Social media has become extremely powerful lately as a tool for communication between web users, even getting ahead of email and instant messaging. While Facebook reigns over the social media environment, other networks appear to very soon catch it up from behind, respectively Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest.
Google+ is Google’s social networking platform, and its users have reached the number of 25 million in just one month. It is an impressive number, since Twitter needed 33 months of being in business to reach the same figure. According to ComScore, most of the users came from the U.S., followed by India. In September 2012 it reached the number of 400 million registered users, and 100 million of them seem to be active on a monthly basis.
Pinterest is an online pinboard where users are invited to manage and share the things that are of interest to them. Launched two years ago, this social photo sharing website has seen an increase of 512 percent in the time that its members spend visiting the site, in the interval between May and October 2012. This means an average of 72 minutes logged in to the website. A report from ComScore for January 2012 showed that the website had 11.7 million unique visitors from the U.S., which made it the site to break through the mark of 10 million unique visitors the fastest. In August this year, it has also exceeded Tumblr to what monthly unique visitors are concerned, for the first time. Changes that are to be made according to recent promises might attract even more visitors. It has been announced that business pages and individual profiles will be differentiated. Business accounts will be verified and they will be more visible in search results. It must be said that commercial accounts used to be forbidden.
Founded in 2007, Tumblr is a microblogging platform, self-titled “the easiest way to blog”, and a social networking website. Its users can post multimedia and other type of content to a short-form blog. They can choose to make their blogs private and they can follow the blogs of other users. A statistic from early October 2012 shows that Tumblr had 77 million blogs at that time. From July 2010 and until July the next year, its unique visitor number went up by 218 per cent, scoring 13.4 million unique visitors in the U.S. only. Also Tumblr reported that, in the 12 months before October 2012, its users spent 42 percent more time on the site during their visits. This is an average of 82 minutes/visit.
Tagged is a social discovery website that was launched in 2004; what it does is that it allows its members to view other members’ profiles, share tags, offer virtual gifts and play various games. Tagged has purchased Digsby, a social and instant messenger client, and also WeGame, a gaming application. It currently has 100 million members according to its own saying. On average, its users spend close to two and a half hours on site, which represents an increase of 25 percent. It may not be such a new network, but it's popularity has been growing more and more in past few years.
Aside from these social networks that were founded in the U.S., social sites from other countries are also becoming stronger, such as Sina Weibo (microblogging site from China), Badoo (Great Britain) and Odnoklassniki (Russia). All in all, social networks appear to have a good future ahead of them.
There are many gadgets available on the market, some more attractive than others, but a few of them are like a beautiful dream for most of us, mostly due to their price or to the fact that they were recently launched and they are not yet available everywhere around the world.
Here are the most wanted four gadgets:
- MacBook Pro with Retina Display
This is one of the most advanced versions of the MacBook Air, with a much thinner appearance compared to its predecessors. Apple surprised everyone with this new model, introducing an extremely modern panel for a laptop: the Retina Display. Besides the incredible 2880×1800 resolution, the company improved the hardware with a powerful Quad-Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM, all this technological wonder being packed in an aluminum carcass. Even the price is a bit high for many clients, but those who can afford to buy it are bound to enjoy some memorable experiences while using it.
HTC One Series
The new Android series are currently leading the mobile industry market and have earned the title of the best smartphones on the market. The new technology behind the camera brings about a variety of new features: an incorporated image chip incorporated that allows the user to capture images of up to 8MP and, at the same time, to record videos at the highest resolution at over four frames per second, with crystal clear vision. The slim design and the attractive display make these smart phones a dream for many, thanks to the latest generation hardware and programs integrated in them. The dual-core processor, the call quality and the audio devices have placed them among the top gadgets in their class, the HTC claiming that the new Android series left the competition far behind.
For many gadget lovers, the latest version of the iPad was thought to be just a minor step forward compared to the previous products, but Apple pushed the limits and released on the market one of the most revolutionary gadgets of this kind. The 2048×1536 display offers extreme visual details and the battery life was extended, considering the number of operations and the energy required to power all the pieces of the equipment. The camera front-faced is able to capture 5MP images, while the rear shooter can record 1080 videos without any problem. Lots of consumers and a large part of the specialists agree that this is one the greatest innovations of the last few years, making iPads the perfect gift for anyone.
This top class camera, despite the fact that it captures only black and white photos (which does not seem very exciting) is no ordinary black and white camera at all. The new shooter from Leica can turn even the most intriguing landscapes to reality. Having a full-frame sensor of 18MP and no color filter, this gadget can capture a huge quantity of light, generating extremely fine-tuned details in very sharp images. Any passionate photographer dreams of owning or at least using such an advanced piece of equipment, being a well-known fact that the company producers has released several revolutionary camera models throughout the last few years, taking photography to the next level.