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  • The smartphone revolution may be unstoppable, but it’s only just begun

    Last month, we gave you the low-down on internet prophet Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends. One of the things that Meeker pointed out is that mobile traffic is growing at a tremendous rate, accounting for nearly 10% of all internet traffic. Interestingly, 3G subscriptions only account for 18% of the world's total mobile subscriptions. The enormous number of 3G subscriptions that took place in emerging markets like India and Brazil suggest that mobile is exploding in a way that very few other technologies ever achieve in a year. The driving force for this is the smartphone. But analysts are...

  • Just how valuable is LinkedIn to your business?

    Possibly the greatest benefit for any business executive is LinkedIn’s unique ability to build their professional brand – and make it easy for other professionals to find their profile when in need of a specialist. In fact, if you only had one place to focus your energy on and build your brand online, it has to be LinkedIn. Despite that, most people don’t actually understand how LinkedIn really works. In an emerging markets country like South African for instance 94% of business people believe that their businesses should be participating actively on LinkedIn, yet 81% admitted to not having...

  • How to get more comments, likes and shares on Facebook [Infographic]

    If you're the type of person whose happiness levels go up and down in sync with your Facebook page's analytics, this infographic may be your new best friend. Social media scientist Dan Zarrella crunched the numbers and churned out a guide to what works well on Facebook and what doesn't -- at least for the 10 000 most liked pages on the social network. Not one for brightly coloured charts and line graphs? I'll summarise. You should be posting more photos. Overall, Facebook users engage the most with images. They 'like' and share photos more than any other type...

  • ‘Dancing Matt’ Harding makes his return, includes visit to Syria [Video]

    Wow. This is powerful. Matt Harding, or as you probably know him, "that guy who danced with all those people around the world", is back. The nobody who became a viral sensation has released a teaser trailer for his new video "Where the Hell is Matt 2012". The teaser features Harding doing what he does best: dancing with people from around the globe, including Rwanda, Spain, Austria, Syria (with dancers’ faces blurred for protection), Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, various US states and even North Korea. Epic right? The full video is available from Harding's store and costs,...

  • Hosting a site in SA set to get cheaper, faster

    Internet service provider (ISP) RSA Web is claiming an African first with its Content Delivery Network (CDN) offering. If you're wondering what a CCDN is, the company's MD Mark Slingsby does a fairly good job of explaining it: Essentially, a CDN is a content delivery system built in the Cloud, we help your website load fast all across the world, by placing the heavy, data munching and server crushing content like images, CSS, HTML and video into our server network, each time a user visits your site, we serve them this content from the server geographically closest to them....

  • Facebook gives mobile apps a little ‘Like’ love

    The ability to 'Like something is one of Facebook's defining features. Thing is most mobile couldn't make use of the functionality. Until now that is. The social networking giant announced that it would be making the function available on Open Graph. This, it says, will "makes it easier for people to share content" from their apps. Not a fan of the standard like button? Not a problem, claims Facebook. You can build your own custom like button if you um...like. According to Facebook: When a person likes their friend’s story via the new like action, a notification is sent to the...

  • UN app lets you know what life as a refugee is like

    Apps do a lot of things. They provide us with entertainment, feed us news, and let us put pretentious filters on to photos of food. But they can also give us a glimpse into what it's like to live as a refugee. The United Nations' refugee body the UNHCR has launched an app called "my life as a refugee". The world body says that the app "brings to life the refugee experience and highlights some of the life-changing decisions and consequences faced by millions of refugees worldwide". The app lets you play as a refugee and gives you "a...

  • How ‘socially devoted’ is your company asks Socialbakers [LeWeb]

    Emerging markets are driving growth online, we know that much already. But it turns out companies in these countries are also the most devoted to social media. That's according to social media analytics business Socialbakers, known for producing some of the juiciest social stats out there. And, as far as the company's founder Jan Rezab is concerned, the rest of the world needs to follow the example that is increasingly being set by emerging market companies. Rezab took to the stage at LeWeb London to talk about his company's "new industry standard" called "Socially Devoted". "By defining...

  • Niche social apps will save us from the AI Armageddon [LeWeb]

    Soraya Darabi has been thrown into social media and in five years has gained more experience than most of you reading this combined. She went from media to the startup world with brief stints at Drop.io (acquired by Facebook) to Foodspotting and is now getting ready to launch her own startup. Speaking at LeWeb London, Darabi said something interesting. She believes that the future of social is niche applications. She's putting a dream team together with developers from The New York Times, Drop.io and Foodspotting. And surprisingly her startup has nothing to do with social apparently (I'm guessing media-based)....

  • SoundCloud wants to make the web more emotional [LeWeb]

    SoundCloud founder and CEO Alexander Ljung took the stage at LeWeb London to explain what his company does and why he founded it. SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings. According to Ljung, SoundCloud came about because of the founders' "desire to share sounds on the web". It all started when they discovered that they were interested in how people were connecting via social media. They then decided to explore how sound could become social. The way Ljung presents it, it seems as SoundCloud solves very specific problems in the social world....

  • Social media tools, scale, automation and world domination [LeWeb]

    Altimeter analyst Jeremiah Owyang today led a panel at Le Web London with two of the hottest social media management tools out there, Wildfire App and BuddyMedia, which was recently acquired by Salesforce.com. As fierce competitors I was really hoping for some sparks to fly between the two companies but we are in Britain so (sadly) everyone behaved very properly. Owyang asked why companies use social media management tool and the simple answer is scale. If you work at a large company or even a small company that uses multiple channels then you know the pain that these tools...

  • The AI needed to enslave mankind is reading your tweets [LeWeb]

    The session started off harmless enough. I've heard Sandy Carter, VP of Social Business Sales and Evangelism at IBM speak before. What you probably don't know about IBM is that it has a huge business doing social media consulting. You know social media is big business when IBM is getting in the game. That's right, every social media ninja, guru, expert out there is now competing with IBM. Carter walked through IBM's Social Business A.G.E.N.D.A: Align organisation goals Gain social trust Engagement Not sure because I got distracted Don't remember because I was on Twitter Analytics She also threw out some pretty interesting...

  • 4 crucial steps to get your event trending on Twitter

    Co-authored by Jonathan Houston According to www.dailybloggr.com, if you want to trend on Twitter, all you need is around 100 people tweeting the same hashtag simultaneously. Sounds simple but this may not be that easy to pull off. It’s about the volume of your audience rather than the volume of your tweets. So here is how you should set about doing this. The process rules are simple enough so that you can take this process and copy it for your own events: 1. Get the right speaker Just one high-profile speaker can help ensure that you have a successful event. This brings...

  • Microsoft Surface: Diplomacy is for the birds

    The Microsoft Surface looks alright... nice one Microsoft. But, while you were strutting your stuff on the catwalk of LA’s swanky Milk Studios, could you hear the collective grumble rising from the tech industry? The Surface is an assault on your arch enemy’s iPad and MacBook Air, turned up to eleven, but you’ve offended your hardware partners. You see the Surface as an archetype, your hardware partners see it as a competing device for tablets and Ultrabooks. By saying things like "this has specs that rivals that of the best Ultrabooks that have ever been announced," you’re not making any...

  • Okay, maybe Microsoft hasn’t got the cool thing taped just yet [Video]

    Microsoft's big tablet reveal went a long way to showing that the company was well on the way to regaining its cool. Mostly. You see, there was one teeny tiny blip. While he was showing off the "smooth" browsing capabilities of the Surface it froze. Nothing helped, not even jabbing at the Windows button (to be fair, that's exactly what we would have done. At this point, you can imagine what was going through his head. Still, Sinofsky stuck with the script, and a new Surface was brought in from the wings. Here's the thing. The blip was there...