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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Goodbye ZDNet

Goodbye ZDNet

As of today, I have to say goodbye to ZDNet. After just over two years of writing this blog, I'm sad to say this is my last post here on the Social Web. I've been 'let go' as they say. Or perhaps more accurately, this blog is no more, making way for others. It's been an honor to write for ZDNet and, most of all, you my loyal and thoughtful readers.

published December 11, 2008 by

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MySpace comes to Blackberry

MySpace comes to Blackberry

It was only a few days ago that I noted how Facebook and social networking as a whole is fueling the mobile web. And news comes today that RIM have released a native MySpace client for its Blackberry line of smartphones.

published November 13, 2008 by

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Microsoft gives Windows Live a social networking makeover

Microsoft gives Windows Live a social networking makeover

Microsoft have announced a major overhaul of its Windows Live service that, similar to Yahoo's ‘Open Strategy’, rewires the company's suite of consumer web-based products to turn them into one interconnected social network. Although Microsoft would rather you didn't use that word.

published November 13, 2008 by

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Is Facebook the mobile web's killer app?

Is Facebook the mobile web's killer app?

Active users of Facebook's various mobile products has grown from 5 million to 15 million since the beginning of the year, says the company. Handset maker and carriers are hoping to cash in on Facebook's popularity too.

published November 11, 2008 by

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LinkedIn apps arrive - another platform play

LinkedIn apps arrive - another platform play

LinkedIn has finally switched on its own OpenSocial-powered apps platform, which, on the surface at least, borrows quite a bit from Facebook. Unlike Facebook, however, apps are being heavily vetted by LinkedIn to ensure that they remain focused on helping members enhance their professional profile, as well as collaborate on work projects and become productive.

published October 29, 2008 by

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Why MySpace's MyAds won't be the next Google AdWords

Why MySpace's MyAds won't be the next Google AdWords

When it comes to online advertising everybody wants to be the next Google, and News Corp-owned MySpace is no exception. Today the company rolled out its latest advertising platform called MyAds, designed to service "individuals and small businesses" rather than the big name brands that the social networking site's existing ad offerings cater for.

published October 13, 2008 by

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Kevin Rose: advertising, can you Digg it?

Kevin Rose: advertising, can you Digg it?

Digg faces two big challenges going forward. How to expand its user-base (and therefore content) beyond its geeky roots, and in turn, how to increase ad revenue. Addressing the latter, co-founder Kevin Rose says the social news site is exploring "Diggable ads".

published October 9, 2008 by

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