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  • Trending on Twitter: Korean popstars, Chilean miners and the future

    What The Trend, a Twitter aggregator that has staked a claim as "the front page of the real time web", released some rather surprising findings of the biggest Twitter trends for the week. Strangely enough, the Chilean miners were beaten by a South Korean pop star, proving once again that it is a mistake to underestimate the huge impact of social networks in Asia. There is the usual smattering of celebrity-ridden scandal,...

  • Facebook in yet another privacy furore

    User privacy is the priority for internet social networking site Facebook, which has come under fire from users for its privacy settings, the company's director of market development said on Sunday in Dubai. "Privacy, I would say, is the number one most important thing for our company, and we're always listening to feedback," Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, said on the first day of the GITEX information and communication technology exhibition. The statement comes just days after the Wall Street Journal released a report as part of their "What they know" series, which uncovered how "Many of...

  • Is 4Chan getting a makeover as Canv.as, the new anti-social network?

    We are becoming obsessed with online privacy whilst at the same time fussing continuously over our Facebook profiles and Twitter followers. Social networking has been a major part of the internet since the early days of IRC and online anonymity was always an accepted standard.  It was only with the launch ofMySpace and Facebook that the concept of broadcasting our real life personas globally became personalised, but more than a handful of people seem to...

  • Bing gets a shot in the arm from Facebook

    Microsoft's search engine, Bing, has received a massive endorsement from Facebook, which could potentially see Bing becoming a credible rival to Google, the company that has dominated the search category for so long. Early on Wednesday at Microsoft's Silicon Valley HQ, management teams from Facebook and Microsoft gathered to address the media on new developments and partnerships between them. In a nutshell, it was announced that the social context of Facebook's information database will be brought into a Bing search. What does this mean? Essentially, the things, places and experiences that your friends have "liked", using Facebook's social graph...

  • Danish court blocks media from quoting Facebook ‘friends’

    Journalists may not use information from the Facebook accounts of their "friends," a Danish media tribunal ruled Wednesday in a case pitting the prime minister's brother against a tabloid. "Information on closed profiles are reserved to people -- the Facebook 'friends' -- who have been authorised to access the profile," the Danish Press Council said. "That is why media do not in principal have access to use information posted in closed profiles," the media ethics court said, setting a legal precedent on how media can use the Facebook social networking website. It added however that this consideration for the closed profile holder...

  • Ning launches social network tools for any website

    Bands, politicians, charities and many more organisations are turning to Ning to imbue websites with the kinds of social networking features credited with making stars out of Facebook and Twitter. Ning hopes to create momentum with the release of a new set of tools that let even technophobes build websites that create online communities and tap into smartphone applications and software hosted in the internet "cloud". "We focus on network creators who are the people running the campaign; the band, the non-profit raising money or connecting fans or supporters," Ning chief executive Jason Rosenthal told AFP on Tuesday. "It used to be...

  • Five world leaders using social media effectively

    What happens when politicians come face-to-face with a personal thought-broadcasting platform? It's a match made in heaven. We decided to find out which of the world’s politicians have ventured into this new frontier. This list isn't based solely on numbers of followers, but on those politicos who use Twitter and/or Facebook regularly to interact with their constituents, and do so effectively. Of course, the tech-savvy Americans dominate the online reputation market, but others are also starting to build substantial followings. Here are five of the most interesting examples. Barack Obama http://twitter.com/BarackObama http://www.facebook.com/barackobama Twitter followers: 5 552 095 App of choice: Hootsuite Facebook fans: 14 026...

  • Twitter founders seem to know very little about Twitter

    If you missed Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone interviewed by Brad Stone from BusinessWeek on Monday -- you were fortunate. The two executives spoke at a meeting of Inforum, which is part of the Commonwealth Club, focused on fostering discussion among people in their 20s and 30s. The location was the stunning Julia Morgan Ballroom at The Merchants Exchange in downtown San Francisco (a building owned by Clint Reilly, one of...

  • Trending on Twitter: Brazil elections, Nobel prize and #cantwait

    What The Trend, a Twitter aggregator that positions itself as "the front page of the real time web", has released some rather surprising findings of the biggest Twitter trends for this recent week. Strangely enough the Chilean miners were beaten by a South Korean pop star, proving once again that one can never underestimate the huge impact of social networks in Asia. There is the usual smattering of celebrity-ridden scandal, sports and current affairs, all mixed in with a couple of memes that generated enough interest to take the world by storm. Read on to see the full list...

  • The death of privacy and the illusion of freedom

    "Jumping off the gw bridge sorry." These were the last words of Tyler Clementi, posted on his Facebook profile a few minutes before he leaped to his death off the George Washington Bridge outside New York City. The 18-year old student was outed as being gay after Dharun Ravi, his roommate at Rutgers University in New Jersey, along with another friend, Molly Wei, who had a room on the same corridor, secretly filmed Clementi using a webcam set up in his room to stream a live video of him involved in a “sexual encounter” with another man over the internet....

  • The speed of Google or the stickiness of Facebook?

    Google's most important launch this year was its recent debut of Google Instant search which cuts user search time down by as much as 40%. Google users are, collectively, saving 11 hours every second, which translates into 11 hours less being spent using Google. Google is betting that if its users spend less time on search then it will make more money. This is a far different strategy to that of Facebook, which wants to be the stickiest place on the internet. The Nielsen Ratings estimate that each month, an average US internet user spends around 2 hours on Google, and more...

  • Facebook makes major Groups, download changes

    Facebook on Wednesday began letting users form cozy cliques as part of a move to give people more control of their information at the world's most popular online social network. A Groups feature that lets Facebook members set up private online havens for clusters of co-workers, family, teammates, or others was unveiled at a press event at the firm's headquarters in the California city of Palo Alto. "We think that what we have out of the box, version one, blows away everything else," Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said, referring to "groups" services offered by Internet stalwarts such as Yahoo! and Google. Facebook...

  • Die Antwoord releases new ‘Evil Boy’ music video [full version]

    Die Antwoord, the faux-trailer trash South African hip-hop group, has just released the full version of their latest new music video on their Facebook page with the post "Evil Boy Music Video is here!" The group became an overnight, world-wide sensation when their first video single, "Enter the Ninja" appeared on popular blog Boing Boing, and then went viral on YouTube with millions of views at the beginning of this year. The band relied heavily on promoting their songs via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube -- and received instant world-wide acclaim with stars like Limp Bizkit front man Fred Durst and...

  • Twitter shortens the six degrees of separation to five

    The theory of “six degrees of separation” as envisioned by Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy in 1929, has now been narrowed to five degrees on Twitter, according to social media research company Sysomos. The original premise of Karinthy's theory is that technological advances in communications and travel would allow friendship networks to grow larger and span greater distances. This would in turn mean that every person on earth is connected to everyone else via six steps, or in other words six people. Sysomos provides some context: "During the early 1960s, Stanley Milgram, a psychologist, set out to do a series of experiments...

  • Under the influence of the social web

    Social networking is the Web 2.0 darling. It's hard to imagine that Facebook didn't exist just six years ago and Twitter only four. Not to mention that Facebook founder, 26-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, recently surpassed Apple's Steve Jobs as well as media mogul Rupert Murdoch on the Forbes US rich list. Worth an approximate US$6.9bn (£4.4bn) Zuckerberg is estimated to be the 35th richest person in the US. Eight members of the list of 400 are under 40. Three, including Zuckerberg, are co-founders of Facebook. Another two of that list are the co-founders of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, both aged...