Apple’s Ping: Taking a Big Bite of the Social Media Cake?

Ping destroys whatever was left of MySpace’s market share,” said Xeni Jardin, co editor of the technology blog Boing Boing. “It remains to be seen what kind of competition it poses for Facebook.” ~ BBC

Having set shop in the technology department through the MP3 player, the mobile phone and the computer tablet markets with the iPod, iPhone and iPad devices respectively, Apple just recently announced its latest expansion – into social media – with Ping.

Apple's Ping

Ping is to be integrated into Apple’s latest iTunes software update and will enable users, or “Pingers”, to do the following:

  1. Follow friends and others.
  2. Build networks of friends and professional musicians.
  3. Create playlists based on what your friends are listening to.
  4. See music related information including what music your ping friends are buying and what concerts they’re attending.

Furthermore, Ping will be accessible through iTunes, 10 software on Macs and PCs as well as through the iTunes application on iPhones and the iPod Touch.

It seems that MySpace is in for a surprise! This smart yet unanticipated step by Apple might as well be the last straw that will break MySpace’s back!

What do you think: Will Ping be a huge success as is being predicted? Do you believe that Ping is able to substitute MySpace once and for all?

Looking forward to your comments down below…

Facebook Marketplace — Apps Using Social Media Brilliantly

Welcome to the fifth episode of our series of articles on Thoughtpick: Apps Using SM Brilliantly.

Just as in the previous episodes (1, 2, 3 & 4), we will be looking into examples of tricks and methods that online games and applications are using to make the most of social media. In other words, what is making those apps as “spreadable” and “viral” as they are.

The Application:

Posting Your Listing is just so easy...

Marketplace on Facebook is a part of the Oodle Network.

Powering classifieds for over 200 local and national sites, Oodle.com is a fast growing classifieds network. The Oodle network includes newspapers, broadcast television sites, yellow pages, community sites, and national portals. When a user posts a classified ad through Oodle, their listings appear on hundreds of leading media and publishing sites.

Here’s a few features of Oodle’s Marketplace:

  • It is a way for Facebook users to buy and sell through online classifieds.
  • It offers a platform for advertisers to promote their local listings.
  • It is helps publishers to power or enhance their classifieds.

Oodle’s Marketplace has a growing number of 76,000,000++ fans on Facebook!

How They Did It:

Apart from the fact that this application is demanded in its nature and its great ability to attract millions of people from all over the world, developing Marketplace for Facebook is just brilliant!

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