Our weekly roundup of developments in marketing, social media, dev, design, advertising and the like.
Do you remember MySpace? Well, it doesn’t matter, cause it looks like it’s making a comeback anyway, gaining one million new users in just a month. But they’re not the only success story this week. According to Gigaom.com, Tumblr also went from wee to webscale hitting 500 million page views a day. And ShinyShiny.tv came across some interesting stats according to which more than 50% of smartphones are now running on Android. However, in countries like UK, Apple still tops in smartphone sales.
Talking about mobile supremacy, it’s very likely that by the end of this year there will be more smartphones (10 billion!) than humans. I dread to imagine how many not-that-smart phones are out there. Anyhow, something tells me that humans will do their best to catch up soon.
Online privacy is a major issue these days. This week the focus was on mobile apps taking data without permission, while some are still debating the infamous (?!) Facebook Timeline. However, Facebook’s position is quite clear on this, as it launches 12 media apps for Timeline, joining social news apps, and plans to launch ‘timeline for brands’ later this February. Talking about Facebook, do you remember Pinterest? Even Zuckerberg joined.
I don’t know if you felt the shakes, but on the 16th of February, Twitter announced that everyone has successfully been moved over to “#NewNewTwitter”. As of this week it also begins self-serve ad sign-ups from small businesses that want to participate in its ad program. By the way, if for some reason you’re still struggling with Google +, here you have two Google+ SEO guides to read.
Bad news for Firefox. According to ExtremeTech almost every month for the last three years, Firefox has lost ground to Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari.
This could be fun. Fast Company does an annual guide to the businesses that have a significant impact across their industries and our culture. It’s a bit like the run for the Oscars. Click on your favorites, like, share, learn… You can also join in and determine your own ranking.
As expected, Google celebrated Valentine’s Day with an epic(ish) doodle. And although I guarantee that some of these hand written love letters make great reading material, they also provide inspiration for designers. Especially those searching for ‘new’ fonts. Besides love letters, you may also want to read some lessons from the failure of flash. Have a lovely weekend!