13 May 2008

Google connecting social networks

Yesterday I did a blog post about Facebook and MySpace that will be allowing their users to access their information remotely and today I found out that Google is also making an effort to help merge social networks. According to Google’s director of engineering David Glazer, "Social is in the air," and Google announced their own " Friend Connect"  that …

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12 May 2008

Social giants make profiles portable

Last week was quite a week for social networks as both Facebook and MySpace decided that they will allow their users to use their personal data and information on other websites. MySpace made the announcement first on Thursday with Facebook releasing its statement on Friday. Facebook is planning to allow its users to distribute their information to any website, but …

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12 May 2008

Credit Companies Causing Stir on Facebook

There’s a story hitting the papers today about credit companies using Facebook to target young consumers. The BBC reports that charity Credit Action claim adverts promising cheap loans for people with poor credit are appearing regularly on the social networking site, many of which are breaking advertising regulations. The products being highlighted as particularly worrisome are promoting ‘pay day loans’ …

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7 May 2008

500 Friends… Do I Get a Prize?

Today I reached somewhat of a milestone in my Facebook life. Following on from my 1-year anniversary last month, I have now reached the dizzying height of having 500 friends. Before I joined Facebook I wouldn’t have even been able to count 100 friends off the top of my head, but now I have over 500 at my fingertips. So …

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6 May 2008

Who’s who on Facebook?

A good friend of mine doesn’t have a Facebook profile – and I’ve always wondered why. Ok, so maybe it isn’t for everyone, and many people still like to communicate by carrier pigeon – but I think even those who don’t desire a Facebook profile should still set up and monitor one to manage their social PR, as you can …

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6 May 2008

Social Networkers Set to Triple by 2012

After reports recently (including on this blog) about the UK being top of the European social networking charts, independent market analyst Datamonitor has predicted that membership will almost triple to 27m by 2012. That means that almost half of the country would be signed up to one of the major social networks – no mean feat for sure, though a …

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1 May 2008

Twitter Not Worth The Paper it’s Not Printed on?

There’s a very interesting post over at the AllFacebook blog talking about the latest valuation of some of the hot digital properties. Based on valuations (tenuously) calculated over at the Silicon Alley Insider, Facebook is worth approximately $9 billion. But more interesting to me is the valuation they put on Twitter – a relatively small $75 million. I know most …

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25 April 2008

UK Facebook Users Break 10 Million Mark

Well, we knew it was coming and finally on Wednesday the number of UK users on Facebook surpassed the 10 million mark (see my graphs below). As well as showing that previous reports of Facebook’s supposed decline in the UK are utter nonsense, it also marks cements the UK’s position as the second largest users of Facebook in the world. …

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24 April 2008

Facebook Chat – Talking the talk

World’s biggest social networking site continues to evolve. Facebook have been listening to their users recently – and maybe that’s why they’re so keen to keep us all talking. After removal of the expressively limiting ‘is’ from status updates a while back (which bizarrely, and even after all this time still leaves everyone talking in the third person), and my …

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23 April 2008

Social network for the older generation

Who says that the Social networking trend discriminates against the older generation? Definitely not GetBack Media, a new social network who will be targeting an audience above the age of 35. The site, which started today, will primarily focus on pop culture from the 1968 – 1990 periods and include a timeline loaded with news and trivia from the past. …

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