It started, with a tweet. And in five years Twitter has gone from “inviting coworkers” to a non-stop ‘fire hose’ sending 140 million messages every day.
460,000 new accounts are created daily and it plays a part in revolutions, emergencies and even meltdowns among deluded celebrities who believe they’re “winning”.
But despite the undeniably impressive numbers Twitter released to celebrate its first five years, for now the site is still little brother to Facebook’s Big Brother. Read the rest of this entry »
LinkedIn has stepped into the content curation space, hoping its business focus will give it the edge over existing services and “deliver the day’s top news”.
The idea is appealing. Every day online information overload threatens, and the situation is severely exacerbated by social media. But can LinkedIn cut through this? It’s betting industry-segmented news links, generated from the content its 90 million members share, will prove a winning addition to its social network.
But on first glance LinkedIn Today, which comes across like Paper.li on steroids, feels a bit lightweight – the most important story in the world today is that people are queuing for an iPad 2? It also raises the question, as the number of these services increases, of who will curate the curators for us. Read the rest of this entry »
The second coming of Apple’s iPad looks set to continue the company’s lead in the tablet market it re-energised and dominates, at least for now.
Unveiling the iPad 2 this week Apple chief executive Steve Jobs had some impressive numbers to boast of, including 15 million iPads sold in just nine months, and he must have had no small amount of satisfaction noting that’s more than every tablet PC Microsoft ever sold.
Summing up Apple’s current market-leading position Sarah Rotman Epps said – with understatement, “Apple understands desire”. However, “the tablet wars are far from over” the Forrester analyst added, suggesting serious competition may yet come form Sony, Microsoft or even a ‘disruptor’ candidate like Amazon (see below). Read the rest of this entry »