Find out which branded Instagrams and Vines topped 2014, what trends sprouted at CES, how YouTube's prepping for a virtual future, and which channels convert the most B2B customers. Skim to start the year awash in Like!
Je suis Charlie. On Wednesday morning, terrorists assaulted the office of a satirical French magazine called Charlie Hebdo and opened fire, killing 12 and wounding 11. The victims were artists, writers, and the editor, cartoonist Stéphane Charbonnier. The act sparked vigils around France and global sympathy online, including profile photos changed to represent the words "Je suis Charlie"—"I am Charlie." As publications and politicians renewed commitments to liberty and free speech, artists flooded socnets with drawings to honor the dead. One great graphic also shows global hotspots where tweets about the event appeared all over the world.
Disruptive technology trends from CES. Whether self-driving cars or revamped Walkmans are your thing, this year's Consumer Electronics Show came packing the gadgets and trends that illuminate where we're headed. Many tackled real-world problems: Surfr is an iPhone case with a solar charger and Ozobot teaches kids about robotics and computer programming. Great digital trends include Dish's Sling TV app, which lets you get channels online and à la carte; Jins Meme, a new take on smart eyeglasses; and the XYZprinting food printer. Finally, Brian Solis compiled trends to follow this year (in the SlideShare below). A few include the death of social media 1.0, a future of search and SEM outside Google, and messaging apps as the new social media. (Speaking of... WhatsApp now has 700 million users sending 30 billion messages a day!)