I've just 'teleported' out of Second Life where I was in the audience 'listening' to Daniel Terdiman's interview with Howard Rheingold (author of Smart Mobs), conducted in CNET's virtual conference room.
The Social Web
From Facebook to MySpace, YouTube to Second Life, social software is reshaping the world we live in. Steve O'Hear provides daily news and analysis of the emerging social web.
The coverage of Steve Jobs' Macworld keynote was a great demonstration of the social web in action, and the benefits it can bring to news coverage. However, there is a down-side to such rapid-fire reporting -- it doesn't provide sufficient time for Steve Jobs' famous Reality Distortion Field (RDF) to wear off.
The distributed social network for blogs and other online publishers now bleeds purple and yellow.
Steve Jobs will be delivering his latest keynote speech at Macworld tomorrow, and as is usual in these matters, the rumors and pundit-driven predictions are coming thick and fast. Will Apple embrace software software?
The makers of Second Life (Linden Lab) have announced that as of today the client software for its virtual world will be released under an open-source license.
Citing the DMCA, Second Life's biggest land owner, Anshe Chung Studios, has challenged the right for users (including members of the press) to publish 'screen shots' from the game that they claim would infringe on their copyright.
LinkedIn, the social network for "professionals" that people either seem to love or hate (I'm a recent convert) has added a new feature whereby users can submit and answer questions -- limited to people within their own network or the wider LinkedIn community.
It looks like the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA) has died a slow death. DOPA was proposed during the height of last year's moral panic around the issue of child safety and sites like MySpace. The legislation would have banned the use of commercial social networking websites in US schools and libraries which receive federal IT funding -- therefore undermining much of the pioneering work being done by educators in the e-learning 2.0 space.
Muhammad Saleem has written a short paper outlining seven steps that Digg needs to take in order to achieve success in 2007. For those that don't know, Saleem is one of the site's top 'diggers' (currently ranked 20), and regularly posts commentary on the social news scene on his own blog - including helping to expose the fact that some of the top users of Digg are being paid to promote certain stories.
In Read/WriteWeb's 2007 Web Predictions, Richard MacManus et al. suggested (albeit slightly tongue in cheek) that we might see a social network backlash, with users deciding that participation in social networks is consuming too much of their time. To stop this from coming true, I argue that social networks need to open up.