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Weekend Reading: A glimpse at our Rogers Social Insiders, surprising social stats and more

Weekend readingHappy Saturday RedBoard readers. In this week’s Weekend Reading we’re checking in with our ambassadors, learning about social sharing and getting techie with TV.

A look at our Rogers Social Insiders
We’re pleased to have a great group of proud Rogers ambassadors, known as our Rogers Social Insiders. In our post this week,  we shared a Storify to showcase their exciting past six months – from testing out devices, sharing their reviews and attending exclusive events. Let us know, if you’re looking for a chance to share your passion for technology, or if you’d like to learn more about being a Rogers Social Insider.

What technology are you passionate about?

A world of social butterflies
I am an avid social media user; I love reading tweets, updating my Google+ status and sharing photos on my preferred social platform, Facebook. New research from Go Gulf, shared by, revealed what people globally are sharing with their social networks:

  • Top shared content includes:
    • 43% pictures
    • 26% opinions and status update of what and how they’re doing
    • 26% link to articles
  • Number of photos shared everyday via desktop
    • 476.59 million on Facebook
    • 206.74 million on Google+
    • 171.75 million on Twitter
  • Most shared emotions include:
    • 17% laughter
    • 15% amusement
    • 14% joy

Tell us, how do you share your social updates?

Direct route to your favourite channel
With help from our friends at Rogers Community Forums, this week we learned how to program our TV to start on any channel we want. Following the simple steps provided in our post, Rogers NextBox 3.0 customers can turn on the tube directly to sports, movies, music, and more.

What channel did you choose?

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Weekend Reading: Twiplomacy, a nerd, new Facebook app and more

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailThis week we’re celebrating our Canadian presence on Twitter, welcoming a new customer, looking at a new messaging app and seeing gold. Here’s your Weekend Reading.

World leaders hashtag too

While you may think of Twitter as a platform used mostly by consumers and brands, PR firm Burson Marsteller’s annual study ‘Twiplomacy’ revealed that international leaders and governments are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon.

Call me nerdy but I think this is pretty cool! The study showed that more than 83 per cent of all United Nations governments have a Twitter presence. More than 3,100 international embassies and ambassadors are now active on Twitter, with a 28 per cent rise in accounts this year among government users.

The survey placed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Twitter account in 44th spot among 50 world leaders. But fear not – the survey also revealed Ottawa is getting digitized! As reported by the Toronto Star, Canada was actually identified as one of a small group of countries that have Twitter accounts for most embassies and missions.

What world leader are you following or would like to follow? I bet you’ll be able to find them in the Twittersphere!

Welcome IT Nerd!

We are excited to welcome our friend the IT Nerd to the Rogers family. In a recent blog post, he wrote about customer recommendations that led him to switch to Rogers. He said that since switching, his life has become “much, much better.” He shared his positive installation experience, painless migration and gave kudos to our customer service – music to our ears!

IT Nerd: Thanks for choosing Rogers for your Internet, phone and cable services.  We welcome you with open arms and fast internet speeds, and wish you the happiest of surfing, chatting, and PVRing!

New messaging app ‘Slingshots’ its way into Canada

 As of Wednesday, Facebook’s new messaging app, Slingshot is ready for Canadians to download – so… shoot away! Available for Android and iOS devices, Slingshot lets you send photos and videos that self-destruct. As explained by the Financial Post, photos and videos on Slingshot disappear shortly after people swipe them away. Viewed messages which can only be seen once by each member of the conversation, are wiped from servers in a week, and messages that are never opened are deleted within 30 days.

As explored by Mashable, users are required to respond with an image or video in order to unlock the messages they receive. While some may see this as a ‘catch’, I think it adds a little more excitement to opening up a new message.

Do you think you’ll be ‘Slingshotting’ any time soon?

A golden device

The HTC One (M8) in the stunning shade of amber gold is now available in Rogers retail locations and online at This fashion-forward colour is exclusive to Rogers and complements the device’s innovative, sleek and award-winning design. Check out our previous posts to learn more about the HTC One (M8)’s  specs and user-friendly features.

Do you think smartphones are becoming the latest fashion accessory?

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Weekend Reading: Gear-ing up, finding faves and welcoming spring

Weekend readingThis week, we said adios to winter (at least according to the calendar), tested out a new Twitter feature and got all the details on Samsung’s new GALAXY S5 and wearables. Want in on our newfound knowledge? Here’s some Weekend Reading.

Get the Gear

The Samsung GALAXY S5 is coming to Rogers on April 11! The Canadian specs and launch date were revealed this week, and we’re really excited about the S. Health 3.0 app, which records steps and heart rate information and lets you record diet and exercise information. You can reserve yours now on the Rogers Reservation System.

The icing on the cake: the Samsung Gear 2 Neo will be available exclusively for Rogers customers, also on April 11. All Gear accessories display your phone’s calls, texts and emails on your wrist. The Gear 2 Neo even includes a standalone music player to power your playlists on the go. Rogers will also be carrying the Gear Fit and the Gear 2. Check out what CBC had to say about the new devices here.

Which of the new Gear wearables has caught your eye? Why?

Top tweeps

Twitter marked its eighth birthday by rolling out a tool that shows your very first tweet. Unfortunately for many, that first tweet was pretty dull but this CBC roundup did uncover some gems! Our first tweet from @RogersBuzz welcomed all our new followers. My personal account’s first tweet was a somewhat embarrassing third-person account of my morning at work. Hopefully, I’ve gotten wittier since then!

What was your first tweet?

Twitter’s testing a new timeline feature that lets you track every tweet from a selected group of people. The micro-blogging site’s “Fave People” lets you group your preferred accounts into a special timeline. You can also choose to receive notifications when they tweet.

I’ve been playing with the feature, which is currently being tested on Android, and I must admit, it’s kind of nice to have a special list of my preferred folks. Rather than my usual list functions – media, runners, sports, etc. – I’ve been using the feature to keep track of my real-life friends whose updates sometimes get lost in my main feed. One caveat – friends with locked profiles cannot be favourites.

How would you use the “Fave People” function?

Sweet springtime

OK, some parts of the country may still be seeing the odd flurry and sub-zero temperature. But the calendar assures us that spring is coming, and we spent yesterday looking for proof! @RogersBuzz followers shared a few promising signs of new growth and sunshine!

Even if we’re still waiting on the thaw, it’s a great time to start thinking about digging in the garden, or, in my case, potting a few herbs on the balcony. To help you get a head start on the growing season, we rounded up a few awesome apps to help gardening veterans and newbies alike.

What tools help your green thumb? 

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Weekend reading: Smart homes, ideas in action and the year’s highlights

Weekend readingWhat celebrity duo ruled Instagram this year? And how do you program your Christmas lights with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring system?  We’ve got answers to all that and more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading.

2013 highlights

The New Year is right around the corner, but everyone is already starting to share their year in review lists. Twitter rolled out its #YearOnTwitter, with highlights in news, entertainment, sports and a showcase of the “hand-picked” best tweets of the year. You can also browse previous years’ selections.

Google, meanwhile, released the Google Zeitgeist for 2013, offering up a year in review video as well as the top 100 searches of 2013 – everything from the most searched Canadians (including a certain mayor) to our favourite cocktails. Over on Facebook, the most talked about topic was Pope Francis.

The BBC also pulled out some online highlights of 2013. While the list is a little bit UK-centric –be prepared for lots of One Direction – we learned that Justin Bieber and Will Smith starred in the top photo on Instagram and the most popular place to upload an Instagram photo was the Siam Paragon shopping complex in Bangkok. Runners up included Times Square and Disneyland.

Don’t feel left out –you too can create a photo highlight of your year on Facebook. Logging in with your personal account, you can have Facebook curate your top 20 moments of 2013. The “Year in Review” feature includes life events and popular posts – check it out at:

We’ll soon be revealing our tops hits of the year that was– so stay tuned! What was memorable for you in 2013?

Your ideas in action!

Since Rogers Idea Box launched in August, our customers have submitted more than 130 ideas about how Rogers can improve your customer support experience. After ideas are posted, they’re shared and voted on, with the most popular ideas reviewed by our team. And this week we shared that six of your ideas have already launched! From changing the process of downloading your My Rogers bill online and additional tech support to better reporting of malicious activities and making the MyRogers App available on WiFi, customers are already seeing Idea Box posts in action. Have an idea? Share it today!

Smart homes

Home has been top of mind this week. Not only am I headed home for the holidays, my bags are all packed and I’m ready to go! But like many travellers, I worry about my home while I’m away, so I brushed up on home safety tips from our Rogers Smart Home Monitoring team.

We also caught up with three Canadian bloggers who have been testing the Smart Home Monitoring system for the past year. During our Google + Hangout, we learned about keeping an eye on loved ones, family fun and games and hunky firefighters. Watch the full conversation here.

Finally, Connected taught us how to control our Christmas tree lights with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring in five easy steps.

How do you keep your home safe when you’re on the road?

Weekend Reading will return in 2014.

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Weekend Reading: A change in flight rules, getting news on Twitter and mobile payments

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailGetting your news on Twitter

Pew Research released a report this week that said nearly one-in-10 Americans get their news through Twitter. Of those who get their news on Twitter, the report notes that “the vast majority, 85%, get news (of any kind) at least sometimes on mobile devices.”

This week’s report found Twitter users who get their news via the microblogging site tend to be younger and more educated than those who get their news via Facebook. Last week, Pew issued a report on how many Americans get their news via Facebook.

Flying with your tablet just got better

Last week, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), announced the electronic devices, such as tablets, e-readers and phones no longer need to be turned off, or switched into flight modeduring takeoff and landing. Canadian airlines are not subject to the new rules, as they are governed by Transport Canada, not the FAA.

“It is our opinion that a change in regulation will be welcomed by travellers and airlines alike,” WestJet spokeswoman Brie Ogle told the Toronto Star earlier this week.

An important question comes from the change in regulations. Does this mean Airplane Mode on electronics (that turns off all cellular signals) will have to be renamed?

Suretap wallet

A year ago, we launched the first SIM-based mobile payment system in Canada. This week, we announced the next step to that: The suretap wallet.

The suretap wallet allows Rogers customers to make payments using their smartphone. The wallet will include a Rogers Prepaid MasterCard, and also has gift card functionality.

Additional cards will become available for download soon, including payment cards from various banks and payment networks and loyalty cards.

Twitter chat with Kathy Buckworth

Every kid has their favourite show. For me growing up it was My Pet Monster. I loved that show, and even had a doll from the show that I cuddled with for years after it ended. I can’t wait to share some of my favourite kids’ shows from when I was growing up with my kids.

We want to hear about your favourite kids shows, and how you and your kids watch TV. Have you shared with them your favourite show from when you were young? Join us for a Twitter chat with parenting expert Kathy Buckworth where she’ll share family TV viewing tips. Follow @RogersBuzz on Nov. 14 from 1-2 p.m. EST to share your tips with us and have a chance to win a new iPad Air.

Email goes mobile

Forty-eight per cent of emails are now opened on smartphones and tablets, according to new research from Litmus. This is a one percentage point gain from September, 2013, and an increase of 10 percentage points since last September.

When it comes to devices, the majority of mobile email opens comes from the iPhone and iPad (nearly 8-%), followed by Android (20%), with BlackBerry and Windows making up less than 1% of mobile opens.

Where do you open your email?

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Weekend reading: Tweeting, TV and the NextBox 3.0

Weekend readingThis week, we’ve got television on our mind, with research linking tweets and TV ratings and the launch of our new NextBox 3.0. Plus, we learned that more people are tuning in from their devices than ever before. Finally, for something a little different, we look at the state of social around the world. Learn more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!

Tweeting and the tube

I tweet, therefore I tune in? A new study from Nielsen found that the volume of tweets can be linked to the TV ratings of live events.

As reported by 680 News, the study looked at 221 broadcasts, finding that active Twitter conversations boosted the number of viewers for nearly 30 per cent of the episodes. This turned out to be especially true for live sports. Increased numbers of viewers also boosted the number of tweets about the program. That said, not all social media buzz-worthy events also saw great ratings – for example, Sharknado’s numbers didn’t live up to the hype.

Personally, I tend to tweet about sports, but I don’t share potential spoilers from my regular True Blood or movie sessions. Do you tweet about events you’re watching on TV?

Marathon even more movies and shows

While appointment viewing may be the only way to truly spoiler-proof my TV experience, there are so many times when I just can’t be home in time to catch the latest episode – or multiple shows I love are occupying the same timeslot, forcing me to make a tough decision. The PVR has become an essential tool for catching what you want to watch, when you want to watch it – and this week, we were excited to announce our new NextBox ™ 3.0. You can now record up to eight HD programs at once and store up to 240 hours of HD shows and movies. Check out our list of three ways to tell that you and your PVR are BFFs and let us know which shows you just can’t bear to miss!

Video to go

Size may still matter when it comes to traditional sets, but for video content on the go, Fox reports that people now spend the same amount of time consuming media on the small screens of their smartphones and tablets as they do on their laptops and personal computers. This same research estimates that nearly 40 per cent of media consumption in the U.S. this year will be digital – and evenly split between mobile devices and laptops and computers.  On average, people spend more than two hours a day watching online video or using social media. Of that time, tablet users spend a larger chunk watching videos than people who are using computers.

What’s your preferred device for screening?

It’s a social, social world

Last week, we learned that Facebook is still dominating the social sphere around the globe – but this week’s research from eMarketer shows that even though we’re all fielding friend requests, different countries have very different attitudes about social networks.  In Asia, mobile messaging applications continue to rule, and are evolving to include photo and file-sharing. In China, where Facebook and Twitter are blocked, microblogs (or weibo) continue to grow, with 50.9 per cent of internet users having an account. Only 46.6 per cent of Chinese internet users belong to a social network. In Russia, local networks such as VK and are still the most popular, a trend that continues in Germany.

Another fun fact: people who live in the United Arab Emirates are the most likely internet users in the Middle East, with 71 per cent of residents online in December 2012.

I’ve got a pretty robust collection of social network logins, but definitely still focus most of my time on the biggies, including Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare and Instagram. Where do you spend most of your online hours?

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Weekend reading: Tweeting, charging, watching, and rolling out more LTE

Weekend ReadingWe’re wrapping up a busy week with a lot of action in the tech sphere. Tweet is now officially a word, thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary, New York will soon see solar-powered charging stations and we’re still having fun with our research into Canadian video viewing habits. Plus, we launched our LTE Max network in even more cities. All that and more in this week’s edition of the weekend reading!

Tweet is the word

Twitter has made its mark on the Oxford English Dictionary: Tweet is now listed as both a noun and a verb. The social network’s term for posts and the act of sharing a message was added in June, along with big data, crowdsourcing, e-reader, mouseover, redirect and stream (verb). The Chief Editor, John Simpson, says “tweet” actually breaks the dictionary’s rule that a new word needs to be current for 10 years before it makes the cut – “but (tweet) seems to be catching on.” And, the Globe and Mail notes, Twitter actually has its roots in the dictionary – the founders landed on the name after reading a definition about short bursts of communication: “Twitter, A series of short, high-pitched calls or sounds; [mass noun] idle or ignorant talk.”

What other social media terms would you expect to see in the dictionary?

Charging on the go

While tweeting madly at the #SocialAtRogers conference Wednesday – where Rogers hosted great speakers from IBM, Dell, Hootsuite, Hailo, LinkedIn, McDonalds and more – I couldn’t help but panic as my battery meter dropped further and further into the red.

Now, the traditional plug in the wall might be a thing from the past. This week, our attention was drawn to alternative and innovative ways to juice up your gadgets, using sun and heat. We learned that soon, New Yorkers will be able to access 25 solar-powered charging stations for mobile devices, thanks to an experiment by AT&T. From New York we were transported deep into the woods. We learned about the BioLite CampStove, a portable wood-burning stove that can also charge your phone and save you from becoming a bear’s dinner. Even better, the same technology is used to bring clean, safe energy access to families across the developing world where people still cook over open fires daily. Pilot projects have launched in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.

LTE keeps on rolling

After rolling out our LTE Max network to Manitoba last week, we’re continuing to bring Canada’s fastest wireless internet to even more Canadians. On Monday, we launched our LTE Max network in Baie-Comeau and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., Medicine Hat, Alta., Portage la Prairie, Man., and expanded our coverage in the Hull region. We also expanded our LTE network to Grande Prairie, Alta.

We continue to launch in more cities as part of our commitment to expand to 44 new markets this spring. To learn more about our LTE offerings and the latest lineup of LTE-enabled devices visit RedBoard or

TV trends

We did a deep dive into the video viewing habits of Canadians with our Rogers Innovation Report, released last week. We learned the average Canadian logs 22 hours of video per week, has viewing marathons that last up to 7.5 hours and often stays up past bedtime to squeeze in just one more episode. So what have we been doing with our newfound knowledge?

In addition to sharing our findings with you, we also turned it into a game with a live chat on Tuesday, with TV fan @Magnalicious  winning the trivia crown – and a great prize pack. We also created an interactive infographic that helps you discover your TV viewing persona – from marathoner to casual viewer. Blogger @ChickyMara reported on the study earlier this week, sharing that she’s among the 80 per cent of women who control the remote! She also learned she’s “right up there with the most Marathon-y watchers of them all.” Find out your results here.

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Weekend Reading: Canadians social media score, digital detox camp and summer’s hottest devices

Weekend Reading: Canadians social media score, digital detox camp and summer’s hottest devicesSome weeks provide more interesting digital news than others. This week, amid the BlackBerry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S4 releases, what caught my eye were two stories geared towards social media use among Canadians and a camp for digital detox. Catch up on all this and more in this week’s edition of Weekend Reading. 

How active are Canadians with social media?

Being an avid social media user both personally and professionally, I’m always eager to see new stats revealing its popularly, particularly how Canadians compare to the rest of the world.

Maclean’s published an article this week looking at social media usage in Canada, revolving around popular social sites Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Among the 4,001 Anglophone Canadians surveyed, seven out of 10 were regular social media users. What defines regular? About 63 per cent of them admitted to checking updates on these sites every day.

What surprised me most was Twitter’s results – less than one in five users claimed they were on Twitter last month, the second largest social network next to Facebook! Why is this, and how does LinkedIn measure up? Check out the article for a full analysis and trends and let us know where you fit in. Of the three mentioned, I definitely use Facebook the most as well, but I see the benefits of the other networks, too..  What about you?

Camp Grounded – a digital detox summer camp for adults

Obviously, Canadians depend on social media, but have you ever wanted to just turn it all off for a few days? Surprisingly, many of you have – enough to warrant the creation of a camp designed to help people disconnect from the digital world for four whole days!

Mashable recently uncovered the retreat in California, which has over 200 participants already signed up and eager for a “digital detox.” While at Camp Grounded, there is no technology use or talk whatsoever. Campers get to participate in old-school activities such as archery, capture the flag, arts and crafts workshops, pillow fights and yoga.

The first session, taking place in June, is already sold out, so if you’re interested in giving it a try, you’d better sign up for the waiting list now! It definitely sounds like a cool experience that I could handle … for a day … or maybe an hour. Forget it, I miss my iPhone and apps already!

Summer’s hottest devices are here!

If you’re thinking Camp Grounded looks like a walk in the park, then you haven’t seen what you’d be missing with the new BlackBerry Q10 and Samsung Galaxy S4, which both launched this week.

Those of you reluctant to take on a touchscreen will appreciate the Blackberry Q10. Designed with the BlackBerry keyboard fans have come to know and love, the Q10 also features touch screen capabilities, time shift mode and the BlackBerry 10 interface. The BlackBerry Q10 is available now in black, and exclusive to Rogers, white models. See why Mobile Syrup has hailed it the “best BlackBerry ever” and Crackberry calls it the “BlackBerry you’ve been waiting for.” Let us know if you’ve got your hands on one yet!

If Android is more your style, Samsung fans will be delighted to know the Galaxy S4 was also released this week with some fantastic offers. For a limited time, you can get a free Kindle Paperwhite when you activate a new smartphone (including both the Samsung Galaxy S4 AND the Blackberry Q10) on select three-year plans. If e-readers aren’t your thing, check out our $35 Google Play voucher available with select three-year plans when you activate a Samsung Galaxy S4 between now and June 30, 2013.

These offers are exclusive to Rogers, and of course, both are compatible on our newly branded LTE Max network.

Kelly is a regular RedBoard contributor.

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Toronto Blue Jays Brett Lawrie shares his social media style

Toronto Blue Jays Brett LawrieWe recently chatted with Toronto Blue Jays™ third baseman Brett Lawrie. He’s a fan favourite on and off the field, having gained an impressive number of followers (175K) on Twitter alone – follow him @blawrie13. After games, he swaps his glove for a device to stay connected with his online community and never misses a moment of the action.

While fans can expect Lawrie to return to the swing of things a little later this season, they can catch all the Blue Jays games on the device of their choice with Rogers Anyplace TV. You can watch the Blue Jays at 1 p.m. (ET) on Thursday as they go head to head with the Detroit Tigers.

RB: If you had to pick just one: Twitter or Instagram? Why?

BL: Definitely Twitter.  I love being able to touch base with my fans online and have the chance to share what I’m up to in real-time.  I really love the support I get on Twitter.

RB: You’re an active Twitter user. What made you decide to start tweeting?

BL: We’ve got lot of Blue Jays fans on Twitter so I thought, “Why not?” Now, I’m hooked. People are also really entertaining on Twitter; it’s a great way to unwind.

RB: You recently joined Instagram, are you enjoying connecting with your fans on a different platform?

BL: I’m having fun sharing my pics and getting to see everyone sporting their Blue Jays gear, especially now that we’re ramping up for a great season ahead. It’s a unique way to connect with the Blue Jays community.

RB: Your family is on the West Coast. How do they watch your Blue Jays games? Does the time difference ever get in their way?

BL: I think my family are my biggest fans; they’re always cheering me on, even if they’re not in the same stadium as me. When it’s game time, they log onto Rogers Anyplace TV on their smartphones to follow along live, wherever they are. Time difference actually isn’t an issue, because I know some of them sneak into the app while they’re at work. Out in the west coast, a lot of the games happen in the morning.

RB: When you’re travelling during the season, how do you keep connected to other live games and scores? Which device do you prefer to watch games on?

BL: I like the ease of watching sports on my phone while I’m on the road. The tablet is also useful because of the bigger screen.

RB: What devices or gadgets can’t you live without? Why?

BL: Without my phone I wouldn’t be able to tweet, share updates with friends and call back home. I also check my email on my phone a million times a day.

RB: Do you have any favourite apps you’d like to share with fans?

BL: I like to keep tabs on the scores of different games, that’s when the Sportsnet app comes in handy.

RB: A recent Rogers survey found more than half of smartphone owners sleep with their phones. Do you think you could go a day without your smartphone?

BL: No way. Probably not. It would be like a day without wearing my glove.

RB: What do you wish your smartphone could do to make your life easier?

BL: In a perfect world, I wish my smartphone could somehow make me meals. Now, that would be cool.

How do you keep up with your favourite Toronto Blue Jays player?

Kaili is a regular contributor to RedBoard

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Weekend Reading: The Year in Review

Well folks, 2012 has been a blast and I hope you’ve enjoyed our Weekend Reading series as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them. With the holidays upon us, we’ve decided to take a short break – this is our final edition for 2012! Don’t worry Weekend Reading will resume January 4, 2013 bringing you trends, hot topics and stories from around the globe.

Since this is the last Weekend Reading of the year, we thought it might be appropriate to take a look back on some of the top stories that were shared online in 2012. Facebook, Twitter and Google all came out with reports this week on what was being shared, tweeted and Googled worldwide, while Time Magazine and Mobile Mag both expressed their opinions on the top gadgets and innovations of 2012 respectively.

So sit back with some cocoa or eggnog by the fireplace, and review the past 12 months with us – Happy Holidays everyone, see you in the New Year! 

2012 online year in review

With only 2 weeks left in 2012, some of the biggest names synonymous with social started releasing their year-end reports on some of the hottest trends this year.

On Wednesday, Facebook posted a look back at the people, moments and things that created the most buzz in 2012. Categories included events, songs, movies, check-ins, public figures, books, tech, politics, TV, sports, and memes – now that was a mouthful! Check out the comprehensive list here and see how many you posted about.  Interestingly, you can also create your own “Year in Review” to see your own 20 biggest moments you shared with your network.

Twitter also posted their “Year on Twitter” where people can check out Golden Tweets, Pulse of the Planet, Only on Twitter, Trends, and New Voices. Unsurprising, a lot of the topics mirrored Facebook’s results as well – but who could have guessed #throwbackthursday would be such a hit, coming in at #9 in Conversation Starters! You can also check out your personal year on Twitter at Visify.

Mobile Mag also devised their own Top Mobile Technology Innovations of 2012 revealing what they thought were the most innovative mobile technologies making their way into the “mainstream” this year. Wireless technology and NFC technology made the cut in Mobile Mag, while in a similar report, Time Magazine ranked the iPhone 5 as its Gadget of the Year.

But what was Canada in particular interested in this year? According to Google’s Zeitgeist 2012, Toronto is the most searched city in Google Maps, bacon is the most searched Canadian food, and teacher is the most searched career/job. More quirky stats in the full report here.

What stood out for you in 2012? Any surprises?

Kelly is a regular contributor for RedBoard

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