Posts tagged with Social Media

Is the web as important to internet users as the real world?

For some internet users, online communities are so important in their lives that they value their online experiences as much as the real world.

The 2007 Digital Future Project’s survey reveals that 43% of online social network members ‘feel as strongly’ about their virtual communities as their real lives.

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Sling Media to form interactive division

Sling Media has hired two former MTV Networks executives to launch interactive services for users of its place-shifting devices, according to various media reports.

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Kicking your Google addiction – how NOT to rely on Google paid search marketing

At a recent conference of big retailers in the US, Google paid search marketing was described as ‘crack cocaine’. Highly addictive, but dangerous and destructive in the long term, and something you should wean yourself off.

So what about the UK? Are site owners also wanting to kick their Google habit? And if so, how can they?

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Press watchdog demands blogging code

Press Complaints Commission director Tim Toumlin has called for a voluntary code of practice to be introduced for bloggers, according to a report on the BBC website . 

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Google shuts social search service

Google has announced it is shelving its social search tool Google Answers in a statement posted on its official blog.

The statement says users won’t be able to pose questions from later this week, and that Google will stop accepting answers by the end of the year.

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Digg uses moderators as users fail to police

Digg uses moderatorsPhilip Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped has an interesting / outrageous article about Digg’s use of moderators – it seems that Digg has them, but is rather coy about admitting it.

Contrary to the approach favoured by Jason Calcanis at Netscape, Digg has always prided itself on being entirely user-driven, claiming that everything on the site is submitted and managed by the community.

Yet this is not remotely accurate...

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Flickr launches new camera finder

Flickr has spotted a new revenue stream via the launch of its camera finder service, which displays the most popular cameras used on the photo sharing site.

Flickr is using the data from photos uploaded to the site to display the most popular makes of cameras and camera phones.

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YouTube views boost CBS ratings

US TV network CBS has attributed a boost in viewing figures to a content-sharing joint venture with YouTube.

The broadcaster announced its Late Show with David Letterman had added 200,000 new viewers (5%) and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson was up by 100,000 (7%) since it launched the CBS Brand Channel on the video website in mid-October.

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Gather.com raises $10m from VCs

Gather.com, the social network and journalism site, has secured $10m in funding from investors including Hearst Corporation, The McGraw-Hill Companies Pilot House Ventures.

The move brings its total VC investments to around $17m.

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MySpace sued for copyright by Universal

Universal Music has launched a legal challenge against MySpace, the first time  Rupert Murdoch’s social network site has been challenged for copyright infringement.

Universal is suing MySpace for unauthorised use of the music and music videos of its artists, citing the availability on the site of material from Jay-Z’s as yet unreleased album as an example of this.

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Yahoo internal memo calls for major shake up

According to a leaked internal memo written last month by senior vice president Brad Garlinghouse, Yahoo is in serious need of major organisational changes.

In the memo, published by the Wall Street Journal, Garlinghouse argues that Yahoo suffers from a lack of consistent leadership, business focus and a 'single cohesive strategy'. A Yahoo spokesman has confirmed the document’s authenticity.

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Yahoo buys online contests site Bix.com

Yahoo has announced the acquisition of Bix.com, a site which allows users to compete in online karaoke contests, and rate each other’s videos and photos.

Incredibly, Bix.com only launched in August, though in those three months it has acquired over 1 million users. The site allows companies to sponsor and give out prizes in its contests and competitions.

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