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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.

August 7, 2008 by Steve O'Hear

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Facebook developer fund: apply now

"Get your app funded and running on Facebook while learning from the best", boasts Facebook's developer fund. Cash incentives to help feed the social utility's proverbial brain.

August 4, 2008 by Steve O'Hear


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.

July 29, 2008 by Steve O'Hear


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).

July 23, 2008 by Steve O'Hear


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.

July 23, 2008 by Steve O'Hear


A few thoughts on Facebook's redesign

Facebook announced the unveiling of the social networking site's latest redesign today but I refrained from posting until I was able to actually try it out for myself.

July 21, 2008 by Steve O'Hear