Hours after bidding $850m for Bebo, rumour has it they’re ‘seriously’ looking at KickApps. Makes sense if it’s true.
Read Kara Swisher’s post on Boom Town / All Things Digital
“Kiss of death” says the Guardian’s Jemima Kiss
Google, all round good egg that it is, is encouraging all social network sites to allow their users to talk to each other. This is good news for users who are having trouble trying to manage all of multiple social sites they subscribe, each one with their own different group of friends.
The project will allow developers to make services more interoperable – one application of the future might be that users be allowed to view and manage their sites via one console.
Many of the social sites have agreed to get involved – which is surprising, given that each one wants to keep their users in their own advertising laden walled garden. That said, this has happened before – none of the many instant messenger products used to be able to talk to each other. Now many of them can, but only because users demanded it. Think about it – why would you sign up to a telephone service which only lets you to call people on the same network? You sign up to talk to your friends and family. If you can’t, you then go to the service which has the widest coverage or one which connects to other networks.
Let’s hope Google’s corporate mantra ‘don’t be evil’ applies to the search giant’s push for OpenSocial adoption by social networks. After all, if anyone knows how to monetise a web services, it’s Google.
Read a new interview with Google’s Kevin Marks, an engineer on the OpenSocial project.
MySpace is owned by NewsCorp, which owns BSkyB, which runs Sky News, which produces news for Five, which…
You get the picture. So why is the Five News / MySpaceTV story being touted as a huge deal across media outlets. Is it the ‘Kaplinski effect’?
It’ll be interesting to see how the bulletin gets around teens complete and utter disinterest in anything newsy. A teen friendly running order? Will reports resemble a slightly older version of the BBC’s Newsround?
Come to think of it, why doesn’t the BBC extend its recent Radio1 partnership with social networking site Bebo and broadcast Newsround to its users? A perfect target audience for this show wethinks.
Social networks may harm the already challenging task of getting young people to join community projects according to a report by Big Lottery Fund Scotland.
While young people interviewed for the report said they were still interested in local face to face group initiatives, many said they preferred to spend time exploring online groups.
A lack of time among teenagers was blamed for the lack of interest, but the report wasn’t all dot doom and gloom. Sites like MySpace, the report said, “gave young people a chance to interact and communicate with other, find out information and learn about new things.”
Fortunately, the report also recognised the value of the web for those in rural areas facing transport issues, as it “gave them a chance to chat with people from long distances who they wouldn’t be able to talk to face-to-face.”
Our two penneth on the report? So much more could be done to build on the huge popularity of online platforms. Even go so far as to partner with them, rather than try to compete with them.
Use them to bring young people together offline at computer clubs. We’re not suggesting Islington Council youth clubs start a flashmob, but why not start some ‘how to’ youth club sessions on modding your MySpace or Bebo profile?
We all want to be popular and get more friends to visit and join our online groups – so show teens how, along with value-ad advice on web safety and walk throughs of local health and career information websites they can explore further in their own time, should the need arise.
Read more about the New Communities report at Big Lottery Fund Scotland
Another day, another post about iMedia Connection. But this is genuinely useful.
As I said in my recent post about the Facebook advertising ‘storm’, advertisers have always been at risk of being placed on a page with objectionable content. It happened a while back with another major portal apparently.
As tipped on contentcontent back in June, we could be about to see Yahoo decommission its Yahoo360 social networking brand and merge it into something called Mosh.
TechCrunch tips that Mosh (avaible only to Yahoo employees at http://mosh.yahoo.com/) is likely to the final resting place for the portal’s social networking platform Yahoo360 – which was demoted from the home page a little while ago.
Screen shots, if genuine, are very drak and green. Looks like they’re going for the messy MySpace route instead of the ‘clean’ Facebook or Bebo design.
Nice article in today’s Financial Times about the race between MySpace and Facebook.
According to John Gapper of the FT, Rupert Murdoch was candid with the Wall Street Journal when asked whether newspaper readers were now going to MySpace.
“I wish they were,” was his reply. “They’re all going to Facebook at the moment.”
It’s odd how Bebo now appears to be out of the picture despite recent Hitwise data which asserts that it’s neck and neck with MySpace in the UK. Facebook is, by comparison, way behind both MySpace and Bebo at present.
Could it be that the clean lines of Facebook sit well with the time-poor 30 or 40 somethings of the UK’s press? Expect even more David and Goliath column inches as more discover a less anarchic social networking site. Bless.