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Facebook’s Guide to the World Cup
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Facebook has posted the Facebook Guide to the World Cup, which shows soccer/football fans how to get the most out of the World Cup experience on the social network. "Facebook is helping football fans make the World Cup a more social experience, a Facebook representative tells WebProNews. "Fans around the world can take part in the World Cup action by joining the more than 2.5 million Facebook users who have liked and supported their favorite teams on the Goal! Leaderboard."

Use Social Network Services To Send Gift Cards

If you are like me and you spend quite a bit of time hanging out on social networks and social media websites online, then you know that your friends’ and family members’ birthdays and other special occasions tend to pop up out of nowhere, and you are left to scramble and purchase something online and send it to them. We are internet power users, and tend to make most of our purchases now online rather than rely on the old antiquated snail mail system.

Facebook Guilts Users Who Try To Delete Accounts
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Facebook currently has 250 million users, 100 million of which have joined since January. The social networking site continues to grow, with no end in sight. Makes you wonder, what is Facebook’s secret for user retention?

It seems, for some users, the secret is GUILT.

Ning Doing Well On The Social Networking Sidelines

With all of the talk regarding social media it seems that the inordinate amount of the attention goes to the big 2; Facebook and Twitter. While they do tend to generate significant drama and even some real news there is more to the social media space. In fact, there are those who see the social media universe fragmenting into very specific verticals so those of like mind can gather online without having to see that your friend just had a great breath of air.

Facebook Now Has 250 Million Users
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It was just mere months ago that Facebook announced they had 200 million members worldwide. Well, today they’ve passed another milestone… 250 million people are now using the social networking site.

It should be noted that back in January Facebook only had 150 million users… feels kind of funny saying only 150 million.

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, updated the company blog with the following:

Trends Of A Teenage Hacker

 When it comes to hacking social networks, girls are showing that they are more practical than boys in terms of what they are doing. Girls are more likely to go after information that leads to bank accounts, while boys are more likely to hack social networks in a survey conducted in England by Trend Micro. 

Report Reveals Interesting Findings on Web Apps

Wakoopa has been collecting information related to social networks and applications on the web, and they have a new report that reveals some interesting findings.

For one, Twitter continues to grow rapidly. This isn’t news to anyone, but as its growth continued through the entire first quarter, it saw a particularly big jump in March. As far as apps, Tweetdeck ranked first among users who posted updates to Twitter via desktop with Twhirl a close second.

Google Continues Building Its Social Network
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Today, Google has launched a new event gadget for Google Friend Connect. The gadget gives webmasters the ability to spread the word about events of interest. Google Calendar Software Engineer Yoah Bar-David explains how the gadget works:

Hulu Follows Proverbial Suit, Creates Social Network

hulu logoNielsen Online’s VideoCensus indicates that in February, 17-month-old Hulu grew to become the second most popular video site (after the behemoth YouTube)—so, Hulu, what are you going to do now?

Google Reader Now Offers Comments For Entries

Google is not not not building a social network. Really. They’re not. They’re just adding features to every product ever made to enable you to communicate and otherwise share information among your peer group and store all your information in a centralized place. That’s soooo not a social network, so I don’t need anybody telling me about how Google Reader’s new comment feature shows that they’re a social network.

Is It Time For Facebook To Sell Out?
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Methinks the Telegraph was hoping to spark controversy when they published this article yesterday:

Facebook is planning to exploit the vast amount of personal information it holds on its 150m members by creating one of the world’s largest market research databases.

Study Shows Children Are Safer On The Internet Than Projected

A new study from the Internet Safety Technical Task Force (ISTTF) suggests that Internet threats faced by minors are overblown. According to the study, Internet and social networking sites aren’t as dangerous as we all think they are. Clearly Chris Hansen from NBC’s To Catch a Predator needs to give them a call.

Microsoft’s Windows Live Social Network

I got my first invitation today to join a "network" on Microsoft’s new "Windows Live" social network. Here are some of my rough initial thoughts.

MySpace, ‘My Ads’ Program Is Launched

 

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.

Facebook Redesign, Not Bad

 Last night, my husband was logging in to Facebook when he noticed something was different.

LinkedIn, CNBC To Integrate News And Other Content

LinkedIn.com – a social site for professionals – is partnering with CNBC to integrate news and other content. LinkedIn has over 27 million members but until now has had very little community-buildling or social networking features.

Currently on LinkedIn you can email other professionals, ask them questions, and give or get recommendations from people in your network. Now you’ll also be able to share information with them – something that is happening informally anyway.

Warning: Hackers Infecting Twitter Users

Some people get on my case because I don’t follow everyone on Twitter, who follows me. Well, for one thing, I’d never keep up with 3000+ Tweeple, but I also live by my mantra of building meaningful relationships with social media–I don’t care about any popularity contest.

Social Network Sites Are Changing The Blogosphere

Visit my FriendFeed and you’ll see why I’m blogging less (it shows you what I’ve been generating on other services). When I started this blog in 2000 there wasn’t Twitter. Wasn’t Upcoming.org. Wasn’t Google Reader. Wasn’t Flickr. Wasn’t YouTube. Wasn’t Seesmic. Etc. Etc.

Who You Should Follow On Twitter

One of the great democratizing forces on Twitter is getting a concise look at the stats someone’s followers and who he or she is following. When you’re not sure who a person is immediately, there are some heuristics you can use to figure out if they’re worth following.

AOL’s 850 Million Purchase

In the last couple of days one of the biggest stories has been the purchase of Social Network Giant, Bebo by AOL. With approximately 5% search market share and being one of the most visited sites on the planet, can Bebo really help make a difference to a search property which is been fairly average for the last few years? Here’s some coverage of the Bebo purchase around the Internet:

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