social networks

  • The Illusion Of Social Networks

    The world is full of illusions. Magicians use a cascade of mirrors, smoke, and misdirection to trick their audiences into believing the unbelievable. In the process, they mystify them, capturing their attention. None of these magicians, however, hold a candle to the illusions provided by the characters who dance on television channels. For decades, the masses have been planted in front of… Read More

  • The Next Mass Consumer Social Wave: Political Expression

    People always say things change fast in Silicon Valley. Here, and in other entrepreneurial communities around our country, ideas collide, companies form, money is injected, talent is allocated, and the pace of innovation churns. Entrepreneurship is so accessible, the best talent flock here to found companies like Google. Today, it’s tougher for those foreign entrepreneurs to get here in… Read More

  • More Athletes (Namely Ryan Babel) Show Us Exactly How Not To Use Twitter

    Another day, another irresponsible use of social networks getting people in trouble. There’s actually two things here. Number one concerns Ryan Babel, who plays for Liverpool in England. Liverpool played Manchester United, their eternal rivals, yesterday, and the presiding referee, Howard Webb, awarded United a penalty. Questions were raised along the lines of, “Was that really… Read More

  • Ping Is Apple's iTunes For Everything


    What do you get when you connect your customers to each other? If the customers like your product (and I’d say 10 billions songs sold shows definite positive bias) you get more sales. This echo chamber is what everyone – from Facebook on down – is trying to create and while I don’t believe Apple will pull it off, I think Ping is the first step in the right direction… Read More

  • Worldwide Advertising On Social Networks Estimated To Hit $3.3 Billion In 2010

    Social networks worldwide are estimated to bring in $3.3 billion in advertising dollars this year, according to updated estimates by eMarketer. That number represents a 31 percent increase from 2009′s $2.5 billion. A full 39 percent of that amount, or $1.3 billion, will go to Facebook. In the U.S., social ad spending is estimated to rise 20 percent to $1.7 billion. Facebook is gobbling… Read More

  • LinkedIn reaches 1 million users in Spain, competitors keep up the pressure


    LinkedIn has announced that its reached 1 million users in Spain. That’s 1 million out of 16 million users in Europe, a market that clearly important to the company, having opened offices in the UK in 2008 and a follow-up office in Holland for Continental Europe. The company claims that 15% of Spanish professionals are now using LinkedIn, with the majority coming from Madrid and… Read More

  • Google Conducting Focus Group Research Into Social Networking

    Google Conducting Focus Group Research Into Social Networking

    The blogosphere has been abuzz with word that Google may be developing a social network after Digg CEO Kevin Rose tweeted a few weeks ago that he’d heard a “huge rumor” that Google was planning to launch a Facebook competitor called “Google Me.” Adam D’Angelo, founder of Q&A service Quora, then claimed on his own that this is a real project for Google. Read More

  • Today is Safer Internet Day in Europe, but before you laugh try this game

    [France] Ok listen-up kids. Today is “Safer internet Day”. Got that? So put that web browser down right now before you take someone eye out. But seriously folks – the day is organized each year by Insafe, a “European network of Awareness Centres” promoting safe, responsible use of the Internet and mobile devices to young people. Yes if that sounds like… Read More

  • Why are people falling victim to Facebook scams?

    The beauty of essentially quitting social networking, as I have, is that I don’t have to worry about all of the associated nonsense. “Facebook’s new privacy settings cause uproar.” Really? Not if you quit the site it doesn’t. “Malicious programs causing social network malaise.” Again, not an issue if you’re not all-consumed with tweeting every… Read More

  • Yunait launches as a social network for bargains

    [Spain] In Spain we’re struggling to recover from the recession. We’re behind our European neighbors and our unemployment rate is now 18%. A recovery is apparently coming, but in the meantime, people shuffle along, cashing unemployment checks, desperately looking for work and figuring out how to save here and there. A number of initiatives are mushrooming to help us do this. Read More

  • Breaking: Online social network use isn't detrimental to your actual social network

    A Pew Internet & American Life study has refuted the idea that use of the Internet necessarily leads to decreased social isolation. Quite the opposite!, yelled a character in a Charles Dickens novel. It turns out that as people continually use things like Twitter, Facebook, and the like, they’re both expanding their social circle and increasing contact with said circle. Read More

  • Tuenti gives Spain's search giants and social networks a fright

    [Spain] A few weeks back, I met with Ícaro Moyano, in Tuenti’s Euro-chic offices – free drinks, comfy sofas, and game room included. I had just had lunch with a friend, who doesn’t have a lot of knowledge about the Web. However, as I mentioned Tuenti in passing, she lit up. “Oh, Tuenti? I know Tuenti. My daughter spends hours online on Tuenti”. Her daughter is… Read More

  • Civilization Network headed to Facebook next year, for free.

    Sid Meier—yes, the Sid Meier—just posted a note to Facebook announcing Civilization Network, which “will allow you to join together with your friends to create the world’s most powerful, richest, smartest, or just plain coolest civilization.” It will probably be huge, yes. Read More

  • Survey: 13 percent of teens have posted nude photos of themselves online

    A new poll, conducted by Common Sense Media, suggests that teens are complete idiots when it comes to comporting themselves online. A whopping 13 percent of teens have posted online nude or semi-nude photos of themselves or someone they know. And then some 25 percent of teens have posted something online that they later regretted. You know, drunk photos and the like. Read More

  • Facebook ain't cool with the kids no more

    Sorry, but social networks simply aren’t cool anymore among the 15-to-24-year-old crowd. (I’m 23, and have all but quit Facebook (I stopped tweeting a few months ago), but that’s more of a function of me being an anti-social cad than anything else.) Why? It seems the older crowd—people 25 and older—has given social networks the unmistakable stench of being not cool. Read More

  • My Secret Circle: You know, for kids


    So this seems like a good enough idea. It’s called MySecretCircle and it’s basically it’s a closed social network for girls. You and your buds buy a USB key that acts as your login. It autoruns under Windows and OS X and brings up a photo and journal sharing system that only allows certain people access to your daughter’s personal info. In theory and in practice this… Read More

  • Obscure references herein: WWE launches its own social network called WWE Universe

    I wake up every morning thinking, “Man, what I could really use is a social network where I could discuss the societal ramifications of the Kai En Tai-Val Venis castration angle of 1998, or join ‘The Kliq was the best unofficial stable ever’ fan group.” It seems my wishes have been granted. World Wrestling Entertainment has launched its own social network called WWE… Read More

  • MySpace CEO: Yeah, we'd like to make our own portable media player one day

    Did you hear the news? MySpace is thinking about creating its own portable media player! Reuters seems to think that such a player would be in competition with the iPod, which we all know is a lie: there’s the iPod WAY UP HERE, then everything else WAY DOWN THERE. If anything, the MySpace player would be in competition with Zune and Sansa—you know, the “other”… Read More

  • Poll: Reality TV or niche-specific social networks?

    Announcing FederalContractor.us, a social network for federal contractors. Yes, you read that correctly. You know, when reality TV started getting really big, many thought that it’d only be a matter of time before people started realizing that they were watching the same premise over and over and over again. However, it seems that there’s no end in sight for reality TV. Every… Read More

  • Yay: Facebook for iPhone 2.0 looks a lot more like the Web site

    Most of us here are pretty much “done” with Facebook, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore the upcoming release of Facebook for iPhone 2.0, which is scheduled to come out next month. As these few screenshots show, the application looks a lot more like the recently redesigned Web site itself. Users are pretty much able to replicate their whole Facebook experience using… Read More