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Social Networking, Online Video and User Generated Content (UGC) are No Passing Fad

Social Networking, Online Video and User Generated Content (UGC) Web Sites are No Passing Fad

 
 

SANTA MONICA, Calif.July 19, 2010 -- Interpret, a leading entertainment, media and technology market research firm, today released data from its quarterly New Media Measure™ study that tracks media behaviors, device ownership, attitudes and product consumption. Behavior and trending data from its 2010 first-quarter report reveals the continued proliferation of social networks, increased consumer utilization of social media, further growth of streaming video and the growing domination of mobile apps in the marketplace.

The study found that not only have more consumers been sourcing movies and TV shows online than a year ago (12 percent and 5 percent more, respectively), but Netflix has used web based rentals to greatly increase its share of the overall video market, up 36 percent from the first quarter of 2009. Streaming continues to be the dominant method for consuming content online, as downloading TV and movies has remained flat.

The quantity and quality of streaming outlets may have helped curb piracy, as the incidence of illegal downloading of movies (9 percent) and TV shows (7 percent) is well below that of music (20 percent). Consumers claim the convenience and ease of use, as well as the lack of funds to pay for entertainment, are the main reasons they are driven to file-sharing.

Social media web sites and online networking shows no hints of waning popularity, as usage of social networks has increased 20 percent from the first quarter of 2009. Facebook remains the leader, growing 33% over the past year. Facebook has also become a boon for casual gaming, eclipsing Yahoo! as the most visited gaming site among casual gamers – 28 percent in the past month have played a game on Facebook (versus 21 percent for Yahoo!).

Social media usage and web based networking has also penetrated the mobile landscape, as New Media Measure™ shows a 36 percent increase of cell phone users who have updated content or posted a status update on a social network. Many of these updates are likely through mobile apps, and Interpret finds that 80% of apps downloaded in a typical week are free.

"New media behaviors such as social networking and online video consumption have true staying power," said Josh Bell, Executive Director, Interpret LLC. "No passing fad, consumers are already weaving these activities into the fabric of their daily lives, and it is all happening extremely fast. Moreover, consumers appear to be turning to legal modes of content distribution, suggesting consumers see tangible value in the experiences video content providers are offering."

New Media Measure™ is Interpret LLC's (www.interpretllc.com) proprietary, quarterly survey of media behaviors, attitudes and product consumption. Designed to keep pace with the evolving media landscape, New Media Measure™ supplies the means to better measure and keep track of fast-changing consumer behaviors. New Media Measure™ surveys 9,000 consumers aged 12-65, representative of the U.S. population and weighted to U.S. Census. Data collected includes: demographics, psychographics, brand consumption, traditional media consumption, online and social networking, mobile phone, video gaming, and digital entertainment. Data is available via Interface, a web-accessible, interactive analysis tool, throughIntrend, quarterly trend reports, and through Interpretations, monthly whitepapers from Interpret analysts. www.interpretllc.com/new-media-measure.php.

SOURCE Interpret LLC

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