The top Twitter trend yesterday, #FailedTechBands, is a hilarious play on words that includes some clever imaginary band names.
If you go to Google's "Hot Searches" list, you'll find that the top three searches today were Apple, Robin Roberts, and the LA Kings. You'll also see how many times each has been Googled; for example, Apple had more than half a million searches in the past few hours.
All of these features are new with Google's revamp of its U.S. Hot Searches, which it rolled out today.
"With Hot Searches in Google Trends, you can see a list of the fastest rising search terms in the U.S. for a snapshot … Read more
Twitter is gradually rolling out tailored trends, a feature that chooses your trending list topics based on where you are located and who you follow, Twitter Product Manager Sara Masuskopf wrote in the company's blog today.
The tailored lists will be the default for the site and mobile apps, giving users a choice of more than 150 locations, including 34 countries and nearly 60 major U.S. cities. To change the setting back to worldwide trending, change the location by clicking on the link at the top of your trends list.
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Twitter has taken a deeper look into how quickly its users change the terms or phrases they tweet on a given topic, or their churn rate, and released some of this data today.
"Looking at terms and phrases in Tweets and in real-time search queries, we see that the most frequent terms in one hour or day tend to be very … Read more
It's not quite time to pop those champagne corks yet, but things for Facebook have taken a slight turn for the better as trading closed today.
The social network's stock was up by 5 percent after four straight days of losses, according to Reuters. Yesterday the market closed with Facebook's stock at $28.19, but today it rose by $1.41 to close at $29.60.
This is still a far cry from the initial starting price of $38 per share when the company started trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market two weeks ago.
Ever since Facebook … Read more
It's no secret that more of us are picking up Web-connected mobile devices. But the growth with which that's happening is nothing short of impressive.
At the D10 Conference today, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) partner Mary Meeker revealed that at the end of 2011, there were 1.1 billion mobile 3G subscribers around the world, representing 37 percent growth over the prior year. The strongest growth came in India, where year-over-year subscriptions rose 841 percent. In the U.S. -- a market much closer to the saturation point -- 3G subscribers rose just 31 percent.
Despite that, … Read more
The Internet is growing at a rapid rate, but there's still a long way to go.
Speaking at the D10 Conference today, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) partner Mary Meeker announced her company's latest report on Internet trends for 2012. Chief among her company's findings was that at the end of 2011, there were nearly 2.3 billion Internet users worldwide, representing 8 percent growth year over year. China led the way with 513 million Web users, followed by the U.S. with 245 million users.
Emerging markets, such as the Philippines, India, and Indonesia saw the … Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Some of Silicon Valley's greatest minds used an interesting piece of hardware to vote on which trends will rule the tech world: ping pong paddles.
The Churchill Club, a business and technology forum, hosted discussion here Tuesday night, along with Forbes magazine, to pick the brains of Kevin Efrusy, Bing Gordon, Reid Hoffman, Steve Jurvetson, and Peter Thiel.
With a few hundred people seated in the grand ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, each investor presented his case for two ideas for what he thought would be a dominating tech trend for the next five … Read more
Facebook's new "Trending Articles" feature, which it's been testing for the last few weeks, is already finding critics complaining about clutter in their News Feeds.
The new feature, which adds links to articles that friends have read in their News Feed, is part of a broader effort by Facebook to create what it calls "frictionless" sharing. Media companies that have created apps using the feature include Yahoo and The Guardian, among others.
Mingled among posts from friends about their kids accomplishments or their latest vacation adventures, Facebook is adding links to articles that those … Read more
DirectPass (download) is a new password manager from Trend Micro that promises a battery of features that could shoot it to the top of its class. The catch? It's not cheap.
Debuting yesterday, DirectPass has a lot key options that make a good password manager great. It's got password generation, a 256-bit AES encrypted form-filler, encrypted secure notes, browser integration via add-on, and one-click master password login. The master password include a hint option to help you remember it, but you best not forget it unless you want your passwords locked away permanently.
Like competitors, DirectPass syncs across … Read more