Social Network Valuation

With thousands upon thousands of social networks already launched, and more coming in the ongoing social network wars what are reasonable valuations? Is this irrational exuberance? Will the companies that buy them ever make their money back? MySpace was acquired by News Corp for $580m in July 2005. Facebook sold 1.6% of its shares to … Continue reading “Social Network Valuation”

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With thousands upon thousands of social networks already launched, and more coming in the ongoing social network wars what are reasonable valuations? Is this irrational exuberance? Will the companies that buy them ever make their money back?

  1. MySpace was acquired by News Corp for $580m in July 2005.
  2. Facebook sold 1.6% of its shares to Microsoft for $246m in October 2007.
  3. Bebo is being acquired by AOL for $850m, the announcement went out today.

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The Impact of Bandwidth Costs

Bandwidth costs greatly impact profit margins of organizations that deliver enormous amounts of data. Several products and services that are immediately impacted by bandwidth costs are:

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Bandwidth costs greatly impact profit margins of organizations that deliver enormous amounts of data. Several products and services that are immediately impacted by bandwidth costs are: Continue reading “The Impact of Bandwidth Costs”

OpenSocial – Social Unification

Google laid the hammer down by announcing OpenSocial. For those out there that thought that Facebook was the next big thing and would lead to Google’s eventual downfall, think again. Google has done it again by strategically abstracting themselves from the social network wars.

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Google laid the hammer down by announcing OpenSocial. For those out there that thought that Facebook was the next big thing and would lead to Google’s eventual downfall, think again. Google has done it again by strategically abstracting themselves from the social network wars. Continue reading “OpenSocial – Social Unification”

The Platform Is What Matters

Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Continue reading “The Platform Is What Matters”

Social Network Wars

The interesting thing about social networks, like other forms of social media, is that users create the content. A social network becomes more valuable as more users join and get connected with other users. This is known as network effects. It is not necessarily the best social network that wins — in terms of architecture, … Continue reading “Social Network Wars”

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The interesting thing about social networks, like other forms of social media, is that users create the content. A social network becomes more valuable as more users join and get connected with other users. This is known as network effects.

It is not necessarily the best social network that wins — in terms of architecture, design, and features — but the one that owns the majority of users. In other words, if all my friends are using a particular social network, that’s the one I’m going to use, because if I switch to another one, even if it has better service, who am I going to talk to? This is a trend that is also found among e-mail and instant messenger usage. Continue reading “Social Network Wars”

Mashable

Mashable is the largest blog focused on social networking. Like TechCrunch, it has an amazing amount of coverage and, surprisingly, launched at nearly the same time. Mashable was launched by Pete Cashmore in July 2005. Currently, it has over 5 million page views per month, making it one of the most popular blogs on the … Continue reading “Mashable”

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Mashable is the largest blog focused on social networking. Like TechCrunch, it has an amazing amount of coverage and, surprisingly, launched at nearly the same time. Mashable was launched by Pete Cashmore in July 2005. Currently, it has over 5 million page views per month, making it one of the most popular blogs on the Internet.

The name “Mashable” comes from the word “mashup” — which is a web application that combines data from more than one source. It regularly covers popular social networks such as MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Orkut, YouTube, as well as less high-profile sites.