Social media, the internet, tipping point
By this time next year, could Google+ surpass LinkedIn, Twitter and MySpace to become the second most popular social networking service in the U.S? It could, says one study . With an estimated 16 million more U.S. online adults joining Google+ in the next year, the month-old social network could reach 22 percent penetration, according to the YouGov US Opinion Center (full data at bottom). That’s more than the 20 percent penetration expected to be seen by both LinkedIn and Twitter over the next 12 months. Currently, with 25 million registered accounts, Google+ has 13 percent penetration. YouWeb has Myspace listed at 14 percent penetration, Twitter at 18 percent, LinkedIn at 19 percent and, well above the rest, Facebook at 71 percent.
Editor’s note : Guest writer Rocky Agrawal blogs at reDesign and Tweets @rakeshlobster . I like to create. You can find content I’ve created on my own blogs , TechCrunch , Facebook, Twitter , flickr , Quora , EveryTrail , Namesake , Yelp , foursquare , YouTube , disqus , Kindle , FlyerTalk , and now Google+ . I create more content than the vast majority of Internet users. I actively think about how to create content and the right audiences for it. When I’m hiking, I take pictures of trailheads, forks and other things that are visually uninteresting.
For more mythbusting and social media science, don’t forget to register for my Science of Social Media webinar . My effort to analytically study the unicorns-and-rainbows myth of “engaging in the conversation” started by looking at the relationship between the number of followers a user has and the percentage of their Tweets that are “@” replies. I found that highly followed users are less conversational than those with few followers . This time, I looked at the relationship between follower count and the percentage of a user’s tweets that contain links and are not replies.
Everybody loves to get behind the hot young start up and embrace it as if it is the greatest thing in the world since sliced bread. Turntable.fm and Instagram are the latest examples with people in-the-know shouting and screaming from the rooftops about how amazing they are. When you see something special for the first time you just get that feeling in your stomach that you are in at the ground level and you are bursting with excitement waiting for the rest of the world to find out. People used to have that same feeling with Twitter and before that with Facebook. For a couple of years the online geeky community (I don’t say geeky in a negative way because I was one) knew about Twitter, understood its power and every piece of news coverage or mainstream attention was cheered as if we all owned shares in the company. Facebook was exclusive at the start too.
There are still a large number of folks who believe that Twitter is a very amateur and even entertaining task. After all, how hard could 140 characters be? Who needs a strategy for telling people what you had for breakfast?
For those of us that don’t like to read, you can find a Summary of this post here. Over the last few years, we have entered an important new era of digital communication. Social Networking is allowing us to communicate with each other in ways that never existed before, and we as a global society have embraced this new form of communication at an incredible rate. Facebook now has over 600 million members, 50% of whom log in on any given day. People now spend over 700 BILLION minutes per month on Facebook making it THE most used Web service in the world. - http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?
It was almost exactly a year ago that Diaspora started raising money on Kickstarter. A few weeks later, they had raised $200,000 from nearly 6,500 backers. Why so much excitement? Because Diaspora was aiming to be a Facebook alternative. That hasn’t exactly worked out. At least not yet.
December 2012, a new edition of my World Map of Social Networks, showing the most popular social networking sites by country, according to Alexa traffic data ( Google Trends for Websites was shut down on September 2012 ). Facebook with 1 billion active users has established its leadership position in 127 out of 137 countries analyzed. One of the drivers of its growth is Asia that with 278 million users, surpassed Europe, 251 million, as the largest continent on Facebook.
This is a guest post by Colin Crabtree , Account Manager at the IT company Gijima . Colin has been in the IT industry for over 30 years in various positions and is currently involved in a number of initiatives at Gijima to promote and support innovation in the workspace. Background I work for Gijima (Pty) Ltd. a large IT company in Johannesburg South Africa.
In this project I examine the influence of information about competence on contributions in online social dilemmas. In any real world situation, individuals will vary in terms of their competence, where competence is defined as having sufficient knowledge or skills to act effectively in a given context. Once we challenge the assumption that all individuals are fully and equally competent, perceptions of competence become essential influences to behavior in social dilemma situations. Precisely how perceptions of competence figure into decisions to contribute or free-ride has largely been neglected as a topic of study, however.
CBR Staff Writer Published 24 February 2011 Social network phishing and click-jacking attacks were the two most common types of attacks Popularity of Webmail continues to decline as there is an overwhelming increase of shift of to social networking as the communication platform of choice for Internet users, accordin to the Blue Coat Web Security Report that examines Web behavior and the malware to which users are most frequently exposed. The report analysed Web requests from the Blue Coat WebPulse service.