Social Media Matters: Stay busy with online puzzles

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
Metro section

Stay busy with online puzzles

In the past few weeks, I’ve been listing some of the top websites in the world in a variety of categories. There are so many that I think I’ll feature a couple of categories in every column until the pickings get slim. There are some really interesting finds at Alexa.com in some obscure niches.

crosswordSince it’s now officially wintertime and the days are long, you may want to keep your brain sharp by doing some puzzles! Here are the current top websites in the world for keeping your mind sharp during this long Canadian winter!

– Top 10 crossword puzzle websites: 1) OneLook; 2) Crossword Tracker; 3) Guardian Unlimited Crosswords; 4) One Across; 5) Rex Parker Does the NY Times Crossword Puzzle; 6) Cruciverb.com; 7) Crosswords, Word Puzzles and More; 8) Merl Reagle’s Sunday Crosswords; 9) Crossword Puzzles; 10) Crossword Puzzle Games.

– Top 10 brain-teaser websites: 1) Conceptis Logic Puzzles; 2) BrainBashers; 3) Braingle – Brain Teasers & Riddles; 4) Kenken; 5) Michael Mepham; 6) Brain Teasers; 7) Killer Sudoku Online; 8) eyetricks.com; 9) DKM Sudoku Online; 10) Thinks.com.

Which cities and countries love Twitter most?

Jakarta Indonesia
Jakarta, Indonesia

A study released by Semiocast last July shows that the U.S. hosts by far the most Twitter accounts with more than 140 million, followed far back by Brazil, Japan, the U.K. and Indonesia. Canada was in eighth place.

As for cities, Jakarta in Indonesia held down the top spot for the most active tweeters (based on number of tweets per city) followed closely by Tokyo, Japan. Rounding out the top five were London, U.K.; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and New York City. The only Canadian city in the top 20 was Toronto, which placed 14th.

According to its website, “Semiocast is a provider of consumer insight and brand management solutions for companies and individuals, tailored to cope with the challenges of the real-time web.” The company is based in Paris, France.

Top Facebook games of 2012

FacebookIf you’re like me, getting constant notifications and invitations from Facebook friends who like to play games is enough to drive you batty, but a huge number of Facebook users love them. A recent report on IBN Live listed the year’s top 10 Facebook games “based on games that launched in 2012 and received the highest star ratings from players and engagement levels over the course of the year.” Here’s this year’s list with the name of the game’s developer in brackets:

1) SongPop (FreshPlanet); 2) Dragon City (Social Point); 3) Bike Race (Top Free Games); 4) Subway Surfers (Kiloo); 5) Angry Birds Friends (Rovio); 6) FarmVille 2 (Zynga); 7) Scramble with Friends (Zynga); 8) Clash of Clans (Supercell); 9) Marvel: Avengers Alliance (Playdom); 10) Draw Something (Zynga).

Despite three games in the top 10, Zynga has been cutting costs after overextending itself. It has laid off employees and dropped several games, including PetVille, Mafia Wars 2, FishVille, Vampire Wars, Treasure Isle, Indiana Jones Adventure World, Mafia Wars Shakedown, Forestville, and Word Scramble Challenge

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to Dec. 30. Have a favourite YouTube channel? Let me know and I may feature it here.

1) King the Kid (4,151 subscribers): This new rock trio features YouTube stars Ricky Ficarelli, David Michael Frank and Jose Mostajo. I’ve featured Ficarelli’s channel in a previous column. Of the three, he has the most subscribers (as an individual) on YouTube with nearly 125,000. He’s a very entertaining young drummer. Check him out! Together, the three just released their first album called Start Something on iTunes on Dec. 20. (Most popular video: King The Kid – We Are The Ones (Official Video) – 55,593 views.)

2) FailArmy (396,253 subscribers): If you’ve seen and enjoyed American’s Funniest Home videos, you’ll also enjoy this popular YouTube channel that has accumulated more than 166 million total video views since it was launched. The channel only has 25 videos, but they’re immensely popular, with the top three having 51.3 million views, 35.6 million views and 6.8 million views, respectively. People hurt themselves. People get embarrassed. People pull off some amazing tricks that will amaze you! (Most popular video: People Are Awesome 2011 – 51,300,832 views.)

3) DNews (5,375 subscribers): If you love the Discovery Channel, you’ll love DNews, which is Discovery’s official YouTube channel for its news reports. Newly launched in September 2012, the channel hosts more than 50 videos and even includes one playlist dedicated solely to the now-debunked Mayan apocalypse. (Most popular video: Peace Out, Voyager 1 – 52,694 views.)

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