Last month, word began to circulate that Facebook was working on a deal to introduce third-party widgets (embeddable code containing external content like music or video) into its member profiles. And early in May, several blogs reported that Facebook was rumored to be launching a music service on Monday--a bit of speculation that does not appear to have been true. But one thing that is confirmed is that Facebook will hold … Read more
There used to be a debate in the networking industry around network intelligence. One camp favored the "fast/dumb" network with extremely limited additional intelligence. The other pushed for added processing power as a way to off-load server tasks.
This theoretical dispute still lingers to some extent. There will always be networking hot-rodders like Force10 and Juniper who figure out ways to move packets faster than everyone else, but on balance the argument is moot--Moore's law tipped the scales toward the network intelligentsia.
I expect network intelligence to be the dominant theme at this week's Interop … Read more
The site is sort of a combination of Twitter and Digg; users can phone, text or e-mail in rumors, and they're posted to central page. Then other users can vote them up or down.
While the launch of Truemors was widely anticipated, opening day didn't go entirely well. Spam posts quickly appeared on the main site, and bloggers wondered whether its lack of focus would hinder its ability to find a community.
Blog community response: … Read more
As reported by Reuters on Tuesday evening, Warner Music Group Corp. has sued Imeem for copyright infringement pertaining to the use of its music (which includes Green Day, Madonna, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers). Imeem is a social media site that allows its members to share photos, videos, and music; connect with other members who have similar preferences; and embed Imeem widgets in blogs and other social networking sites.
The suit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claims that "Imeem is no innocent infringer. It invites Imeem's millions of … Read more
MySpace responded Tuesday afternoon to the letter sent by eight states' attorneys general Monday requesting the popular social networking site to turn over data pertaining to registered sex offenders who have profiles on the site. The letter, signed by the attorneys general from Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, requested that MySpace respond by May 29 with a count of how many sex offenders' profiles have been located as well as a plan for how to deal with them.
The News Corp.-owned site had provided a less detailed statement Monday.
The formal statement, attributed … Read more
Sometimes we analysts have an "all sizzle and no steak" reputation. We come up with high falootin' concepts, write reports and columns, and get quoted in the media, but we don't really "do" anything.
Former executive vice president of marketing for EMC, Bob Ano, once put it to me this way: "If I make a bet on your latest 'vision' and you turn out to be wrong, I lose my job and reputation. You simply change a few PowerPoint slides and move on."
With this as background, I am proud to say that … Read more
The U.S. Department of Defense issued a memo Friday that states it intends to begin blocking network access--including that of soldiers serving overseas--to several popular "Internet entertainment sites" on Monday, according to the Associated Press. The 12 total sites to be blocked include several large social networking and media sharing sites like MySpace, YouTube, MTV, Pandora, and Photobucket.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Army cracked down on soldiers' personal blogs, citing security concerns. Operational security, according to the memo from the DoD that was cited in Monday's AP article, is also a reason behind the … Read more
When you click on Marketplace, which is accessible by a link in the left sidebar (along with other Facebook staples like photos, groups, and notes) you are directed to the Marketplace homepage for your primary network, with tabs where you can navigate to the corresponding pages for your other networks if you're in more than one. In the image below, you can see the CNET network is the one displayed; I also have access to listings from my former university's network and to the NYC network. The interface is more or less just like the rest of Facebook--blue and white, without much clutter.
Read on after the jump...… Read more
Very recently, Facebook launched its new "Marketplace" classifieds ads feature, a potential rival to services like Craigslist. The service, according to a New York Times article, was supposed to go live on Friday. At least in the networks that I have access to, it wasn't actually available until Sunday night. (Facebook occasionally will roll out features to select school, workplace, or regional "networks" within the service before they become widely available. But it looks like now the Marketplace is available to everyone.)
Look for our review of Facebook Marketplace very soon.
Throw away those beanie babies; they are old news. There is a new sheriff in munchkin town.
Webkinz.com is a Web site children can join and interact in an online society while adopting a physical representation of the pet. The catch is that a Webkinz stuffed animal must be purchased first, followed by entering the "secret code" found on an attached tag. The cute plush toys have been quite popular, grossing over $45 million last year for Canadian gift company Ganz, the creators of Webkinz. Like its TY Beanie-Baby predecessor, Webkinz also has a high collection value, … Read more