Facebook Is On ‘Lockdown’ As It Prepares For Its War With Google

Google isn’t the only one gearing up for a social network battle.

Rumors recently surfaced that Google is working on developing a Facebook competitor called Google Me (which, I might point out, is a God-awful name), and it only became more obvious with their recent acquisition of social app maker Slide.

We are now hearing from a reliable source that Facebook is working on fending off Google’s plans.  CEO Mark Zuckerberg has officially declared that the company is on “lockdown” for the next 60 days.  Within this lockdown period, the office is open on weekends as the company works to revamp all of the major Facebook features in preparation for the rise of Google Me.  Apparently Zuckerberg even has a neon “Lockdown” sign on his office door.   Read more of this post

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Jon Miller On The New MySpace: “It’s Rock And Roll”

Daniel Roth, of Fortune, asked News Corp. digital chief Jon Miller about MySpace at the Fortune Brainstorm conference in Aspen.  Miller appropriately joked “well it’s still around,” and then continued to say there are some exciting new things on the horizon.  According to Miller, “MySpace is pregnant with product.”  He says they want to “go younger” to get back to their core user base.  He also mentioned that MySpace was surprised by the fast growth of mobile usage, and they will be embracing it in the future.   Read more of this post

Tweetup: Good Or Bad?

A Tweetup can be put together for many different reasons, most of the time to just get together with, communicate and connect with like minded people from Twitter. As you may know, I tried putting together a Tweetup in my current city, Madison, SD. It was held on June 22nd and I would call it a success even if others don’t. Read more of this post

Your Social Life On HootSuite 5

As you’ve noticed from previous posts I’ve made and you will see in posts that I will be making in the future, I absolutely love social media. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, not so much MySpace….. LinkedIn, Forums, FourSquare, I just love them. They are a revolution in the way we communicate with each other. Well this post is not going to be any different. HootSuite 5 has just been released and you should try it out. Read more of this post

Meet People? Like IRL?

Tweetup – A real-life meeting organized on the social networking site Twitter. Thanks again Wikipedia. A Tweetup is when a bunch of people that have been talking to each other on Twitter want to meet in real life and talk in person. This is what Twitter is about. It’s about making new friends, meeting new people and making new connections. Have you been to a Tweetup yet? Read more of this post

LooptStar: Like Foursquare, But More Social

LooptStar.com should be a model on which future location-based networks should base their services.  It takes the normal concept of checking in and competing with others, and adds a whole new dimension to it.  Users of LooptStar will be able to receive rewards and special discounts from their favorite businesses.  Because of this, this thing that has always been referred to as a social game has now become a very useful tool.   Read more of this post

Facebook Holiday

May 31st 2010. This is a very important day. A day to get outside, spend time with your family and to remember the people that have made an impact in your life. Today is the official Quit Facebook Day. Read more of this post

Ning Is All Premium As Of July ’10

Social network platform Ning is cutting off its free product and cutting 40% of their staff, as reported in an article last month.  Now the change is official.  I received an email from Ning today giving me the final word about the change:  Pay us or get out.   Read more of this post

What Are Facebook Ads Worth?

What’s the value of an ad on the internet? What would you pay? What would you expect? Well there is a company that teamed up with Facebook a while ago to try to figure that out. Nielson, a marketing and media information company, did a study researching which ads worked best on Facebook. Which ads were remembered more often and which ads made the viewer more likely to purchase the product? This is what Nielson has released in this study. Read more of this post

Does Twitter Have The Appetite Of A Bird?

I was reading though a couple blogs this afternoon and found something a little bit odd. You’re probably asking yourself, “How many posts is he going to start out like that?” chances are, a lot more. I like to read blogs and sometimes I find things like this that I just can’t wait to share. But on to what this blog is really supposed to be about. Twitter. Twitter has been a big topic lately, especially with the big Chirp conference and everything. Is Twitter usage growing or declining? Is it getting bigger or smaller? Read more of this post