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LinkedIn Releases Q4 2013 Earnings, $447.2 Million in Revenue (SocialTimes)
Thursday LinkedIn reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2013. The company had strong gains in scale and relevance across the platform, which “led to strong member engagement.” The Wall Street Journal Shares of the Mountain View, Calif., professional social network fell in after-hours trading as the company projected revenue to grow more than 30 percent for the current quarter and year, but its projections were still below analyst estimates. Forbes In a conference call with investors, LinkedIn’s chief financial officer, Steve Sordello, said the company will be spending heavily this year on a variety of initiatives, including a big build-out of its data-center capacity around the world. Those outlays are likely to pinch operating margins. GigaOM It seems that Linkedin’s latest goal is to match up every user around the world with their perfect job, as the company’s latest earnings report and acquisitions show a focus on bringing users higher quality, more relevant professional listings — both in the U.S. and internationally. “Ultimately, our members will not need to find the right jobs,” CEO Jeff Weiner explained. “The right jobs will find them.” VentureBeat As LinkedIn posted its solid fourth quarter earnings, the company announced its intention to acquire jobs and hiring platform Bright for $120 million (around $32.4 million in cash and the rest in stock). The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of 2014.
Investors Are Worried About Twitter’s Stagnant User Growth (Mashable)
One million. That’s how many new Americans signed up for Twitter in the past three months, a number that failed to inspire investor confidence in a social network with a nagging history of growth issues.
How Kids Use Social Media [Infographic] (AllTwitter)
These stats and infographic about the social media habits of tweens come to us from FashionPlatyes. According to the infographic, 81 percent of kids between the ages of 12 and 17 use social media (compared to 72 percent of the internet population as a whole).
Klout Evolves into a Content Creation Platform as it Seeks to Help You Become More Influential (The Next Web)
Klout is evolving from a service that told you how much influence you had in terms of a numerical value, to a service that now tells you why you’re influential and how you can improve on that. Starting Thursday, users noticed a redesigned service that the company claims is the “first step” toward its vision of “helping people be known for what they love.”
After Father’s Tearful Plea, Facebook Will Create Deceased Son’s ‘A Look Back’ Video (AllFacebook)
While many Facebook users are suffering from overexposure to its recently introduced A Look Back videos, the social network honored a special request by St. Louis resident John Berlin, who wanted to see his deceased son’s video. USA Today reported that Facebook will create an A Look Back video for Berlin’s son, who died Jan. 28, 2012, as his Facebook account cannot be accessed by his family.
What Can Make Audio Go Viral? NPR Experiments with Building Earworms for Social Media (Nieman Journalism Lab)
We set out to solve the viral audio challenge, and we’ve discovered a few things worth adding to the conversation. Keep in mind: These findings are based on a small sample size.
Americans Prefer Mobile Phones, Internet Over Sex (AppNewser)
Sex and the internet go hand in hand, but if most people have to choose, the internet and smartphones would win. That’s according to the latest findings from Statista, whose study asked U.S. adults to name the top 10 things they couldn’t live without, which equated to pretty much this: give me smartphones or give me food!
‘Natural Cities’ Emerge from Social Media Location Data (MIT Technology Review)
Nobody agrees on how to define a city. But the emergence of “natural cities” from social media data sets may change that, say computational geographers.
NBC Olympics Formally Partners with Twitter to Promote Winter Olympics (LostRemote)
To help distinguish its own messaging from the clutter, and to drive tune-in messaging, NBC has formally partnered with Twitter to promote the Sochi Games. The first display of this collaboration happened on Wednesday when @NBCOlympics debuted its feature on South Korean figure skater Yuna Kim on Twitter.