comScore Reports March 2012 U.S. Mobile Subscriber... →
As of March, 45% of U.S. mobile handsets in use were smartphones. Also: “In March, 74.3 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device. Downloaded applications were used by 50 percent of subscribers (up 2.4 percentage points), while browsers were used by 49.3 percent (up 1.8 percentage points). Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 0.8...
Why Publishers Don't Like Apps - Technology Review →
What’s the problem with building a really gorgeous iPad app for your publication? Lots. Technology Review editor Jason Pontin explains why they abandoned theirs.
Amara - Universal subtitling: caption, translate,... →
Great tool for bridging the language divide with your video. Upload (or point to) a video on YouTube, Vimeo, or an HTML5-based website. Then create subtitles in the language(s) of your choice.
Pew Research: 13% of online adults use Twitter,... →
As of May 2011, Pew found that 13% of internet-using US adults use Twitter, and over half of these people access Twitter on their cell phone. …African-American and Latino internet users are each significantly more likely than whites to be Twitter adopters. Even more notable: One in ten African-American internet users now visit Twitter on a typical day—that is double the rate for Latinos...
How social media can jumpstart your mobile... →
Article by Amy Gahran, June 2011, for KDMC. Increasingly, social media is largely mobile by default. Over half (54%) of people who use Twitter users access it via mobile devices, according to new research from the Pew Internet and American Life project. Similarly, a recent analysis of Facebook posts showed that one-third are made via mobile devices—and most of these come from Facebook’s mobile...
When is the best time to post to social media? →
These recent statistics/analysis from Bit.ly indicate when you might want to use social media for maximum engagement. This information is not specifically about mobile users of social media per se, but it applies to mobile users as well as people on a computer. bitly: Did you see those silly cats on Tumblr, that breaking news on Twitter, and those photos of your friend’s kids on Facebook?...
Faces of Black Men: Blending Pinterest, Tumblr for... →
Article by Amy Gahran explaining the Faces of Black Men crowdsourcing project on Tumblr and Pinterest, aimed at overcoming negative stereotypes of black men often found in mainstream media coverage. Includes tips and advice on using social media to engage a community around an ongoing issue.
The Face of Black Men →
Example of a special-purpose Tumblr blog set up to accept and showcase community-submitted photos related to a key issue of identity and overcoming stereotypes. Do you have, on your phone or computer, a photo of a black man you know personally who defies negative stereotypes of black men commonly perpetuated in mainstream media coverage? Submit that photo and description to this site!