Did you know that 2.4 billion people are now consuming the internet? Mary Meeker and Liang Wu published a fascinating study highlighting the major trends of 2013.
Startling facts are plentiful in these 117 slides. Currently, there are 564 million Chinese internet users. And while the bulk of the world’s top websites are made in the U.S., the majority of internet users are not American.
The growth potential is enormous! As shown below, Meeker and Wu suggest it’s a $20 billion dollar opportunity to invest in internet and mobile advertisements.
The top 3 noteworthy trends in this study are:
Trend #1: Explosion of Content Curation
Trend #2: Innovatie, Cutting-Edge Technologies
Trend #3: Death of the Desktop Computer & the Rise of the Tablet + Mobile Phones
Hundreds of startups are sprouting up that only create customized mobile apps for corporations. Many develop chic tablet apps such as DocuSign.
[Note to Readers: We will be posting this blog as a 3-part series.]
TREND #1: EXPLOSION OF CONTENT CURATION.
Content curation sites have exploded! Now, you can get content-rich information on X, Y or Z topic. And the good websites are chic.
Type your interest into Addict-o-matic and see what pops up. There, you will find small boxes, the size of an iPhone screen. Each box contains curated information from Google, WordPress, Twitter and more. In a matter of a few seconds, all of the data you ever wanted to know about your interests pops up.
Another innovative website is Learnist. Because of the dynamic design, you can quickly navigate it. Skim through snapshots of popular topics, and when you find something that interests you, click on it. You’ll enter a new dimension of small frames with piercing images and vivid text, where you can scroll through the trending information about your chosen topic.
As Meeker and Wu note, the ability to rapidly share photos, videos, sounds and data, has led to an explosion of new services and technologies. Many startups have already capitalized on this trend. And they are continuously innovating their product to fulfill their customers’ desires. Even so, there is still more room to grow — astronomically.
Trend #2 will be posted this Tuesday.