"the social network" entries

MySpace's Data Availability is not Data Portability

Yesterday MySpace, Yahoo!, eBay, Photobucket (also owned by News Corp), and Twitter announced the Data Availability Initiative. While I could write at length about how this shows the big companies have already realized how to diminish the DataPortability group's brand by linking anything they do "data portability," that isn't the point of this post. The crux of the announcement yesterday…

Worldwide Social Network Market Share

Via Azeem Azaar's twitter feed, a great visualization of worldwide social network market share, from Le Monde:…

App Engine, Facebook Platform, OpenSocial, and the Future of the Web

During the presentation I tweeted, “Thinking App Engine with Google Accounts integration is a threat to both Facebook Platform and OpenSocial. Metaphor shift.” I thought a decent amount, well at least a few seconds, before I SMS’d that since I knew it would be lacking quite a bit of context. I completely agree with Kevin Marks that App Engine looks like a great platform to host Facebook and OpenSocial apps, but that wasn’t actually my point.

Open Source "Social App Server" Might Crack Garden Walls?

New social application server space may crack social network garden walls.

To be free, information has to be smart (comments on Chris Anderson's "Free!")

WIRED Magazine’s editor in chief Chris Anderson, following up on the
popularity of his
Long Tail
meme, theorizes in the

March 2008 issue of WIRED
about the modern
tendency to put information online at no cost.
I think this is highly volatile and that the phenomenon will be driven
in very different ways from his six models. “Free as in freedom” may
ultimately triumph. Furthermore, professional quality doesn’t come for
free, so projects and industries have to find ways to fund it.

The "New Privacy"

There was a great session on Online Privacy on NPR's Science Friday today, including a guest spot by Emily Vander Veer, the author of O'Reilly's Facebook: The Missing Manual. You can subscribe to the podcast or download today's episode directly. The discussion here is yet another independent confirmation of the new definition of privacy that's emerging in American culture. We…

Shelly Farnham on What Makes Facebook Apps Work

As many of you know, last fall, we released a report entitled The Facebook Application Platform, with analysis that demonstrated that far from being a "long tail" marketplace, Facebook has very much of a "short head" when it comes to applications. As a social scientist, Shelly Farnham didn't think that was the end of the story. She asked if…

Exploring the Facebook Application Ecosystem: A New O'Reilly Radar Report

After we published our Facebook Application Platform report, we heard from a lot of people. One of them was Shelly Farnham. And like Victor Kiam, the entrepreneur who liked that razor so much he bought the company, we liked Farnham's ideas so much that we're publishing her report. With Graphingl Social Patterns West going on this week in parallel with…

Graphing Social Patterns West: Monday Highlights & AppNite Demo Contest

Schedule highlights from Graphing Social Patterns West beginning Monday, March 3 in San Diego. Developers can enter their apps in the AppNite Live Demo Contest.

New Release 2.0 on Next-Generation CRM … and a New Installment of Our Facebook Application Platform Report

In this month's Release 2.0, we consider the next generation of customer relationship management (CRM) and the search for an all-in-one-place inbox and address book. We need some sort of universal inbox and address book because it's not just email that we're neck-deep in nowadays. Once you've figured out a way to organize one means of input, there's another one….