Social networks: The new pulse of the Internet

Social networks: The new pulse of the Internet

Summary: I ran across a post from Rich Miller at Data Center Knowledge noting that Akamai's content delivery network is handling 1 million rich media requests per second from social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo. Much of the traffic comes from applications maker such as Slide and RockYou with tens of millions of users.

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I ran across a post from Rich Miller at Data Center Knowledge noting that Akamai's content delivery network is handling 1 million rich media requests per second from social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo. Much of the traffic comes from applications maker such as Slide and RockYou with tens of millions of users.

ComScore released its November 2007 numbers for widget consumption as another indicator that the widgets are becoming like blood flowing through arteries of the Internet. In fact, content is becoming more modularized and distributable, and the lines between applications and objects are blurring.

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And this is what is clogging the arteries of the Internet via Facebook and giving Akamai a way to generate incremental revenue.

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Topics: Browser, Collaboration, Networking, Social Enterprise

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  • Maybe Folks Should Just Get Out More...

    ...and meet face-to-face, like they used to do in the "good 'ole days". We are creating a planet of shut-ins, who have no social/interpersonal skills. All they do is sit in front of a computer and ?converse? with a keyboard & mouse?and get FATTER by the minute.
    IT_Guy_z
  • RE: Social networks: The new pulse of the Internet

    I've spent a while trying to see what possible benefit sites like Orkut, Facebook and MySpace can provide. I've just killed my MySpace account on the basis that I can't find any benefit there at all.

    I've finding very limited benefit on Orkut and a tiny bit more on Facebook (though the apps there are driving me insane).

    I've met a lot of people with Facebook accounts, but haven't found a lot who actually use them - so counting the number of accounts isn't terribly productive.
    gavin.bollard