20 Highlights from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 report

The 2017 edition of venture capitalist Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report was published last week. As with previous editions, the 2017 report offers credible insights into some of the significant trends that are shaping, evolving and defining the internet and our use of it. This year, there’s a strong focus on online advertising, interactive games, healthcare, and much more. Weighing in at 355 slides, the presentation deck PDF is a hefty opus with much to glean and digest. I’ve

streaming mobile video

Lights, camera, action: the unexpected rise of live online video

Facebook and Twitter are no longer simply text platforms but mobile video channels battling to turn consumers away from TV

Dick Costolo: Twitter unfollows the leader as social milestones are missed

Slowing growth in user numbers and failure to capture a bigger slice of digital advertising revenue drove the departure of the chief executive

Number 10 hands out Twitter exclusives to favoured journalists

A discussion topic in episode 701 of the FIR podcast, published today, looks at a question asked in the Metro newspaper last week: should British politicians take notes from Barack Obama’s campaign team? The Metro’s excellent report looked at the key role social media played  – especially Twitter – in both of the US president’s election campaigns in 2008 and 2012 in enabling direct engagement with reporters and opinion-makers as well as with voters in communities across the United States

The internet as you like it

A rather good post today by Paul Sawers in TNW Industry assesses the state of the internet as it begins to noticeably evolve from being defined as an English-language network to a more homogenous system embracing other languages such as Arabic, Russian and Chinese. A big deal, you might say. Except that it is a big deal in a significant area – the use of languages that allow characters beyond those that the English language historically used when defining a

PCC seeks to regulate press Twitter feeds

Watchdog to consult on how tweets can be brought under its remit, asking each newspaper to draw up a 'Twitter policy'

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