Nielsen Online

Social media explodes past email

social mediaThis social networking thing is gonna be big, man. Really big. Bigger than email.

A confirmation of the absolute “big bang” expansion theory of social networks came from Nielsen Online today. Its “Global Faces and Networked Places” report shows that by the end of 2008, 66.8 percent of internet users across the globe accessed “member communities” last year, compared to 65.1 percent for email.

Christmas online retail stats round-up

Now it’s a few weeks after Christmas, a few more stats on sales figures over the festive period have been released.

Due to the consumer downturn many retailers have reported a fall in like-for-like sales, but online retail has continued to grow this Christmas, though this is not necessarily enough to compensate for poor high street sales. Here’s a round-up of some of the most recent e-commerce stats.