Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

News Corp ‘Out of Patience’ with MySpace

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

From what I’ve read, a lot of Murdoch’s businesses have been losing money lately. MySpace has a lot of users; it’s hard to see how the right management couldn’t make it more profitable …

News Corp president says MySpace losses are ‘neither acceptable or sustainable’

MySpace, once the world’s number one social network, was put on notice by its parent company, News Corp, last night after one of the company’s top executives said that its losses were “neither acceptable or sustainable”.


Japanese People Have the Fewest Friends

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Could it be that people in Japan are just too darned busy to be able to spend as much time cultivating online friendships?

There can be no doubt that social networking has taken off (which would make a good tweet, hmm) but recent research by research firm TNS has shed some light about variations on how we use it around the world, as reported by the BBC.

The research, for which 50,000 people in 46 countries were interviewed showed that Japan, probably the most tech-savvy country on the planet, is also the one where people have, on average, the least number of friends online.


Facebook Videos Not Working – How to Fix

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Here’s a quick, relatively easy way to solve the Flash video player problems that many Facebook users have encountered …

Videos on Facebook are highly popular. That popular, that Facebook just took the second place in the world’s largest Internet video hosters listing, just behind Youtube and in front of every other video service on the Internet.


Microsoft Shuts Down Windows Live Spaces – Migrates to WordPress

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I’m kind of surprised that Microsoft couldn’t make a blog hosting service more profitable; I guess there’s just too much competition in the blog-o-sphere these days.

A rough time lies ahead of the 30 million or so Windows Live Spaces customers who operate their own web blog at the Microsoft owned service. Microsoft’s Dharmesh Mehta revealed that Microsoft teamed up with Automattic, the parent company of the popular blogging platform WordPress, to migrate Live Spaces users to WordPress.


Twitter Goes Down and World Falls Silent

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The internet has sped up and changed the evolution of our culture in so many ways; just five years ago, there was no such thing as Twitter, yet now it’s a major cultural force that apparently, we can’t live without.

Once the news hits Twitter, it’s alive, but Facebook doesn’t feel like the place where news is made

The other evening Facebook followed the First Rule of IT support – turn it off and on again. On Thursday, it was having such huge problems with its network that the only solution, as Robert Johnson, its director of software engineering, explained on Friday morning, was “turning off the site”.

Wow. Half a billion people suddenly unable to access the biggest social network in the world.


Facebook and Twitter User Accounts Hacked with ‘Free iPad’ Scams

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Sounds like Facebook and Twitter have some security holes that need closing …

Kirstie Allsopp among those affected as spammer exploits weaknesses in passwords and in Facebook code to try to tempt people to ‘free’ gadgets

A spammer has exploited a serious vulnerability in Facebook’s photo upload system to spam both Facebook and Twitter with photos promising “free” iPads and iPhones.

The photos, which were posted to peoples’ walls by exploiting a flaw in which it was not checked whether a photo could be posted to someone’s profile, pretended to be from the profile owner and promoted schemes promising cheap or free gadgets – particularly iPhones and iPads.


Facebook Faces Campaign to Switch to Renewable Energy

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

I would have thought this was pretty silly a couple of years ago, but after the recent oil spills …

Social networking site under fire over intention to run giant new data center mainly on coal-powered electricity


Shareholder trading values Facebook at more than $33bn

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

I never would have dreamed that Facebook generated that much ad revenue … especially since Facebook allows you to delete ads that you don’t want to see.

With shares selling for up to $76, investors are calculating social networking site is worth nearly twice as much as Yahoo!

Facebook is now being valued at more than $33bn (£21.3bn) as investors try to secure a stake in the social networking site in anticipation of its flotation on the US stock market.


Twitter’s oldest user dies at 104

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

I wonder how old the next-oldest Twitter user is?

In 1,000 tweets the centenarian entertained her 56,000 followers with posts about food, family and meeting Gordon Brown

The oldest person on Twitter died today, after over 1,000 tweets documenting numerous fish and chip dinners, several episodes of Deal or No Deal and a friendship with Peter Andre.


Teenagers and technology: ‘I’d rather give up my kidney than my phone’

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Personally, I think I’d rather keep my kidney …

Text, text, text, that’s all they think about: but are all those hours on the phone and Facebook turning teenagers into screen-enslaved social inadequates? Jon Henley finds out

“I’d rather,” deadpans Philippa Grogan, 16, “give up, like, a kidney than my phone. How did you manage before? Carrier pigeons? Letters? Going round each others’ houses on BIKES?” Cameron Kirk, 14, reckons he spends “an hour, hour-and-a-half on school days” hanging out with his 450-odd Facebook friends; maybe twice that at weekends. “It’s actually very practical if you forget what that day’s homework is. Unfortunately, one of my best friends doesn’t have Facebook. But it’s OK; we talk on our PlayStations.”