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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5950527/facebook-crazy-statistics

Facebook's Crazy Facts and FiguresThey have 1 billion users, but that’s not Facebook’s only amazing statistic. There are a lot more, starting with a staggering 1.13 trillion likes. One point thirteen trillion likes, people. It’s crazy. Here are the rest of their stats, compiled since the first day of Facebook:

Over 1.13 trillion likes

since launch in February 2009. Wow.

140.3 billion friend connections

to one billion total users. Is everyone connected to everyone or what, Kevin Bacon?

219 billion photos.

These are photos actually in the system, not including the deleted ones. They believe they have had 265 billion photos in their servers since fall 2005. Flickr is weeping.

17 billion location-tagged posts,

including check-ins as of September 10, 2012—since August 2010.

210,000 years of music played so far.

62.6 million songs that have been played 22 billion times. The most staggering fact about this: their music-listening app only started in September 2011 and this data is from September 11, 2012.

More useless but neat facts:

• Facebook says that the median age of the user is about 22 years.

• The top five countries, in alphabetical order, where people connected from since the 1 billion user record was achieved: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States.

• Of that 1 billion, there are 600 million mobile users. Not bad.

Head? Spinning!

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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Etsy’s Community Has Already Sold More Than $500 Million This Year

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/etsy-sales-milestone-500-million-2012-8

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Etsy’s CEO Chad Dickerson recently announced a big company milestone.

Last year, the company’s community generated more than $525 million in sales. This year the community is on track to crush that number.

It’s already passed $500 million in sales.

That figure also gives you an idea of what Etsy is making. Etsy takes a 3.5% cut of every sale and 20 cents for every posted item.

Since February, Etsy’s also started processing payments for some of its shops through a program called Direct Checkout. On payments, it takes a 3% cut plus 25 cents per transaction. Since February, it’s processed $50 million in payments.

That means Etsy has generated more than $20 million this year, and the holiday season hasn’t even struck yet.

On Thursday, it announced a new gift-card program which will require Etsy shop owners to sign up for Direct Checkout, and it’s also offering free payment-processing through the end of September to encourage its use. That may hit transaction fees in the short term, but in the long term, if more Etsy shop owners adopt Direct Checkout, it will substantially increase the money Etsy makes from each sale. (Etsy says Direct Checkout benefits shop owners because customers spend more on average when the feature is enabled.)

Brooklyn-based Etsy has more than 300 employees, 800,000 active merchants and more than 40 million monthly visitors.

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Friday, August 31st, 2012 news No Comments

Boutique Fashion Brokers Make Virtual Trade Show Platform

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5923780/boutique-fashion-brokers-pioneers-the-virtual-trade+show-platform

 

In the age of e-commerce and business meetings held over Skype, the travel and lodging expenses of attending a trade show are increasingly difficult to justify. And If you’re an emerging independent designer or the owner of a fashion boutique anywhere other than LA or NYC, scouting for new items and securing the right connections to get your product seen by the right people can be cost prohibitive.

Kassondra Dyebo, CEO and managing director of Boutique Fashion Brokers, believes there’s a better way.

BFB is a “B2B membership-only community, created for up-and-coming fashion brands and boutiques to discover and do business with one another through their own private virtual showrooms.”

Dyebo first conceived of the idea for BFB while working as a buyer in Montreal and attending trade shows herself. They’re huge, tiring, overwhelming conventions that require much schlepping and stamina. And BFB, which launched in February of this year, is the trade show’s efficient opposite.

With a low-fee membership, boutique buyers are able to browse BFB’s online inventory, which is navigable by all manner of categories and sub-categories, and can be added to a multi-branded line-sheet, from which to request samples. While designers can use the platform to host their own virtual showroom, where they can showcase their collection(s), look-book(s), and press.

Two things that Dyebo believes make BFB a valuable resource are the premium placed on member privacy (buyers have no way of knowing with whom they are in direct competition, and designers only know who browses their wares once an item has been placed on a “Watch” list or a sample has been requested), and the user-friendly features in place to meet all their members’ needs (BFB’s system allows them to keep track of sales, orders, and shipments, as well as all pending and completed transactions).

Dyebo doesn’t believe the day of the old-school trade show is over, only that—at least in some industries—there is an opportunity online to improve the entire experience. “What inspired me,” she says, “was the fact that I couldn’t travel to all the tradeshows and scout out all the talent around the world.” Problem, solved.

Thanks, Kassondra!

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Friday, July 6th, 2012 digital No Comments

Windows Phone Still Badly Lags Rival Platforms In App Development

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/windows-phone-still-badly-lags-rival-platforms-in-app-development-2012-6

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Microsoft announced yesterday that just more than 100,000 apps have been now been published in the Windows Phone Marketplace. In comparison, Apple had over 725,000 apps in the App Store as of February (meaning its even higher now) and Google Play had more than 500,000 apps as of last month.

As we have argued before, the real network effect in the mobile platform wars is with developers, who create the apps that draw consumers to phones. On the one hand, Microsoft badly trails its rivals. On the other, it’s impressive that they have managed to convince developers to write 100,000 apps with such a small user base—at last mark, Windows Phone had less than 2% global market share, putting it in last place among major smartphone platforms. But while Microsoft lacks the “long tail” apps of these other platforms, at least it has been whipping out its check book to underwrite development of the most popular apps.

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 news No Comments

Windows Phone Still Badly Lags Rival Platforms In App Development

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/windows-phone-still-badly-lags-rival-platforms-in-app-development-2012-6

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Microsoft announced yesterday that just more than 100,000 apps have been now been published in the Windows Phone Marketplace. In comparison, Apple had over 725,000 apps in the App Store as of February (meaning its even higher now) and Google Play had more than 500,000 apps as of last month.

As we have argued before, the real network effect in the mobile platform wars is with developers, who create the apps that draw consumers to phones. On the one hand, Microsoft badly trails its rivals. On the other, it’s impressive that they have managed to convince developers to write 100,000 apps with such a small user base—at last mark, Windows Phone had less than 2% global market share, putting it in last place among major smartphone platforms. But while Microsoft lacks the “long tail” apps of these other platforms, at least it has been whipping out its check book to underwrite development of the most popular apps.

Total apps available by OS

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 news No Comments

Groupon settling into new steady state – lower users but more usage per user

Groupon Unique Visitors February 2012 – 14.5 million
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Groupon Pageviews February 2012 – 124.6 million
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Groupon Visits per Person – 2.4 per month
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Groupon Pages per Visit – 3.6 per month
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Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 news No Comments

Red Hat Is The First Open Source Company To Top $1 Billion A Year (RHT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/its-official-red-hat-becomes-the-first-1-billion-open-source-company-2012-3


Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst

Red Hat announced $1.13 billion in annual revenue, up 25 percent from a year ago.

This officially marks the first time a company that makes 100% of its living from open source products topped the billion-dollar mark.

For the quarter ending February 29, Red Hat posted revenue of $297 million, up 21% year-over-year, and GAAP EPS of 18 cents, up 6%. Its quarterly non-GAAP EPS was 29 cents, up 12% from last year.

Analysts, on average, expected earnings of 27 cents per share on revenue of $291.2 million.

Shares are up over 7% to about $55 in after hours trading.

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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 news No Comments

A Beautiful Visualization Of How The Labor Market Changed After The Great Recession

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-current-job-market-compared-to-the-pre-recession-job-market-2012-3


This is a great chart from Dave Altig.

Click to enlarge.

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Basically, what’s going on is, any dot above the diagonal line represents an industry where job growth is faster now than it was pre-recession. Any dot below the line indicates slower job growth.

As you can see, manufacturing is the real outlier here, as it averaged a monthly loss of 30K jobs between 2001-2007, whereas it’s been averaging monthly job gains from July 2009 to February 2012.

Karl Smith (who brought the chart to our attention) notes:

This is important for thinking about any kind of structural story you might be inclined to tell. Manufacturing employment had been falling for roughly 15 years and then suddenly stopped falling in the wake of this recession and started growing.

This may be (the) structural shift that folks are looking for but its important to note that this is basically a “reshoring” shift. Although, it’s not so much reshoring as a rapid slowdown in offshoring combined with growing underlying demand.

Anyway, on the flip side of the chart it’s pretty obvious that the big standouts are government and construction jobs, which means that recent signs of turnarounds in both could portend another big leg up in employment.

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Sunday, March 25th, 2012 news No Comments

Android web browser claims biggest user share

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/05/statcounter-android-web-browser-claims-biggest-user-share/

Android’s native web browser can now lay claim to being the most popular mobile browser, according to StatCounter‘s latest survey. Mapping use over the past year, Google’s mobile internet browser has grabbed around 23 percent of all users, up from just over 14 percent back in February 2011. The phone and tablet-based browser may have soaked up BlackBerry and Nokia users on its way to the top, with the two companies dropping browser share to six and 11 percent, respectively. Opera continues to hold its own, with a stable market share of around 21 percent throughout 2011, while the iPhone’s Safari isn’t far behind, notching up 20 percent by the end of last month. Conspicuous by its absence, Windows Phone’s Internet Explorer hasn’t made the table just yet and Google is surely hoping to see its mobile version of Chrome enter the table soon — presumably once it’s available on more than one device.

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Monday, March 5th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Facebook Ad Revenue Grew 69% in

Source: http://www.marketingcharts.com/direct/facebook-ad-revenue-grew-69-in-11-20963/

Facebook advertising revenue reached $3.15 billion in 2011, representing an increase of almost 69% from $1.87 billion in 2010, and more than tripling from $764 million in 2009, according to the February 2012 prospectus it filed in conjunction with its initial public offering (IPO). The $3.15 billion in advertising revenue equaled 85% of the social network’s […]

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Monday, February 6th, 2012 news No Comments

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