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Create Instagram and Pinterest-ready photos from your desktop (for free)

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You’re on a small budget and you love sharing photos on Instagram, Pinterest and, well, everywhere. Photoshop has a learning curve you’re not ready to tackle and hiring a designer is out. That’s okay, there are alternatives to high end photo-editing products that live on your browser, and, with a little practice, can give you some amazing results.

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How old are your favorite social networks and websites?

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Did you know Linkedin, MySpace, WordPress and 4chan all launched in 2003? Find out the age of your favorite websites, networks and apps with the FAVES + CO. “Top Tech Birthday Guide.”
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Top 18 social networks who have joined the 100 million (and more) users club

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The best of the best social networks have numbers that are difficult to comprehend. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google+ have more users than the entire population of the United States. All top six social networks have more users than the combined total of pet dogs in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Brazil and China (estimated 262 million pet dogs).

So, just how do the world’s top social networks stack up? Here are the top 18 who have broken the 100 million plus mark:

Top social networks as of April 2013

 

  1. Facebook: 1.06 billion monthly active users, 680 million mobile users
  2. YouTube: 1 billion users
  3. Twitter: 500 million total users, more than 200 million active users
  4. Google+: 343 million active users
  5. Shazam: 300 million users
  6. Skype: 280 million users
  7. LinkedIn: 200 million users
  8. Soundcloud: 180 million monthly users
  9. Pandora: 175 million registered users
  10. Viber: 175 million users
  11. Tumblr: 170 million users, 100 million blogs
  12. SoundHound: 130 million users
  13. Paypal: 117 million users
  14. Dropbox: 100+ million users
  15. Instagram: 100 million users
  16. Ebay: 100 million active users
  17. WhatsApp: 100 million users
  18. Tango: 100 million users

And, a few well on their way:

Flickr: 87 million users
Yelp: 78 million users
WordPress: 74 million blogs
Pinterest: 48.7 million users
Reddit: 43 million users

Study shows Americans’ social media habits now account for 18 percent of time spent online

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A recent study done by the folks at Morrison & Foerster on Americans’ social media habits shows social media now accounts for 18 percent of time spent online. (tweet this)

In addition that little doozy, the study found:

  • The amount of time the average person spent monthly on social networking more than doubled between 2006 and 2011 – from 2.7 hours to 6.9 hours (tweet this)
  • More than half of TV viewers are multi-tasking in front of the tube: 61% of viewers surf the Internet while watching TV; 29% use Facebook while in front of the TV (tweet this)
  • The fastest growing segments of social networking users are men of all ages and people over 55 years old – both groups grew by more than 9% between July 2010 and October 2011. (tweet this)
  • Facebook is the undisputed leader among social networking sites: Visitors spend an average of 6.75 hours on the site each month – nearly twice the amount of time spent on Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, and GooglePlus combined. (tweet this)
  • The percentage of Americans who have a social-networking profile has more than doubled in recent years – from 24% in 2008 to 56% in 2012. (tweet this)

Want even more? Check out their handy dandy infographic.

FAVE INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate @Pinterest Cheat Sheet

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If you’re using Pinterest for business, you probably want to make sure you’re getting and providing the most out of your pins. The makers of Pinerly put together an infographic I actually want to print out and use (or at least add to my tactical guide).

A few highlights:

  • Did you know the best time to pin on weekends is Saturday morning? What about the best weekday? That would be Thursday.
  • The best pins evoke a call-to-action and use short words with simple context
  • If you know the cost of something you’re pinning, add it in your description so it posts on the photo.
  • The best images target emotion.
  • Use searchable keywords in board names and make sure you have a compelling photo for each board.

And, now, here’s that cheat sheet: