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Slower speeds for faster growth as online firms continue adapting to India’s mobile market

World Bank cellphone mobile India

Community meeting in Aurangabad, India (Pic: World Bank)

To describe the growth of the internet in India as explosive probably downplays the rate of change taking place.

Every second three more Indians come online for the first time, adding another 10,000 people every hour to the country’s online user base.

So it’s no surprise that internet firms – particularly those of a social nature – are working hard to overcome barriers to access that range from low-powered phones to 2G connections to very little data. Read the rest of this entry »


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Facebook Live and the new television – from Steve Reich to the US vice presidential debates

Steve Reich Different Trains London Contemporary Orchestra Facebook Live

Last week I happened upon a live performance by the London Contemporary Orchestra of Steve Reich’s hypnotic and moving Different Trains.

Broadcast via Facebook Live from Edge Hill station in Liverpool, the stream – which can be viewed at the end of this post – attracted around 1,800 viewers from around the world, and has so far been viewed over 143,000 times. Read the rest of this entry »

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UK millennials and social media – Facebook still dominant for reach and engagement

Millennials social media mobile texting

Thinker, Texter, Reader (Flickr: @Michael Coghlan)

UK millennials are Europe’s heaviest users of social media, according to new research by comScore.

The research company takes a pretty broad definition of the generation that currently fascinates advertisers the most, bracketing them as 18-34 year olds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twitter tries a new approach to music

Pitchfork Twitter Audio Card Sleater-Kinney podcastSome seven months after killing off its short-lived #Music initiative Twitter is having another go at more closely integrating itself into the digital music ecosystem.

The social network’s recently launched Audio Cards allow users to listen to songs, podcasts and other audio recordings directly in their timeline – though, for the time being, only if they come from SoundCloud.

Although it works to some extent within on a desktop/laptop, the initiative is explicitly ‘mobile first’. On iOS and Android mobile devices a single tap of an Audio Card lets you listen to the recording directly in your timeline. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twitter supersizes profiles with new design

Twitter new profile Pharmaceutical Market Europe PME

I tend to forget exists as a destination website, so heavily embedded in my daily routine is my mobile, Hootsuite-enabled use of the social network.

But the website is hitting the news today thanks the updated profile designs it’s started to roll out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vine at 40 million

Twitter_video_application_VineIt’s difficult not to be struck by the pointlessness of Vine even if, like me, you simultaneously find the six-second videos curiously hypnotic.

My own Vines to date have probably been largely uninspiring, but if you’re going to write about a social media channel you may as well try it out.

Nevertheless, it was hard not to be taken aback slightly by the news this week that Twitter’s video service now has more than 40 million users and it will be interesting to see how far into the mainsteam it, and Instagram’s similar service, will go.

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Mapping Twitter in the UK

Twitter UK map

This style of visualisation is nothing new, and truth be told I’m not even sure what, if any, lessons can be drawn from it.

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