Welcome to our regular compilation of notable news and trends – complete with our commentary and analysis. This week, we’ve seen particularly outlandish presentations at CES, milestones aplenty and a pivotal acquisition by Pinterest—proof that the new year is starting off strong.
CES is intended to be a wonderful week where companies take over the Las Vegas convention circuit to showcase their cutting edge and upcoming products. It’s keynote had been the stage for Microsoft to wow its audience with the genius products in years past, but this year, Qualcomm won the bid to speak on the loudest stage of the conference. The Verge has a great collage of photos and tweets as well as a super cut of the best moments of what they called ‘madness’ from the keynote. Probably the best/worst thing we’ve seen all year (um… no far). And no, we’re never calling anyone, “Generation M” – ever.
This is Pinterest’s first acquisition and we’re waiting to see how they incorporate the one-man operation behind Punchfork, a recipe-sharing network and API service , into their engineering team to help take Pinterest to the next level. The API service powers other services including Evernote’s food app.
Tumblr had 18 billion page views in December, easily placing it within the top 50 most active websites in the world. In this piece, Lunden explains how Tumblr’s 2012 went and points out what the service is focusing on for the upcoming year.
LinkedIn’s explosion of members is undeniable – HOW it’s being used is very different than other social networks and it’s important to consider the careful, different role. 200 million is not a particularly magic number, but it’s still an important milestone for the network of résumés. With two new users signing up every second, LinkedIn is growing at a steady pace—even internationally. The next top market beside the 74 million US users? India at 18 million users.
This might sound kind of boring, but it’s actually pretty fantastic news and could make for some creative uses of Facebook’s Open Graph.
A question worthy of some pondering. And we would add that the consideration isn’t just about a single channel, but whether our own activities and participation in a social graph bears the scrutiny or weight of 10 years. Will 10 years of Tweets make any sense at all? When Facebook unleashed Timeline it gave us the opportunity to turn the prism of our Facebook participation and look at our activity as a historical record. Extrapolating that out ten years, what does 10 years of curated activity look like? A library? A cacophony? A life?