LinkedIn Hits 100 Million Members. All Have Glowing Recommendations!

LinkedIn Infographic

Just kidding about the last sentence but it does seem that was sometimes, doesn’t it. Mashable has an article with the original of the infographic above. Highlights of the LinkedIn announcement include:

  • Over half of LinkedIns users are located outside the U.S. (56% to be specific)
  • Fastest growing countries are Brazil, Mexico, India, France
  • Activity on the network peaks around noon although mobile usage is showing patterns similar to other mobile trends (iPad anyone?) peaking around 8p.

Search Optimization and Its Dirty Little Secrets – NYTimes.com

An excellent primer on search from the NYTimes.com. The article discusses the uncanny number amount of first position organic search rankings JCPenney achieved over the holidays, using “black hat” search tactics. This is a real “no no” and JCPenny should have known better. In fact, if searches are supposed to be votes for favorite or popular sites then what JC Penny did was basically rig the votes. Shame on you JC Penny!

I just listened to an audio report of this on NRP’s “Marketplace” and they say the whole vote rigging scheme was unraveled by another person not associated with the NYTimes. So, there you go. The internet it open. It you’re deceptive, you will be discovered.

There are not short cuts to good rankings. Just create good content and be patient. I guarantee you the sales JCPenny got through these black hat tactics won’t be worth the drop in revenue they’ll be punished with in the coming months.

User Generated Content: Amature Animation

Xtranormal Cartoon Creation

From this morning’s Wall Street Journal a fascinating look at a new user generated content trend: creating your own animated shorts. The democratization of content continues with digital creation tools like Xtranormal and GoAnimate that allow you to create your own versions of South Park or Family Guy-like cartoons, filled with your own version of social or work-related satire, then share on YouTube, Twitter and blogs. The barriers of self-expression and creativity keep dropping.

The Real Purpose of Social Media

The Real Purpose of Social Media

This is a long but excellent video by Dough Rushkoff, author of “Program or Be Programmed” (sorry, the video host won’t allow the video to be embedded). He makes a fundamental point toward the end of the video that social media is really about the value exchange between the participants in a distributed network. If brands want to have meaningful value in this exchange, they have to contribute value. You can do this with entertainment (hard) or you can do this with information (not so hard) but however you choose to do it, you have to be real. As Doug points out, “Nobody wants to talk about what the Keebler Elf is doing…unless he’s been caught having sex with the Pillsbury Doughboy” or something like this, is hilariously true.

How Video Goes Viral…Cool Infographic

This cool infographic, shared on Mashable today.

Mashable Video Goes Viral

Cool Infographic on How Video Goes Viral

Qwiki is Amazing

Qwiki is an amazing new multi-media search engine that creates a narrated mini-movie of your search query on the fly. Assuming this takes off like it’s trending in interest (and it’s still in alpha) this will be an important new signal for brands to understand and leverage.

TechCrunch Disrupt Winner Qwiki Hits No. 1 On Google Trends ‘Hot Searches’ In The U.S..

Social Networks: Harnessing the Power of Groups to Change Society

The internet is now deeply embedded in group and organizational life in America, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Researchers found  75% of all American adults are active in some kind of voluntary group or organization and internet users are more likely than others to be active group participant, with participation highest among users of social networks.

According to the study 80% of internet users participate in groups, compared with 56% of non-internet users. And social media users are even more likely to be active: 82% of social network users and 85% of Twitter users are group participants.

This isn’t just a U.S. phenomenon. Just in the past week, the dictator of Tunisia was  toppled by an uprising that started with a man who set himself on fire in protest to this rulers injustice, which was then recorded, posted, blogged about and spread like wildfire on Facebook and Twitter. In fact, the Arab world is showing tremendous interest and concern in the event because they’re worried such uprisings, fueled by the social web, could spread to their nations.

What we’re witnessing is not just the power of social networks, it’s the power of Reeds Law , which describes the ability of large networks, particularly social networks, to scale exponentially, thereby serving has a conduit for almost instantaneous information transfer to the masses. Add mobile phones in this mix and you have a powerful channel for revolution. The established top-down command and control hierarchy’s in society are tremendously  threatened by this ability we now have to connect directly with one another…and they should be. Look what happened in Tunisia? This is not an isolated incident.

If the social web has the ability to impact governments and nations this way, what hope does a brand stand…other than to embrace change and become a part of the conversation?

6 Critically Undervalued Social Media Success Metrics | social media ROI | Social Media Consulting – Convince & Convert

I thought this was a really useful post from Jay Baer’s Convince and Convert blog on some simple social media metrics you can put into place right now.

I was particularly interested in Jay’s simple tutorial on how to create a Share of Voice report and the ready-to-go tools he made available to create a Share of Voice report. I intend to immediately incorporate this into our content marketing service delivery.

Thanks Jay for practicing what you preach. Another great example of how creating content creates fans that convert into customers.

 

Infographic: Most Content Sharing Occurs on Facebook

Mashable posted this cool infographic this morning based on research from the sharing widget AddThis. In 2010 Facebook grew as the number one destination on the web for sharing content, outpacing all other sites and sharing vehicles. Still, there’s lots of sharing going on, with a variety of tools used.

 

Infographic Showing How/Where Content is Being Shared

 

 

 

Social Media: Past, Present and Future

Been meaning to post this for a couple weeks but the holidays just seem like such an appropriate time to blog about the ghost of social media past, present and future, don’t they. I thought this was a pretty compelling presentation by entrepreneur-turned-venture capitalist Mark Suster, presented at the Caltech MIT Enterprise Forum in October.

His presentation is a pithy take on where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re headed with the social web. His main takeaway, at least from my read, is that the rise of massive social networks such as Facebook and Twitter inevitably means that fragmentation is on it’s way. The social web is already starting to splinter into more vertically aligned interest groups (i.e. the Birds of a Feather” effect).

This fragmentation of the social web, he finally points out, is why Mark Zuckerberg remains paranoid (after all, where is AOL or even Yahoo! two titans of the early internet today?) and why right now is one of the greatest times since the last wave of digital innovation to work hard and innovate. Great, inspiring stuff.

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