Massive growth forecast for mobile/social video 

According to research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), the role that smartphones play in total screen time continues to expand. Per-capita use now stands at 8.6 hours a week, greater than the total amount of time consumers spend watching broadband video (8.2 hours per week). Notably, social networking now comprises four hours of weekly screen[…]

Tinker Kicks Off Tinder Social

Treading on Facebook’s turf, Tinder is officially launching Tinder Social — a way for users to connect with friends, and synchronize their social calendars.After testing Tinder Social in Australia, the dating giant said it learned a few things.“We learned that people were looking for a better way to plan their night out with friends —[…]

Twitter Tweaks 140 Character Calculation

Today, Twitter announced a number of changes aimed at creating richer public conversations by eliminating elements that currently count towards the 140 character limit. Certain elements that previously ate into the 140 character cap (e.g. media attachments, @names that auto-populate when you hit reply to a Tweet, URLs at the end of Tweets, etc.), will[…]

Socedo raises $1.5M to help marketers generate sales leads from social media chatter

Socedo has raised a financing round to grow its platform that helps marketers generate sales leads from social media activity.The 3-year-old Seattle-based startup today announced a $1.5 million round led by Vulcan Capital and Divergent Ventures. Angel investors from Seattle and San Francisco also participated.Socedo, also a 2013 graduate of the Microsoft Windows Azure accelerator,[…]

Social Impact B Corporations are on the Rise

A little provision was sneaked into the Italian parliament’s big end-of-year budget package: it will now be possible for Italian companies, new or already existing, to incorporate as “Società Benefit,” or Benefit Corporations. These companies will be officially allowed to put societal benefit on a par with profits.In the US, 30 states plus Washington, DC,[…]

Most of your Facebook friends couldn’t care less about you

Even if you have thousands of Facebook friends, you can probably only count on a handful in a pinch, according to a new study. The author, anthropologist Robin Dunbar, should know. He’s the guy who came up with Dunbar’s number, which shows that in the real world, people can only maintain about 150 stable relationships.[…]