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Second Life: Don't believe the hype

Clay Shirky is on a mission to debunk the 'resident' numbers of Second Life that are routinely published by the game's makers (Linden Lab) and subsequently banded about by bloggers and journalists alike. And he's doing a pretty good job.

December 25, 2006 by Steve O'Hear

3 Comments launches the 'tagometer' widget

Yahoo-owned social bookmarking site,, has released a widget called the 'tagometer', which adds new functionality to the now standard 'add to' badge that can be found on many blogs and other online publications.

December 20, 2006 by Steve O'Hear

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Pandora adds social features

The music discovery service Pandora has added a number of social features meaning that it now competes a little more directly with

December 19, 2006 by Steve O'Hear


YouTube's most wanted

Could YouTube become a useful tool in the fight against crime? A police officer in Canada thinks so, and has posted a surveillance video onto the site in an appeal for information.

December 19, 2006 by Steve O'Hear

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The 'YouTube-ization' of Digg

Digg, the popular social news site, has launched a number of new features aimed at broadening its user-base by tapping into the rising popularity of online video and podcasting.

December 18, 2006 by Steve O'Hear


Jaxtr brings VoIP to MySpace

Jaxtr, which launched a private Beta today, is a VoIP based service that brings 'free' voice calls to social networks and blogs.

December 14, 2006 by Steve O'Hear


Do ordinary users care about data portability? And if not, should they? Four social networks respond.

Outside of the web 2.0 crowd, do users of social software really care about such technicalities as data export? Why should companies support data portability? I put these questions (along with a few others) to four leading developers in the social networking space. Marc Canter (People Aggregator), Andrew Anker (Vox), Tim Spalding (LibraryThing), and Ben Werdmuller (Elgg).

December 13, 2006 by Steve O'Hear