Quantcast
MySpace Announces MyAds
· 4

Last month, we reported that MySpace had launched a new self-serve advertising platform, but it was officially announced last night with a name – MyAds (beta). With this platform, users are able to create their own display banner ads with the following advantages working for them (as cited by the social network):

Twitter A Tool For Thieves?
· 18

Some small alarms have been raised over the possibility that Twitter and social media like it could be used as information sources for those with nefarious purposes.

World Bank Hacking – Great Timing

The world bank has been hacked repeatedly over the last year according to a report on Dark Reading, which once again brings out the question, where was the information security team on this one?

This Cesspool We Call the Internet
· 73

Eric Schmidt

Survey Shows How Much People Make in Blogs & Social Media
· 13

Read Write Web conducted a survey with some quite interesting results. They asked 20 bloggers and social media consultants (that they claim to know and trust) what kind of money they make with their blogging gigs. The agreement was for RRW not to disclose their names, and for the bloggers themselves to be honest about their earnings.

Lime Wire Wants to Play By the Rules

Lime WireFile sharing outfit Lime Wire is looking to go the way of Napster, but in an even bigger way. As it continues to battle the RIAA in legal matters, independent labels are embracing the service as it strives to become legitimate.

YouTube Finallly Looks to Full-Length TV Episodes
· 2

YouTube has finally gotten to the point where they are going to start offering full-length episodes of TV shows, presumably to compete directly with Hulu and its ilk.

Ebay Chiefs Opposites On Political Spectrum
· 4

Former president and CEO of eBay, Meg Whitman, was thrust into the national spotlight once again after Republican presidential nominee John McCain dropped her name as possible Treasury Secretary at Tuesday night’s debate with Barack Obama. Judging from cofounder Pierre Omidyar’s Twitter account, he took issue with McCain’s assertions.

Report: Google Preparing iPhone-Specific Ads

Let’s stereotype the average iPhone user, shall we?  He’s young, an early adopter, and not poor – an advertiser’s dream.  So, as a new report indicates that Google’s gearing up to deal with iPhone-specific ads, the plan makes perfect sense.

Kentucky

What is it about politicians? They seem great when running for office and once they get there they either do dumb stuff or reach for powers not given to them. In Kentucky’s case, it’s both, unfortunately, and when Governor Beshear talks about the threat of online gambling, every sensible thing he ever said flies out the window.

Kentucky

What is it about politicians? They seem great when running for office and once they get there they either do dumb stuff or reach for powers not given to them. In Kentucky’s case, it’s both, unfortunately, and when Governor Beshear talks about the threat of online gambling, every sensible thing he ever said flies out the window.

Kentucky

What is it about politicians? They seem great when running for office and once they get there they either do dumb stuff or reach for powers not given to them. In Kentucky’s case, it’s both, unfortunately, and when Governor Beshear talks about the threat of online gambling, every sensible thing he ever said flies out the window.

Kentucky
· 1

What is it about politicians? They seem great when running for office and once they get there they either do dumb stuff or reach for powers not given to them. In Kentucky’s case, it’s both, unfortunately, and when Governor Beshear talks about the threat of online gambling, every sensible thing he ever said flies out the window.

Digg Cuts A Couple of Features
· 8

Digg has decided to do away with a couple features, namely Digg Podcasts and Digg Spy. As Daniel Burka at Digg The Blog notes, subtraction can sometimes be a form of improvement, and Digg believes this is the case here. He writes:

Yahoo Hoping For $22/Share Buyout From Microsoft

 

Microsoft Launches Tech News Aggregator
· 2

Microsoft has released a tech news aggregator at microsoft.com/web that seemingly has little or nothing to do with Live Search News, though I have to wonder if it might be integrated somehow further down the road.

LinkedIn Downtime Turning Heads
· 3

If LinkedIn has its way, the image of a blue-robed wizard will become nowhere near as familiar as Twitter’s fail whale.  But in what might be a good or bad sign for the company, this symbol of downtime is indeed being seen more frequently.

Ning Gets In On the OpenSocial Initiative
· 1

OpenSocialNing has followed in the footsteps of other social networking services like MySpace, Friendster, Bebo, and Hi5, and started to integrate with Google Code initiative OpenSocial, the platform that "defines a common API for social applications across multiple websites."

Microsoft Looking Better To Yahoo Investors
· 1

It was only a matter of time until somebody brought it up again. If Microsoft investors once loved Yahoo at $19 per share, they’re bound to get whiplash staring down the slutty, red-dressed vixen in distress at $12 per share.
Microsoft Looking Better To Yahoo Investors

Facebook Continuing To Grow In The UK
· 2

Forget eBay, YouTube, Bebo, and the BBC.  When it comes to the most visited websites in the UK, Facebook’s topped them all.  According to new Hitwise data, the fast-growing social network only sits behind Google UK.

Yahoo Shares Reach Five-Year Low
· 2

Yahoo shares dropped to their lowest level in five years on Thursday, plummeting 8 percent to $12.65 amid continuing economic chaos.

It was Yahoo’s lowest level since the summer of 2003, when the company was recovering from the bursting of the Internet bubble.

Getting All You Can Out Of Online Social Communities

So you’ve entered the land of brand-building in online social networks.  Now what?  Online communities can be great places for marketers to learn and engage with their customers and other consumers.  In order to get all you can get out of it, there are certain guidelines to follow that may help.  Below are the 5 Commandments for How to Act in an Online Social Community.

Branding And Search Engine Marketing

Do you have a brand? If not, your site is part of a "cesspool." In AdAge Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt explains the AdWords quality score and organic ranking algorithms in laymans terms:

Could A Little More Info in the SERPs Improve Relevancy?
· 6

Google is  testing the concept of showing a date alongside certain results on its SERPs. The tests were spotted by Michael Gray (like two months ago) and by a WebmasterWorld member. Search Engine Roundtable quotes the latter: