How Reddit Was Born [Video]

Reddit Founder

Reddit FounderReddit came about by accident, a beautiful and flawed merging of original ideas and concepts taken from other popular sites at the time of its launch such as Slashdot and Delicious.

Founded by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian the network was built around forming user identities while at the same time sharing the web in a simple to understand manner.

In a candid video released on Friday Reddit’s co-founder talking about their first failed attempts on the web and then dive into how they generated a billion pageview website that now sites at the cornerstone of social engagement.

As Ohanian notes:

“Reddit was not created to do good works. But I can’t help but be really, really pleased with how much good Reddit has done for the world.” [Read more…]

Become a Local Blogging Celebrity with LinkedIn

Linkedin Local There are a number of social media sites that have captured the hearts and attention span of the modern world. Internet users rely on social networking a great deal for any number of tasks, originally personal but not more along the lines of professional. In fact, using such sites for self promotion, business networking and marketing is becoming second nature to the site genre.

Some sites have been created specifically for this purpose, and one of the most well known is LinkedIn. Well established, full of people in every industry and very beneficial, you probably already have an account or have thought about getting one. It is recommended, as a quick means of making connections with others in relevant industries, or just maintaining and easily accessible online resume.

But beyond that, LinkedIn can provide a fantastic method of local marketing. This is a means of targeting a local audience to become a kind of celebrity of sorts to those in your immediate area. This is much more simple to achieve than gaining a mass notoriety within your industry. [Read more…]

How Much Time Are You Spending On Social Networks? [Infographic]

Social Media Addiction

Social Media AddictionSocial media has become a huge component of the web and a new study proves that point, claiming that internet users now spend 18% of their time online via social networks.

From Facebook and Twitter to Tumblr and LinkedIn, we have become a social media obsessed population.

According to the study the average time spent on social websites has more than doubled year-over-year from 2.7 hours to 6.9 hours per month

The study also found that more people than ever are using social networks with 24% of Americans in 2008 to 56% of Americans today.

As expected Facebook still leads the pack with nearly seven hours spent on the social network per month. Gaining speed however are Tumblr and Pinterest, both relatively new but super popular social networks.

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VEVO Has Paid Musicians $200 Million Since 2009

Vevo

Vevo

Music video management firm VEVO has paid more than $200 million to its artists since launching in 2009. The music service is responsible for managing the music videos and performances for thousands of artists around the world.

VEVO CEO Rio Caraeff spoke at the Business Insider Ignition Conference in New York City on Tuesday where he announced the company’s massive artist payments.

VEVO has streamed billions of video views thanks to artists that include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and many others.

The music service earns money through pre-roll ads that stream once for every six to seven minutes of video watched per user.  [Read more…]

Tumblr Accidentally Claims To Be Top 10 Website, Takes It Back

Tumblr Blog Network Top 10 Status

Tumblr Blog Network Top 10 Status

Tumblr CEO David Karp jumped the gun a little bit on Monday when he announced that his uber-popular blogging platform had reached top 10 US website status. Karp made his announcement after numbers were revealed by third-party analytics firm Quantcast.

In a Tumblr post Karp revealed that the website now boasts 170 million users. Karp then linked to the Quancast page for Tumblr which shows 202,637,856 visits to Tumblr per month in the US alone, and 616,776,768 visits worldwide. Quantcast numbers also showed users per month was 60,803,592 in the US and 168,243,984 worldwide.

While Tumblr is not ranked within the top 10 worldwide websites it is still ranked a very impressive 15th. Tumblr is also ranked as the #9 network.  [Read more…]

Instagram Has Busiest Day Ever On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2012 - Instagrams Biggest Day Ever

Thanksgiving 2012 - Instagrams Biggest Day Ever

 

Pictures of turkeys, Thanksgiving feasts, football,  family members and other shots dominated the web on Thanksgiving day and millions of those photos were posted to the popular social photo website Instagram.

The photo platform which currently claims more than 100 million Google Android and Apple iOS smartphone and tablet users to its name literally saw millions of Thanksgiving Day 2012 posts.

According to the company it received more than 10 million Thanksgiving photos to various holiday themed hashtags. The biggest tags were #turkey and #thanksgiving. [Read more…]

An Educators Guide To Pinterest [Infographic]

Educators Guide To Pinterest

Pinterest for EducatorsPinterest grew by 4,377% from March 2011 through March 2012. The social networks growth is largely credited with its ability to engage users in a simple but effective way. The site has become so popular that the average user now spends 98 minutes per month simply browsing through Pinterest boards.

With engagement increasing and users discovering new recipes, tech tips and other information the teams at WorldWideLearn and Quinstreet have built a case study around how a virtual pinboard works for showcasing a student’s work to creating a sense of community through pictures.

The study includes information obtained from top-tier Universities who have used the social sharing platform to engage with students.  [Read more…]

Your Computer Can Kill You

Working from home or in an office is one of the biggest factors for people living an extremely sedentary life. By spending so many hours every day in front of the computer, the average worker is not getting the physical activity needed to keep fit. So what happens is that various health problems arise because being cooped up in front of the computer.

This infographic shows the many health problems that arise from extensively using a computer. Problems like obesity, insomnia, and chronic pain, among others, are caused by using computers for long periods of time. Fortunately, there are also solutions to solve these health problems, which is also incorporated in the infographic. [Read more…]

Twitter Giving $1 Million In Free Advertising To Small Businesses On November 24

Twitter for Small Business

Twitter for Small Business

Twitter will give away $1 million in free ad credits to 10,000 small businesses on Saturday November 24.

The $100 in free credits per business will be offered to the first 10,000 businesses who apply and meet eligibility requirements for the program.

The money from the program can be used to purchase ad credits towards  Promoted Trends and Promoted Accounts on Twitter.

To qualify for the free $100 in advertising the business must be US based, be active on Twitter and be new to Twitter advertising. [Read more…]