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Fine wine online August 15, 2007

Posted by James Warren in wine, work.
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Wanted to share some of the work we’ve been doing recently for Berry Bros. & Rudd, the wine merchants.  This includes the production of some splendid podcasts direct from the leading chateaux owners during the ’06 En Primeur tastings in Bordeaux (which helped them get to the #1 slot on the iTunes Food channel – beating Ramsay and Oliver in the process, no less) and the launch yesterday of their first foray into online video.  We’ve filmed Rebecca Lamont, the head of their esteemed wine school, presenting an abridged version of the famous BBR ‘introduction to wine’ course.  Like the real thing (which I’ve promised myself I’ll one day do), this takes the form of six lessons.  Watch the first, and subscribe to the rest of the series in iTunes or via the BBR site.  We’ve got other cool stuff in the pipeline too, so watch this space.  Well, not this one.  This one.  Cheers!

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It’s all about Facebook August 15, 2007

Posted by James Warren in social media, web 2.0.
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Astounded by some of the stats swimming around about Facebook, Shel Israel decided to get the info straight from the horse’s mouth.  Here’s what Facebook told him:

  • Over 150,000 registrants daily. That’s 1 million a week since January.
  • 35 million users today.  Of course that number will be off a million one week from today.
  • Half of users are outside college.  That number was zero in Sept. 2006.
  • 0ver 40 billion page views in May 2007
  • The average visitor stays 20 minutes
  • Most growth is among people over age 25
  • 47,000 Facebook groups.
  • #1 photo sharing app on the web. 2.7 billion photos on site.
  • More than 2,000 applications. The Top 10 are: Top Friends, Video, Graffiti, MyQuestions, iLike, FreeGifts, X Me, Superpoke!, Fortune Cookie & Horoscopes. The smallest of these has over 4.5 million users.

Hat tip: a note on Andrew Smith’s profile on, you guessed it, Facebook.