The news that Twitter has shut down its outbound SMS service in the UK highlights two problems with our industry: A consumer culture whereby you can't charge for something that was once provided for free (the Web 2.0 syndrome), and that Silicon Valley doesn't understand Europe.
In a move to combat so-called 'follow spam', Twitter has begun limiting the number of people any one user can follow.
I'm not a fan of Facebook's messaging system, but for many it's fast replacing email. It's not surprising then to see a company targeting this trend by offering a "push" solution for Facebook messaging on a cellphone.
Children regularly circumvent age verification systems on social networks such as MySpace, Bebo and Facebook, according to a new survey of young people's online activities in the UK. In response, reveals the survey, net savvy parents are monitoring their child's underage social networking activities by spying on their accounts.
News Corp.-owned MySpace is continuing its push to become the online destination for U.S. politics amongst the social networking generation.
Micro-blogging service Twitter may not yet reached a tipping point among my own non-techie circle of friends - unlike Facebook which is everywhere - but that hasn't stopped the cyber criminals moving in.
"Get your app funded and running on Facebook while learning from the best", boasts Facebook's developer fund. Cash incentives to help feed the social utility's proverbial brain.
In Tim O'Reilly's influential Web 2.0 manifesto', written in late 2005, he wrote: "The race is on to own certain classes of core data: location, identity, calendaring of public events, product identifiers and namespaces. In many cases... the winner will be the company that first reaches critical mass via user aggregation, and turns that aggregated data into a system service."While O'Reilly wasn't talking about specifically about Facebook, let alone Facebook Connect which was only announced this May, he could well have been. In Facebook Connect, the company is making a play to own at least two, and possibly three, classes of data: a user's Identity, Social Graph, and Lifestream.
I've just finished watching live stream of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's keynote speech at this year's developer conference. Here are a few of the major takeaways, some of which will warrant further analysis at a later date (it's 11pm here in London).
It's actually a pretty clever strategy by Flock: Build customized versions of the company's social browser, populated with vertically-targeted content from an array of partners -- and in return expose Flock to those sites' communities.
Facebook announced the unveiling of the social networking site's latest redesign today but I refrained from posting until I was able to actually try it out for myself.
If Twitter is to reach a tipping point, it will likely happen in the UK first not the U.S., according to web analytics firm Hitwise.
As was rumored last week, Twitter has acquired Summize, best known for its Twitter search engine and whose broader mission "is to search & discover the topics and attitudes expressed within online conversations." The terms of the deal remain undisclosed.
On the opening day of the App Store, a number of competing music streaming applications were available, including major brands AOL Radio and Virgin, along with a favorite of mine, Pandora. However, one notable admission on day one was the music social network and ad-supported streaming music service, Last.
At launch, there are over 25 social networking applications available for iPhone and iPod touch on the official App Store.