Google+ Hits 300 Million Active Monthly “In-Stream” Users, 540 Million Across Google

google+ logo As expected, Google touted the growth of its "social layer" Google+ during a special event today that also saw the introduction of 18 new features. The big numbers that Google talked about are as follows: 540 million monthly active Google+ users: This is the number of people with Google accounts that interact with Google+ each month in some way on any Google property. That could include leaving a comment on a blog or website that has Google+ comments embedded, commenting on YouTube, or clicking the +1 button on an article or some other web content. Here's the chart Google used showing [...]


They Don’t Call It The News Feed For Nothing: 1-In-3 Americans Use Facebook As A News Source

facebook-news-featured Whether they mean to or not, nearly one out of every three Americans (30%) receive their news via the Facebook News Feed according to a new study by Pew Research Center. A whopping 64% of Americans use Facebook and nearly half (47%) responded that they "ever" get news on the social networking site. Those adults that are only casual or "light" consumers of the news showed higher numbers of Facebook usage for news purposes. Light traditional news users showed a 47% chance that they use Facebook for news while heavy news consumers didn't rely on the news feed as much with only 38% saying that [...]


Google+ Drives A Fraction Of The Referral Traffic That Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter Do [Report]

google-plus-featured Google+ is driving a fraction of the referral traffic to publisher sites that Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites are. That's the main takeaway from an annual report released today by Shareaholic, makers of social sharing buttons and widgets that the company says are used by 200,000 publishers. The report covers September 2012 -- when Shareaholic last published network sharing data -- through September 2013. According to Shareaholic, Google+ has consistently driven less than one-tenth of one percent (> 0.1%) of all referral traffic to its publishers over the past [...]


Survey: 71% Of Companies Concerned Over Social Media Risks, But Only 36% Provide Employee Training

is-social-media-worth-it A recently published survey examining corporate social media risks and rewards from advisory firm Grant Thornton found that 71 percent of the executives polled said their company was concerned about possible risks posed by social media, but only 36 percent reported having social media training. The report included a 32-question online survey that was completed by 111 executives representing a mix of public and private, small to midsized organizations. The survey questions covered five specific topics: use of social media, opinions regarding the value of social media, social media policies, [...]


Survey: Facebook Dominates Check-ins, 30 Percent Geotag Posts

smartphone-map-checkin A new survey from the Pew Research Center focuses on the use of location on mobile devices. It found that roughly three-quarters (74 percent) of smartphone users access directions and other location-related information on their devices. The survey also found that checking in has declined in popularity since last year. Among "check-in" services Facebook is the most widely used, followed by Foursquare. The graphic above compares use of location-related services and check-ins. Use of the former has remained steady; however checking-in has dropped from 18 percent to 12 percent since 2012 [...]


Apple’s iPhone 5 Ads Were A Social Sharing Failure, Report Says

apple-featured Anticipation is growing about Apple's latest Big Announcement next week, and you can bet that your Twitter, Facebook and Google+ streams will be filled with news and commentary about the company's newest gadgets. But after the news hits, will the company's TV ads translate well on social networks? According to a new report from Unruly Media, Apple has a lot of room for improvement after its iPhone 5 ads were largely ignored on social channels. Social media users weren't too thrilled with Apple's video ads for the iPhone 5. Unruly says that ads for Samsung's S4 attracted eight times mo [...]


Facebook Driving More Than 2x Twitter Traffic To Parse.ly’s News Clients

parsely-logo-200px Facebook is far and away the top social network driving traffic to some of the biggest online news and media websites, sending them more than twice as much traffic as second-place Twitter. That's according to the Authority Report from Parse.ly, a company that counts the likes of Reuters, The Atlantic, Mashable, The Next Web, US News and others among clients using its content optimization platform. Parse.ly says it's currently processing about five billion page views and 160 million unique readers per month. For the month of July, Parse.ly reports its clients received about 73.5 million p [...]


Vine Grows To 40 Million Registered Users, More Than Tripling Its User Base Since June

vine-featured After only seven months since Twitter acquired Vine, the six-second video sharing app has reached an impressive 40 million registered users, more than three times the number of Vine users reported just two months ago. While this milestone does not reflect "monthly active user" numbers commonly shared by social networks like Facebook and Twitter, it does confirm that Vine is a competitive force within the social media landscape. In June, Twitter reported that there were a total of 13 million iOS users on Vine when it released the Android version of the app. So it appears that Android user [...]


Popularity Pays: People Are 32% More Likely To ‘Like’ If There Is A Preexisting Positive Vote

facebook-like-thumb-icon It turns out that social media users may act more herd-like than you may think. The American Association for the Advancement of Science performed a study on the effects of prior social votes on current user behavior. The study shows that preexisting votes have a profound effect on the content's overall social performance. The test analyzed comments on a website that allowed users to vote and respond to others. In the tests, some of the comments were artificially inflated, while others were left untouched. If a user read a comment that had a previous positive score, they were 32% more li [...]


Study: The Top 100 Global Brands Winning On YouTube Publish 78 To 500 Videos A Month

youtube-featured Video marketing company Pixability's newly released study measuring YouTube activity for the Top 100 Global Brands reveals that the top performers are publishing approximately 78 videos per month, with media companies like MTV, Thomson Reuters and Disney posting upwards of 500 videos per month. According to the study, YouTube video publishing rates for the Top 100 Global brands have increased an average of 73 percent annually since 2009. The total number of uploads for the same group of companies has grown from a few dozen published in 2005 to more than 10,000 cumulative videos published in [...]


Study: Nielsen Research Proves Twitter Impact On TV Ratings Is A 2-Way Street

twitter-tv-video-featured Nielsen released an independent Twitter Causation study today that proves Twitter activity influences Live TV Ratings, while Live TV Ratings simultaneously impact program-related Tweet volume. The study set out to discover if Tweets were driving TV Ratings, or if TV Ratings increased Twitter activity around shows already being watched. According to the research findings, while one hand does appear to feed the other, it's more frequent that Live TV Ratings increase Twitter activity around TV programming, versus Tweet volume increasing Live TV ratings. Of the 221 broadcast primetime progra [...]


Social Saturation: 72% Of Online American Adults Now Use Social Networking Sites

social-media-network-people As of this May, nearly three out of every four online Americans used social networking sites according to new research from Pew Internet. This number jumped 7.5% from late 2012 when two-thirds (67%) of adults used social sites. So, how far have we come? Well, back in 2005 just 8% of adults used social networking sites: This number skews slightly toward women as 74% of online American women use networking sites versus the 70% of men. The Hispanic demographic leads the way in social networking with 80% of online Hispanics using social networking sites compared to 75% of the "Black, Non-Hi [...]


Facebook Has Almost 18 Million Business Pages, Adding 1M Per Month

facebook-pages-open-featured There are now nearly 18 million business pages on Facebook -- a stat shared during today's earnings call by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The 18 million figure counts as of the end of Q2 -- June 30th. It represents a growth rate of about a million new pages each month over the past three month. Let's turn back the clock a bit: Early March 2013: Facebook said there were 15 million pages. July 2012: In its Q2 2012 earnings call, Facebook said there were 11 million business pages. In other words, over the past year, Facebook has added about 7 million Pages. But about three million [...]


Study: Brands Using Hashtags In Facebook Posts Show No Signs Of Higher Engagement Levels

facebook-hashtags-featured Analytics firm Simply Measured conducted a study of the Top 100 Interbrands on Facebook and discovered that even though the usage of Facebook hashtags by brands has increased nearly 20 percent between June 12, when hashtags went live on Facebook, through the end of June, hashtags are not resulting in any additional engagement. The study analyzed the Interbrand Top 100 Brands on Facebook between May 1 and June 30, 2013 to see how brands are leveraging the social media network, and to identify which brands and industries are experiencing the most success on Facebook. According to the findi [...]


Social Media Use Growing Among Fortune 500 List With 77% Tweeting & 70% On Facebook

social-media-colors-featured An annual report from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth evaluating the social media activity of Fortune Magazine's Fortune 500 list found that 34 percent of this year's Fortune 500 companies are now actively blogging, 77 percent maintain active Twitter accounts, 70 percent have Facebook pages and 69 percent have YouTube accounts. This year marks the largest increase in the number of Fortune 500 companies currently blogging since 2008. According to previous reports, only 16 percent of Fortune 500 companies were blogging five years ago. Now, 171 companies on the Fortune 500 list publish a [...]


Facebook Well Ahead Of Google, Yahoo In Social Logins [Gigya]

In addition to its social sharing data, Gigya has also shared social login statistics that are aggregated from its client base of more than 700 brands. During Q2 2013 (April-June), Facebook was the dominant platform, with 52 percent of all social logins. Google was a healthy second with 24 percent, and Yahoo a solid third at 17 percent. Gigya says the current data represents big gains for Google over the past couple years. Gigya's social login data is similar in the media/publishing category, where Facebook (44 percent), Google (28 percent) and Yahoo (21 percent) are the top login pr [...]


Gigya: Only 2 Percent Of Social Sharing Happens On Google+

google-plus-featured Despite a reportedly growing user base, Google+ isn't popular when it comes to sharing content on social networks. A new report from Gigya says that only two percent of social sharing happened on Google+ in Q2 of this year (April-June 2013). That's a fraction of the sharing that took place on Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest, Gigya says. Those same three sites -- Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest -- are the top sharing destinations from both media/publishing sites and e-commerce sites, too. But in the latter category, e-commerce, Pinterest is actually the top sharing destination. [...]


Social Login Shares Saw Little Change In Q2, Janrain Says

janrain logo After a couple quarters of gains, Google's share of social logins across the Web flattened in the second quarter of 2013. Similarly, Facebook's share of social logins also flattened during Q2. But that's a better sign for Facebook, because it had seen its share of social logins drop for two quarters in a row. According to Janrain's latest quarterly report, Facebook still holds 46 percent share of social logins and Google is still second at 34 percent. And the folks at Janrain must've had an easy time putting that chart together, because it's pretty much exactly the same as the cha [...]


Topsy: Instagram Shares Easily Beat Vine On Twitter, Unless You’re Talking About “Influencers”

topsy-instagram-vine-featured Instagram has regained supremacy over Vine on Twitter, thanks to its new video feature? That seemed to be the story, based on stats from Topsy. But now, Topsy has clarified there's a different story, one where Instagram shares on Twitter have never dipped below Vine, at least when you're looking at all activity rather than just "influencer" activity. Vine Beat Instagram? We probably helped kick off the whole "Is Vine bigger than Instagram?" news cycle three weeks ago, when we reported that there was more sharing of Vine on Twitter than Instagram. Here's the chart we showed then: That [...]


A Week After Instagram’s Video Launch, Vine Sharing Tanks On Twitter

instagram-vs-vine-featured It's now been a full week since Instagram added video recording to its popular camera app, and it's already had a dramatic impact on its main competitor: Vine sharing on Twitter has tanked. We can use Topsy's free analytics tool to compare how many times Twitter users have shared instagram.com links versus vine.co links, and the chart isn't pretty for Vine. Vine sharing went into a nosedive on June 20, the day of Instagram's announcement. Topsy shows there were almost 2.5 million Vine links shared on June 19, then a little more than 1.5 million on the 20th -- a drop of almost 40 perce [...]


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