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Infographic: The Current State of Social Networks

Once called a passing fad, social networks are now mainstream. We’ve now gone through multiple generations of networks. As one fades or loses its cool, another rises to take its place. I predict this trend to continue so long as entrepreneurs and start-ups keep finding new and better ways to tap into our insatiable need…

One Giant Leap for Cable

If you had asked me whether or not the big cable companies would ever allow streaming content to anything other than through their tightly controlled cable boxes, I would have been skeptical. They’ve shown time and time again that they’re extremely conservative about adopting new distribution channels that could potentially disrupt their existing business models….

Google’s Social Imperative

It feels like just a few years ago that Google held an an unassailable competitive advantage with its AdSense system. It is unquestionably the most successful online advertising system and has enabled Google to reap tremendous value. Coupled with its proprietary PageRank system, the two components were and still are the core of Google’s business…

Feature Quality vs. Feature Quantity

It used to be that a product’s success depended upon how well it differentiated itself on the basis of what it was able to do. In the world of software, that generally meant the more features something had, the better off it was deemed. For the hundreds of features Microsoft Office has, it turns out…

Mobile Payday

Photo credit: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times It’s pretty clear that mobile devices have become the de facto platform for digital innovation. The sheer number of mobile-centric startups that are quickly gaining traction is astounding. From Path to Instagram, from IntoNow to Color, entrepreneurs are tapping into possibilities that didn’t seem likely even a year…

Infographic: Smartphone Market Share

This is a fantastic breakdown of smartphone market share in the U.S. from Nielsen.The first thing that jumps out at me are the large blocks covered by Apple and RIM, which collectively have 54%. We also see long, tall columns for HP/webOS and Symbian (which despite its weak showing in N.America, is quite strong in…

iPad 2: Consumption to Creation

When Apple introduced the iPad a year ago, industry reaction was mixed at best. It was called an oversized iPod touch that didn’t have much going for it. But because of the much larger screen size, horsepower and battery life they gave it, along with the SDK, it became a fertile playground for creativity. Fast…

Infographic: Global Android Activations

Check out the crescendo of Android device activations through this animated timeline + heatmap mashup. The regional differences between N.America, Europe and Asia are distinct and more importantly, show where the promising opportunities are. (via Fast Company)

Infographic: Got 20 minutes?

On a good day, I take about 20 minutes to get ready for work each morning. Design student Alex Trimpe helps visualize what can happen on Facebook during those 20 minutes. 1M links shared 1.3M photos tagged 1.4M event invitations sent 1.8M status updates 1.8M wall posts 2.7M messages sent 10.2M comments made I have…