Monthly Archives: October 2012

Tubing Down the Channel of Videos

As the number three most visited site in both the US and the World, YouTube boasts of the following (very impressive) stats:

  • Over 800 million unique visitors each month
  • 4 billion+ hours of video watched each month
  • 72 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute

YouTube: the new television.

Not only are users accessing YouTube’s contents more and more (and also increasingly through mobile devices), the users themselves are becoming more diverse:

  • 70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
  • YouTube is localized in 43 countries and across 60 languages

There are a wide variety of videos present on YouTube, such as Comedy, Entertainment, Nonprofits & Activism, Pets & Animals, Sports, and more.

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Are you “In the Loop?”

As the world’s largest professional network, LinkedIn is used by individuals and companies for “networking, job searching, hiring, company research, and connecting with affiliates.”

LinkedIn logo.

There are two types of accounts: personal (free to join) and business (charged either monthly or yearly). The main difference between these is the ability to send InMails, which are essentially emails. InMails are the reason that LinkedIn users rarely have spam.  Since InMails cost money to send, they deter trolls.

Another common misconception is that anyone can see your personal information. This is false. The information shared is usually the type of information that’s already available on the Internet. Furthermore, LinkedIn gives you the option to make connections, or people you have some kind of a relationship with, private. Users can invite anyone regardless if they are a user or not to become a connection.

The final complaint people generally have is that LinkedIn replaces real relationships with virtual relationships. Also not true. Just as people use radios and mp3 players differently, the way they interact with people online and offline also differs. LinkedIn is just a medium for former coworkers or classmates to keep in touch.

A web of connectivity!

LinkedIn offers three main services:

  1. Re-connect
  2. Power your career
  3. Get answers

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Q: How much does a hipster weigh?

A: An Instagram.

Lol, get it? 🙂

A free photo-sharing site, Instagram offers a variety of effects, called “filters,” that transform mobile photos, which can then be uploaded across multiple social platforms. Similar to Facebook, users interact with others through “Likes” and “Comments.”

Instagram’s “Like” and “Comment” features.

In terms of social photo sharing, Flickr was launched six years prior, in 2004. Yet, the reason Instagram surpassed 80 million users (versus Flickr’s 51 million) is due to its user-friendly interface. It allows amateur artists and even people who has never picked up a camera before to develop their creativity and experiment with the effects, thus becoming photo journalists.

Here are some different ways a user can manipulate an image on Instagram.

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WoW: World of Words

How many websites do you visit a day? And of those websites, how many are social media?

How blogs changed everything

The internet is one big conversation.

While blogs, short for weblogs, exist for communication and to share knowledge, they differ from purely social sites like Facebook or Twitter, both of which are considered microblogging sites.

Microblogs trend what’s going on before it’s formally reported, often creating a buzz on your newsfeed or in the Twittersphere. A recent (fake) tweet by Kara Alongi, for example, generated more than 34,000 retweets and 6,000 calls to the local police department.

An inherent characteristic of microblogging: much shorter “conversations.”

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Political Frontiers

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