Can you believe 2013 is half over? Where has the time gone?
Here’s what caught my eye today:
Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends Report [NYTimes] [KPCB]
Mary Meeker presented her annual Internet Trends report at the All Things D Conference this week. Major takeaways, covered in the NYTimes article, talk to the future of wearable tech, the rise of the personal data revolution and the visual web, and the fact that American share less than the rest of the world. Check out the KPCB link for the full report.
Pinterest is not a social network [AdAge]
Pinterest held its first partner event during Internet Week in New York, and one of the most interesting tidbits out of the event is that Pinterest doesn’t consider itself a social network platform. Rather, the site is somewhere between Google and search; as a visual home for images, Pinterest indexes and categorizes pins on the site, inspiring people with images as search engines provide answers people seek. Pinterest is also ideally placed at the intersection of commerce and content with its new rich pin feature, giving users context such as purchase price and where to buy.
Facebook launches verified pages and profiles [TNW]
In a nod to Twitter, Facebook launched Verified Pages and Profiles this week. Brands and companies cannot request to be verified; Facebook plans to proactively verify authentic pages and profiles.
How CMOs are staying in tune with their consumers [AdAge]
CMOs of Verizon Wireless, Gap, and Southwest spoke at the Food for Thought Conference about what they do to stay in tune with the changing digital world. Tami Erwin, Verizon’s CMO, says she mystery shops regularly and spends time in the call center. All three agreed that although the CMO has a responsibility to inspire and educate employees, the responsibility also falls on all employees, as they are the best brand ambassadors for any company.
WSJ to launch its own social network [TNW]
The Wall Street Journal is expanding its site, specifically in the user profile section. The goal is to create a network of like-minded people, while at the same time collecting an immense amount of data from its readers.
Parade Magazine goes digital [AdAge]
Parade Magazine is launching a new logo, along with a new focus on digital and mobile in an effort to reach younger readers. Next will be expanding their social media efforts, once they have established a strong digital and mobile presence.
Throwback to your favorite summer movies [Flavorpill]
Check out these behind-the-scenes set photos from movies such as The Goonies, Ghostbusers, Jurassic Park, The Dark Knight and more.