Links to Think: 12.10.12

December 10, 2012

Social Media Is Eating Our Lives (And Pinterest Is Chewing Fastest)  – This is interesting, if nothing else.

“If you find yourself spending an inordinate amount of time on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, thank your smartphone and tablet: Americans’ social media use is on track to spike 37 percent this year, driven by a near doubling of consumption on mobile apps, according to a new Nielsen study.

The biggest social networks are seeing mobile use explode while desktop computer use remains relatively flat, according to a year-end Nielsen survey of social media consumption. Mobile app usage spiked 88 percent on Facebook this year and 134 percent on Twitter. In contrast, desktop use shrank 4 percent on Facebook and grew just 13 percent on Twitter.”

“Pinterest, meanwhile, emerged in 2012 as a growth sensation on all platforms, increasing unique visitors 1,047 percent on the desktop and 4,225 percent on mobile. (It probably helps that Pinterest came out of invitation-only beta only this past August.)”

NYPD Boot Homeless Man – For several years, we lived in a run-down neighborhood where we saw homeless people almost every day. When the weather was in the extremes of cold or hot, it was a stark reminder of some of the particular hardships that are prevalent when this is the way of life. It’s easier for me to forget this is life when I don’t encounter it as often, but it is nonetheless reality for many Americans. This is a neat article about a police officer who, apparently unaware he was being photographed, showed a random act of kindness for a shoeless homeless man.

“On Nov. 14, NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo, who was on counterterrorism duty in Times Square, saw the older homeless man without shoes sitting on 42nd Street. DePrimo, 25, left and then returned with a pair of $100 boots he bought at a nearby Skechers store.

“It was freezing out, and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet,” DePrimo, a three-year veteran of the department who lives with his parents on Long Island, told the New York Times. “I had two pairs of socks, and I was still cold.”


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