Around the Virtual World

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media.


BIA/Kelsey Forecasts Social Media Ad Spending to Reach $8.3 Billion in 2015

Social media advertising revenues will grow from $2.1 billion in 2010 to $8.3 billion in 2015, representing a compound annual growth rate of 31.6 percent, according to BIA/Kelsey’s U.S. Local Media Annual Forecast (2010-2015).

YetiZen Starts an Incubator for Game Startups

The game industry is hot, with lots of companies chasing the success of social game darlings such as Zynga and mobile game successes such as Ngmoco. That’s why YetiZen
is forming a new incubator to help launch game startups.

Gamification: Hype or Game-Changer?

Gamification is already shaping up to be one of the buzzwords of 2011. Educators, brands, charities and government are all looking at how to use gamification to improve engagement, make money or change behaviors.

Virtual Currency Lifts Social TV Guide to New Heights

With new startups jumping into the fray, the social TV space is suddenly very competitive. But one site is celebrating its third anniversary today with two big milestones. The internet TV guide Yidio said it hit 1.5 million registered users and 500,000 Facebook fans, making it the most popular social TV guide on Facebook.

Network Breaches, Social Media,
Smartphones Worry Administrators: Survey

In the latest What Keeps Network Administrators Up at Night survey from Amplitude Research, 41 percent of respondents named security breaches to their network and another 40 percent said they are worried about what their end users are doing.

How to Use Game Mechanics to Reward Your Customers

Your customers hoard airline miles and covet their status-symbol black American Express. What was once called “consumer incentives” is now known as “gamification”–and here’s how to integrate it into your company and win consumers’ hearts and minds while you’re at it.

U.S. Military Finds More Uses for Video Games, Virtual Worlds and Smartphones

Video games, virtual worlds and smartphones are an excellent way to train U.S. troops, say advocates of the technology within and outside of the military. Evidence of the growing interest in the technology can be seen from a recent GameTech convention held in Orlando, Fla. GameTech had 775 participants and 29 vendors.