What’s happened this week:
- The web celebrated its 20th birthday on August 6th, it has come a long way since then.
- Civil unrest in London, how new channels like BBM and Twitter are used to organise chaos and also to report it.
- Facebook bought Push Pop Press, an innovative mobile publishing platform, indicating Facebook’s emerging focus on content delivered in new formats.
What we have learned:
- Ofcom released their annual consumer media report. The major story being the rise of the Smartphone, one third of adult smart phone owners claim to be highly addicted to them.
- Mobile now accounts for 12.5% of UK Internet traffic up 4000% in 2 years
- One quarter of US two year olds have used a Smartphone.
- Beta 620 is a new site for experimental formats for the New York Times, take look to see what news will look like in a few years months’ time.
- Zeebox is a soon to be released Social TV platform, from the people behind iPlayer and Kazaa. It provides a glimpse of a rich scalable experience for TV.
- A look at Microsoft’s updated ‘Home of the Future’
Where to find more:
- Can Twitter be a $100bn company? Yes, if it can solve its own curation problem.
- How brands primarily promote a Social presence as their engagement platform.
- The future of the iPlayer: how the BBC plan to grow digital catch up services in the UK.
As usual, let us know your reactions, comments and feedback!
- Sam (thanks to JP, Pierre and the Futures team)