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Does anyone remember Friendster? Better yet, does anyone still have a Friendster account? Deemed "the social network pioneer", Friendster began in 2002- and that's pretty much it. It began in 2002.
For some reason, Friendster was just a tad too early to enjoy what would become a social media boom- then again, MySpace hasn't really fared any better. It has been the subject of nigh infinite malign ever since its inception- including one my favorites by the Onion- which will now be just as outdated as its subject:
Evidently Friendster hasn't been doing that badly, as it managed to raise almost $50 million in venture capital and was subsequently acquired by a Malaysian firm, MOL Global for possibly $40 million in 2009.
Much like MySpace, Friendster is repositioning as an "entertainment and news site" (I wonder if at some point there's going to be some kind of internet elephant graveyard for social-networks-turned-entertainment-news...
Though social network Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have inadvertently sold half of his company to some rando from upstate New York, another rando is saying it won't matter because Facebook has the capability to become the world's largest bank by 2015.
This guy, Ken Rutkowski, evidently both founder of Metal International and chief dude at the Founder institute in Los Angeles, believes that in a few short years Facebook will have amassed enough financial credibility so as to calculate the credibility of consumers. Rutkowski told TechWorld:
If you play games on Facebook, which, by the way 40 to 50 per cent of the time spent on Facebook is playing games, and those games - like Farmville and Mafia Wars - are paid for and you have to buy credits for that and they are called Facebook Credits.
Rutkowski's logic is as follows: he claims that 40%-50% of people play games on Facebook, and that playing those games requires in-game purchases (they're not actually required, but it's easier to play them if you buy virtual goods), and....well, it gets kind of fuzzy after that. He goes on to claim that China and the rest of Asia already use Facebook as a massive revenue source...
GetGlue is a social service that allows users to check-in to films, television shows, books, music, sports games, etc.; it's like the Foursquare of...pretty much everything. They then use your check-ins and likes to tabulate stats and data to better recommend other pop culture for you to consume (sidenote: as much as this seems helpful, algorithms and similar services like Netflix and even the Facebook suggestions are generally redundant- big @#$%ing surprise, I liked SNL and now you're recommending that I would enjoy 30 Rock, which features at least 50% former SNL cast members. Thanks, supersmart algorithm).
You know how Foursquare has digital badges? Well GetGlue gives you physical, touchable, and stickable badges based on your commitment to the things you like and check-in to. Incredibly, this service has managed to take advantage of what everyone else is trying to eleiminate (including Netflix): Snail Mail. They just mail the stickers to you. Wow. Good for you, GetGlue.
Twitter has a brand new home page. As you can see, popular accounts populate the row of profile pictures in the center of the page, and they've rearranged their sign-up interface to be a little more accessible. A map now extends from left-to-right in the background, and the search bar is clearly visible. Not a huge fan, Twitter. I liked your blue & yellow theme better. Now you look like a consulting firm or a bank.
Not like I ever look at the home page though- I use browsers with cookies. Mmmmm.
I really hope that the generation is random, because I thought my profile would have given me something a little more literary.
LinkedIn is joining in the April Fools Shenanigans by offering connections to people that are clearly not on LinkedIn.
A couple more that made me laugh:
Keep refreshing your LinkedIn page, you're bound to get one that will make you chuckle.
redpepper Labs made a physical incarnation of the famous Facebook "Like" icon out of everyone's favorite creative architectural compound: Legos.
Matt Reed of redpepper wrote on his post,
So, what if I built a Facebook Like button out of Legos? What if I made it light up every time someone liked redpepper's Facebook page? Is that even possible? Yes.
Using the recently released Facebook Graphs API that returns requests for "Like" info and the O-S physical computing hardware Arduino, Reed slapped some bricks together and wrote a script with the intention of having the Lego sculpture light up each time someone liked the RedPepper Facebook Fan Page.
That didn't work out that well, so Reed set it to Lil' Wayne's Facebook Fan Page.
That worked considerably better.
Don't forget to check out the video of the creation of the object, with a sick "pixellated" remix of Kanye West's "All of the Lights".
It's SXSW time and with it comes some changes to social networking giant, Foursquare. Foursquare have started rolling out the changes ahead of the official start of the event on the 11th.
The changes are somewhat different to what you'd expect and creates an evolving step toward something exciting for Foursquare. Version 3.0 brings a bunch of changes which are listed below. I'm sure Facebook won't be far behind this, Zuckerberg's fist must be shaking in the wind right about now.
Facebook's head of U.S. agency relations Sarah Personette revealed a joint event held by Obilvy and Buddy Media a bunch of statistics on global usage for Facebook. According to Facebook, they have 149 million Americans actively using the site with 70-percent of those users logging in daily.
Personette also revealed that France has 22 million active users with 65-percent returning daily, the UK has 29 million active users and Canada fills it's void with 19 million active users. From the picture above, we can see that my home country Australia has 10 million active users with 66-percent returning daily. Not bad at all, Facebook. Poke.
The crew of Facebook is celebrating the social networking site's seventh birthday and it looks like they've gotten themselves a major present. It looks like they're moving from their current digs in Palo Alto, CA into the former home of Sun Microsystems in San Mateo, CA.
The current Palo Alto headquarters is nearing 2,000 employees which apparently has the current campus bursting at the seams and ready for expansion. The former Sun Microsystems property fits the bill, since they left the property after being acquired by Oracle. A press conference has been scheduled for February 8th to make the official announcement and give more information about the future of Facebook.
The eyes of the entire world have been glued to the troubles plaguing Egypt and its people. Apparently Kenneth Cole thought that using this current event to advertise their new spring collection was a great idea. He released the following tweet, which has since been removed but not before the Twitter world went into an uproar:
Yeah Kenneth Cole, definitely too soon. Apparently the tweet cannot be blamed on an employee with bad taste because the tweet was signed with the -KC of Kenneth Cole himself. Thousands of angrys responses have since hit the Twitter universe. He has since posted an apology on both Twitter and Facebook, but this is just one more instance to learn from for the rest of us. Remember kids, think before you tweet. The Internet always remembers.