New Infographic – The Demographics of Social Media

The website Advertising Age released a cool new infographic comparing various social media – namely Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  There are some interesting facts revealed here.  For instance the Social Media space is lead by the 35-54 age group, the leading country for Facebook is the US, but the second is Indonesia, the leading country for LinkedIn is also the US, but it’s followed by India, and females outpace males as Twitter users.

While some of this strikes me as common sense (like Twitter being dominated by the 35-54 age group), some of it amazes me (like there are significantly more female users and visitors to Twitter).  For anyone who runs a web site this is pretty good information to have.  It can provide a lot of aim to your marketing and SEO efforts.  For those who don’t run a site it’s still a bit of pretty interesting information to parse over.

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GNC-2011-03-28 #658 RIAA Infiltrates Federal Judges!

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Industrial Espionage.
New Nokia Fonts.
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Iranian Hacker.
Playstation XPERIA.
Social Media Detox.
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Opportunity Update.
1 Trillion Stars!
How Cool is This!
Pictures from Mercury Tomorrow.
Latest Scam coming down.
10 Web Design Elements.
Truck Drivers to pay to Listen to Music.
Nintendo 3Ds
Federal Judge RIAA Insider.
Intel Revamps SSD Line.
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Firefox 4 Tips.
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Seesmic Desktop 2 All in One

Seesmic released an update of its desktop platform last week on both the Windows and the Mac platforms. It had been in private beta for a while but was finally released to the public and its clear that Seesmic has grown far beyond just another Twitter client. The first time you open it up, it will take you directly to your account page, where you can add any of the following accounts: Facebook, Foursquare, Google Buzz,Google Reader, Last.fm, Linkedin, Ping.fm, Twitter and YouTube. There are also more sites available through Plugins and the sdk is available for developers to add more sites in the future. It will be interesting to see if developers take advantage of the opportunity.

Once you’ve add the sites you want, then you can set them up the way you want. Each application can be use to its fullest within Seesmic. You can go through your Google subscriptions, view YouTube videos, keep up with your Facebook friends and Twitter without ever leaving the Seesmic desktop application. When you write a post, you can easily choose which client or clients you want to send it too. You can also keep up with Twitter trends and do searches.

There are a couple of problems I have run into while using the application, first I haven’t been able to get the Last.fm application working. I just set up a new Last.fm account recently, so the problem maybe on my end, I am just not sure. The second problem is you do have to install Microsoft’s Silverlight to use it, so Linux users are out of luck at this time. It is also not very practical on a small screen, unless you like to scroll back and forth. It would be interesting to know how many people actually use multiple sites within the Seesmic application. Is this something that people want or are they looking for something more simple. I think a lot of people would see this as a clear case of information overload and a bit overwhelming. I am not one of those people however, I love having everything right in front of me, I do wish that the applications Identi.ca or Status.net were available within Seesmic, hopefully they will be soon.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the revamped Twitter website, will effect third party Twitter clients like Seesmic. I think that Seesmic saw what was coming and has begun to develop for a future, where it will no longer be dependent on Twitter for its survival, Clearly Seesmic has grown past its Twitter roots and is blazing its own trail, with Twitter only being part of its service.


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New Media v. Old Media

How social media points the way forward for journalism. It’s a real example of how traditional media are becoming social media-aware and are using Facebook, Twitter and their ilk to get the news stories out faster and with more information.

However, what really registered with me is at the very end of the article.

There is a word of caution that goes with trusting what we read on this great “word of mouth” network.  Recent rumour mill stories on Facebook on the private lives of footballers ended up in the press and were proven to be totally wrong. So while this new technology can speed up the newsgathering process, journalists will need to make sure they do what they have always done – double check the facts.

I have real concerns about the loss of the old news media.  Obviously there’s no single cause but the rise of new media, the Internet “no cost” expectation and the “now” culture are all taking the toll.    But what will be the cost to our society when we no longer have professional journalists?

What will happen to investigative journalism?  What will happen when hysterical but unfounded rumours sweep across the social networks?  How will politicians be held to account when there is no-one to report on their mistakes?  How much more easy will it be to cover stuff up?

I can’t think of a single other instance where it’s become acceptable for amateurs to take over the role of professionals.  Would you want an amateur doctor to treat you?  An amateur engineer to design a bridge?  An amateur firefighter to attend an emergency?  No, I want these people to study for years to become competent at what they do.  Why should journalism be any different?  Just because you can string a sentence together, doesn’t make you a journalist.

Now, you may think that it’s a bit rich coming from a blogger for a major new media site but to tie this back to the original news story, I think it genuinely points the way ahead.  We have to get away from old media v. new media, it has to be co-opetition not competition, symbiotic not parasitic, and we have to find a way to reward news organisations and professional journalists to keep doing what they’re doing.

I don’t have all the answers, but I do know is that it will be social disaster if we lose professional journalists because we were too cheap to buy a newspaper.