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Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

Let’s have a look at how social networks are growing, courtesy of Techcrunch. Hint: Tumblr wins.

TechCrunch

With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin, but  when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point. Research out today from the Global Web Index notes that Tumblr’s active user base in the last six months grew by 120%, while Facebook’s grew by only 2%.

And in overall member growth, Pinterest took the lead with 57% growth while Facebook’s member base grew by 6%.

Instagram, LinkedIn,Twitter, YouTube and even Google+ all grew faster than Facebook.

In mobile apps specifically, while Facebook is the largest app today, Snapchat — with an emphasis on teen and 20-something users — is the fastest growing of them all, up 56% this year. It is however followed closely by Facebook Messenger and Instagram — a sign of not just how Facebook’s mobile apps continue to represent the company’s growth drivers, but…

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How YouTube Music Key Will Redefine What We Consider ‘Music’

What is music these days?

TechCrunch

YouTube finally unveiled its subscription music service today, and in some ways it’s very much like existing streaming music services, especially since it comes bundled with Google Play Music All Access. But YouTube Music Key also very much not like other streaming music services, because of the ways in which music is (or rather isn’t) defined on YouTube.

One of the first questions I had about Google Music Key was how the company would define what kind of content from YouTube gets included: Would a home-shot cover of a Black Keys song with 253 views be as ad-free as the official music video for the original? Or was this a private club, designed for the traditionally defined music industry? Turns out, the nature of what Music Key encompasses is somewhat of a moving target, and the limited beta access that will initially gate entry to the service is in part…

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President Obama Calls For A Free And Open Internet, Wants It Reclassified As A Utility

Lame duck president has big plans for free and open internet. Could reclassifying the network as an utility work?

TechCrunch

President Barack Obama has come out in favor of net neutrality in a special website and video announcement wherein he lays out his plan for protecting the freedom and openness of the Internet. In a video and letter, he lays out in no uncertain terms that he believes no cable company or access provider should be able to put limits on access to the Internet.

He says that he’s suggesting that the FCC recognizes access to the Internet as a basic utility, and something that Americans have a basic right to. This means no blocking, no throttling, more transparency and no paid prioritization, Obama writes in his letter, which is quoted in full below.

An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. By lowering the cost of launching a new idea, igniting new political movements, and bringing communities closer together, it…

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The Future Of TV Is Online

internet_tv_header_deIn a recent article on wired.com, the author predicts a full shift of TV viewing to online TV. He has data to back up his claim, too: “Researchers tracked 165 online video views and 1.53 billion logins over a year, and they found that total TV viewing over the internet grew by 388 percent in mid-2014 compared to the same time a year earlier—a near-quintupling. And the increase is more than just a few diehards binge-watching: the number of unique viewers well more than doubled, growing 146 percent year-over-year.”

Online TV viewing is no longer a niche populated by tech savvy geeks. Streaming devices are making it easier to access online TV sources on your big screen TV. Add tablets and phablets to the hardware mix, add HBO and CBS to the OTT content source mix and you have a recipe for success.

Read the whole article here.

Get the Adobe research data here.

Mamor: Einfluss des Internet auf Fernsehpublikum noch gering

Laut Aussage des ARD-Vorsitzenden Lutz Mamor wird der Einfluss des Mediums Internet mit seinen Online-Video-Angeboten noch stark überschätzt, stattdessen sei die Konvergenz von Internet und TV viel langsamer unterwegs als manche Experten glauben.

Auf den Medientagen in München geht es genauum dieses Thema.

Hier geht’s zum Artikel im Handelsblatt.

Don’t Call It A Bubble

billion-dollar-mobile-internet-companies Just because there are now 25 mobile internet companies valued at over $1Bn doesn’t mean that there is a new bubble in town, right? Because first mover advantage in their market makes them worth all that money, right?

I’m not buying it. Get ready for the crash this October.

Read about the blistering pace at which these companies got to where they are now and the golden future of mobile internet applications at Venturebeat.

Me: What kinds of shows do you like to watch on TV? Daughter: What’s a TV?

The youth of today is losing interest in classic TV. Youtube “stars” are more popular than our good old Hollywood stars. I’m old.

Gigaom

The fact that television viewing is changing dramatically — being disrupted by the web, by YouTube (s goog) and other factors — isn’t breaking news. It’s something we report on a lot at Gigaom, and almost daily there is some announcement that helps reinforce that trend, like the fact that Netflix now has more subscription revenue than HBO, or a recent survey reported by Variety that shows YouTube stars are more popular with young internet users than Hollywood stars.

That last piece of news really hit home for me, because it got me thinking again about how my own family consumes what used to be called television, and how much has changed in only a single generation.

I’m old. Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. I was born a few years before the moon landing, and I remember us all watching it as a…

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