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February 10 2014

A Complete, Interactive History of Bitcoin

In less than a decade, Bitcoin has gone from concept to niche cryptocurrency, and recently it has made significant inroads into the mainstream. Whether it ultimately endures or fails, Bitcoin's history is unfolding before our eyes.

As the price of a solitary Bitcoin skyrocketed from less than $200 to more than $1,000 in late 2013, a spectrum of retailers have tried to capitalize on the buzz by accepting Bitcoin as payments. But from its anonymous creator "Satoshi Nakamoto" to its complex "mining" process to its connection to cybercrime, Bitcoin can be a lot to digest for those who are new to the concept Read more...

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February 07 2014

How Sochi Stacks Up to Past Olympics Host Cities

As the Sochi Winter Olympics begins, people are making comparisons between the Russian venue and the host cities that have come before it.

This year's games in Sochi disprove any notion that the Winter Olympics lacks the pomp of the Summer Olympics. Medal counts aside, each successive host city works to make its games bigger, its torch relays longer and its total cost greater than the games before. Well, maybe not the latter so much, but Sochi's estimated $51 billion price tag sure makes it seem that way.

When compared, the facts and figures of the Winter Olympics certainly show signs of trending more and larger. Back in 1998, 72 events comprised the Nagano Games. That number has increased to 98 in just 16 years. Another drastic increase is in the hours of coverageCBS covered 123.8 hours of the Nagano Games, while NBC plans to cover 539 hours of Sochi competition. When the additional 1,000+ planned hours of online streaming content is added to that total, the 2014 numbers dwarf 1998. Read more...

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February 04 2014

The Facebook Decade: A Review of the Social Giant's Disruptive History

As it reaches its first decade of existence, Mark Zuckerberg's creation stands as the premiere social network in the world. With 1.23 billion current monthly active users, the online juggernaut's user base far surpasses that of the entire Internet in 2004. How's that for growth?

With the world's gaze focused firmly on Facebook, we take a look back at the company's history.

Let's follow its humble beginnings within the walls of Harvard University to its massive Menlo Park, Calif., complex of today, plus 37 offices worldwide and over 6,000 employees. The following infographic is a testament to the power of social media. Read more...

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January 30 2014

PS4 vs. Xbox One: Who Strikes the Bigger Blow on Social?

Both next-generation gaming consoles have been unleashed on the public for a couple of months, and both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have set impressive numbers, each selling millions of consoles.

While we wait for the next big games to arrive later this year, let's examine the buzz surrounding each console itself. This interactive graphic from eBay Deals updates, in real time, how many Twitter mentions each console receives. You can even tip the scales toward your favorite by hitting the "punch" button and tweeting in its favor. Read more...

More about Entertainment, Gaming, Social Media, Features, and Infographics

January 16 2014

What the Heck Is Curling, Anyway?

It's no secret that curling is somewhat of a lovable laughingstock in the world of winter sports. Compared to the adrenaline-pumping action of ice hockey, snowboarding and freestyle skiing, a bunch of people in sneakers sweeping around a rock might seem a bit ... simple

As it turns out, the sport is about as far from simple as you can possibly get.

Invented in 16th century Scotland, curling, or "chess on Ice," is truly one of the most complicated winter sports you'll encounter. This is probably due, at least in part, to the curling lexicon. The unique vocabulary of curling could fill a small, terribly boring book Read more...

More about Features, Nbc Olympics, Winter Olympics, Curling, and Infographics

January 14 2014

Visual.ly Raises $8.1 Million

Infographic platform Visual.ly has announced $8.1 million of Series A fundraising as it prepares to expand its technology and sales team both in the U.S. and abroad.

The site's goal is to streamline the process of creating visual data content by pairing designers with publishers through an automated process. The process provides companies with a cheaper, quicker way to make infographics out of their data, said cofounder and chief content officer Lee Sherman.

"There's a lot of data out there. Companies are doing a pretty good job of wrangling the data. What they're falling down on is what I call the 'last mile problem,'" he said. "What we tired to do is really simplify and automate the creative workflow." Read more...

More about Venture Capital, Fundraising, Infographics, Business, and Startups

November 09 2013

Interactive Map Reveals Obama Donors That Became Ambassadors

It pays to have powerful friends

That's the theme of a recent project by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization. The project is an interactive map that shows how U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated many campaign fundraisers and political allies to desirable ambassadorships.

Michael Beckel and Chris Zubak-Skees began working on the project in July. They launched the first version of the map in September, but it remains a work in progress, as many of the nominees have not yet been confirmed by the Senate Read more...

More about Barack Obama, Maps, Infographics, Us World, and Us

October 31 2013

20 Iconic Aliens That Transformed Hollywood

Though they're now associated with bloated, big-budget blockbusters, extraterrestrials have capturing imaginations and stretched the limits of cinematic creativity since the earliest days of movies

Flashing tentacles, tails and teeth, aliens have invaded stories for purposes of terror, friendship and sometimes enlightenment. Like much science fiction, the best alien stories teach us what it means to be human. Other times, they just blow stuff up

Somehow, we whittled down a list of our favorite aliens to a respectable 20. Check out the graphic below to see a timeline that spans more than a century. But there are so many more. Which extraterrestrial is your favorite? Read more...

More about Entertainment, Film, Features, Sci Fi, and Infographics

October 04 2013

The History of Twitter, From Egg to IPO

Twitter's public IPO filing reveals rapid growth, massive spending and plans to raise more than $1 billion. It also marks the next step in the largest technology IPO since Facebook's in 2012

With all eyes on Twitter, we've taken a look at how the company has gone from its humble beginnings as "twttr," the interoffice communication service at Odeo, to the social media darling of today

This infographic shows Twitter by its most record-breaking, Twittersphere-shattering moments, from its most influential users to the most viral events

Which Twitter moment was the most memorable? What predictions do you have for Twitter's future? Let us know in the comments. Read more...

More about Twitter, Social Media, Infographics, Business, and Twitter Ipo

September 16 2013

The Online Activity That's Keeping You Unemployed

You've heard it before: "The Internet is forever." So you should know that when your friend posts a picture of you staggeringly drunk on Facebook, it may come back to haunt you.

Businesses are now using social networking sites to scope out applicants, and that embarrassing picture — and other bad behavior found on your profile — may make your job search more difficult.

In a recent Jobvite survey, over 40% of companies said they reconsidered candidates based on the content of their social profiles, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Employers are more likely to view a candidate negatively if there are signs of illegal drug use or posts of a sexual nature on their profiles. Positive posts can influence decisions as well; over 60% of companies involved in the study said that evidence of volunteering or other charitable acts reflected well on the applicant Read more...

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September 13 2013

What Employers Look For In Your Online Profiles

Active job-hunters know that social networking sites can be some of the best tools for finding employment. These platforms showcase companies and their products, connecting job seekers to potential employment at businesses big and small by spreading awareness

Recruiters are now looking at social network profiles too, using a candidate's profile to assess how good of an employee they'd be.

LinkedIn, the largest social network for professionals, is the most popular destination for employers seeking new hires, but don't overlook the influence of Facebook and Twitter Read more...

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August 18 2013

Printed Atlas of the World Wide Web Will Wow You

Humans have been practicing cartography — or, mapmaking — since ancient times, but much has changed since the digital revolution

It may be hard to remember at this point, but before there was Google Maps, there was Rand McNally. Before there was MapQuest, there was an atlas in your glove compartment. Israeli designer Dafna Aizenberg decided to visualize something new — the Web — in a way that harkens back to the age-old art of mapmaking.

In designing her 120-page (as in, printed pages) Atlas of the World Wide Web, Aizenberg did not use any computer-generated graphics, she told Wired. Aizenberg said the work was meant to commemorate the Internet's 30th anniversary. Read more...

More about Web, Internet, Maps, Infographics, and Dev Design

August 11 2013

Top 10 TV Shows on Social Media This Week

HBO's True Blood tops our list of most popular TV shows on social media this week, after the show's season-six teaser video blew up on YouTube.

The supernatural series with plenty of vampires was followed in popularity by AMC's Breaking Bad, which resumes its final season Sunday night. Another hot show this week included Doctor Who. After the BBC revealed Peter Capaldi as the 12th doctor on Sunday, Doctor Who's official account gained over 42,000 new Whovians.

In the fifth spot, CBS' Criminal Minds gained 70,000 Facebook likes this week, after spoilers hinted at what's ahead in the upcoming ninth season. Read more...

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August 08 2013

Could Elon Musk's 'Hyperloop' Become the 5th Form of Transportation?

The anticipation is growing.

Last month, entrepreneur Elon Musk announced on Twitter that he would unveil the alpha design for his "Hyperloop" transportation system by Aug. 12. With just days until Monday, we're still waiting for Musk's big reveal. His Hyperloop system would reportedly surpass the speed of commercial airplanes, hypothetically allowing passengers to travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles in minutes.

Insurance site Gocompare.com created an infographic, below, that illustrates the rumored details about Hyperloop. It explains that the high-speed transportation system would be solar-powered, immune to weather and could feature passenger pods that are approximately two meters — around 6.6 feet — in diameter. Read more...

More about Transportation, Infographic, Elon Musk, Infographics, and Concepts
16 Ways the Internet Supercharged Viral Philanthropy

The Internet has undoubtedly transformed the way we support great causes. For years, non-profits and individuals alike have flocked to social media to spread awareness, bolstering viral philanthropy through crowdfunding sites such as Indiegogo, Fundly, GoFundMe and others.

A handful of campaigns stand out in recent memory: Funding a vacation that turned into retirement for bullied bus monitor Karen Huff Klein; the collaboration between Humans of New York and Tumblr for Hurricane Sandy relief; and, most recently, support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing across various platforms.

More about Charity, Features, Social Good, Crowdfunding, and Infographics

July 03 2013

Do Consumers Believe in Advertising?

Don't let Don Draper fool you. Advertising is not as simple as a catchy slogan or clever pitch. As industries shift away from print advertising toward the changing digital frontier, brands need to know which audiences will be most receptive to certain methods.

Advertising can be one of the biggest challenges a brand faces. This infographic by Ambassador helps shed light on how public perception of advertising is changing, and what ad formats your brand should focus on for the future.

Perceptions of advertising in 2013.Infographic courtesy of Ambassador

Image via Getty Images, Carsten Koall

More about Mobile, Advertising, Business, Infographics, and Marketing

March 29 2013

Marriage Equality's Huge Week on Twitter

Facebook users weren't the only people affected by the Supreme Court's two gay marriage cases Tuesday and WednesdayTwitter was full of conversations about marriage equality, Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act

Top tweets came from President Obama and Seth MacFarlane; Kennedy was the most mentioned Supreme Court Justice; and "marriageequality" was the most-used term.

Our friends at the Meltwater Group sent along this infographic, which dissects the conversations dominating the social web Tuesday and Wednesday.

More about Us, Gay Rights, Supreme Court, Infographics, and Scotus

March 25 2013

Is Netflix Hurting Television Buzz?

We've all been there — a Sunday afternoon marathoning Lost or some other show that's been aired for years, yet we never got around to watching it

Now think about when a new show premieres. Most of us whip out our phones and share the excitement along with thousands of other viewers watching on social media. Live events tend to generate a mass amount of buzz because we're all watching together at the same time.

Netflix has experimented with a new way to watch television by releasing all episodes from season one of the original series House of Cards. By comparing similar shows on various networks, our friends at Mashwork have come up with an interesting conclusion on how this affects social buzz, shown in the infographic below.

Average Mobile Customer Already Owns 2 Unused Cellphones

Although 45% of American adults own smartphones, only about 11% of mobile devices are recycled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest data. When you think about big tech companies and the new smartphone models they release every year or so, that's a pretty staggering statistic.

But as smartphone use becomes more widespread around the world, mobile consumers are beginning to understand how recycling and donating their devices can create a positive impact.

The infographic below, created by Love2Recycle, shows us why we need a smartphone recycling revolution. Did you know that the average smartphone user has two phones he or she doesn't use? How about that only 0.001-0.003% of electronic equipment is recycled each year? Smartphone recycling has a lot of potential to help create a better and cleaner world, but mobile consumers need to take action.

Do You Fit the Profile of Tech Industry's Most Obnoxious Tweeters?

If you've ever been the victim of an unfollow on Twitter, you may just fit the profile of an obnoxious tweeter.

The following infographic, created by Israel-based company Conduit, details 11 of the tech industry's most annoying Twitter users. Some examples of feed-cloggers include "The Eventaholic," who tweets about every pseudo-interesting person he meets at every single gathering he attends, and "The Social Media Butterfly," who constantly provides updates in a bid to gain more followers

Sure, the infographic is just for laughs, but do any of these tweeting types sound familiar to you? If so, share some examples in the comments

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