Social TV: Solving for Synchronicity in an On-Demand Future

Source: TheVerge.com

Real-time content synchronization between offline and online media has become the darling of social TV, frequently serving as its very definition for companies looking to marry traditional and digital marketing experiences. Take Target, for example. Prior to the 2013 release of Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” Target promoted the album synchronously on social, mobile, and TV. Its Facebook video post offered an exclusive pre-order of the album, and appeared simultaneously in fans’ news … [Read more...]

Facebook Files S-1 for $5 Billion IPO

by Brian Solis, principal analyst Just a few moments ago, Facebook officially filed an S-1  for an initial public offering seeking to raise $5 billion. Here are a few key findings… - 845 million monthly active users, year over year growth of 39% - 483 million daily active users as of December, year over year growth of 48% - 425 million monthly mobile users - 100 billion friend connections as of December 31, 2011 - 2.7 billion Likes and comments per day during the last quarter … [Read more...]

Google Buzz and Kids – Parental Control Nightmare

by Charlene Li Like many parents, I try to take steps to keep my kids safe online, making sure that they understand not to share personal information online, or even to use their real names. They know how to write appropriate emails, and I constantly monitoring what they do, the emails they send, and most importantly, engaging in a constant dialog with what they are doing online. But when I logged into my Google Buzz account this evening, I found that my 9 year old daughter had posted the … [Read more...]

Social Search: Customers Influence Search Results Over Brands

This post was collaboratively written (in real time) on a wiki by Charlene Li, who maintains a focus on Leadership Strategy and Jeremiah Owyang, who maintains a focus on Customer Strategy. Together, we’re covering the convergence of emerging technologies at the Altimeter Group. Twitter brokers a deal that offers search engines Microsoft Bing and Google Search access to their real time data streams.  Also, Facebook, offers up public status updates to be searched and served up to Microsoft's Bing. … [Read more...]

Revealing Google’s Stealth Social Network Play

This post was collaboratively written on a wiki by Charlene Li, who maintains a focus on Leadership Strategy and Jeremiah Owyang, who maintains a focus on Customer Strategy. Together, we’re covering the convergence of emerging technology at the Altimeter Group. Google has quietly been launching a social network right under our own chins.  No, it's not about Google extending Orkut, a social networking platform they developed a few years ago, or growing Google groups, or even launching their own … [Read more...]

Skittles bravely lets social media take over the homepage, redefines branding

On Monday, Skittles changed it's home page over to emphasis social media, specifically a Twitter search for "skittles". I've included a screenshot of it (click on it to see it full size). The result: "#skittles" was the top trending topic on Twitter on Monday, and actually took Twitter down as the buzz spread. Skittles did a great job at dominating the Twitter conversation, especially for a candy. On Tuesday, the home page shifted to highlight Skittle's Facebook page. It will likely shift … [Read more...]

Celebrating birthdays in a networked world

This past Sunday was my birthday and I experienced part of it with my extended networks on places ranging from Facebook and Plaxo to Twitter (and now, my blog). I have to say, it was wonderful to get all of the well wishes. I absolutely enjoyed it, especially in the early morning hours before my husband and kids woke up. First, a bit of explanation. I publish my birthday date to my friends and contacts on Facebook (yes, my full birthday, I'm secure about my age, which is now 43) as well as on … [Read more...]

Facebook virus and compromised accounts – are we all vulnerable?

In the past few hours, I've received two Facebook messages with suspicious links. The first one I checked out the link carefully and it prompted me to download a "Flash update". That message was quickly trashed and I thought nothing more of it. This appeared to be the same virus that surfaced in early August. Moreover, Facebook put in place a "vaccine" that renders the links presumably harmless and it appears to be working. But this morning I received another suspicious message and I took a … [Read more...]