A social media links of the week list curated from a (mostly) US perspective.
The 7 Types of iPhone Users
We were tickled by this infographic for seven types of iPhone users, especially as all of the iPhone peeps we know seem to jibe neatly with one of the categories. (We will admit to having a bulky case that turns a sleek tech phenom into something resembling a brick from 1994, but when you have a toddler addicted to Peekaboo Barn, you do what you have to do.)
The Oscars and Twitter
Sunday, February 26 will bring us the Oscars: the 84th Academy Awards, anticipated by the Wall Street Journal to break social media use records previously set by events like the Super Bowl and Grammy Awards. After analyzing 300K+ social media conversations leading up to the big day, social monitoring company Radian6 offers its “social media” winners in an engaging infographic. ABC, the network broadcasting the event, is hoping to maximize coverage by having two off-screen, backstage commentary tweeters. Viewer tweets during the broadcast using the hashtags “#oscars,” “#redcarpetqa” and “#bestdressed” will appear on Oscar.com and the Oscars app. At stake? Tens of millions of dollars worth of advertising dollars.
Tumblr Banning Self-Harm Themes
In a week that has surfaced the disturbing trend of young girls on YouTube asking people “Am I pretty?”, Tumblr is tackling the thinspo topic raised by HuffPo earlier this month and is considering changing its Community Policy to prohibit other negative topics about identity and body image. Tumblr will moderate blogs that “glorify or promote anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders; self-mutilation; or suicide,” the company explains on their staff blog. Taking a cue from Facebook’s initiative on providing help to suicidal users, Tumblr also plans to offer blog authors on these moderated topics self-help and hotline information.
Facebook Users Getting Better at Managing Privacy
As part of its Internet and American Life Project, The Pew Research Center has released a report that finds Internet users taking a more active role in managing and pruning their social network content. Among those polled, it is the 18-29 years old age group that is most adept at using Facebook’s privacy controls, but all age groups have made gains in use since the last survey in 2009, a positive step as more employers and even college admission officers add online reputation checks to their processes.
Unhyped Internet and Mobile
Venture Capitalist Vinod Khosia writing for TechCrunch shares his predictions for the next big things for the internet tech space, including expansions in collaborative social experiences, interest based networks, the management of identity, privacy, security and verification, personal collaborative publishing (Pinterest, Tumblr, Storify, Snip.it), analytics, payments, and the “under 25″ portion of Generation C: a type of entrepreneur particularly well-represented on YCombinator. We’re excited. How about you?