In Q3, Social Media Business Models and Real-Time Search Took Center Stage

Subscribe to GigaOM Pro for $79 a year, get this report.Social networking and the real-time web are changing how information on the Internet is consumed, as the ability to disperse and share information through social platforms and do it using real-time tools is shifting the focus of content from “historical” news to real-time events. Such a shift is giving rise to what we’re calling the NewNet, and it will impact everyone with a business presence online. As part of our GigaOM Pro subscription research service, we’ve compiled a look at the major trends and emerging issues for this next-generation version of the Internet in a third-quarter wrap-up.

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Introducing The NewNet

gigaompromasterimagenextwebRight in front of our eyes, the web (and by extension, the Internet) is changing — specifically, the rise of social networking and the real-time web are changing the way information on the Internet is created and consumed. Indeed, the ability to disperse information through social platforms and do it using real-time tools is shifting the focus of content from “historical” news to real-time events.
Slowly but surely, the web is being disaggregated, dismembered and at the same time, becoming more interactive. Some call it the Now Web, others are labeling it the Real-Time Web, while still others view it as the Social Web. They all describe components of what we refer to as the NewNet. And that is precisely the name of the latest addition to our GigaOM Pro research service. Read More about Introducing The NewNet

Q2 Review: Cable Empire Strikes Back

Here at NewTeeVee, Liz and Chris — and the rest of the contributing writers — do their best to provide you with a daily glimpse into the big news and trends in the world of broadband video. But we know it can sometimes be hard to see the forest for the trees: TV Everywhere was clearly big news, but from the dozens of product launches and funding announcements, what’s worth revisiting?  Over at GigaOM Pro, we’ve reviewed and compiled the important news and emerging trends of the last three months in our just published Q2 Connected Consumer Wrapup, our quarterly analysis for those who want to keep up on the latest in the world of online video.

On the whole, things are looking up for newteevee:

  • Online video continues to find its way onto more and more devices. An increasing number of products are coming to market with an Internet connection built in. Connected-device sales (including TVs, set-top box, gaming consoles, etc.) are projected to approach 57 million units in 2009.  This is an indication of the continuing march of online video into the living room, a concept that just a few short years ago was no more than a distant concept.
  • Premium online video content provider Hulu expanded its ownership circle by one, as Hulu and Disney entered into a much-rumored partnership. Disney will be the third equity partner for Hulu, joining NBC Universal, News Corp. and Providence Equity Partners. Content from ABC, ABC Family, the Disney Channel and others will now be available on Hulu.
  • Cable operators — sensing a threat — stepped up their game in second quarter to capitalize on the online video market. While most cable providers’ online video efforts have historically focused on availability, they are now shifting to authentication; specifically, the emphasis is beginning to shift from how to get premium content online to how the user will pay for it. Comcast and Time Warner are leading this charge in pursuing authentication programs called On-Demand Online and TV Everywhere, respectively.
  • Despite the continuing difficult economic environment, the second quarter has been fairly positive for online video revenues and investment. There have been a host of funding initiatives, with the highest raise being awarded to Sugar, the online media network for women, which received $16 million in Series C funding from existing investor Sequoia Capital to expand its video offerings. Some — particularly Blockbuster which indicated that it might not be able to meet the lender conditions needed to complete financing deals — have had disappointing results that call into question their long-term viability. But, despite some casualties, the market appears to be embracing this new frontier in entertainment and the remainder of 2009 promises to offer further advancements in the availability, delivery and legal context of online video.

The full report is available to subscribers of GigaOM Pro here, along with Quarterly Wrap-ups in our other focus areas: Mobile, Green IT, and Infrastructure. GigaOM Pro subscribers get access these four Wrap-ups each quarter alongside dozens of detailed research briefings on specific topics, including online video, virtual worlds and the future of PayTV.

What Happened in Cloud Computing in Q2?

gigaom_icon_cloud_computingAs this year’s Structure 09 made clear, the world of cloud computing continues to evolve at a feverish pace. But we know it can sometimes be hard to see the forest for the trees, which is why we’ve compiled some of the biggest news from the past three months. This recap is just part of the deep-dive analysis and trendspotting we’ve done in our just-published Q2 Infrastructure Wrapup on GigaOM Pro (subscription required), available alongside three others for the mobile, consumer and green IT markets.

Old Guard Does Cloud Dance

datacenterIf an IT trend is legitimate when the old guard — which makes plenty of money selling traditional solutions to risk-averse customers — fully embraces it, cloud computing established its legitimacy during the second quarter. Apart from the countless startups and software companies rolling out cloud products, the past quarter brought full-on infrastructure-as-a-service offerings from enterprise-grade service providers and systems integrators like Verizon (s vz) Business, Computer Sciences (s csc) and Unisys (s uis). They will not have the Fortune 1000 customer base to themselves, however, as cloud pacesetter Amazon Web Services continued its march forward with new capabilities, such as auto-scaling, and new products, such as Elastic MapReduce. Read More about What Happened in Cloud Computing in Q2?

What Happened in Mobile in Q2?

[qi:053] Given the fast pace of the developments in mobile, it pays to take a step back and review all the big news from the last quarter. At GigaOM Pro (subscription required), we’ve compiled the important news and analysis from the previous three months to help identify the big themes for the sector as we move into the second half of 2009. An overview of that compilation is below.

Economy Continues to Beat Down Forecasts

The global recession continues to place downward pressure on the wireless market. Providers in Asia, Europe and North America alike have so far reported declining revenues as compared to 2008. In the U.S., Sprint (S s) said its first-quarter 2009 revenue fell 12 percent from the first quarter of 2008; AT&T (s T) said revenue dipped 1 percent. Read More about What Happened in Mobile in Q2?