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Twitter at seven – Its biggest 140 character moments

With more than 400 million tweets sent each day and growing fast, its top 10 users, led by Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, have more than 275 million followers alone.

It has worked itself so seamlessly into our lives that now no major event seems to take place without there being some kind of Twitter element, from celebrity break-ups to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the budget.

With talk of an IPO in 2014 and a valuation in the $9-$11bn (£5-7bn) ballpark, it is starting to generate the revenues that at the start people never thought the microblogging service could make and is on course to generate more than $800m (£527m) in 2014. Read More »

How news can break on Instagram as John Terry reveals Lampard is leaving Chelsea

Lots of excitement among Chelsea fans today as John Terry possibly revealed that his friend and team mate Frank Lampard is leaving the Premier League club. The  fact that Lampard is leaving is no surprise to football fans, as speculation about his future has been rife, but how the apparent confirmation from inside the West London club came is more note worthy.

We never think of news breaking on Instagram and we haven’t seen it used like that very much to date. What we have seen in recent months is Instagram achieve its ‘big citizen-journalism moment‘ as it became a key social channel during Superstorm Sandy in the US. Read More »

The Whirlwind of Social Media: Does social actively change the way news stories unfold?

Barack Obama: social media was a big part of the 2012 US Presidential election campaignSuperstorm Sandy and President Obama’s re-election are two of the biggest stories to have dominated social media in the past few weeks. In both cases, Twitter acted as a platform from which to gain breaking news ahead of the curve, as well as the usual avenue for thought trails aired the world over. Joan Collins expressed her sheer devastation following Bloomingdale’s temporary closure during the storm, while the presidential campaign engaged voters through excessive tweeting, hash tags, liking and sharing. The increasing impact of social networking is obvious.

Yet these instances can also lead us to an interesting question. In a digital world, where newspapers and websites are constantly updated and accessed through computers, tablets and mobile phones, is social-media actively changing the way news stories unfold or is it just another avenue through which to access news? Read More »

Instagram has its big citizen-journalism moment

SuperStorm Sandy gives Instagram its citizen-journalism momentWhat is currently the biggest thing in social media, to which you should really be paying attention? It is always a tough question to answer, even more so this week, in the wake of the US election campaign, in which social media and digital played such a central role to Barack Obama’s re-election.

Was it a decisive factor, though, and was this ‘the Twitter election’ at which we looked in depth in yesterday here on The Wall.

We could debate that one for a long time, for the life of the next Presidency even, but one thing is not debatable. Every now and again, a game-changing event comes along that makes you sit up and take notice. Read More »

Twitter plans to add photo filters to compete with Instagram

SuperStorm Sandy pic by TitiYu

Instagram had a very good Superstorm Sandy. The network was swamped with images as users uploaded as many as ten pictures per second. Overall hundreds of thousands have been uploaded to Instagram in the past week documenting the storm and the damage it has done to New York and other areas of the east coast of the United States.

It has placed the photo-sharing network at the heart of the coverage of the storm, giving it some has said its “citizen journalism moment”, and highlighted Instagram’s growing success.

This growth that has taken it from 30 million to 100 million uses this year has been closely watched by rivals. None more so than Twitter which is said to be close to launching photo filters of its own to compete with the Facebook owned service.

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Social media statistics 2012: from Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Pinterest [infographic]

This  ’Social Media Statistics and Facts 2012′ infographic is packed with statistics and facts of all major social media platform including – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Youtube as well as blogging.

There are some surprising stats here. For instance links about sex are shared on Facebook more than any other type. That comes as a real surprise.

It highlights the growing immensity of Instagram with as many as five million imges uploaded daily.  And to confirm that little is changing with Pinterest when it comes to the gender split with more than 90% of its Facebook fans being women. Read More »

The good, the bad and the ugly of social media during Superstorm Sandy

The good, the bad and the ugly of social media during Superstorm SandyThe devastation of Superstorm Sandy (also dubbed Frankenstorm) is still being felt across much of the east coast of America, it claimed more 66 lives in the Caribbean before making its way to the US, where the death toll is now over 70.  There are eight million homes in 17 states without power and there’s an estimated cost of $50bn.

Although the immediate danger of Sandy has passed, the relief efforts, clean up and re-building will be ongoing for many years to come.

Social media has historically played an important role during crisis and times of natural disaster, and Superstorm Sandy is no different.  The word Sandy has been mentioned in social channels more than 4.8 million times and there are many examples over the last few days of how social media has been used by Government, organisations, brands and individuals for support, information, fun, trolling and… marketing.  Let’s take a look at some of the good, the bad and ugly examples. Read More »