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Goodbye ZDNet

As of today, I have to say goodbye to ZDNet. After just over two years of writing this blog, I'm sad to say this is my last post here on the Social Web. I've been 'let go' as they say. Or perhaps more accurately, this blog is no more, making way for others. It's been an honor to write for ZDNet and, most of all, you my loyal and thoughtful readers.

December 11, 2008 by Steve O'Hear


MySpace comes to Blackberry

It was only a few days ago that I noted how Facebook and social networking as a whole is fueling the mobile web. And news comes today that RIM have released a native MySpace client for its Blackberry line of smartphones.

November 13, 2008 by Steve O'Hear

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Microsoft gives Windows Live a social networking makeover

Microsoft have announced a major overhaul of its Windows Live service that, similar to Yahoo's ‘Open Strategy’, rewires the company's suite of consumer web-based products to turn them into one interconnected social network. Although Microsoft would rather you didn't use that word.

November 13, 2008 by Steve O'Hear


Is Facebook the mobile web's killer app?

Active users of Facebook's various mobile products has grown from 5 million to 15 million since the beginning of the year, says the company. Handset maker and carriers are hoping to cash in on Facebook's popularity too.

November 11, 2008 by Steve O'Hear


MTV and MySpace partner to monetize pirated content

Similar to YouTube's most recent proposition to copyright holders, News Corp-owned MySpace is offering to identify pirated content uploaded by users, insert advertising and share the subsequent fruits with the content's owner.

November 2, 2008 by Steve O'Hear


LinkedIn apps arrive - another platform play

LinkedIn has finally switched on its own OpenSocial-powered apps platform, which, on the surface at least, borrows quite a bit from Facebook. Unlike Facebook, however, apps are being heavily vetted by LinkedIn to ensure that they remain focused on helping members enhance their professional profile, as well as collaborate on work projects and become productive.

October 29, 2008 by Steve O'Hear


Celebs on Twitter: Britney, Lance Armstrong, Stephen Fry and more

The tech blogosphere went crazy over the weekend with news that Britney Spears had opened a Twitter account. Or more accurately, someone from Britney's PR team has begun Twittering on her behalf. That may still be a big deal in itself as it suggests that the micro-blogging service could go mainstream yet.

October 20, 2008 by Steve O'Hear