social networks

  • Did you know that Facebook apps aren't 100 percent secure?

    Did you know that Facebook apps aren't 100 percent secure?

    Wow, breaking news from the AP today. It seems the news-gathering agency just found out that social networking sites are insecure, something we’ve known already for at least three months now. What’s even more troubling is that the particulars addressed therein—third-party applications have access to all info posted in your profile—is hardly anything to be concerned about. Read More

  • The gathering storm: Time says Facebook faces backlash over inane application requests

    The gathering storm: Time says Facebook faces backlash over inane application requests


    Charming It looks like Time mag didn’t get the memo that says nothing negative is to be written about Facebook. Funny (well) thing is, it’s the same thing I complained about nearly a year ago: too many stupid application requests. Yup, Facebook users, it seems, are fed up with the myriad application requests they get each and every day. A zombie has bitten you, do you want to… Read More

  • FaceBook music: Follow hot bands' hot music (then jump over a shark)

    [photopress:fbm.jpg,full,right] Facebook added a music service yesterday. Musicians can upload their songs, users can play them using the Facebook Music Player and later buy them using the provided iTunes link. It’s almost like Zuckerberg & Co. saw what a cluttered useless mess MySpace turned into and said, “Yeah, let’s emulate that.” Call me cynical, crazy… Read More

  • Canadian military warns soldiers not to post sensitive info to social networks

    [photopress:canadafb.jpg,full,right] Perhaps it isn’t wise to update your Facebook status with your location if you’re in the military. Just a guess. Canada’s military leaders have told their troops to refrain from posing sensitive information on social networks like Facebook and MySpace. The fear is that Al Qaeda (and other evildoers, presumably) could be watching your… Read More

  • Social networks' numbers dropping, cue widespread panic

    [photopress:myspacecash.jpg,full,center] Social networks are cashed. The Hollywood Reporter published numbers today showing the gravity-defying growth numbers of social networks are over. Both MySpace and Facebook aren’t seeing the same numbers they saw last year, with MySpace hit especially hard. The NewsCorp-owned site had 2.4 percent less visitors in January than it did in… Read More

  • Nokia is diving further into the content biz

    Nokia is diving further into the content biz


    It’s no secret that the first N-Gage was pretty weak. The follow-up, I’ve heard, is actually pretty nice and has a few decent games, but probably lacks the following necessary to make it a viable market for serious developers. An N-Gage-exclusive release would be developer suicide. But Nokia has faith in the mobile platform, and is focusing on getting content for its handheld hybrid. Read More

  • MySpace to open up Facebook-like API next week

    [photopress:myspace.jpg,full,center] Facebook is getting huge. Like, jumbo. And MySpace is losing users to it. Sure, most people on Facebook keep their MySpace profile, but that could change, just like it did with Friendster before it got lame. Part of the popularity of Facebook is due to the genius idea of opening up an API, allowing people to make small in-Website applications, like… Read More

  • Antisocial networks for the Grinch in your life

    Antisocial networks for the Grinch in your life

    Spread some Christmas cheer today and tomorrow to all your online “friends.” Or, you can be a real, go-it-alone American and sign up for one of several new anti-social networks. It’s all the fun of real social networks like Facebook and MySpace, only with the faux, forced amity. Choose from the likes of Hatebookand Snubster and make things like “friend… Read More

  • Now Facebook Fights Back At Online Predators

    Now Facebook Fights Back At Online Predators

    Facebook is my white whale: I write about it seemingly every day even though I purport to want nothing to do with it. Be that as it may, it’s good to see the Web site handle its business with regard to keeping child predators away from unsuspecting minors. Just like MySpace before it, the social networking site has become something of an attraction for guys from “To Catch a… Read More

  • J'accuse! Guys Who Say Facebook Stole Their Ideas Have Two Weeks To Prove It

    J'accuse! Guys Who Say Facebook Stole Their Ideas Have Two Weeks To Prove It

    We regularly use Facebook to whore ourselves out to y’all (we’re currently using it to plan our big birthday bash—we need ideas, people!), but it looks like some people don’t want us to have any fun. For the past three years, Facebook founder Mark “Mad Money” Zuckerberg has faced allegations from former fellow Harvard students that he stole their ideas for… Read More

  • E-mail is Dead to Kids, Use Social Networks Instead

    E-mail is Dead to Kids, Use Social Networks Instead

    Kids don’t use e-mail to communicate with each other. Not socially, at least. See, kids today are all about the Facebook (so are we) and the MySpace when they need to send longish messages to each other. If they’re just sending short messages—”where u at, dawg?” and the like—they’ll TXT each other. IM, it sees, is also on the way out as far as kids… Read More

  • What's Your Favorite Facebook App?

    What's Your Favorite Facebook App?

    Facebook and I are no longer on speaking terms, but these kids today sure do love them some Facebook Apps. There’s gotta be two, maybe three Apps by now, and Wired would like to know—for reasons unknown—what are your favoritest. Right now, the Google Reader Shared Items App is in the lead with 29 yeas and 14 nays. The least popular is Shelfari, which tells your friends what… Read More

  • Sony BMG, Dada Start Mega Social Network On Your Mobile Phone

    > I realize this has nothing to do with the story, but Dada reminded me of the popular song by Trio Sony BMG and Dada have joined forces to bring next-generation Web and mobile entertainment services that combine a broad range of music content that includes ringtones, video ringers, games, images, themes, full-length audio tracks and video. Previous offerings by Sony BMG and Dada will act as… Read More

  • Yahoo! in Talk to Buy MySpace: Is That a Good Idea Nowadays?

    Yahoo! in Talk to Buy MySpace: Is That a Good Idea Nowadays?

    Well this is big. Apparently, Yahoo! has discussed buying MySpace from News Corp in a bid to save itself from irrelevance. In return, News Corp. would get 30 percent of the newly combined Yahoo!+MySpace. Or, in dollar amounts, News Corp would cash in to the tune of $11.1 billion. Considering Murdoch and Co. bought MySpace for $650 million, I’d say that’s a deal and a half. Too… Read More

  • Facebook: How Complicated Has This Site Become?

    Facebook: How Complicated Has This Site Become?

    What the hell has happened to Facebook? I logged in for the first time in a long time yesterday to respond to a message from this idiot and I’m greeted by all sorts of strange and unwanted distractions. There’s little colored icons everywhere… I’m getting “super poked” (what?) by people I’ve never heard of… the NYPD wants to hire me… How… Read More

  • Facebook Wants to Own Your Soul

    Facebook Wants to Own Your Soul

    Facebook, in its current incarnation, is used for two purposes: to message random hot girls because you have “so much in common” (For example: Wow, you enjoy “movies,” too? Amazing. Wanna, you know, hang out?) and to show off drunk pictures, sometimes doctored, of yourself acting all crazy to the rest of your crew. That’s it. Sure, I’m a member of one or… Read More