Beginning today I will be a weekly contributor to HLN’s #RaisingAmerica with a new online segment called “Social For Parents.” It will run every Thursday and cover the most important topics parents raising kids in a social world need to know.
HOT Watch, or “Hands on Talk,” a smartwatch, not only locked its Kickstarter goal of $150,000, but has passed the $200,000 mark. Why all the hype? HOT Watch reached its initial within its first 30 hours of going live (campaign ending on September 7) and we think it’s got a lot of potential. The watch enables its wearers to take phone calls by simply raising the watch to their ear, with blue tooth enabled.
With 2.4 billion internet users around the world and mobile use growing like wildfire, it must be time for an internet update. Enter the annual Internet Trends report from renowned securities analyst Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Meeker shared her current internet findings from AllthingsD’s D11 Conference:
Legendary tech writer Kara Swisher recently penned a tell-tale look for Vanity Fair into the Instagram and Facebook billion dollar partnership. With a publication like VF dedicating 4,500+ words to a company that developed a mobile app, it’s safe to say Instagram has gone mainstream. But, how did they get there? Fave Contributor Katy Jackson, tells all.
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.
Facebook recently announced that “in addition to your other activity, you’ll be able to see the searches you’re making on Facebook.” The feature will be rolling out over the next few weeks and you’re auto-enrolled in it.
First, it’s important to note that no one besides you can see your Activity Log. Whew! However, if you don’t want that kind of search information just hanging around on the interwebz you can choose to delete this option.
Here’s how you’ll be able to update your profile if you don’t want to include searches:
Near the top of your profile (next to “Update Info), select “Activity Log”
You can access this tool by going to the top of your profile, and going to Search from the activity sorter (the option won’t be visible until it’s available to you). In the meantime, you can view all of your activity by clicking on the log.
There’s also a Shared Activity plugin that lets you control app activity while you use the mobile app.
Questions? Leave a comment here or email me prsarahevans@gmail[.]com.