Quirky News of the Web — June 2010

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There are always smaller headlines that tend to go unnoticed. They are the headlines that let us know how individualistic and unique some of the interactions on the web can be, and how much social media is shaping our world in ways that we could not have fathomed 20 years ago.

Therefore, the Quirky News of the Web section will be dedicated to those pieces of news that might go unnoticed but still pack quite the punch.

Where to look for spies and deserters?

Dangerous Beauty

You know you have a bad case of sloppy when people who operate in the shadow, like spies, are befriending you on Facebook, but that’s exactly how the young 20-something spies do it nowadays.

What’s Next For Social Media? — Future of the Web

When social networking started to go mainstream, it seemed like it will go down the same path that search engine went after their juvenile phase. It seemed that Facebook will be the new Google of social networking and it will define what social media is and which direction it will head in.

But the market of social networking sites proved to be far more liberal. We had many niche sites and even competitors for Facebook in the form of Twitter, LinkedIn and the many other services that co-exist with Facebook and shape what social networking is today.

This nature of the market allowed for more room for innovation, complimenting or integrating with existing services rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, and a healthy environment where risk takers and start-ups can blossom.

Fragmentation

Where will you go?

Social media is currently a one-size-fit-all space in which people of all walks and interests share this space. Soon enough, with the advent of more customizable and private Social networks, people will start fragmenting while still wanting to maintain the public connection. Activists, obsessive hobbyists, and the like would favor the space where they can free front their identities and discuss their interests with like minded people. This will open the space for more secluded and niche social networks to spring up on platforms like Ning and grou.ps.

Fun-List: Top 10 Ways in Which Social Media Can Get You Fired!

How do you avoid getting fired when using social media? What are the things which will, most probably, get you fired?

Microsoft Takes on Google with Social Outlook

These days, everything feels like it’s being drip-fed Social Media. Don’t get me wrong, I love Social Media, but companies are over-doing it, with the latest addition to the list of extensive-stitching-together being Outlook Social Connector.

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