Today’s brief covers Instagram’s latest valuation, Aladdin’s flying carpet comes to reality, skyscraper future concepts, Peyton Manning fans take to Twitter, and much more. Read on!
1. Instagram is reportedly raising $40 million at a $500 million valuation. The app, which is still iPhone only, has gained over 15 million users in just two years. Pretty amazing. Check out my recent social media marketing focus on Instagram, and TechCrunch for more details on this report. [TechCrunch]
2. Behold the power of Twitter. After Peyton Manning was released by the Colts, the quarterback’s name got an astounding 48,147 mentions within the following hour. Team owner Jim Irsay was getting a 48% negative sentiment (of all Irsay-related tweets) which went down slightly after the press conference with Manning and Irsay. [Mashable]
3. A flying carpet that doubles as a lounge chair. Sign me up. Super cool – and available for order now! [FastCoDesign]
4. HP is getting back into the user experience game. The latest is that they are re-launching hp.com, which sorely needs a massive re-design. [TechCrunch]
5. Check out these crazy skyscraper concepts for the future. Most are purely conceptual, as they incorporate technology and infrastructure that doesn’t even exist yet, but still some cool designs. [FastCoCreate]
6. Happy birthday Zaarly! In celebration of its birthday, Zaarly is launching s new reputation system to its site. For those who aren’t familiar with Zaarly, it’s similar to TaskRabbit in that people seek tons to help accomplish tasks but Zaarly is much more in that they offer services and experiences too. [TechCrunch]
7. The Zipcar of electric scooters is making its debut in San Francisco. One feature I really like is that you will eventually be able to do one-way rentals, and drop off your scooter at a different place (something Zipcar doesn’t allow you to do). Can’t wait to try this out! [FastCoExist]
8. Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and while we all may have celebrated in our own way, here are some great social media campaigns surrounding the day. [Mashable]
9. Songkick raised $10 million from Sequoia Capital, marking Sequoia’s first investment in a British-headquartered company. The funding raises additionally questions, mainly on how Songkick is going to diversify its revenue streams. The other potential threat comes from its largest conen source, Live Nation, which is reportedly working on its own version of Songkick. [GigaOm]
10. It’s Friday, send your Twitter buddy a beer. [Tweet a Beer]
That’s all from me today. Submissions and comments below!