Facebook sees time spent on mobile top its desktop users
“The average time spent accessing Facebook via smartphone in the United States was 441 minutes in March, compared with 391 minutes via computer, according to comScore, underscoring the increasingly high-profile role of mobile in social networking… In filing documents for its initial public offering, Facebook highlighted the importance of mobile while noting it does not generate meaningful revenue from mobile users… Beefing up its mobile strategy was part of the reason Facebook in April agreed to spend $1-billion to buy Instagram, a photo-sharing mobile app, analysts say.”
All about mobile.
Will your Klout score get you hired? The role of social media in recruiting
“Third-party sites that rate “influence” are relatively new on the scene, but they’re already changing the way recruiting is done… I have no doubt that companies will increasingly take note of social connectivity when considering applicants, keeping an especially keen eye on those with a demonstrated ability to turn their networks into enhanced marketing opportunities.”
My Klout score fluctuates from 58 to 56. One day I’ll crack 60. Lol.
Twitter defends user in court over Occupy tweets
“We reported last month on Malcolm Harris, a member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and his attempt to have a tweet subpoena quashed. The judge in the case denied his motion saying that Tweets are not physical property and can therefore be obtained without a warrant. It was a disappointing ruling, but it made sense. We went on with our lives and just hoped that next time would be different. Well, there’s been a new development in the case. A development that I don’t think anybody ever saw coming. Twitter, the actual company, has filed a motion with the court to quash the order that Harris’ Tweets be subpoenaed. The company says that Harris does indeed have a proprietary interest ‘in the content that he submits to Twitter’ saying that a subpoena effectively violates Twitter’s Terms of Service which states that users ‘retain rights to any Content [they] submit, post, display on or through Twitter’… This is a sound argument and one that the court can’t ignore. Twitter has essentially proven, at least in the case of their service and their state, that the Fourth Amendment does apply online.”
An Instagram camera in real life
“For now, it’s just a figment of someone’s imagination from ADR Studio.”
It’s so cute!
2012 vs. 1984: Young adults really do have it harder today
“Back in my day? Economically speaking, life was easier for the young adult.”
Yahoo CEO apologizes for bogus college degree
“Yahoo Inc. CEO Scott Thompson is sorry for allowing an inaccuracy about his education to appear in his official bio, but not remorseful enough to heed calls for him to resign.”
It’s that easy to lie on a resume eh? lol.
Pottermore: Developing A Blueprint For Futureproof Publishing
“Berlucchi suggests that Pottermore, JK Rowling’s online ebookstore, is an “extremely important” precedent which shows publishers that it is possible to rework their relationship with Amazon in a way that forges stronger ties between publisher and reader… Berlucchi’s right, but the industry needs to take the Pottermore idea several steps further if they are to reap all the rewards it has to offer. There is a window of opportunity now to expand upon the concept of a publisher-centric ebook hub, to take Pottermore’s partial blueprint and use it to futureproof publishing.”
Huffington Post Canada B.C., Alberta sites to launch in 2012, regional expansion
“AOL Canada and the Huffington Post Media Group announced Tuesday a regional expansion of The Huffington Post Canada that will include new sites in British Columbia and Alberta.”
Very, very cool. Also:
Papers offering more and better video news
“Newspaper sites around the country are producing video on par with that of TV stations, often with the help of former TV multimedia journalists and photographers. In fact, some of the newspapers’ video content is so good that it has beaten material produced by TV news departments when it’s gone head-to-head in awards competitions.”
Super Mario, cub reporter: Jesse Schell on what the game industry could teach the news industry
“The game designer and thinker says there are a number of parallels between the disruptions facing both industries.”
This is a really fascinating read!
Largest known croc likely ate early man
“The largest known crocodile was big enough to swallow a human being and likely terrorized our ancestors two to four million years ago. Remains of the enormous horned croc, named Crocodylus thorbjarnarsoni, were unearthed in East Africa. The impressive aquatic reptile exceeded 27 feet long and is described in the latest Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.”
Yikes. Can you imagine?
“The Avengers 2” already in the works
“With “The Avengers” continuing to break records with a $207.1 million opening weekend box office take and a staggering $441.5 million overseas, fans are already chomping at the bit for the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s premiere superhero team — and according to The Hollywood Reporter, they’re likely going to get it. Yesterday, during a conference call with analysts to discuss quarterly earnings, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that “The Avengers 2” is in the works with an unannounced release date following Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3,” “Thor 2” and “Captain America 2.””
So much superhero goodness. <3
Weird News, Other News & Fluff
Beautiful photographs of decaying and repurposed movie palaces
“From the 1920s through the 1950s, thousands of ornate movie palaces were built across America, seating hundreds of patrons in lavish settings for films and live shows. But the introduction of television, the rise of the multiplex, and the dissolution of city centers caused the movie palace to go the way of the dinosaur… In 2005, photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre began documenting theaters that had either fallen into decay or been transformed entirely.”
Beautiful photographs indeed.
Appreciation: Maurice Sendak helped children’s imaginations run wild
“For all his contributions to children’s literature, Maurice Sendak, who died Tuesday at 83, struck a chord with ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ a dark and vivid adventure in a daunting world beyond a child’s bedroom.”
May he rest in peace.
Unfortunate timing: Stephen Colbert’s new children’s book (endorsed by just-deceased Maurice Sendak) comes out today
Very unfortunate timing.
Nebraska man changes name to Tyrannosaurus Rex
“A 23-year-old southeast Nebraska man has legally become Tyrannosaurus Rex. The York News-Times reports that the man entered the York County courtroom Monday as Tyler Gold and left it with the moniker Tyrannosaurus Rex Joseph Gold. Gold says in his public filing for the change that the dinosaur’s name is cooler.”
Story of vengeful jilted dentist WAS too good to be true
“A hugely popular news story about a jilted dentist accused of pulling out all her ex-boyfriend’s teeth has unraveled as a hoax. News websites around the world ran the story last week about a woman in Poland named Anna Maćkowiak who took revenge on a man named Marek Olszewski when he turned up at her clinic complaining of toothache, days after dumping her for another woman.”
Who makes this stuff up?!