Anne-Marie Roussel


The TV Ecosystem Is Shifting

I agree with GigaOm in their recent article that Social TV is dead. The warning signs have been around for a while – it was ‘a solution without a problem’ and  it was just too complex an ecosystem (as illustrated in a previous blog). Another trend is starting to emerge. I call it “back to the [...]


Social Media: TV’s Secret Sauce

The 2012 Summer Olympics was the most watched TV event in history (see this article in the Huffington Post). What made this year’s Olympics so successful? Social Media. The impact of Social Media on the Olympics shows how much television viewing has evolved in just a couple of years. We used to sit back and [...]


Social TV: Shazam-ing the Olympics

To “shazam” a song has become as much of a popular expression in the music sphere as “to google” directions on a map in the search world. I have been “shazaming” the Olympics on my TV since they started in late July, and the results have been interesting, especially as seen through the lens of [...]


The Biggest Investors In Social TV: INFOGRAPHIC

  It’s interesting to see that despite the lively ecosystem around “everything social” funding activity in Social TV — the intersection between social networks and TV viewing – is still limited. Only a handful of investors have several portfolio companies in that space. However, that limited activity is counterbalanced by the fact that “smart money” [...]


Facebook and Social TV: Limited Steps

In May I posted a blog entitled Facebook and Social TV – In Stealth Mode?. I felt that it was odd that Facebook, which has shown it can move fast in other domains, had yet to position itself as a key player in Social TV. Facebook has so far let Twitter be the driver of social conversation around [...]


The Social TV Puzzle [Infographic]

The Complex Social TV Ecosystem Back in March, I posted an infographic that illustrated the complexity of the Social TV ecosystem at that time. A mere three months later the landscape has changed: some companies have been snatched up by larger ones and new players have emerged on the scene. Below is an updated version [...]


Social Media Infographics Tell an Interesting Story

  I ran into a couple of interesting infographics last week:   On Facebook Facebook’s IPO at the top of the news, here is a cool graphical representation of some key Facebook stats including: User Penetration by Region Revenue Age of Officers (and even compensation levels) These numbers were officially disclosed as part of Facebook’s original [...]


Facebook and Social TV – In Stealth Mode?

  In the past few months, I’ve posted several blogs that contain lists and graphs of the biggest and most important players in the Social TV sphere. A notable exception in all these lists has been Facebook, which has been surprisingly quiet so far. Aside from touting “frictionless sharing” on platforms such as Hulu and [...]


How The Big Players Are Doing Social TV

  Funny how the Social TV space attracts all types of investors – from movie stars (Ashton Kutcher) and sports celebrities (Marc Cuban) to Silicon Valley smart money (Kleiner Perkins) and the expected media giants. After having reviewed VC funding in a previous post, below is my take on the most interesting Social TV activity [...]


The Top 3 Recent Social TV Happenings

  We’re flooded with news in the Social TV space – but most of it is noise. Separating the wheat from the chaff, here is my selection of interesting news from the week of April 30, 2012, and why: Gary Lauder and Mark Cuban Invest in Flingo Both angels have a track record of smart investments. [...]