This Week in Digital…

Joseph Fitzpatrick

This week in digital

A lot happens in digital during a week so every Friday we gather the most interesting, amusing and/or entertaining stories from the world of online marketing, ecommerce et al. in one place.

Eric Schmidts 2014 predictions

The New Year promises not just fireworks and several hours of Jools Holland and his piano but also an endless supply of roundups of the last 12 months and predictions for the next – so its only apt that we start this blog with the latter.

Eric Schmidt, Googles Executive Chairman, this week told Bloomberg TV of his predictions for 2014. These include:

  • Big data will be the most obvious business disruption
  • Big data holds great potential for genomics (incidentally Google own a stake in genomics company 23andme)
  • Everyone is going to have a smartphone. Mobile has won

Schmidt also revealed that a tardy response to social media was what he considers Googles biggest mistake: “At Google the biggest mistake that I made was not anticipating the rise of the social networking phenomenon – not a mistake we’re going to make again,” he said.

“I guess in our defence were working on many other things, but we should have been in that area, and I take responsibility for that.”

Watch the full interview below:

International Facebook stats

TechCrunch has published a report by Facebook on the social networks international usage. It showed that Germany and Turkey lead the way in Europe with 19 million daily active users each. France and Italy trail with 18 and 17 million respectively. The report also suggests that Germanys value of privacy is a contributing factor the networks slowing growth in the country. The report can be viewed in full here.

10 New Years tech resolutions

The Telegraph ran a feature this week looking at 10 New Years resolutions specific to technology to consider this year. Among these were protect your mobile data, automate your home and stop using the same password for every account. See the full list here.

And finally…

Google has discontinued the file sharing app Bump despite only buying the company for $30 million in September. The app had allowed users to transfer information by bumping smartphones together.

An announcement from Bump read: “Back in September, we announced that the Bump team was joining Google to continue our work of helping people share and interact with one another using mobile devices.

“We are now deeply focused on our new projects within Google, and we’ve decided to discontinue Bump and Flock. On January 31, 2014, Bump and Flock will be removed from the App Store and Google Play. After this date, neither app will work, and all user data will be deleted.”