Facebook's 750 million members are livid about the flurry of changes the site rolled out this week. But another key community -- Facebook's network of third-party developers -- is taking a wait-and-see approach.
Reddit, the community news sharing site, has now joined the billion-page-per-month club, having served up some 1,000,404,480 pages to almost 14 million unique visitors in January, as measured by Google Analytics.
In the spring of this year, the "Facebook alternative" Diaspora achieved extensive media coverage -- including an article in the New York Times -- and raised tens of thousands of dollars in funding from online donors.
Myspace this week began rolling out a redesign that aspires to rekindle the fortunes of the once-dominant social network. The overhaul -- expected to be complete by the end of November -- also comes with a new logo and a subtle rebranding from "MySpace" to "Myspace."
Twitter unleashed an official "tweet button" today. Given that third parties have provided "retweet buttons" for more than a year, will the official buttons have any impact on the way we share content online?
It's been a long time since it got in the way of the World Series, but the threat of seismic tumult still hangs over Silicon Valley. When earthquakes elsewhere in the world dominate the news, people get a little more sensitive to their own vulnerability in the Bay Area. The ground might really have just given a twitch. Is it moving?
Social voting site Digg this week unveiled plans to become a hub for sharing links on the Web. If your friends are sharing media on Facebook, Twitter and other sites, Digg wants to provide a personalized home page that filters the Web based on your friends' activities. These new features will be previewed in the coming weeks.
Twitter this week endured a number of "phishing" attacks, in which some users unwittingly gave out their passwords to malicious sites. Haven't we all learned to keep our passwords to ourselves, you ask? Perhaps. But the truth is we're all vulnerable to social engineering, and two major Web trends are creating further confusion for new Internet users.
Some Web designers are staging an online revolt against an old version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, which they say is hampering the ability of the Web to move forward in a cool and interactive way.
As an editor, I should have a hard time writing a column in praise of Digg.com. After all, Digg wants to make jobs like mine redundant. Its news aggregation site determines which stories make the grade based not on the whims of mandarins like me but on votes from its 35 million users (whose numbers are growing by 20,000 a month).
A new wave of web 2.0 software geeks believe in the former and are offering services in which experts recommend the best sites based on search terms the user provides. In addition to ChaCha's network of human guides (chacha.com), Mahalo (mahalo.com) creates hand-edited results pages for the most popular terms (Britney Spears was an early target). Eurekster (eurekster.com) allows users to build custom search portals that tap the expertise of online communities.
Q. My website, which aggregates deals on travel and electronics, isn't getting much traffic from Google AdWords. How do I market my site and generate traffic on a small budget? - Kamlesh Patel, Director, Grab2travel.com
How many people visited Yahoo in June? About 133 million in the U.S., says ComScore, a web measurement company. No, says its chief rival, Nielsen//NetRatings, it was 108 million. The difference - 25 million people - is hardly a rounding error. It's larger than the population of Texas.
Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday it has reached an agreement to be the exclusive provider of display and contextual advertising on Digg.com, a popular Web site that lets readers recommend online articles to others.
Digg.com, one of the most popular sites on the Web, is bracing for a possible legal battle over refusing to remove stories containing a single 32-digit code that lets people crack HD-DVD copyright protection.
Twelve months have passed since we introduced the first Next Net 25 - our picks for the Web 2.0 wannabes most likely to break out of the pack. The moment seemed propitious: Hardware was cheap, broadband was ubiquitous, software was open-source, and venture capitalists were once again flooding Silicon Valley with ready cash.
When I sat down with Kevin Rose in his loft-style offices south of Market Street in San Francisco, I must admit I felt a tingle of anticipation. It wasn't just that Rose was a founder of Digg.com, the "social news" website whose remarkable growth has made it one of the most buzzed-about startups around. Nor was it that Digg had reeled in a $2.8 million round of financing from an A-list assortment of investors including Greylock Partners, Omidyar Network, and Marc Andreessen. No, what set my pulse racing was the pair of labels attached to Rose in the press release announcing the financing: "media visionary" and "technology visionary." I mean, how often do you get to meet the next Nicholas Negroponte?
As we move toward the Next Net, some of the most useful sites will be those that either help mash up -- meaning mix and match -- content from other parts of the Web or act as a filter for the overwhelming mountains of information now at people's fingertips.
The new culture on the Web is all about consumer creation; it's composed of things like the nearly 30 million blogs out there and the 70 million photos available on Flickr. With a click of the mouse, anyone can be a journalist, a photographer, or a DJ. The audience--that 1 billion-plus throng linked by the Web--itself is creating a new type of social media.
You've come up with a world-changing idea, or at least an industry-changing idea. You have a business plan. Maybe you've even written some code or built a prototype. Now all you need is those few thousand bucks--or a few tens or hundreds of thousands of bucks--to get your new venture up and running. All that stands between you and your startup, in other words, is an angel.
There seems to be a pattern here: Website's traffic takes off, Yahoo buys website. Yahoo's rumored acquisition of Digg, a popular news website where readers rate articles, would, if if happens, make it the fourth social-media startup the Internet portal has acquired in less than a year in an effort to compete with Google. Digg co-founder Kevin Rose's non-denial denial : We are focused on features, not selling the company.