Steve O'Hear

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>

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How much are your friends worth?

How much are your friends worth?

News Corp. revealed yesterday that its new media subsidiary Fox Interactive Media (FIM) has missed this year's revenue target of $1bn by 10 per cent. FIM's portfolio is dominated by MySpace, which accounts for the majority of its revenues, bringing into question once again the ability to monetize the huge page views generated by leading social networking sites and User-Generated Content in general.

published May 7, 2008 by

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Can AOL solve the UGC and advertising problem?

Can AOL solve the UGC and advertising problem?

I've written before on how User-Generated Content and advertising don't always get on. Or more specifically, how social networking sites, even on the scale of MySpace, are having difficulty monetizing their traffic because major brands are wary of placing ads alongside the unpredictable content created by users. Now AOL, who recently acquired social network Bebo, thinks it has the solution.

published April 30, 2008 by

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Can Twitter go mainstream?

Can Twitter go mainstream?

comScore figures that show total page views doubling from 10 to 20 million between February and March of this year. But is Twitter really about to go mainstream?

published April 28, 2008 by

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Y!Open: rewiring Yahoo into a macro social network

Y!Open: rewiring Yahoo into a macro social network

At the Web 2.0 Expo yesterday in San Francisco, Yahoo unveiled a new and bold strategy to join up its Internet properties into one giant macro social network. CTO Ari Balogh told attendees: "We are rewiring Yahoo from the inside out with a developer platform that will open up the assets of Yahoo in a way never done before, making the consumer experience social throughout and provide hooks to developers."

published April 25, 2008 by

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The best Facebook apps for business and career enhancement

The best Facebook apps for business and career enhancement

Even though most people, including myself, use Facebook to connect with friends, family and colleagues, Facebook can also help you become more productive. Yes it's true, Facebook does not necessarily have to be considered a time sinker. With the thousands of Facebook Apps out there, many of which are useless, there are a few shiny gems that can help you turn Facebook into a super-charged personal assistant.

published April 17, 2008 by

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