7 powerful Facebook statistics you should know for a more engaging Facebook page
- Photo posts get 39 percent more interaction
- Shorter posts get 23 percent more interaction
- Using emoticons increases comments by 33 percent
- Engagement rates on Thursday and Friday are 18 percent higher
- Question posts get 100 percent more comments
- 35 percent of Facebook Fans like a page so they can participate in contests
- 42 percent of Fans like a page to get a coupon or discount
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Google today announced an update to Google Trends that adds topic reports for more easily measuring search interest in people, places, and things. The new feature, currently in beta, allows the analysis tool to offer topic predictions as well as to group searches into one of the new 700,000 unique topics.
Spotify by the numbers
With the launch of Spotify Artists, the company also revealed some new numbers on the current state of the streaming service.
- Spotify has now paid out a total of more than $1 Billion USD in royalties to-date, out of which US$ 500 million was paid in 2013.
- As of March 2013, Spotify had over 24 million global users. 18 million of them were using the free service and 6 million were using the premium service.
- The average Spotify user is currently worth approximately US$ 41 annually. Counting backwards gives us that a free user is worth approximately US$ 14.66 per year and a premium user is worth $ 120 per year. Free users pay for their consumption by viewing and listening to advertising.
In other words, a premium user is worth over 8 times more than a free user. And even though premium users make up for just 25% of the total number of subscribers, they generate 73% of the total revenues.
Introducing Tumblr’s 2013 Year in Review, celebrating the best of the Internet
We’ve analyzed millions of blogs, billions of posts, and zillions of notes in order to give you a taste of all the amazing stuff you may have missed on Tumblr this year.
Follow yearinreview.tumblr.com as we release new post categories daily through the end of December!
2013 year reviews are off to a flying start! Here’s another from tumblr
Is it just us, or did 2013 come and go as quickly as this ridiculously photogenic guy did last year?
Today Yahoo released its 2013 Year In Review, a look back at daily search habits from the year. Your top searches included high-profile trials, Obamacare, and the twerk seen round the world….
When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face
With face-reading software, a computer’s webcam might spot the confused expression of an online student and provide extra tutoring. Or computer-based games with built-in cameras could register how people are reacting to each move in the game and ramp up the pace if they seem bored.
But the rapidly developing technology is far from infallible, and it raises many questions about privacy and surveillance.
Full Story: NYT
7 consumer trends to run with in 2014
However, as the start of a new year is the time when many of you are doing some extra imagining and planning and creating, we thought we’d do our bit and throw in a handful of consumer trends that are begging to be applied in the next 12 months. By you.
read more over at trendwatching.com
Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers, according to Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.
The drones, called Octocopters, could deliver packages weighing up to 2.3kg to customers within 30 minutes of them placing the order, he said.
However, he added that it could take up to five years for the service to start.
The US Federal Aviation Administration is yet to approve the use of unmanned drones for civilian purposes.
Watch the concept video here
The rising quality of smartphones’ video capabilities is opening up new opportunities for consumers to create their own mini films. Now Film Crew is an app that enables professional filmmakers to crowdsource smartphone footage from anyone wanting to join the crew and earn a credit. READ MORE…
To effectively tap into the digital opportunity and succeed, organisations need a sound digital strategy. The digital strategy would encompass how the organisation would leverage internet, mobile, social and related technologies to serve its customers.
The Zombies Are Coming: Sphero + AR Will Change the Way You Play
Robots are slowing making their way into our home. We are still yet to see the Jetson’s Rosie the Robot but things like Roomba, the vacuum robot and Scooba, the mop robot, have become quite common for many people.
Outside of cleaning, another area robots are seeing success are in toys and games. Zoomer, the robotic pup and Furby are great examples of these.
Sphero is not just a toy, its a robotic gaming system powered by iOS and Android. Sphero’s mission is to change the way you play.
Sphero 2.0 is a robotic ball that rolls at speeds of up to 7 feet per second and pairs to your device via Bluetooth with a range of up to 100 feet. Powered by induction charging and an internal smart robot, Sphero 2.0 also glows in millions of colors and is pet proof, and waterproof.
The main difference between the original Sphero and the 2.0 version is the distance it can roll and the range of Bluetooth connectivity as the original could only roll 3 feet with a range of over 50 feet for Bluetooth.
The ball itself is awesome but the best thing about Sphero are the games that it has to play. Many of them use augmented reality. Take for example Sphero’s The Rolling Dead where you use your ball to defeat Zombies that you can see crawling around your floor though your smartphone. There are about 30 games available for Sphero so far.
The 2.0 is retailing at $129.99 and comes with a “nubby” cover for free.