The combination of iTunes and DRM-free MP3s provided the 'killer app' for the iPod. YouTube could do the same for Apple's soon-to-be released set-top box.
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.
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.
Yahoo-owned social bookmarking site, Del.icio.us, has released a widget called the 'tagometer', which adds new functionality to the now standard 'add to del.icio.us' badge that can be found on many blogs and other online publications.
The music discovery service Pandora has added a number of social features meaning that it now competes a little more directly with Last.fm.
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.
IBM's VP of Technical Strategy and Innovation, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, says that virtual worlds need to interoperate.
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.
MyBlogLog lets publishers set up a social network around an existing blog, so that they can learn more about their readers, and enable them to connect with one-another.
Jaxtr, which launched a private Beta today, is a VoIP based service that brings 'free' voice calls to social networks and blogs.
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).