Here are three tidbits that caught my attention

Here are a few tidibts that caught my eye in the last few days. I’ve been meaning to write something meaningful to tie them all together, but you know what? I don’t have time right now, and besides, you’ll all draw your own conclusions anyway ;-). By the way, this is my first post from the Flock browser, so please let me know if there’s anything amiss (love it so far, by the way; and congratulations to the Flock for hiring Will Pate, who I think very highly of).coins

  • Pepsi’s online ad budget has gone from 1% of total ad spending to 5%-10% in five years
  • General Mills expects to double online ad spending in the current year
  • Kraft plans to double online campaigns in 2006, and increase by 50% the number of brands it advertises online
  • Anheuser-Busch’s online ad spending will double in 2006, hitting 5% of the total ad budget

To put it in context, packaged goods companies accounted for 11% of the 145-billion U.S. ad market in 2005 — but they spent just 1.6% of the ad money online last year. There is, to paraphrase the Google uber-bull case, a lot of room for a major ad-dollar budget shift. A lot of a lot of room.

Paul Kedrosky’s Infectious Greed: Consumer Product Companies Heart Online Ads – Flock

The number of monthly visitors to each site rose at rates ranging from 185 percent (Citysearch) to 528 percent ( between February 2005 and February 2006. Their growth far exceeded the 4 percent increase in overall Internet visitors in the United States during that period. The traffic analysis shows the Internet is still a space where new brands such as MySpace can suddenly break into the upper ranks, where older brands such as Citysearch can revive themselves after languishing for years, and where established outfits such as Google often wind up as beneficiaries because they buy or copy services pioneered by upstarts.

New Trends In Online TrafficThinking%20Johnny

For many teens, hanging out has moved online. Teens chat on IM for hours, mostly keeping each other company and sharing entertaining cultural tidbits from the web and thoughts of the day. The same is true on MySpace, only in a much more public way. MySpace is both the location of hanging out and the cultural glue itself. MySpace and IM have become critical tools for teens to maintain “full-time always-on intimate communities” where they keep their friends close even when they’re physically separated. Such ongoing intimacy and shared cultural context allows youth to solidify their social groups.

Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace

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Goodbye, and good luck

Bye now detached head, by Prettie77Goodbye, Blast Radius. In particular, goodbye to the great people I had the opportunity to work with over the last three and a half years. A tremendous amount of talent has passed through Blast Radius during the time I was there, and I will certainly miss working with many current and former Radians. It’s always bittersweet to move on from a project you’ve lived and breathed for years, and this one has plenty of both for me. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Grass, by Tygerize22Enough about the sorrow, though. Let’s get on to the sweet: There are all kinds of exciting things going on right now, and many of you have been kind enough to let me in on some of it. Thanks for that, and I plan to try and keep you all posted with what’s on my plate as things go along. What a fantastic time to be alive, don’t you think? I feel a little bit like I’m poking my head out of my hole, looking at a glorious springtime of opportunity.

Drop me a line, and tell me what you’re up to.