Link digest. December 2008

First up, a few small agency sites. Company are focussed on predominantly visual identity projects. Thier print work is lovely and really outshines their digital stuff. Rather like Company, SomeOne produce some lovely print communications and some visually interesting work.

The end of the year invariably means lists of ‘best ofs’, ‘stats of the year’ etc etc. Well, blogosphere search engine powerhouse Technorati has published their ‘State of the Blogosphere 2008‘ for your statistical viewing pleasure. Apparently, of the 133 million blogs indexed since 2002 only 7.4 million have been updated in the last 120 days and only 1.5 million in the last 7 days.

I don’t know where the information comes from, but the Twitter Facts blog has a mine of usage statistics from Twitter users across the world. There are 3429 Twitter users in Malaysia, for example. It’s mainly focused on countries with smaller usage statistics as opposed to looking at Western Europe and America markets.

Tube Graph in their words…

Videos are not equally funny all through their length. TubeGraph allows users to rate videos dynamically, instead of giving a final global mark. The average of different users opinions is a graph that shows the most interesting parts of the video.

More detail about how it works is given on their blog.

Talking of blogs. Want to know which are the most trusted corporate blogs? There’s a list of them over at Future Lab’s Marketing and Strategy Innovation blog. Original posting on the Blog Council’s err… blog. Why are they so trusted? Pretty obvious really. They put the customer first and exist to help solve their problems rather than a vanity publishing project by the marketing or comms team.

Bit of data visualisation porn. The Guardian’s Carbon Atlas says in a few clicks what a 1000 word article never could.

Some visually stunning and intelligent work over at Mads Jakob Poulsen’s portfolio. Particularly like the film poster series and the D&AD selected, IF awarded, Print Magazine awarded and Creative Circle shortlisted hearing aid packaging.

[Update: If you want some more detail on Twitter usage across all users then HubSpot have just released a report. As Techcrunch say, it’s the best we have until Twitter release their own figures. The figures are from Twitter Grader which won’t provide difinitive stats but 500,000 (10%) is a half decent sample.]

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