I’m starting to see an increase in announcements of content management solutions which are packaging up content curation functionality, The functionality allows content editors to search for content sources around a particular topic, and provide various automation techniques to the way these sources are filtered, and presented in an aggregated publication.

The automation tools are improving and are already starting to exert a disruptive influence on the process of collecting online research.

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Social Media in 2014

2,7 billion Internet users worldwide, including 191,4 million in the US. An attendance that increases with the number of social networks. In this video, we use the main key facts of Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Facebook, Twitter. A 2D movie with a lot of motion graphic.

http://24motiondesign.com/#!projects/social-media-2014-in-the-usa

 

Linked In
LinkedIn when public last month and it’s share price doubled on it’s first trading day valuing the company at 8 billion.  Here’s a great presentation listing the key demographics and stats for the Linked In user base.

 

 

Australian retailers finally get started with Social Media

Australian retailers are finally leaving the shores of social media apathy and are attempting to navigate the treacherous waters of consumer engagement. No doubt spurred on by the negative PR associated with non-engagement, retailers are also sensing the hidden treasure to be found with consumer loyalty. The social media wave started several years ago, and it still baffles me why has it taken retailers so long to take social media seriously?

Twitter – your new trading platform?

Listening is the first part of our Social Media Action Plan – Listen, Engage, Influence

Monitoring social media conversations is now proving to be useful for predicting the stock market levels, acccording to this report from Mail Online.

Researchers from Indiana University  noticed the correlation after they analysed more than 9.8 million tweets from 2.7 million users during 10 months in 2008.

An online mood-tracking tool called OpinionFinder also measured whether the users were generally positive or negative and how that changed over time.  The team was then able to measure variations in public mood and then compare them to closing stock market values.
The key emotion turned out to be “Calmness” .. which is pretty cool.

Augmented Reality – using Webcam

Oddcast has teamed up with Pointroll to create this cool Augmented Reality service which is driven from your webcam.

It’s called Get Me In The Head and although the performance is a little slow it’s still pretty cool

This video shows the features in case you don’t have a webcam.

Facebook surpasses 500 million

Facebook’s growth continues, here’s the latest statistics

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People on Facebook

  • More than 500 million active users
  • 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook

Activity on Facebook

  • There are over 900 million objects that people interact with (pages, groups, events and community pages)
  • Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
State of the Internet

I never tire of watching videos which highlight the incredible statistics surrounding the penetration of the internet, and I’m still surprised by the growth in some of these statistics.

JESS3 / The State of The Internet from Jesse Thomas on Vimeo.