31 December 2007

Realising the Power of Status and News Feed.

Having spent Christmas in York with family and friends, I finally realised the true power of the facebook’s status updates and the News Feed. Firstly, I went out for a few drinks on Christmas Eve with some old school friends, many of them I’d not seen in years. This year however was different, even though I’d not seen some of …

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21 December 2007

Facebook Growth Examined – Part 1

As you’ll have seen from my post last month on the dip in Facebook’s active users in the US, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the number of active users on everyone’s favourite social network over the past month. I intend to keep this going over the holiday season too in a bid to see how Christmas affects Facebook, …

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19 December 2007

Facebook Friend Lists Arrive

Things must be very busy over in Palo Alto at the moment, as Facebook continue to roll out new features in time for the Christmas holidays. Today’s new addition is Facebook Friend Lists, a feature that’s been talked about for quite a while now but has only just materialised. According to the Facebook blog: "The new Friends page lets you …

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19 December 2007

Does Anyone Care About OpenSocial?

After all the hot air from doomsayers regarding OpenSocial, the so called coalition of the willing.  My question is this: Does anybody care? Ok, so there are benefits to a social operating system standard, but in the North America, Canada and the UK, the standard is facebook. According to Adonomics.com (as of 10am London GMT 19th Dec 2007) There are …

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17 December 2007

facebook loses its poetry?

After nearly a year of getting my head around the strictures of the passive voice, facebook last week dropped the ‘is’ on its status updates and I have to say I am strangely missing it. Whilst faintly annoying to have to contort what you want to say into the straightjacket of the format I found myself enjoying finding ways to …

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17 December 2007

Bebo Upsets Developers with Semi-launch

Last week we talked about how Bebo have now opened up their application platform to allow Facebook developers to integrate their apps without having to conform to the new OpenSocial standard with Google recently launched. Well, it seems that Bebo haven’t quite taken the plunge as quickly as some developers might like, having only semi-opened the platform for an initial …

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14 December 2007

Facebook adds Bebo as a friend

In case you missed this yesterday, Bebo announced this week that they are linking up their application platform with Facebook’s API, in a move that could be seen as a blow to Google’s OpenSocial announcement last month. Several bloggers decided that OpenSocial was going to be the death of Facebook, but this latest move highlights the biggest problem with OpenSocial …

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13 December 2007

Britons top in online socialising

We just can’t get enough! A recently published report by European communications watchdog stated that more British adults use social networking sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, than in any other European country.  According to the report more than 39% of Britons used the sites during 2006 compared to 22% of people in Italy, 17% in France and 12% in Germany. …

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13 December 2007

Facebook “IS” no more…!

Logging on this morning, I noticed that Facebook have finally bowed to pressure and removed the mandatory "is" from status updates. No longer will we have to limit ourselves to statuses that fit in with the "Henry is…" style – I can now "think", "say", "won’t", "fancy", "hate" and all sorts of other goodness – whatever you can think of …

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10 December 2007

Flickr Related Tag Search

Search For Images In Flickr Searching for images on the web can be a laborious task sometimes. I’m loving this new way to search for pics on Flickr. www.airtightinteractive.com/projects/related_tag_browser/app/ With it’s simple interface and intuitive design it makes for a refreshing change to your average search engine.

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