Having previously talked the talked when it comes to data portability, MySpace beginning to walk the walk: announcing its own 'data portability' initiative, supported by partners Yahoo, Twitter and eBay.
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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.
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>
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.
Catching up: MySpace adds Karaoke; Friends Reunited drops paid access; Facebook apps create privacy scare
The social web weekly: a quick-fire roundup of some of the news, announcements and conversations that have occurred throughout the last week…
In this post we take a look at 12 social networking sites, one or many of which may fit your own areas of interest.
Lots of talk over the last few days among Twittervangelists about the need for some kind of open source and fully distributed version of Twitter to protect against the outages that continue to plague the service.
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.
The Open Data Definition is a new format for the import and export of data from within social applications.
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?
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."
The MySpace Application Gallery graduates from Beta, while Facebook Chat rolls out site-wide.
Linden Lab, the makers of virtual world Second Life, have announced the appointment of a new CEO. Mark Kingdon's current post is CEO of online creative/marketing agency Organic (of dot com bubble fame).
While I don't normally comment on matters relating to Wall Street here on The Social Web, a Bloomberg article published today raises a number issues relating to News Corp.'s attempts to extract profit from MySpace.
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.
The social web weekly: a quick-fire roundup of some of the news, announcements and conversations that have occurred throughout the week…
One of Silicon Valley's longest running rumors came to an end today: Yahoo-owned photo sharing service Flickr has finally added support for video.