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”

10 Ways To Go Viral

We’ve all seen it before, a small company comes out of nowhere and takes the world by storm. Within days everyone seems to know about them. How is this possible? Many times this happens by accident, but other times, it has been carefully planned out to go viral — spreading the news like wildfire.

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We’ve all seen it before, a small company comes out of nowhere and takes the world by storm. Within days everyone seems to know about them. How is this possible? Many times this happens by accident, but other times, it has been carefully planned out to go viral — spreading the news like wildfire. Continue reading “10 Ways To Go Viral”

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”

Digg Dugg

Digg is a phenomenon. It has eclipsed other social content, news sites such as Slashdot and kuro5hin. Launched in 2004, by Kevin Rose, Owen Byrne, Ron Gorodetzky, and Jay Adelson (who serves as CEO), it has quickly surpassed its rivals. Now, other popular news sites are mimicking its design and features. It has done for … Continue reading “Digg Dugg”

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Digg is a phenomenon. It has eclipsed other social content, news sites such as Slashdot and kuro5hin. Launched in 2004, by Kevin Rose, Owen Byrne, Ron Gorodetzky, and Jay Adelson (who serves as CEO), it has quickly surpassed its rivals. Now, other popular news sites are mimicking its design and features. It has done for news what YouTube has done for video.

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This is viral, word-of-mouth, news at its best. Readers can now get their news in moments. Usually the stories are technology or science related, but Digg has recently opened up to covering all fields of interest. Recently, Digg has added a video and podcast section, in addition to news. The site is constantly being refreshed with new content. Continue reading “Digg Dugg”