Data was compiled March 2013 Sources: Alexa and InternetWorldStats. The above is an excerpt/portion from a much larger infographic by TopComputerScienceDegrees.
Twitter is finally coming of age in America. The citizen journalists of twitter far surpassed the real time coverage of cable television of the events during the Boston and Watertown siege.
Those like @michaelskolnick, @diggaduh, @wesleylowery, @sethmnookin, and many others too numerous to name, rocked. They were individually and collaboratively monitoring police scanners, reviewing multiple feeds, often standing in the streets, and tweeting live coverage, thereby, emerging the victors of the news cycle spoils. It was fascinating to watch, and an honor to participate.
This was guerrilla crisis management in the streets come to America. Remarkably, Fox News rose to the occasion getting their helicopter up in the sky over Watertown Thursday evening, while CNN limped along with a sleepy and often foggy Jake Tapper.
Given the sheer volume, it is perplexing that only the next morning did the authorities notice and move to shut down the twitter feed for security purposes during the continued manhunt.
To put this in context, we know that all facets of social media (predominately twitter) came to fruition during the Arab Spring. But that was over two years ago, and social media has matured, grown in power, penetration and numbers from…
Social media surely wins elections in the US. Barack Obama is two for two on the back of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (well, Instagram was a new addition to the Obama campaign’s 2012 arsenal). But can it do the same in a country of 22 million, where voting is compulsory?
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
(think Obama) is campaigning to hold onto her seat against the leader of the opposition Tony Abbott
(think George W. Bush
). But the similarities don’t end there. Many Australians do not like Gillard, for reasons they find hard to articulate, fairly similar to the Obama haters. Deep-seated prejudice is most likely at the core of both groups (anti-women, anti-black), but in the 21st century it is terribly uncool to be either of those things.
Enter social media to help us sort it out. While Americans got reality broken down for us with a series of memes that showed Obama as a forward-thinking progressive (he supports public television, women’s rights and understands you’ll never achieve world peace with militia riding roughshod on horseback), Australians are a bit more of a direct lot.
Witness the tweet making the rounds that spells…
Another South by Southwest (SXSW)
has come and gone and Austin’s streets were no less frenzied, vibrant and action-filled than previous years. From interactive panels that ranged from healthcare, social media, relationships, big data, science & space, mobile apps, gamification, fitness, happiness
, virtual food, activism, hip hop, libraries and museums, natural language processing, location based apps, fashion, beauty and literature, to investment opportunities around the world (Chile, Canada, Argentina, Ireland, Australia and others), there was plenty of information to take in.
Chevy was once again a sponsor so you had an opportunity to test drive one of their many, including a nifty yellow convertible which I took for a spin around town, escorted of course.
Tealet set up shop at Rackspace’s hosted party but they also had a brightly pink-haired tea lover roaming the streets attempting to get the brand name out there.
The streets aren’t just lined with musicians, but also magicians and everything in between.
Girls with hoola hoops performed….
And a man in a banana suit was roaming around, selling…
Reports are coming in that Instagram will be available as a listed in the BlackBerry app store. With a huge caveat that BlackBerry’s new OS allows Android apps to run, so this might be a very easy implementation for the Instagram devs to push out, it raises two points.
Consumers who ‘want Instagram on their phone’ because that’s what everyone on-line tells them they must have, will have no fear in picking up a BB10 handset. More importantly, it shows the love in the room for BlackBerry, because two years later Windows Phone is still
Two-screen or second-screen viewing is a 21st century experience. If you own a mobile device (or really like to sit with your laptop on your actual lap), you have no doubt engaged in the practice during major television events. The Super Bowl is the ultimate in major TV events. And social media – Twitter in particular - serves to underscore that.
Getting ready for the Super Bowl this year at my house involved chilling Chardonnay, making a cheese platter and organizing Dungeness crab and sourdough bread for the second half (yes, we live in San Francisco). But along with the food and drink being moved in front of the big screen, I also brought my iPhone and iPad for texting and tweeting. They were essential to the experience, which for me includes snarky comments about the ads and entertainment and very little to do with the game.
People like me used to be annoying to our spouses and others who just wanted to watch the game (or the awards ceremony or the the election returns). Our running commentary was unappreciated. On Twitter, though, there are hundreds who find us funny, charming and insightful. We…
It was good to see Techmeme, the news aggregator, win an award Thursday evening for “Best Bootstrapped Startup.” Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera (below). The Crunchies 2012 awards went mostly to older startups, like SoundCloud, one of Europe’s better known startups, and already a recepient of a TechCrunch award three years ago in 2009.
Mike Butcher from Techcrunch Europe above left, prepares to give SoundCloud another award.
John Oliver, from the Daily News show provided some of the entertainment. He said he had no idea that AOL still existed (AOL owns Techcrunch and the awards), and that he considers anyone with an AOL email to likely be a serial killer from the ’90s.
There was an awkward scripted banter performed by Michael Arrington, TechCrunch founder, and his former AOL boss Tim Armstrong as they avoided eye contact and awarded Mark Zuckerberg, (below) CEO of Facebook, with “Best CEO.”
“Is Social Media Creating Its Own Planet?”
based on what people are talking about online this week.
In the category of “What planet are you on?” we’ve got a couple of doozies. First up, have you heard about the Notre Dame football star named Manti Te’o
who is either the victim of a cruel hoax, or quite the hoax master himself?
Te’o either created a fictitious girlfriend who died during football season bringing on the sympathy big time (can’t hurt when you’re up for the Heisman Trophy), or met a woman who really was his girlfriend, except she wasn’t who she seemed. For the time being she has vanished – either in a car crash or from leukemia, or both.
Our second story in the “What planet are you on?” category is a more serious one. The Internet has always been a hotbed for conspiracy theorists, so we suppose it was only a matter of time before they got a hold of one our tragic mass school shootings and tried to debunk it.
A group of “truthers” have emerged in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed of the lives of…
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