Turning the Unemployed Into Entrepreneurs

Turning the Unemployed Into Entrepreneurs

The dreaded pink slip – it’s still an all-too-common occurrence in America today. Despite an economy that appears to be on the road to recovery, there are still too many Americans being laid off every day. So what are we going to do about it?

Mary Meeker Re-Imagines Nearly Everything

Mary Meeker Re-Imagines Nearly Everything

Today at the D10 Conference, star analyst Mary Meeker gave her latest presentation of Internet Trends. You can download the presentation here (PDF), or view it at the bottom of this post. It’s well worth spending time perusing the whole presentation, but here are the main takeaways. Get ready for lots of re-imagining and proof of rapid growth!

94% of U.S. Wineries Are On Facebook, 73% on Twitter

94% of U.S. Wineries Are On Facebook, 73% on Twitter

94% of American wineries surveyed by ABLE Social Media Marketing are on Facebook and 73% are on Twitter. The study, done in December 2011, shows that American wineries are active in social media and that it’s producing results. 47% of US wineries said that Facebook helps them generate sales (72% sell wine on their website). While this study focuses…

The Benefits and Pitfalls of ESPN’s new Developer Center

The Benefits and Pitfalls of ESPN’s new Developer Center

What do you do when you have a treasure trove of valuable data that developers would love to get their hands on? Release an API and let them create applications for you. That is precisely what sports network ESPN did today by announcing its Developer Center replete with multiple APIs for programmers. Developers can tap […]

The Benefits and Pitfalls of ESPN’s new Developer Center

The Benefits and Pitfalls of ESPN’s new Developer Center

What do you do when you have a treasure trove of valuable data that developers would love to get their hands on? Release an API and let them create applications for you. That is precisely what sports network ESPN did today by announcing its Developer Center replete with multiple APIs for programmers. Developers can tap into ESPN’s reservoir of data…

Tumblr Reels in Big Traffic, Now 8x More Page Views Than WordPress.com

Tumblr Reels in Big Traffic, Now 8x More Page Views Than WordPress.com

This time last year, we compared the growth of the two leading light blogging services: Tumblr and Posterous. The conclusion was that Tumblr had all but defeated its rival. All through 2010, Tumblr showed exponential growth. That has continued into 2011. Over the past year, Tumblr has grown from just over 100 million visits per month to over 300…

Gamers Today Are More Social Than You’d Think

Gamers Today Are More Social Than You’d Think

It’s common knowledge that gaming is one of the most popular activities on the Web, but we often don’t have a good sense of what type of person a modern gamer is. A new research report from Latitude set out to answer the question: who is today’s gamer?
As one participant in Latitude’s study noted, traditionally gamers have been thought of as…

Drop the Autobot: Manual Posting to Facebook Outperforms Automated

Drop the Autobot: Manual Posting to Facebook Outperforms Automated

We’ve written on auto-posting before and there still seems to be a debate as to whether or not it actually affects performance to post via bot. Anecdotally, I’ve found that manual posting shows significant increases in performance.

When I first started at ReadWriteWeb, the updates to Facebook were automatically posted via a Facebook application…

Study: 77% Don’t Want to Share Location on Smartphones

Study: 77% Don’t Want to Share Location on Smartphones

For the last two weeks, it seems like anything anyone can talk about is the fact that our GPS-enabled smartphones are tracking our location. First, it was the iPhone, then the Android and finally Windows Phone 7. Why has this struck such a chord?

According to a study by TRUSTe, a leading Internet privacy service provider, privacy is the leading…

Can Online Sharing Stats Predict the Oscars?

Can Online Sharing Stats Predict the Oscars?

When it comes to predicting the future, we don’t need a crystal ball anymore. These days, we just need to look at how people act online – what they share with their friends on Facebook and Twitter – to predict things like box office success or the stock market.

With that in mind, we’re here to see if some social media statistics and science can…

Report: Mainstream Media Still Drives the Discussion on Twitter

Report: Mainstream Media Still Drives the Discussion on Twitter

When you think of Twitter and influence, you might think that the most obvious metric used to measure would be the number of followers a user has. Time and again, influence on Twitter has been shown to be not a direct function of how many followers one has, but a number of other factors.

One of those factors, according to a report by HP, may be…