So far, social networking is mostly for the young and digitally restless. Sites that cater to the teen and twentysomething crowd, like MySpace.com, Facebook and Xanga, consistently top the charts. Two of every three people in the United States now visit social-networking sites, and roughly 90 percent of young people are online. In the world of cell phones, more than 63 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 27 now send text messages. The number of text messages sent per month is expected to increase from 8 billion today to 80 billion in 2008. An amazing array of social-networking tools is being launched to take advantage of social-networking trends and to better link hipsters on the go. Services like Dodgeball and Meetro allow you to locate and communicate with your circle of existing and potential friends within a given geographical location using text and instant messaging on a cell phone or laptop. Placesite allows you to identify strangers with similar interests … [Read more...] about Perspective: Social networking for all?
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Q&A: LinkedIn CEO, Dan Nye Online business network, LinkedIn has almost 20 million members worldwide and recently opened its European office in London. During 2007, LinkedIn doubled in size in all of its major regions including Europe and signed up its millionth UK member in October, making Blighty the largest market outside the US. silicon.com spoke to LinkedIn CEO, Dan Nye, about LinkedIn's future plans, Facebook and social networking trends. On the difference between LinkedIn and FacebookDan Nye: LinkedIn and Facebook are very different services. LinkedIn is the world's leading professional network, Facebook is a social network. There's certainly overlap but if you look, the average LinkedIn member is 41 years old and has $109,000 in household income. They are professionals using it for professional purposes. It allows people to gather unique and valuable information, contact and communicate and manage their relationships in a very scalable way and reach out to people in a … [Read more...] about LinkedIn CEO on ‘grown up’ social networking
The trend of more people using their mobile devices to access social networking sites carries different implications for the various players in the ecosystem--from network operators to device and OS makers, app developers, and businesses. But one thing is clear: leveraging this growing phenomenon by engaging users will throw up "endless" possibilities for monetization by these players in the ecosystem, said analysts. Egle Mikalajunaite, senior analyst at research2guidance, a mobile research company based in Berlin, told ZDNet Asia in an e-mail interview that people are increasingly connecting to social networks via mobile devices--in particular, handsets. Similarly, an ABI report published Jul. 15 stated that nearly three quarters of mobile phone users in the United States use their handsets to visit social networking sites daily. According to Mikalajunaite, social networking on the mobile brings out a "completely different level of [user] engagement". Consumers use their devices to … [Read more...] about Mobile social networking yields ‘endless’ monetization
posted on 30 Dec 2013, 13:33 6 1. smallworld (Posts: 511; Member since: 13 Jul 2012) "Google+ is the best social network !"... said no one ever. posted on 30 Dec 2013, 14:37 27 3. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009) Really? There are many people, myself included, who prefer Plus over any alternative. posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:07 16 6. Stuntman (Posts: 841; Member since: 01 Aug 2011) Google+ is the best social network. posted on 30 Dec 2013, 19:39 6 23. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012) Hah yeah sure. 26. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009) "Nobody really uses G+." 31. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013) I logged into google+ for the first time just to see the 500comment regulars. Even the new years fireworks was just under 500. But most were 20 comments. I scrolled a few times down till it stopped loading the feed. Maybe its just a slow day who knows. 28. Stuntman (Posts: 841; … [Read more...] about Comments for : Eric Schmidt says that Google missed social networking trend, “won’t happen again”
For the first time in the United Kingdom, Internet traffic attracted by social networking sites has overcome the traffic of Webmail services.An excerpt from PC Pro:The top 25 social networking sites, including Facebook, Bebo and MySpace, now account for more than 5% of U.K. Internet traffic, according to figures released by Hitwise."This confirms that social networks are starting to eat into the Web-based email providers' dominance of the Internet messaging market," says a Hitwise statement.Also, social networking sites allow more clicks out to other sites as compared to Webmail services, a real interesting point for advertisers.While the social networking trend is on the rise, it seems like enterprises are having a tough time (VNUnet) blocking access to social sites. More information:Social networks overtake webmail - Hitwise (E-consultancy)Do you think it will pay off for enterprises to go against the trend here? … [Read more...] about Social networks overtake Webmail in Internet traffic
Ever since Apple opened the floodgates with iOS 8, a veritable tsunami of third-party keyboards has washed ashore in the App Store. Most are well-intentioned but ultimately too gimmicky to use every day, while a rare few actually wind up being good enough to replace Apple’s own. The social keyboard Air Social Keyboard (free with in-app purchases available) falls somewhere in-between, but has the potential to be truly great. The app connects with popular social networks, making it easier to compose posts prior to sharing from any app. The all-star lineup includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Slack (sorry, Google+ fans), along with address book contacts. After connecting accounts and enabling the keyboard, Air resembles the stock Apple keyboard, with the exception of two symbols at either side: @ slides the keyboard aside to reveal contacts, while # displays recently-used and trending hashtags; either content can be added with a tap. Users can also select the … [Read more...] about Air Social Keyboard review: A #jackofalltrades for social networking
Note: This post originally published in our Tech Decision Maker blog in January 2013.Social networking has been a prominent trend for a while, but companies are still figuring out the best ways to handle it in the workplace. Although social media sites can have many benefits for business — they can offer companies new ways to reach current or potential customers or for employees to connect with each other — they can also introduce new risks, such as:IT security issues, including malware that spreads on social networks or the accidental posting of sensitive informationLegal concerns, such as harassment or discrimination taking place online, andDamage to the company's reputation based on things employees post.Some organizations have responded by trying to block employees from accessing Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. However, many of them are learning that it's not always possible to keep people off of social networks.Three-quarters of … [Read more...] about Top five social networking policy mistakes
Social networking has been a prominent trend for a while, but companies are still figuring out the best ways to handle it in the workplace. Although social media sites can have many benefits for business - they can offer companies new ways to reach current or potential customers or for employees to connect with each other - they can also introduce new risks, such as:IT security issues, including malware that spreads on social networks or the accidental posting of sensitive informationLegal concerns, such as harassment or discrimination taking place online, andDamage to the company's reputation based on things employees post.Some organizations have responded by trying to block employees from accessing Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. However, many of them are learning that it's not always possible to keep people off of social networks.Three-quarters of employees use personal devices to access social media at work, with 60% saying they check Facebook, … [Read more...] about Companies’ top five social networking policy mistakes
Though 90 percent of companies have some sort of social networking in place, efforts to get employees to use the social networking tools largely fail, according to a recent study. Only10 percent of companies consider their internal social networking systems successful.At a time when everyone seems to be friending, tweeting and linking, the vast majority of the more than 700 companies polled by InformationWeek Analytics for a research report on social networking usage and utility reported that they can’t get their employees to use social networking tools for the benefit of the business.Attempts to get them to blog, use wikis, participate in discussion forums or take advantage of full-scale enterprise social networks fall on deaf ears for a variety of reasons. The key factors keeping employees from embracing internal social networks , the report found, are lack of a single sign-on, integration with e-mail, tracking of user activity and connection to external social … [Read more...] about Businesses Lag in Getting Employees to Use Social Networking
This world map will help you visualize the popularity of various social networks across different parts of the globe.Alexa Rankings and Google Trends traffic data were were used to determine the website traffic rankings of social sites in various countries. Facebook dominates though the second-most popular network per country is Twitter. Credit: vincos.it … [Read more...] about Which Social Networking Sites are Popular in Different Countries?