social networking

  • Islandoo cuts its TV ties to go open access

    Islandoo, a UK-based MySpace-style site originally built as a social network to support casting for the reality TV show Shipwrecked, has opened its doors to any TV show, film or music video to cast for their show. TV producers can use the casting system for free . Since the launch this week Channel 4, BBC and MTV has signed up to the system, and Models 1 is acting as an online agency… Read More

  • HereOrThere launches social travel offensive

    Social travel site HereOrThere, backed by Hugo Burge (the internet entrepreneur involved in Cheapflights), has started to publicly promote its beta site after three months in development. Backed by Howzat Media LLP, the early stage dotcom investment fund which Burge runs with partner David Soskin, HereOrThere is something of a me-too play in the travel space. You know the drill, add your… Read More

  • Last.fm wants bands to use Web tools

    Last.fm, the social music site sold to CBS in May for $240m, is launching a PR campaign in the guise of an initiative to get unsigned and independent bands using online tools to build their careers. The campaign title and dedicated blog – nowformaband.last.fm – is inspired by punk fanzine Sideburns’ call to action in 1976 – “here’s three chords, now form… Read More

  • Piczo launches new features to stem decline

    In the UK, teen social network Piczo’s market share is dropping like a stone. Can new features allowing it to target advertising based on how users decorate their profiles stop the rot? According to Nielsen//NetRatings yesterday, Piczo has lost 40% of its unique users since December 2006 and has only 3% active reach as against Facebook and MySpace’s equal 20% and Bebo’s 14%. Read More

  • Facebook overtakes Myspace as Perfspot accelerates

    Facebook has now overtaken MySpace in the UK. The latest figures published from Nielsen//NetRatings show that Facebook has more unique UK visitors than MySpace. In something of a revelation however, Facebook is no longer the fastest growing social network. Instead Perfspot, the US-based site where people “share their interests”, is fast gaining traction in the UK. And despite it… Read More

  • Business social network beta launches. Why?

    London-based entrepreneur John Horsley has launched the beta of business-networking site Marzar (slightly ironically at a Web2NewYork networking party yesterday, in fact). Horsley says Marzar is an ‘enterprise 3.0 business networking and collaboration tool’ for the global business community. Marzar’s vision is to, “build an environment for business people to work… Read More

  • London's Facebook frenzy

    It has more than 3.5 million users, is one of the top 20 most visited websites and has even been cited by MPs and trade unionists as a sink on workers’ time. Facebook has utterly captured the imagination of the UK. The result is a tech frenzy, especially in London, where developers have feverishly started learning Facebook’s API and client companies have been screaming for… Read More

  • OSoYou targets womens social shopping

    “Social shopping” is the latest buzzphrase to be on the lips of Europe’s startup scene and the newest entrant to the UK market is OSoYou. Launching its public beta site aimed at women and supported by Britain’s top three retailers, OSoYou features the ability for users to “drag and drop” items they like to create the perfect wishlist for their… Read More

  • Playboy Launches College-Only Social Networking Site

    In order to combat sluggish sales, Playboy has recently launched Playboy U, a social networking site just for college students. Remember when Facebook was just for college students? Well Playboy U is sorta like that. Read More

  • Apple Releases My iTunes

    Looking to take your iTunes experience one step further? Check out My iTunes, an official set of iTunes widgets from Apple that are aimed at getting you socially involved with your (legally purchased) music. They’re self-updating widgets and you can post your favorite artists, etc. on your website via a Flash widget. TechCrunch has the whole lowdown, head over there to check out the… Read More

  • TeleNav Adds A Bit O' Social Networking To Its Service


    With all the Apple happenings, or lack thereof, it’s probably not the best day to launch a new version of a mobile-device app, but not everyone’s world revolves around Apple. TeleNav today launched its latest version of TeleNav GPS Navigator (v. 5.2), which adds some cool social-networking tools that take advantage of both the platform (your cell phone) and TeleNav’s… Read More

  • Zubka in promo and partnership

    Zubka – which allows people to tangibly benefit form their network of contacts and suggest them for jobs – has embarked on some pre-Christmas marketing. It’s promotion offers users a case of Champagne if their candidate’s details are accepted by a hirer between now and December 28th. How does it work? You send the job details to a candidate, provide a hirer with key… Read More

  • Bottletalk.com creates social network around wine

    Although its timing is entirely coincidental given all the chatter about the Threshers scam/viral/genius/etc, Bottletalk.com, a site based around the idea that people want to network socially around wine, launched its beta site this week. The site has been founded by husband and wife team Emma and Mark Goddard, along with co-founder David Percival. (By day Emma is a web publishing… Read More

  • The Internet Address Book the Identity Search Engine.

    About a month ago Roberto Bonanzinga pinged me with details of The Internet Address Book (IAB), an identity search engine that scanned a host of popular social networks – MySpace, LinkedIn, Delicious, Skype etc. – to find a person’s various identities and/or profiles. Although this feature alone was potentially useful it was rather singular. At the time, it seemed like… Read More

  • WAYN heralds the new wave of location

    With the news that Wayn.com has secured $11 million from British VC fund Esprit Capital Partners to fuel its expansion, it appears “location” is the new wave in social in networking. We’ve seen it invade the verticals of music (MySpace), eateries (Yelp) and shopping (Crowdstorm). Now, where you are and who you are is as important as what you like. They will also be looking at… Read More

  • My So-called Second Life event

    I had the good fortune to be invited by NMK to put together a half-day seminar on the phenomena of the new 3D worlds of Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) and Virtual Worlds (the main one being Second Life of course). Had I not been chairing it I would have been able to take better notes, and I will try to put something up soon about it. However, as usual there were… Read More

  • Chuck E. Cheese Creator Opens First uWink Restaurant


    Nolan Bushnell, founder and former CEO of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, announced that the first uWink restaurant will open Monday, October 16th, in Woodland Hills, California. What’s uWink you ask? Well like all good dining franchise experiences, it distracts you from the quailty of your dining companions and the food with a gimmick; uWink does it by letting you turn your meal into a… Read More

  • Does Messagr have the presence of mind to find an investor?

    Messagr is a “new presence-based search engine” that helps you find other skype users with similar interests to yourself. To participate you simply register yourself on messagr with your skype details and then add some tags that describe the topics you might like to chat about.
    For example if you wanted to discuss music with someone right now, you could search for the term music… Read More

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