Burger King’s Twitter account was hacked today. Their profile picture was changed to the McDonald’s logo, their name was changed to “McDonalds”, and their description said that McDonald’s had purchased the hamburger giant due to the failure of the Whopper hamburger.
There was a new promise the internet gave us when social media started popping up a few years ago. Sites like Twitter and Facebook have delivered on the first promise of breaking down many of the walls of communication that kept the world separated for thousands of years. Now, there’s another promise that is being fulfilled…
When most think of social networks, they think Facebook. They look back to the source being MySpace or one of the other “old school” networks from just a few years ago. They rarely think of going back 50 years to see the real start of social networking, but that’s when it all began.
What is Web 3.0? What would you like it to be? Please express your opinions in the comments below.
Over the past several weeks, I have been privy to many projects in different stages of development. One thing that seems to hold true for many of them is that the developers’ idea of “the next big thing” is a hybrid of sorts.
Some are leaning towards social media mixed with social networking. Most of the social media sites have tried to head in this direction to some extent. All have fallen short. Most notably, the Digg changes a few months ago have turned from an attempt to socialize social media (with shouts and other features) into an unfair way to game the system. The results have been disastrous. [Read more...]
When a company has news that they want buried, they issue their information on a Friday night and hope nobody in the media notices on Monday morning. Marred in controversy over their Beacon advertising platform, Facebook hoped that their latest attempt to gather more user-data would go unnoticed.
For the most part, it’s worked so far. [Read more...]
When I told someone that I wrote for a blog that covers social media, social networks, and social bookmarking, their first question was “What’s all that?” When I told them what it was and gave them examples, the next question made me laugh.
“Who is Tom and how did he get so many MySpace friends?”
With over 220 million friends, Tom Anderson is everyone’s first MySpace friend. You can read his MySpace Profile or even the entry about him on Wikipedia. This story isn’t about him, though. [Read more...]
MySpace, Facebook, and the other large social networks need not worry. The small, niche social network sites that are popping up faster than poker rooms in the 90′s are not going to hurt the big boy’s bottom lines. They’re just going to draw more people by the end of the year because of one fact.
They’re just more useful than the big sites.
The appeal that brought millions to form profiles and make friends on MySpace and Facebook will have the opposite effect in 2008 an beyond. We built our MySpace page and started Facebooking because everyone else was doing it. As closed social sites begin to gain in popularity, they will appeal to people because NOT everyone else is doing it. Inclusion is easy on today’s internet. Being part of something exclusive is becoming the new IT thing to do. [Read more...]