MySpace has launched a widget designed on the new Widget Channel TV application framework being co-developed by Intel and Yahoo!.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone recently talked about some phishing issues going on with Twitter on its official blog. "If you receive a direct message or a direct message email notification that redirects to what looks like Twitter.com—don’t sign in," warned Stone. "Look closely at the URL because it could be a scam." Doug reported:
Yes, the headline isn’t really breaking news to many of us. However, I received an interesting report this week that ties numbers to the tumultuous newspaper industry and its struggle to remain relevant, today and tomorrow. I wanted to share the numbers with you…
Last week we launched TwellowHood, part of our popular Twellow service, and a way to find people who are on Twitter by the cities they live in. This lets you find out who close to you is using Twitter, and can lead to you making some connections with locals that you may not have otherwise.
Well, some are paying for it directly, but if you don’t want to do that, you can just develop your reputation and basically make friends. That is really what it’s all about.
Everyone knows that Digg is a popularity contest. It can still be a great place to find interesting stories, but it’s not unbiased. You have to know people (or pay them) to get your content enough Diggs to really get noticed by the community at large.
I feel vindicated. Even though I’m not a teenager – a recent study has encouraging findings. Most parents of teens who spend time online think they are wasting time. They probably discourage it. But hold on, it might not be so bad.
The study, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, looked at “how digital media is changing how young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life.”
Not long after we discussed the stats, pros, cons, and variables for social media use in the workplace, here at WebProNews, UK firm Demos has been talking about a study that suggests that social media is in fact good for businesses. I’m still sticking with the "it depends on a number of variables" theory, but the Demos info is worth taking a look at either way.
Social network advertising is not only not annoying but surprisingly effective in some segments, according to the results of a new survey by Razorfish. In FEED: the Razorfish Consumer Experience Report 2008, Razorfish surveyed “connected consumers”—1006 people with broadband access who spent at least $200 online in the past year, used a community site such as MySpace and consumed or made some type of digital media including videos and music.
StumbleUpon announced today that it will be rolling out a new design to make the service more accessible to new users. The biggest drawback has always been the fact that users had to install a toolbar to use the service, but with this new design, the need to do so has been eliminated.
iSkoot, a company that is known for its solutions for the use of VoIP on mobile devices, is looking to branch out its services, and is doing so with its purchase of social network IM client Social.IM. Social.IM gained some popularity as a way for Facebook users to chat, but Facebook eventually released their own application for this purpose.
If your name is Yoda, you may have trouble getting a Facebook account. At least one woman has had that problem.
A Japanese woman named Hiroko Yoda tried multiple times to sign up for Facebook, but her requests were rejected. Why? According to Telegraph, Facebook says that the name "Yoda" is blacklisted to prevent users from pretending to be people they are not. In this case, it would obviously be Yoda of Star Wars fame.
Aaron Sorkin is a television and film writer/producer. He also acts (roles include: Man in Bar, Man at Bar, Aide in Bar, and Man in Crowd). You’re probably more familiar with his writer/producer status. He worked on The West Wing, Sports Night, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also wrote Charlie Wilson’s War and A Few Good Men.
The family of a missing toddler have set up a MySpace profile in efforts to make contact with anyone who can help locate her. Two year-old Caylee Marie Anthony has been missing since around June 9th, but, in a bizarre story leaving her mother a prime suspect, wasn’t reported missing until July 15th.
I caught this statement in a discussion elsewhere. It went something like, “I don’t think people over 40 get social media, whereas kids love it.” Having seen this sentiment mentioned before, I thought I’d express my feelings on the matter.
I’m 50 years old. I get the whole social media gig. It’s like Woodstock on the ‘Net, where people gather together for several minutes, days, weeks, months and years to hang out, talk, share, listen to music, run around naked and slide in the mud.
I am just on the way out the door but I caught this (opens in PDF) excellent news release by Nielsen/NetRatings stating that "one in four members of UK social networks use their phones to network." Now considering that Europeans tend to be dramatically ahead of North Americans in cellular adoption this statistics release seemed worth of attention.
Here is a chart that really drove home the popularity of social networking via mobiles (click the image for a larger version):
It’s been nearly four months since MySpace announced a joint agreement with 49 state Attorneys General to protect minors online—and now Facebook’s finally gotten around to signing on. CNET reports (emphasis added):
I’m going to be giving the keynote presentation at an upcoming event organized by and focused on student entrepreneurs being held on the MIT campus this Saturday (May 3, 2008) from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.. Student entrepreneurs from MIT, Harvard, Babson, Olin and Boston University and other Boston area academic institutions will gather to talk about startups. I could not hope for a better group to interact with.
The last time we heard any buzz about unions for online workers, it involved the ill-fated bloggers union. This time, it might not be so unfathomable since it could be a legitimate gripe. A pair of social networking employees allege they were fired for just mentioning the word "union."
Perhaps it’s a sign of growing pains (good pains!), but a number of twitterers (i guess it’s a nicer term than “twits”) have mentioned that twits are not appearing in their twitter stream…which could be a concern for some, especially as twitters @ other users and direct messages are fast replacing email and IM for a number of the users.
I was a little surprised that some conversations seemed to be ending mid stream, till I went to the individual twitter stream (typically twitter.com/(username) ) and saw the continuation of our conversation there.
Roderick Ioerger wrote an interesting post for Marketing Pilgrim a few days ago, where he asked is social media an impediment to problem solving? The basic argument is the idea that the convenience of having others readily available to answer your questions inhibits finding the solution yourself and thus leads to less critical thinking. It’s a valid argument, but I don’t agree with the conclusion.
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Admit it: you thought Facebook was the coolest thing since sliced bread (okay, CD/DVD-RW drives). You were so proud of yourself for joining long before Facebook became the media darling they are today.
And now you’re cheering for its demise with the rest of them. But you’ll have to hold off on the death watch for a little while longer.
I admit it. All this Ashley Dupre (or whichever alias you prefer) coverage is a bit on the seedier side of news. But she is now officially a part of American history that will never go away, so she, for the historical record, must be documented so that in a hundred years, history students look back and go "holy crap!"
Or whichever teenage expletive keeps them out of Mom-trouble in 2108. That it’s kind of trashy is just a bonus.
From the beginning the social network craze was fueled by the young. The Next Big Thing often is. But as those Next Big Things become household names, the inevitable is occurring: grownups and youngsters are reminded they don’t always get along so well.
The young crowd is looking around the MySpace party and wondering who called the cops (and their parents). The older crowd (and by older, I mean the 30-somethings and above) strut into Facebook only to feel like the creepy old guy dancing by himself at the club.
Greg Brady — you know, from the Brady Bunch — isn’t really Greg Brady, though Barry Williams, the actor who played the iconic character, doesn’t mind if you call him that. In fact, the character serves as an excellent brand vehicle by which Williams can reinvent himself online via a new social network for fans called The Greg Brady Project.
MR: Challenges hierarchical systems, business systems could break down private information shared. dangers regulatory meltdowns on sharing regulated
This thought provoking article by Jennifer Laycock (
) brings to mind the saying of my grandmother’s: ” You are known by the company you keep.”
While some may dispense with this as old-fashioned advice in the new socially-networked world. I find it to be true now more than ever.
Here are some numbers about blogging and social networking sites according to Nielsen Online. They just released November’s numbers on the top 10 social networking sites. The biggest gainers are Flixster (where you share movie reviews) and LinkedIn, a social network for professionals.
Getting a virtual slice of pizza might be fun and all, but five-month-old startup gBox is betting that people would rather receive something more tangible this holiday season. It’s also betting social networkers will appreciate its new Wishlist widget more than Facebook’s Beacon program.
Social networking is so popular online that it’s spilling into the physical world – at actual stores. Called social retailing, the concept debuted at the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) show last January 2007. Recently, the concept, by IconNicholson was selected by Time Magazine as One of the Best Inventions of 2007.
It was only a matter of time before the pinkies went up along with the gates. Social Networking may have egalitarian roots, and the masses can gather at the public pool if they want – if you want into certain places, you’ll have to bring your Members Only jacket.
When buying an entry-level vehicle, you’re almost lucky to get a tilt steering wheel. High-end cars, on the other hand, have tilting and telescoping steering wheels, as well as adjustable pedals. Similarly, social networks can get tailored to suit the wealthy, and in this case, the wealthy may be a little older than the rest of us.
Do you ever think that the Web will evolve to reinforce what everybody used to be trained to have – you know, manners? Anonymous commentary’s a bit of an exception (though commentators have been traced), but you never know – maybe all this transparency and instant communication will lead us into era where we watch our mouths better.
Datamonitor predicts that social networking sites will level off around the world in the year 2012. They also predict that the plateau will hit even sooner in the US. In the meantime, global active memberships in social networking sites are growing.
From camping gear to kitchenware, “all-in-one” can be a major selling point. Now, with an update that’ll let users see their messages and updates on one screen, Bluepulse, a mobile social networking company, is hoping to capitalize on this trend.
Though many think of Facebook and other social networking sites as destinations for people who find pizza and beer a frequent financial challenge, these users have been hitting various leisure-oriented retail sites in droves.
The latest report from Pew Internet and American Life Project confirms what might be common sense about teens and social networking, but also has a couple of surprises. The not-a-shocker news: photos and social networking profiles increase the likelihood your son or daughter is approached by a creep.
From the Playboy perspective with Christie Hefner – that true brands represent attitude and a point of view, that can be moved from one product to another. It can play in different spaces.
Web developers and designers for huge companies and niche sites alike are all jumping on the social media bandwagon, realizing that social networking, user-generated content, video-sharing and Widgets are more than just ways to kill time in the office; they can be incredibly effective in growing and increasing audience engagement.
I’m not an early adopter. I’m not even, necessarily, a late adopter. When pagers were en vogue I eyed them as suspiciously as I would electronic leashes. It wasn’t until after living in Japan that I learned mobile phones had some worth – just because I sort of had to have one there. I’m an observer, not an adopter.
To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never encountered a person who didn’t like Bugs Bunny. Batman and Fred Flintstone also have their share of fans, and we mustn’t forget Scooby-Doo. But why am I going on about these characters? Because they’re all owned by Warner Bros., and this spring, they’ll all be incorporated into an “immersive animation experience” known as T-Works.
The social network known as “Multiply” isn’t quite living up to its name – the implication is that there would be some sort of exponential growth. But Multiply’s still doing quite well, and with a fresh $16.6 million in its corporate pockets, it’s liable to do even better in the future.
More pressing, I think, than the question of how much wood a woodchuck can chuck is the matter of how many social networks the World Wide Web can withstand. It seems we’re rapidly approaching the point at which there’ll be one per person. And with a fresh $4.25 million in its pocket, Ripl may soon be ready to contribute to the crowding.
Though many bloggers are looking for more eyes on their content, some might be looking for fewer, if they have a tendency to be the target of abusive trolls. Now, Tumblr is adding what it calls a “simple layer of privacy to let you better …
In that’s sure one way to middle finger the competition news, Amazon is about to stop selling the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast. Apparently, all traces of said devices will be gone from Amazon.com by October 29th. Bloomberg got its hands on a recent letter …
Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder and interim CEO, will likely be named permanent CEO very soon. That’s according to sources quoted by Re/code, who say that the announcement could come as soon as Thursday. This does not mean that Dorsey will be giving up his position …
79% of consumers say they will act on Direct Mail immediately, only 45% say the same of Email This infographic illustrates the ROI of direct mail. When you combine direct mail with digital marketing you will increase your response rates, reach more customers and improve …
A lot more businesses are about to have access to the “Buy Now” option on Twitter, potentially ramping up opportunities to makes sales directly from tweets. Is a Twitter buy button something that you’re interested in using or at least experimenting with? Let us know …