 

Over 10 million people tuned in to watch U2’s live YouTube concert in October, the first ever concert to be broadcast live on video site.  President Obama’s inauguration in January was one of the largest live online viewing events in history.  According to NewTeeVee,  69.8 million people watched the President’s inauguration streamed live online, while only 37.8 million watched on television.  (more…)

Pepsi To Drop Super Bowl & Use Social Media

pepsiThere is always that age old question, why do people watch the Super Bowl?  Many watch for the game itself, while others just tune in for the half time show.  And others tune in just for the commercials.  Commerial airtime during the Super Bowl is always   the most expensive time for advertisers to advertise since it is the most viewed event on television.  One commercial you don’t see in the next Super Bowl, Pepsi. 

The company has announced they will not be making a commercial for the 2010 Super Bowl, instead they will focus on a $20 million social media advertising campaign.  ABC News reports that the company will launch the Pepsi Refresh Project on January 13, where online users can submit ideas to help ‘refresh their communities to make a better world.’ (more…)

Facebook’s Trends of 2009

3d-text-effect-2009 copyAs I predicted earlier this month, everyone is pumping out data from the what happened this year.  Last week, I shared with you some of Twitter’s most tweeted words.  Now this week, Facebook has decided to share some of the most talked about topics through status updates. 

“Status updates on Facebook help people understand their friends and the people around them–how they’re feeling, what they’re doing and what they’re thinking,” says Facebook’s Lars Backstrom in a Facebook statement. “In the United States alone, people on Facebook are sharing hundreds of millions of words every day, thousands per second, in status updates. When taken as a whole, these words offer a unique barometer into the issues, world events and thoughts that are connecting people.” (more…)

Email Blamed For Twitter Hacking

emailIcon copyChaos broke out late Thursday night and early Friday morning as the Iranian Cyber Army took over Twitter.  Microbloggers worldwide were lost on what exactly was going on, and were unsure where they would be able to send their tweets.  While the matter is still being investigated, reports from Twitter’s service provider, Dynect Inc. has said they are not the reason for the the break in as Twitter had first believed.  It now seems the hackers were able to get into Twitter staff members emails and obtain the passwords to change the settings through Dynect.

“Someone logged in who purported to be a legitimate user of their [DNS] platform account and started making changes,” said Tom Daly, chief technology officer at Dyn to The Washington Post. (more…)