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If you didn’t think social media was important, you should now. For the first time in history, the amount of time people spent on Facebook was greater than the amount of time they spent on Google sites in the United States, according to the Business Insider. The period of measurement was August 2010:

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Here’s some cool info from the Business Insider’s chart of the day. Check out these charts from Nielsen analyzing the most popular apps on each Smartphone platform:

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Since I’m a Gmail user, this chart of the day surprised me. It seems that Yahoo’s webmail service has twice as many users as Microsoft Hotmail which is its biggest competitor followed by Gmail. But according to Business Insider’s Chart of the Day from Nick Saint and Kamelia Angelova, Yahoo is losing users. The only major webmail provider that is gaining ground is Gmail, which is up 27% from a year ago. AOL trails the field and is down 20% over the past year.

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Our last ‘Introduction to Online Communities’ class was held on Monday, April 26, 2010 at Clearstone Venture Partners in Santa Monica. Former USC grad and Managing Partner William Quigley talked to us about venture capital and the best way to get it for a startup. As with our other guest speakers throughout the semester, William shared great insight on what I call the business of money and the Internet.

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There is no question that new technology tools provoke creative innovation. A clear example of this process is what has happened in the music industry over the last decade. Our Intro class speaker on Monday, April 19, 2010 was Scott Dinsdale, EVP of Sony Music Digital Operations, and he gave us a great overview of what was happening the music and entertainment industries and where they are headed. Here are some of the key points of our discussion:

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All the social media blogs were crammed full of articles about Twitter this week. On Tuesday, Twitter launched its new advertising strategy called Promoted Tweets. According to the Twitter website, users now see tweets that promote their partner advertisers at the top of some Twitter.com search results pages.  Twitter promises their users that these sponsored tweets will be clearly labeled as “promoted” when an advertiser is paying, and that only one Promoted Tweet will be displayed on each search results page. Users can also Reply and ReTweet the Promoted Tweets like regular ones.

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“We are currently going through an infrastructural change in the mobile industry that will set up the next decade of innovation,” said Josh Levison, Practice Lead for Mobile and Gaming at IPG Emerging Media Lab. He was the speaker in our Intro class on Monday, April 12, 2010. I thought that mobile was going to be a big part of how we move forward in business, entertainment and information, but after hearing Josh’s fantastic presentation on Monday, I realize that I didn’t know the half of it!

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