Google and partners (including LinkedIn, Hi5, Friendster, Ning and others) are launching a new open API for interfacing with Social Networks. I'm not going to go into it too much because plenty of people have written about it already but I'll give a few comments. If you're looking for one blog to read to get … Continue reading Is OpenSocial the beginning of the end for Facebook?
I had an interesting discussion with Brian Kelly (from UKOLN) earlier and he alerted me to an article in The Independent from last week entitled "Networking sites: Professors - keep out". As I will be speaking at the forthcoming "Exploiting The Potential Of Blogs And Social Networks" event next month I was interested to see … Continue reading Fear of Facebook?!
Facebook have announced they're working on allowing users to categorise their friends: Sort out your friends. We'll let you organize that long list of friends into groups so you can decide more specifically who sees what. This is great news and will allow my online presence to more closely reflect the information I give out … Continue reading Who’s your friend?
You could see this one coming - Facebook has finally overtaken MySpace in terms of unique visitors. TechCrunch UK is surprised that Facebook is no longer the fastest growing network: In something of a revelation however, Facebook is no longer the fastest growing social network. Instead Perfspot, the US-based site where people â€œshare their interestsâ€, … Continue reading Facebook > MySpace
Om Malik has interesting thoughts on maintaining your Facebook privacy. It's hard sometimes to maintain your network especially as it moves from social to work "friends" but Facebook has very flexible privacy settings - you just need to take the time to learn them.
Everywhere I turn people seem to be talking about Facebook (I know I'm very guilty of it). From a University perspective it's creating a lot of debate - How much should we encourage it's use? Should we be plugging into it? Can we reprimand our students if we find information we don't like on it? … Continue reading The Facebook debate goes on…
According to TechCrunch it looks as if MySpace are looking to follow Facebook down the route of an open platform for developers. I can't say I'm particularly surprised (given the success Facebook's experienced) but I wonder if this is perhaps too little too late. At the moment MySpace still beats Facebook in the stats and … Continue reading MySpace ready to open up?!
I've been looking at Facebook Applications (and the Platform) since they launched and have been amazed by the massive growth of some of them. The Guardian summarises some issues that developers are facing in coping with the demand of millions of users in a short period of time. Also links to Marc Andreessen's blog which … Continue reading Facebook Applications