Filed under: Feature, ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA | Tags: Earth, Earth Hour, On the Web, Online Communities, Social Networking, TECHNOLOGY, Time zone, Twitter
LIGHTS OUT: EARTH HOUR MARCH 28TH
Tomorrow, March 28th, turn your lights (and technology) out for one hour from 8:30 – 9:30 your local time in observance of earth hour. Luckily, I’ll still have mobile twitter on hand…
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Filed under: WIRELESS | Tags: App Store, Apple, iPhone, Motorola, Myspace, On the Web, Online Communities, Social Networking
MySpace has partnered with RipCode to give mobile users access to MySpace videos. The content will be available at MySpace’s mobile site, m.myspace.com, which currently generates around 3 billion monthly page views from 10 million users. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/02/myspace-takes-video-to-mobile 12/2)
The latest Rokr-branded phone from Motorola will include what the company describes as virtual surround-sound, along with such other enhanced audio features as dual stereo speakers and a pair of embedded media players. Motorola, which said it would ship the Motorokr EM35 this quarter, but did not disclose a price, said the surround-sound technology would enable listeners to feel as though the music were coming from all over their head instead of just through the ears. Digital Trends (12/2)
Apple’s App Store has finally given developers the ability to release up to 50 promotional codes for their applications, allowing them distribute their apps to press and friends free of charge directly through the App Store. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/12/02/app-store-enables-developer-promo-codes-still-has-work-to-do 12/2)
Filed under: ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA | Tags: Cyberspace, Facebook, Myspace, News Corp, News Corporation, Peter Chernin, Social network service, Social Networking
Apple has announced that people have downloaded 5 billion items — and counting — from its iTunes Music Store. The online emporium features more than 8 million songs, 20,000 TV episodes and 2,000 movies. (Mediaweek/Billboard 6/19) (
In April, Facebook caught up to MySpace in worldwide unique visitors (actually nudging past it with 116.4 million unique visitors versus 115.7 million for MySpace). Now the worldwide comScore numbers are out for May and Facebook continues to blow past MySpace with 123.9 million uniques (up 6 percent), versus 114.6 million for MySpace (down 1 percent). Facebook also boasted more pageviews worldwide (50.7 billion versus 45.4 billion). Maybe MySpace’s redesign which just went live this week will pick things up for them again. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/06/20/facebook-blows-past-myspace-in-global-visitors-for-may 6/20)
(Below) Well, here’s an interesting way of addressing the competition.
The rise of Facebook did MySpace a favor by galvanizing the social network, says News Corp. president and COO Peter Chernin. Facebook spurred MySpace into change, culminating in a major redesign this week. “We owe a great debt to Facebook. It knocked us on the head.” (Iwantmedia 6/20, http://www.nma.co.uk/Articles/38479/News+Corp+COO+gives+thanks+to+Facebook.html 6/20)
Google may have some unlikely allies in defending its proposed partnership with Yahoo: the very advertisers that critics say may be hurt by the deal. “It’s simpler to reach people if the access to the marketplace is controlled by fewer sources,” claims one marketer. (Iwantmedia 6/20, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aC75mgm67PNc 6/20)
MTV Networks’ virtual worlds at vMTV.com are giving fans a chance to pick their favorite of six up-and-coming bands in the “Battle of The Bands II” contest. Music fans decide which band will have a shot to move on by campaigning for votes and throwing in-world parties and events. Competing through June 22 are 2*Sweet vs. Desoto Jones. (Cynopsis 6/20)
Yahoo! announced the global availability of two new email domains – ymail.com and rocketmail.com – to give users a better chance at creating an email address or Yahoo ID they like. (Yahoo Mail, still the leading web-based mail service, has some 260 million worldwide users, which means most users must resort to cryptic combinations of names and numbers.) (Cynopsis 6/20)
Tribe Pictures is producing an original web series debuting Monday called Get Fit with Alyson sponsored by Nintendo and starring Alyson Stoner (of the upcoming Disney kids movie Camp Rock.) Each 3-minute webisode sets out to inspire teens to live a more active lifestyle (such as trying new games on the Wii Fit device). Additional content will be featured exclusively on the Nintendo Channel, accessible only through broadband-connected Wiis. (Cynopsis 6/20)
These children scare me much like the children on the Mickey Mouse Club did. . . Could Alyson be the next Britney? For her, I hope she’s more of a future Christina.
The Associated Press says it has “had a constructive exchange of views with interested parties in the blogging community about the relationship between news providers and bloggers.” The news organization and the Drudge Retort blog consider their contested matter “closed.” (Iwantmedia 6/20, http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003819095 6/20)
Internet Advertising Revenue rose by 18.2% year-over-year during Q1 08 according to the latest IAB and PricewaterhouseCoopers revenue report. However, growth slowed slightly from Q4 of last year when revenues totaled $5.9 billion, the highest ever recorded. (Cynopsis 6/20)
Filed under: Feature | Tags: Facebook, Friend Requests, Indecent Exposure in Facespace, Myspace, Social Networking
INDECENT EXPOSURE IN FACESPACE: FRIEND REQUESTS
Listen up randoms of the world: I don’t want ANY.
I’m sure your band rocks out but unless I’ve already jammed to you, I’m not adding you as my “friend” in Myspace. And to random sketchy guy: If we haven’t met nor do we have any connections in common, I’m not confirming you.
In this most recent edition of Facespace, I attempt to tackle a sensitive issue:
Unwanted Friend Requests
It’s hard to imagine a real world situation in which a stranger calmly saunters up to you and requests your friendship. In Facespace, however, this is common practice. In many cases, a simple ignore is the only necessary response. Shockingly though, some will send multiple friend requests to test your resolve. In even rarer situations, some friend requests can result in jail time.
Just take UK resident Dillon Osborn, as evidence. In October ‘07, he was sent to jail for sending a friend request to his ex-wife after receiving a restraining order forbidding to contact her. Way harsh Ty. Some click ignore. Some call the po’ po’. Interesting tactic. For more on the story, click here.
1 a: one attached to another by affection or esteem b: acquaintance
There are several classifications of unwanted friend requests. Let’s dig a bit deeper. . .
Here you are at your desk minding your own business, wasting some quality time on Facebook when your boss sends a friend request. It’s one thing if you and your boss are close but quite another if this isn’t the case.
What do you do?
Ignore and create an awkward situation with the man/woman who decides your promotional state. Accept and your boss has free access to your online identity. No more drunken photos of you and the friends. In any situation when a boss or any other work colleague attempts the friend lock, tread carefully. I have no easy answer on this one. It’s really a case by case decision.
In doing some research for this post, I came across an article from the Washington Post describing a situation in which a father had requested to be his son’s friend in Facebook. Many teenagers regard their social networking space as an environment free from the prying eyes of their parents. Many parents know this and find it to be an uncomfortable situation.
Here’s my judgment on this one. Don’t friend your kids. They have a hard enough time trying to convince other kids how cool their kicks are on a daily basis. In addition, if the mall has been replaced by Facespace, it still doesn’t qualify a visit from mom or dad.
This situation presented itself as recently as Friday. Some random man sent me a friend request. I saw that he was friends with my friend and so figured that I knew him. Accepted. I then proceed to get an e-mail from 2 other friends (obviously doing their homework) asking if I know this man. Oh snap! A friend roach on the prowl and I didn’t even see it coming.
The Final Word
Don’t be a friend roach. If we wouldn’t sit together in the cafeteria, we shouldn’t be friends in Facespace.
Want More Facespace?
If you’re ready to tackle more social networking faux pas’, check out the other Indecent Exposure in Facespace posts:
Filed under: Feature | Tags: Applications, Facebook, Indecent Exposure in Facespace, Myspace, Social Networking, Susan Powter
INDECENT EXPOSURE IN FACESPACE: APPLICATIONS
You know who you are. Biting chumps, sucking blood. . . .you’ve obviously watched 28 Days Later one too many times. Every morning, I awake with grand expectations from my social networking profile, only to find it bogged down in application requests to hug someone, drop kick your mom, fight your knight, take a quiz, buy you a drink, etc.
Stop the insanity!
I do miss Susan Power’s self-help infomercials. In this case, “Eat, Breathe, Move” should be changed to “Eat, Breathe, Stop Sending Random Application Requests.”
In May 2007, Facebook released the Facebook Platform allowing developers to create applications exponentially increasing the innovation available on the site.
In November 2007, Google responded by releasing Open Social, their APIs (application programming interfaces) for any social network site that supports them including MySpace.com, Friendster.com, and Hi5.com.
The biggest difference between them:
Facebook’s API allowed developers to create applications for the Facebook environment alone as compared to Google’s Open Social which allowed developers to create applications on a variety of social networking platforms simultaneously.
To be very fair, Open Social has not quite delivered on this promise. In the beginning, it only worked on Google-owned social networking site Orkut and not well to boot.
Back to the problem at hand. Marathon application requests.
I attempted to take matters into my own hands by joining a group which I thought clearly demonstrated my disgust with the zombie/vampire/pirate/werewolf applications. The biting continued.
To be very fair, I was an application whore myself and probably still am to some degree. In the heat of adding that Sex and the City Which Character Are You? application, I sometimes feel compelled to send to my friends.
Here’s the really brilliant part about applications. They’re so successfully viral because of the way that sharing them personalizes the sender. I send you some application bringing the hotness and maybe, just maybe. . .you’ll think I’m super awesome because I also love Gossip Girl quotes.
Personalization is the underlying force behind sharing of any kind and hateration aside, a force that I can get behind. So share away, but maybe limit those zombie requests. On the flipside of positive branding, some applications can have negative branding forces instead. I’m now going to go Hug It Out with someone.
Ah, application love.
Filed under: Feature | Tags: Etiquette, Facebook, Myspace, Social Networking, Status
INDECENT EXPOSURE IN FACESPACE: WHEN YOUR STATUS SAYS TOO MUCH
Facebook Infomercial Parody
Are you a senior executive at your company?
Are you on Facebook/MySpace/etc?
Are your employees ALSO on these social networking sites?
In fact, are they linked to you as your friends on these sites?
Answer yes to all of these questions?
Well then, my friend, this next edition of Indecent Exposure in Facespace is for you. Yes, these rules apply to junior executives as well. That said, when you find yourself in a senior position at a well respected company, you have more to lose from the perils of social networking than those living at the bottom.
If you’re still confused about what qualifies as inappropriate as shared between your friends and the rest of your company, here are some general rules of thumb:
Never refer to any part of your sexual anatomy.
We’re all sexual beings. I’m just guessing not everyone at your company needs to know about your. . .sexual being.
Never refer to any night of serious drinking.
Yeah, we all saw you getting wasted last night. In fact, we just saw you in a meeting 15 minutes ago. That’s why the status, John is struggling to get over a god forsaken hang-over, may not be appropriate for the time being.
Do not post precious moments of your vacation in the Caribbean (as your status) only to follow up with a message from your BlackBerry requesting an urgent report.
Yup, we all need vacations. It’s just hard to react quickly to that report request while envisioning you lounging away on a beach with a Corona in hand.
Never refer to your multiple cocktail hours at CES [cough cough], I mean, that conference you’re at.
We all know conferences are 1 part work and 3 parts cocktail. We just don’t need to see it posted in the sanctuary that is social networking land.
And finally. . .
Never post misgivings about your company as communicated through your status, EVEN IF, you were recently let go.
The status should not be a tool of your discontent and don’t we all know NOT to burn bridges?
As of November 15th, Facebook removed the “is” from their status field unlocking a realm of inappropriate status messages previously unimaginable. Keep it light kids. Remember, HR likes to social network too.
Best status of all time:
Marauder is an enigma, wrapped in a riddle, nestled in a sesame seed bun of mystery. (Thanks Jon Stewart)
Closely followed by:
Marauder is better than Ezra. That one would be even better as used by my friend Ezra.
Filed under: Feature | Tags: Drunken Facebook Photos, Etiquette, Facespace, Indecent Exposure in Facespace, Kevin Colvin, Social Networking
INDECENT EXPOSURE IN FACESPACE: TO TAG OR NOT TO TAG?
v. being fired for something you post on facebook
Damns, I just got facebook fired! http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=facebook+fired
Above are three sample photographs from the Facebook group, 30 Reasons Girls Should Call It A Night and the start to my bi-weekly exploration into the etiquette of social networking. As Facebook has evolved from a college-only environment to one filled with our professional colleagues, some rules should be exercised while surfing around social networking land.
Rule #1: DO NOT upload photos of your inebriated self from a party, especially if that party happens to be your office holiday party.
Rule #2: DO NOT tag your colleagues in compromising photos where they are inebriated at some party, especially if that party happens to be your office holiday party. Rule #2 is almost more important than rule #1.
As further reference to how this could potentially affect your professional life, meet Kevin Colvin.
Kevin Colvin was an intern at Anglo Irish Bank’s North American arm. “Was” is the key word. Colvin here sent an e-mail to his manager, Paul Davis, asking for a day off due to a “family emergency”.
In all actuality, Colvin attended a Halloween party in Worcester, MA where he dressed in the adorable fairy costume above. The photo was posted to Facebook and later discovered by one of his co-workers. The photo was sent to his manager who responded by attaching the photo to the following e-mail and BCCing the entire office: