As social networks continue to gain users and prevalence in daily life, more people report logging on to sites like Twitter and Facebook from work. In 2011, there was a 300 percent increase in social networking on the job compared to the same period in late 2010.
This week, Google+ announced that the social networking service would now be open to teenagers 13 and over. Partnered with the announcement was the introduction of new privacy and security changes by Google+ to protect younger users.
Hootsuite has partnered with Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to provide students with a 90-day program to boost their social media skills. The school was recently ranked the top journalism school in the country.
YouTube users are uploading about 60 hours of video to the site every minute, 12 more hours per minute than uploaded in May of 2011. Users only spend about 15 minutes each day on the site watching video, but worldwide that totals up to 4 billion videos each day – a 25 percent increase from May.
In 2011, Google acquired 79 companies (including Clever Sense, Katango and Apture) for a total of $1.9 billion, up nearly a billion dollars from their spending on acquisitions in 2010.