Twitter Adds Photo Gallery to Profiles

Twitter started out as fast way of telling everyone you’ve ever met that you just saw Johnny Depp eating a hot dog at the airport. But soon after we learned that anyone could say they saw anything which led to the creation of the phrase, “pics or it didn’t happen.”

From there, third party apps took over such as TwitPic and YFrog (leading me to wonder why frog?), giving you a way to upload the photo of Johnny that you snapped with your phone.

Soon, Twitter got tired of sharing the glory, and made it so you can upload photos directly to your account without the use of a third party but you still had to click and leave Twitter to see it.

Thumbs Up for Facebook’s New Admin Bookmarks

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference, like the new admin bookmarks in Facebook. All they did was add a permanent sidebar category for pages you administer. Now, when you login, you’ll find a link to each page, along with the number of unseen notifications, in the same place every time.

Prior to this change, page bookmarks had a tendency to disappear under a list of apps. There were times where I had to resort to finding my last page update in my own timeline in order to access a page that I hit daily. Not a huge problem in the grand scheme of things, but it’s time and effort wasted when it could be so simple.

When it Comes to Media, Gen Xers Want it All

I recently saw a pad of scrapbooking paper called Generation X. The designs were all distinctly digital and included Space Invader style video game patterns and scatterings of computers, mobile phones and portable cassette players. Yes, even this craft company knows that Gen Xers love their media.

A new report from eMarketer shows that 88% of Xers are online and that should rise to 90.9% by 2015. What are they doing online? 74.2% are watching videos and that number is also on the rise.

Not only are Gen Xers the biggest pool of video viewers, they also watch more TV than other brackets and are more likely to shop via their mobile phone. Clothing is the most shopped for item with airline tickets and hotel reservations making it into the top five along with books (e or otherwise).

Skype Gets into Group Texting

Skype, who is in the processing of being bought by Microsoft, just did a little buying of their own. They plunked down a rumored $85 million for group texting company GroupMe.

The GroupMe app was designed to solve a very basic problem — group decision making. If you’ve ever tried to plan a night out with four different you understand the issue. Fred calls Joe and suggests sushi, Joe calls Mary who says she doesn’t like sushi, so Joe texts Fred to say pick somewhere else, but in the meantime Fred is on the phone trying to talk Louise into coming out for sushi with him, while Mary texts Louise telling her Fred’s a loser and they’re all going for pizza. Next thing you know it’s 10:00 at night and no one has left the house yet.

Facebook Falters While StumbleUpon Races By

StumbleUpon CEO Garrett Camp, was all a Twitter on Friday when he got the news that StumbleUpon now drives 50% of all social media referral traffic in the US. The added bonus, they crawled up over Facebook to do it.

Here’s a chart that proves it:

Hmmm. . . interesting. It may be true that numbers (and social media CEO’s) don’t lie, but they have been known to bend the truth. In this case, I think we’re comparing apples and tomatoes, so the numbers aren’t really what they seem.

People go to Facebook to do a lot of things. They catch up with friends, post photos, play games, join groups and share links.

New Study Shows Twitter Buzz is Mostly a Bust

Twitter needs a new mascot. Instead of cheery bird, they should use a happy bee, because a new study shows that Twitter has more buzz than Tweets.

Polaris Marketing Research Inc. surveyed 1,000 American consumers this past July and asked them about their Twitter usage.

Only 18% said they had sent a Tweet in the last sixty days, which is not surprising. We know that the majority of the Tweets come from a small number of users. What is surprising is that only 22% said they read a Tweet in the past 60 days.

Polaris President Jan Carlson says,

“In spite of all of the buzz about Twitter, our results show that individuals who are active on Twitter are in the minority of the general U.S. population.”

Groupon to Congress: We’re Tracking You for Your Own Good

Groupon has an exciting new idea. They’re going to track you through your cell phone at all times so they can send you the most relevant deals exactly when you need them. Out to lunch on Main Street — get 50% off a sandwich at the deli on the corner. Buying tickets at the movies? Here’s a discount on popcorn. No matter where you are. No matter what you’re doing, Groupon is going to find you. And did I mention you don’t have to have have their mobile app running at the time?

Two congressmen, and possibly several thousand mobile users, want to know more. According to an article in Reuters, House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus: Joe Barton from Texas and Edward Markey from Massachusetts have asked Groupon to clarify its data collection and privacy policies. Some of their curiosity stems from Groupon’s recently filed $750 million initial public offering. After that, it’s mostly sheer amazement that Groupon would be so cavalier about wholesale tracking.