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Ning is worth half a billion. It’s official.

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A post about decentralized WordPress vs centralized Facebook.

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Here is a tutorial which explains how to build faster PyFacebook Facebook Apps. Will uses Django.

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FriendFeed vs DataPortability

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Here are a list of WordPress Plugins for comments, trackback, and pingback. Some interesting registration systems like Bragster and Get Satisfaction use other sign up profiles like flickr, or twitter etc.

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APML – Attention Profiling Mark-Up Language. Interesting idea.

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I say yes.  Facebook etc.  I know ordinary people who spend an hour or two a day on these sites quite easily.

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Did Clive Thompson coin the term ‘Microcelebrity’? If he did, what an a-hole. Wish I thought of that one.

Check out the top 10 US Social Networking sites.

Interesting how facebook have destroyed their USP by going from being the anti-myspace to myspace on steroids.

Just today I read a quote about the internet, making money, and depression that stopped me cold. What does this paragraph mean for you, your personal brand, your business?

And why you maybe spending more time online ‘social networking’ than you ought to be if you want both better general well being and more money.

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A Nokia Study predicts 25% of entertainment to be generated from within own peer groups.

Nokia also looked at four emerging trends that will make entertainment more collaborative and creative as we move towards Circular Entertainment. These trends are listed as, Immersive Living; Geek Culture; G Tech and Localism.

Venture skills tried an interesting experiment. Does social begging work?

Here is a comprehensive study they did on Stumbleupon.

 mark zuckerberg beacon

Some people are speaking harshly of Mark Zuckerberg but I’m sitting on the fence at the moment in most of the matters except one that I’ll talk about at the end of this article. At the end of the day the guys only 23 years old and he’s got a world of pressure on him at the moment. (Plus mega billion dollar signs in his eyes)

So what’s all this recent facebook hoohaa about?

Well there was the original controversy of him stealing the idea of facebook which has been in and out of court. An expose of sorts can be read about it here.

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A simple sign up page at Gravatar.  Marketing Experiments talk a lot about the importance of first getting the email address.

Although I don’t agree with everything he says the success of blows my mind. 2 years and its one of the biggest sites on the net with very little hype. Just grassroots community and the best search engine strategy – maybe ever.

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Objects create relationships in social networks. An object in LinkedIn could be a job. The job creates the relationship between two people. – Object Centered Sociality

MySpace has joined the OpenSocial API Train. Steve Kempler says genius.

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Google is set to launch OpenSocial which will be a centralized platform where you can create an app which will then be usable on the major social networking sites like Ning, Hi5, LinkedIn, Orkut etc.

It’s a form of web app syndication or WAS. Google has managed to attract some key facebook companies like Slide. The OpenSocial platform is like one ring to bind them all.

The combined number users of the initial OpenSocial partners is twice that of Facebook. Since it is an open platform it could easily send the exclusive facebook api to the platform graveyard. Facebook will probably end up jumping on the OpenSocial bandwagon is my guess. Get access to 100 million users. They can use your apps, build your content, and your community.

Not the end of Facebook though because Facebook still has 50 million users. Facebook + OpenSocial = 150 million users.


This is the exact same concept as the Facebook platform, with two huge differences:

  • With the Facebook platform, only Facebook itself can be a “container” — “apps” can only run within Facebook itself. In contrast, with Open Social, any social network can be an Open Social container and allow Open Social apps to run within it.
  • With the Facebook platform, app developers build to Facebook-proprietary languages and APIs such as FBML (Facebook Markup Language) and FQL (Facebook Query Language) — those languages and APIs don’t work anywhere other than Facebook — and then the apps can only run within Facebook. In contrast, with Open Social, app developers can build to standard HTML and Javascript, and their apps can then run in any Open Social container.

If you recall how I previously described the Facebook platform as “a dramatic leap forward for the Internet industry”, you’ll understand why I think Open Social is the next big leap forward!


Are people really going to maintain multiple sets of front-end pages for their web sites for Facebook, Open Social, etc.?

I think so, yes. I think any web site going forward that wants maximum distribution across the largest number of users will have a single back-end, and then multiple sets of front-end pages:

  • One set of standard HTML and Javascript pages for consumption by normal web browser.
  • Another set of HTML and Javascript pages that use the Open Social API’s Javascript calls for consumption with Open Social containers/social networks.
  • A third set of pages in FBML (Facebook Markup Language) that use Facebook’s proprietary APIs for consumption within Facebook as a Facebook app.
  • Perhaps a fourth set of pages adapted for the Apple iPhone and/or other mobile devices.

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bbPress is gaining popularity as a forums software. It’s main competition is probably Vanilla as far as forum spaces go.

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It’s the Google vs Facebook PR Death match.

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Making a winning facebook app is like mining for gold. Less than 4% have 10,000 or more subscribers.

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Recruitment Agents are beginning to use social networking platforms like Facebook more and more to recruit staff.

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What we need is the ultimate comment aggregator which allows you to talk between platforms.

Decentralized Dialog and “The Evolution of Comments” «

Facebook is launching a new ad platform called SocialAds. Read all about it here.Facebook goes anti-social.