Foursquare Announcements Coming at SXSW

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This week, we posted an article about some comments Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley made about competing with Facebook. He responded to this, and we exchanged a few tweets. Bottom line: expect multiple announcements from the company at SXSW.  In a recent interview on CNBC, Crowley said, "They’re [Facebook] a huge platform and a big competitor, but we look at the …

Social Networks Consume 22% Of Australians' Time Online

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Facebook (along with a few other social media sites) exerts a strong pull in many countries all over the world, and new stats from comScore confirm that one of them is Australia.  comScore’s found that Australians dedicated almost 22 percent of their time online in December 2010 to social networks, versus 16.6 percent a year earlier. A quick note with …

How a Marriage Agency uses Facebook to its Advantage

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Marriage: Sweet for some but usually a pressure for many. The trends in society are changing swiftly (rising cost, career etc) that we have to rely on marriage agencies to find our lifelong partner. Thankfully, Bharat Matrimony, an India based marriage agency is making it easier for the lonely souls, especially for geeks who’re stuck […] Related posts: Government of …

Who owns India’s Internet Traffic?

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India currently has over 80 million Internet subscribers and this figure is poised to triple by 2015. It has also grown by more than 50% in the last one year, illustrating a bright future of India’s Internet industry. A recent study by Experian Hitwise has shown some key insights about Internet traffic and usage in India. […] Related posts: Facebook is …

Shorter Videos Provide a Longer Social Reach

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Online video delivers a significantly higher return for marketers when consumers share them with friends through social media. Considered a hybrid between online video advertising and social networking, the social video space is rapidly becoming one of the most valuable channels for Web professionals. The Jun Group, a New York City-based social… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit …

Indian Social Networking Wars: Facebook vs Orkut

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In my previous post on Social Media in India: Statistics and Insights, I wrote about the top social networking trends in India. It depicted the importance of social media marketing and why brands should use social media to their advantage. Now I have taken it up to another level where I have studied the 2 best […] Related posts: In India, …

Facebook Named Most Searched-For, Most Visited Site Of 2010

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Earlier this month, Time magazine named Mark Zuckerberg "Person of the Year," and now, although Experian Hitwise isn’t in the business of handing out such titles, it looks like Zuckerberg’s site has become the online equivalent.  Experian Hitwise announced late yesterday that Facebook was both the most visited site and most searched-for term of 2010. The information services firm explained …

Thanks to Our Data, Facebook likely to hit $2 Billion Sales This Year

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According to Bloomberg’s sources, Facebook could hit $2 billion in sales this year. With over 500 million active users and 700 billion display ads a year, this figure didn’t come as a surprise. If the figure were indeed true, that would mean that more than 60 percent of the world’s social networking spending is coming from Facebook. It […] Related posts: …

Distinction Between Email And Social Networks Eroding

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The popularity of social networking services, along with changing demographics and work styles, will lead 20 percent of employees to use social networks as a main business communication tool by 2014, according to a new report from Gartner. With Facebook expected to launch its own email service on Monday, analysts at Gartner seem to be right on target. “In the …

Gink: The Next Great Social Network? [PARODY]

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Sketch troupe Derrick Comedy has tackled social networking as the topic of their latest video on CollegeHumor by creating the next next-generation social network: Gink. What is Gink? Well, it’s simple, really: “Gink is a fun made-up word, combining the words gibble and spink, both of which are also made up.” Simultaneously parodying the proliferation of social networks and the …

Mashable Launches the Bing Local Twitter Trends Map

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Mashable and Bing are releasing a new feature today — the Local Twitter Trends Map. The map displays the top ten Twitter trending topics in major US cities. Once clicked, each local trend displays a listing of the latest Tweets about that topic in the surrounding area. You can also find Mashable articles about the top topics in your locale. …

Mashable’s Weekly Guide to Upcoming Social Media Events

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It’s a brand new week, which means it’s time for Mashable’s guide to upcoming social media and web events, parties and conferences. For more upcoming event listings, check out Mashable’s Events section. Is your event not on this list? Contact us at least one month before your event to establish a media partnership. Mashable’s Weekly Social Media and Marketing Event …

10% of Under 25s Think It’s Okay to Text During Sex

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Oh dear. From the “there’s never been a better time to worry about the future of civilization” department comes the disturbing news that one in ten young people under the age of 25 deem it perfectly okay to send SMS messages during sex. It certainly gives new meaning to the term “sexting.” A recent survey by consumer electronics shopping and …

LinkedIn Launched Seven Years Ago Today

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It took a tweet from LinkedIn Senior Director of Corporate Communications Kay Luo for us to find out, but it’s true: LinkedIn turns seven years old today. While LinkedIn was founded in December of 2002, the actual website didn’t launch until May 5, 2003. That makes it older than Facebook (2004), Twitter (2006), YouTube (2005), and even MySpace (August 2003). …