Our weekly round up of relevant news from around data (big or otherwise), social, trends and our very own index:

INFOGRAPHICS NEWS

BBC to launch daily infographics shared on social media
The BBC is to launch daily infographics distributed on social media as part of continued experimentation into reaching audiences on new platforms in …

Ask the Journalists: How Effective are Infographics as a Form of Content Marketing?
Infographics are a great tool to have in your content marketing armoury; they have the potential to reach and engage with audiences that simple text …

SOCIAL MEDIA/INVESTMENTS STORIES

Have Investors Turned Anti-social?
Once-highflying Internet and social-media stocks look to be caught in a no man’s land. Momentum traders have abandoned these growth shares, …

Growing Pains for Twitter Inc?
As an investor, one must decide if Twitter has a big enough hold in the area of social media to garner an investment. Twitter is to Facebook as Yahoo …

The Daily Startup: SoftBank Backs Shareablee In Latest Social Media Deal
SoftBank Capital has been an active investor in the area of social media marketing analysis–it was an early backer of social media platform Buddy …

How to Use Twitter to Create a Social Network
There has been a lot of news about Twitter in the last few weeks, most recently the post from The Atlantic, “A Eulogy for Twitter.” The article argues that …

Social Media Rout Crushing ETF That Rallied 64% in 2013: Options
The rout in social media stocks is burning investors who piled into one of last year’s most popular exchange-traded funds. The Global X Social Media …

BIG DATA NEWS

Big Data Fans: Don’t Boil The Ocean
If you’re building a big-data platform, but aren’t sure why, you’re asking for trouble. So says Joel Young, chief technical officer of Digi International, …

Government must make UK a big data leader, not follower
Universities and Science Minister David Willets recently announced funding of £73m in big data – with funding split between four UK Research …

Big data is coming. Should we be afraid?
AMERICANS SHOULD not fear a future of big data, in which vast amounts of information about people’s homes, habits and health, among other things …

We’re Still Traveling Like It’s 1996
In other words, various pieces of big data are still too compartmentalized. Right now, I have to rebuild my ideal travel experience, when really it should …

GPS big data: making cities safer for cyclists
Urban planners in cities around the world, including London, are buying data from the cycle-logging website Strava to gain insight into where and …

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