The Social 6: Key Stories from The Last 24 hours, 7/21/12

July 21, 2012jeremygoldmanDevices, Ecommerce, Facebook, Google, Mobile, TwitterNo Comments

As you may know, I’m a voracious reader and tend to share a good deal of news via my social platforms. Here’s a countdown of the top six most important articles I’ve shared in the last day. I curate this top six based on number of retweets, clicks, favorites, and mentions, so you guys are a large part of what ends up listed here 🙂.

#6 YC-Backed PhotoSharing Service PicPlum Gets A Revamp; Mobile App & API Are Next

PicPlum, which debuted last summer, is going through a major upgrade! The photo-sharing and printing start up is overhauling its user experience in a big way. Good reporting by Sarah Perez of TC.

#5 Securing Federal Employees’ Mobile Devices: Big Opportunities, Big Challenges

Hacking into phones – remotely or virtually – is something that most of us have to worry about these days, and federal workers are no exception. However, their data can often be more sensitive than those of everyday citizens. This Ecommerce Times piece delves into the issue in greater detail.

#4 33Across Picks Up $13.1M To Grow Its Big Data Social Graph, No Facebook Strings Attached

33across is a social targeting company which operated a social graph that covers users globally. The company claims to have a most robust than Facebook. How big of a reason is that for their getting funded? Great article by Ingrid Lunden of TC.

#3 US companies raised $8.1 billion through 863 VC deals in Q2 2012: Report

U.S.-based companies raised $8.1 billion through 863 venture capital deals. Sounds like a lot, maybe, but it’s a 3 percent drop from last year. Through the first half of the year, VC investment added up to $15 billion, a 7 percent decrease in capital. 5 percent less deals were done from the same time period a year ago.

#2 Without Social Media, 18% Of Teens Would ‘Stop Communicating’

It’s no secret that going social using social digital platforms has taken over the lives of most people around the world. But a recent AWeber survey indicates teens feel they would stop communicating altogether if Facebook would go down! Overly dramatic, perhaps, but very interesting to see how important social platforms have become for today’s teens. Emily Price of Mashable goes into better detail.

#1 Facebook User Satisfaction Falls, While Google Plus Takes Off

Is Facebook starting to become a thing of the past? Well….no. Hardly. But, research is indicating that users are no longer as satisfied as they used to be. Are other social sites taking advantage of this downfall? Well, if you read the title of the article….maybe! It will be interesting to see if Google+ can gain any traction, based on the findings of this report. Cadie Thompson of CNBC goes into better detail.

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