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Google Analytics Adds Real Time Stats Reporting

Google is rolling this out to users gradually, but you can sign up for real time analytics immediately here.

The web is getting faster, and not just the speed of the pages, but also the speed of change. Before, it was fine to build a website and modify it only when new products were launched. All of us avid Analytics users know that’s just not good enough. We need to be constantly on the lookout for problems and opportunities.

Currently, Google Analytics does a great job analyzing past performance. Today we’re very excited to bring real time data to Google Analytics with the launch of Google Analytics Real-Time: a set of new reports that show what’s happening on your site as it happens.

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Tumblr Is A Pageview Machine, Now Bigger Than Wikipedia

If you are wondering why Tumblr just raised $85 million, all you have to do is look at its pageviews. The super-easy blogging platform saw its pageviews jump from about 2 billion a month to 13 billion since the beginning of the year. It recently passed 10 billion posts, and is adding 40 million more every day. According to Quantcast, which directly measures the site, Tumblr attracts 72 million visitors a month, more than half of those from outside the U.S.

But its pageviews are really outsized compared to its visitors. In fact, Tumblr now generates more pageviews per month than Wikipedia, with only a tenth as many visitors, according to comScore. Tumblr is designed in such a way that it generates a lot of internal traffic between members. Investor Bijan Sabet recently noted that “logged in users drive the vast majority of the usage & page views.”

And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt Is…Shaker

The idea for Shaker sounded kinda dumb to me when I first heard about it at TechCrunch Disrupt so I didn’t give it a try at first. Once I saw that they won the whole thing, I tried it out and its definitely cool. It’s one of those ideas that is much better in practice than it sounds in theory. Give it a try at before their invites run out.

Three days and 31 startup pitches later, the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2011 has been determined. Out of the 29 startups and two audience choice winners, we whittled the list down to seven finalists, which included BitcasaCake HealthFarmigoPrism SkylabsShaker,TalkTo, and Trello. The winner from this group receives the Disrupt Cup and $50,000, taking over possession from Disrupt New York winner Getaround. Without further ado, the runners-up is Prism Skylabs. And the winner is…Shaker!

Israeli startup Shaker essentially aims to turn Facebook into a bar via a social game. As we wrote in our review of the startup, Shaker is a mixture of Second Life, The Sims, and all mixed together using your Facebook data and connections. Your Facebook profile becomes a walking avatar, your pictures are placed on an virtual wall, you can choose what music is playing in the room for everyone to hear and you can even buy people drinks.

Shaker takes basic social gaming a step further by allowing users to meet new people (as opposed to playing the game with existing friends), which replicates the experience of being in an actual bar. Shaker looks at profile information to show what else you may have in common with seemingly random people in the room. For example, you may have the same birthday as someone. Or you may both like the same movie or band. Other elements include proximity based chat, a Tweet wall, and a “smart phone” social discovery tool to look up information about people in the room.

Facebook Launches Twitter-Like ‘Subscriptions’, Lets You Share With Unlimited Users

Today, in the buildup to its f8 conference, Facebook is rolling out another key new feature: a one-way follow model called Subscriptions. It’s sort of like Twitter, sort of like Google+, and
it massages one of the service’s biggest pain points for users who have a lot of friends (or who want to share their status updates broadly).

Here’s how it works. As you browse around the site, you’ll notice that some users have a button at the top of their profile that says ‘Subscribe’. Click it, and you’ll start seeing that user’s status updates in your News Feed, just as if you were their Facebook friend. But there’s a big difference: unlike normal Facebook friends, the people you subscribe to don’t have to approve your subscription request, and there’s no limit on how many people can subscribe to any given user.

Facebook says the feature will appeal to anyone looking to reach a broader audience, like journalists, artists, and political figures. To start sharing your own posts publicly, head to the new tab beneath your profile photo that says Subscriptions. Click it, and you’ll have the option to broadcast your public updates to anyone who has subscribed to you. Note that you’ll only syndicate updates that are marked Public; updates shared with Friend Lists won’t be seen by your subscribers.

Dwolla Adds Support For LinkedIn, Allowing You To Send Money To Your Professional Contacts

Web and mobile payments platform Dwolla announced today that it now includes integration with LinkedIn’s API, allowing users to send and receive payments to their connections on LinkedIn’s social network. Previously, Dwolla had integrated with Facebook and Twitter to offer similar functionality. And just last week, Dwolla added Foursquare support, too, allowing Dwolla users to passively check-in to a location when making a purchase.

Dwolla, for those unaware, is a company attempting to disrupt how payment networks operate by creating a network that’s devoid of personal information. With the service, users can send and receive funds to and from other Dwolla users as well as with a select group of supported merchants. But most importantly, Dwolla’s distinction from other players in the payments space is its focus on cash, an under-represented market in electronic payments. Users fund Dwolla accounts with cash from their own bank account, and can then use the company’s Web-based platform or their mobile phone to perform the payments at rates that are often far less than on PayPal.

Hello, could you tell me how you can embed twitter stati into your webpage? Also, do you have any suggestions for inexpensive/free software to backup a website. I've heard of pluginBuddy but haven't really looked much into it. Thanks! — Asked by wuagnews

My embedded Twitter status came included with my theme (Scaffold). There are a few different ways to backup your Tumblr. I’d Google it. Here is one tool:

Explaining FNAC: Feature, Not a Company

FNAC. I first heard the term from Chris Fralic at First Round Capital. Feature, not a company.

It has always stood out in my mind. Whether something is a feature or a company is clearly subjective. And sometimes features (say, Twitter) turn into companies.

For me it is a useful shorthand for a very clever set of product features that in my mind would be hard to remain a stand-alone business or themselves to generate enough revenue to justify the company’s existence. I sometimes use it as a mental shorthand for teams that really have given no thought to how they might make money some day.

At minute eight I spoke about group messaging companies as “features, not companies.” This was 20 seconds of a 10-minute interview yet the article title was, “Mark Suster: Group Texting Companies are Doomed.” Actually, I never said that. I never said anything like that. Here’s what I did say…

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Here's the presentation that inspired Google+

Why is Google+ designed the way it is?

Back when he worked at Google, Facebook product manger Paul Adams did a bunch of research that he says “formed a cornerstone of the Google social strategy.”

That research culminated in a presentation called “The Real Life Social Network.”

Its basic premise was that while “the social web is not going away,” Facebook and other social networks  “donʼt match the social networks we already have offline.”

Sounds a lot like Google’s Google+ pitch, doesn’t it?

Lucky for all of us, Adams says we can reproduce the presentation here, for you.

The Anticipation of Being Re-Tweeted and the Gamification of Social Media

Very interesting article on the gamification of social media, why people get so excited by social media, and how sites like Twitter “pay you”.

Here’s an excerpt:

Essentially, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc  all manipulate the egos of users in order to drive them into further interaction with the system. While the article addressed how these systems were put in place, it didn’t explain why they worked at a fundamental level.

Gamers As Guinea Pigs

Game systems are just now being woven into the everyday lives of most people through social media and other gamified systems (loyalty reward cards, etc.). But gamers have been exposed to these systems for decades and provide examples as to why these systems are so compelling.

Just as gamers desire to find more “loot,” users of social media services become conditioned to seek more “likes,” and “re-tweets,” and “plus ones.” People become enthralled by the engagement statistics they receive by interacting with the system. But why? What is it that drives people to seek validation through these systems? And is it really about getting the “loot?”

Read the full article here.

The Google +1 Button is Now Faster

My initial knock on the Google +1 button was that it rendered way slower than all the other social share buttons (Twitter Tweet this, Facebook Like/Recommend, etc.) Apparently this should be most of the way fixed by now. I’m still seeing it rendering slowly on my sites, but Google says they are rolling this out in phases so I will give it a little while.