- Ice age(s): Lots of data about online usage highlights our differences. But this chart shows that, no matter what your age is, we're all mostly watching TV shows in our online video diet. (Data included on other watching habits, too.)
- Frozen treats: Here's a long but useful look at how eBay is trying to take on Amazon. It's a meaty piece that encompasses PayPal, Square, big-box stores, mobile payment technology and more.
- None of that icy reserve: Check out this tally of the top 10 most active British members of Parliament on Twitter.
- You're as cold as ice: Bad PR exploded on social media last week. ICYMI, the PR director for IAC (parent company of Vimeo, Match.com, OkCupid and more) sent out a bigoted tweet right before a flight to South Africa. The company distanced itself from her while she was in flight, Twitter went ballistic, and her landing was live-tweeted. (She apparently said she didn't think she'd "get caught." Must not read the blog.) Needless to say, she and the company have "parted ways." But wait, there's more: She issued her own apology, which doesn't appear to be a good demonstration of PR skills. You can't make these up.
- Ice cold at the summit: Mashable shares one assessment of the top brands on social media for 2013. At the top is Samsung, which doesn't have the most overall followers on any given network, but a huge surge in follower growth. And take a look at Disney's results, fueled by followers on Chinese social networks.
- Crushed ice: I don't claim to understand this entirely, but a UCLA team has a new way of compressing data--photos, videos, scientific data and more--that could make the JPEG obsolete. (Hat tip to Jim Greenhill for sharing this one.)
- Inside the icicle: Here's a must-read that looks at Twitter's process of continual redesign. There's a method to what you perceive as madness, and it points to areas that should be on your radar screen, too.
- Falling icicles: U.S. mobile Internet traffic surged this year: Americans alone consumed 1.2 gigabytes a month over cellular networks in 2013. This report has some international data, too.
- Frozen out: Teens in the UK say Facebook is dead to them, says a European Union-funded study. That matches the US teen feeling.
Friday, December 27, 2013
What a year it's been! Thanks for hanging around here this Friday and every Friday...
Posted by Denise Graveline at Friday, December 27, 2013