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.
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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.
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.