This one could happen to almost anybody. A young British soccer player appears to have inadvertently told millions of Facebook users about a pending transfer to a rival club.
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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>
A flurry of reports yesterday suggest that Twitter is on the verge of acquiring startup Summize, whose mission "is to search & discover the topics and attitudes expressed within online conversations."
In the ongoing litigation between Viacom and YouTube (Google) over alleged copyright infringement, a US court has ruled that Google must divulge the viewing habits of every user who has ever watched any video on YouTube. The one thing that bothers me more than the court ruling itself, however, is the fact that Google retains this amount of user data in the first place.
While not quite the Twitter mobile payments idea I wrote about yesterday, TipiT, a payment service designed for websites that want to add a 'tip jar' feature, has already ahead and added Twitter integration.
"Twitter’s not going to make their money with advertising. So how can they be a Billion Dollar Company in a year?", writes Nate Westheimer over at Silicon Alley Insider. The answer, he says, is for Twitter to get into the P2P mobile payments space.
After what seemed like endless hints and pre-announcements, social news site Digg will finally start rolling out its "Recommendation Engine" this week.
In an attempt to attract developers to its own ad platform, AOL announced today that it will "guarantee CPM revenues to developers on Facebook and Bebo's platforms if they opt to use its Platform-A ad technology", reports CNET's Caroline McCarthy.If the offer sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
News Corp.-owned MySpace will today officially launch its MySpace Data Availability Project, the company's previously announced so-called "data portability" initiative in which users will be able to optionally share their public profile data with participating sites, along with their MySpace photos, MySpaceTV videos and friend lists.
Everybody's favorite micro-blogging service, Twitter, has confirmed its much rumored third round of funding, which includes two new investors: Spark Capital and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Bezos Expeditions.
Location-based social networking could soon go mainstream with today's news that Nokia, the world's leading mobile cellphone manufacturer, has acquired Berlin-based Plazes.
A new UK-focussed report published by Childnet International aims to support teachers and lecturers who wish to explore the use of social networking services by young people. In this guest post, Josie Fraser, one of the report's authors, explains more.
Social news site reddit today announced that it is open-sourcing the majority of the site's code, including parts of the algorithm that determines what stories hit the front page.
If you thought MySpace's pending redesign was a sign that the News Corp.-owned social networking site had suddenly developed a sense of aesthetics -- you may want to think again.
MySpace today announced a significant redesign of the site that incorporates a number of user interface changes that include the site’s home page, navigation, profile editing, search, and MySpaceTV player.
Palm have released a native Facebook client for its latest line of PalmOS-based Centro and Treo smartphones -- a move that is perhaps overdue considering that the Centro is aimed squarely at consumers and has been a hit with the youth market.