Just how the hell did Raytheon land in the #2 spot? And, it’s #8 overall! Microsoft may seem surprising, but it really makes sense, given that it’s packed with professionals and has employees who are more likely to be on the leading edge. Over at Mashable, there are a few more charts about social media adoption that will blow your mind.
Facebook’s rapid ascent continues. Next month, the white-hot social media company is expected to announce that it has more than 500 million users, according to the blog All Facebook. This will make Facebook the first to hit the half-billion mark.
The announcement is expected to take place before June 25, 2010, and plans are in the works for a big celebration – for a company that typically eschews feting its accomplishments.
And, its prospects for year-end are even brighter. All Facebook forecasts more than 600 million users and $1 billion in annualized revenue. Only a year ago, Facebook had a “mere” 175 million users.
[Source: All Facebook]
Did you really think you’d read that headline six months ago? Well, a lot has changed since then! Claims of Twitter’s profitability arose the week before Christmas last year, when BusinessWeek used the two real-time search deals closed by the company (with Google and Microsoft) to do some basic math. It didn’t hold up, but the new year has brought new revenue. I strongly suspect that 2010 will be Twitter’s first in the black.
What happened at the end of 2009? Well, in October, Twitter locked in $25 million in revenue through the Microsoft and Google data licensing deals. The company also revealed that its annual expenses were around $20 million. So, $25 million minus $20 million equals a $5 million profit, right?
The nature of the new tools coming out in the social media space shows that the world is changing. Not too long ago, Twitter was the domain of insiders, and the term “MySpace refugee,” the result of the migration to Facebook, had not yet entered the cultural lexicon. In garages across the country, new social media platforms were being developed and launched … and they had a fighting chance at survival. The change in innovation, however, indicates that we’re entering a new phase in the social media evolution.
Microsoft and Yahoo! inked a 10-year search partnership in the United States, and they’re hoping to ride that deal around the world. The two technology companies are trying to chip away at search engine giant Google‘s market share in the space. If all goes well, Microsoft thinks the deal will close early next year, even though there are some regulatory hurdles to clear.
Legendary software firm Microsoft, the people who brought you Windows 7, is about to cut another 800 jobs. The company announced it was letting 5,000 people go back in January. Lou Gellos, a spokesman for the company, said yesterday that the chopping will happen around the world. No specifics are being given. This was the first year that Microsoft has had major layoffs. At the end of last year, 94,000 people worked at Microsoft. Three quarters later, the employee population dropped to 91,000, suggesting that another 2,000 people were hired along the way (for a net loss until then of 3,000 jobs).
[Via USA Today]
Yes, Miley Cyrus is on an anti-Twitter crusade and thinks that “Twitter should be banned from the universe.” Her commitment, however, is about to be checked: is the banishment of Twitter worth the life of a small kitty?
A Miley Cyrus fan absolute fucking nutjob has threatened to kill his cat unless Cyrus comes back to Twitter. Can you believe this? Retarded.
Here are a few ideas:
- Send the weirdo to an institution; he could use the help
- Keep Miley Cyrus focused on what she does best (hint, it involves Annie Leibovitz)