Steve O'Hear

Steve O'Hear is a London-based consultant, educator, and journalist, focussing on the Internet and all aspects of digital technology. He advises businesses and not-for-profit organisations on how to exploit the collaborative and publishing opportunities offered by the Web, and has written for numerous publications including The Guardian and Macworld. Steve is also the director of a new documentary on Silicon Valley, called <a href="http://www.insearchofthevalley.com">In Search of the Valley</a>, and in 2002 was made a fellow of the UK's National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Art.</p>

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Parents spy on underage social networkers

Parents spy on underage social networkers

Children regularly circumvent age verification systems on social networks such as MySpace, Bebo and Facebook, according to a new survey of young people's online activities in the UK. In response, reveals the survey, net savvy parents are monitoring their child's underage social networking activities by spying on their accounts.

published August 7, 2008 by

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Powering Facebook's proverbial brain: your Identity, Social Graph, and Lifestream data

Powering Facebook's proverbial brain: your Identity, Social Graph, and Lifestream data

In Tim O'Reilly's influential Web 2.0 manifesto', written in late 2005, he wrote: "The race is on to own certain classes of core data: location, identity, calendaring of public events, product identifiers and namespaces. In many cases... the winner will be the company that first reaches critical mass via user aggregation, and turns that aggregated data into a system service."While O'Reilly wasn't talking about specifically about Facebook, let alone Facebook Connect which was only announced this May, he could well have been. In Facebook Connect, the company is making a play to own at least two, and possibly three, classes of data: a user's Identity, Social Graph, and Lifestream.

published July 29, 2008 by

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F8: Zuckerberg's keynote takeaways

F8: Zuckerberg's keynote takeaways

I've just finished watching live stream of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's keynote speech at this year's developer conference. Here are a few of the major takeaways, some of which will warrant further analysis at a later date (it's 11pm here in London).

published July 23, 2008 by

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Social browser Flock wants to be fashionable

Social browser Flock wants to be fashionable

It's actually a pretty clever strategy by Flock: Build customized versions of the company's social browser, populated with vertically-targeted content from an array of partners -- and in return expose Flock to those sites' communities.

published July 23, 2008 by

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Confirmed: Twitter buys Summize

Confirmed: Twitter buys Summize

As was rumored last week, Twitter has acquired Summize, best known for its Twitter search engine and whose broader mission "is to search & discover the topics and attitudes expressed within online conversations." The terms of the deal remain undisclosed.

published July 15, 2008 by

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Last.fm app debuts on iPhone and iPod touch (video)

Last.fm app debuts on iPhone and iPod touch (video)

On the opening day of the App Store, a number of competing music streaming applications were available, including major brands AOL Radio and Virgin, along with a favorite of mine, Pandora. However, one notable admission on day one was the music social network and ad-supported streaming music service, Last.

published July 14, 2008 by

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