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.

PicFog: Exposing your Twitter images to the world!

PicFog is a real-time Twitter image search engine that’s been around for some time, persistently adding new features, such as the support for Twitter image sharing services Twitpic, Twitgoo and Yfrog.

This all sounds great, but what what about privacy concerns? Doesn’t anyone care anymore? Or is it that they are, simply, clueless!

Recently, an article in the Dutch de Volkskrant newspaper discussed the new PicFog web application: Picfog brings order to photograph fog on Twitter (translated from Dutch).

PicFog and Privacy Issues:

Basically, what the article talks about is the following: With a reported 300,000 new users every single day, only Twitter knows how many pictures have been added to its user accounts. But if users have not blocked their user account from third party peeks, their pictures may now be seen, by the entire world, through a simple search on PicFog!

A Simple Search on Picfog and... viola!

Is Twitter Finally Choosing a Business Model?

Ever since Twitter secured as much as $100 million dollars of funding last year speculation went wild on what kind of business model they will adopt. In NovemeberTwitter COO Dick Costolo confirmed that the first piece to fall into place is the Ad platform which he described as “fascinating. Non-traditional. And people will love it… It’s going to be really cool.”

Facebook Apologizes for their Privacy screw-up… kind of!

It’s clear that Facebook’s understanding of privacy is whatever serves their agenda the best. This time it was opening a many profiles as possible to the public – including search engines.

HOW TO: Create an Untouchable Market, the Google Way!

HOW TO: Create an Untouchable Market, the Google Way!

Wanted to add an image, so here is a timeline...

Maps + Street View + Goggles = Google's New Untouchable Search-By-Image Engine

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Seven Things We Now Know From 2009’s Search Results

Seven Things We Now Know From 2009’s Search Results

Yahoo Search Query Breakdown

Although 2009 is almost one month short of being over, Google has already published its yearly Zeitgeist, charting the year's most popular searches, and subsequently charting the mindset of the world, as reflected digitally. Naturally, Yahoo and Bing followed suite.

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Android, Gizmo5 & adMob: The Scary Thought of Google As My Mobile Operator

Android, Gizmo5 & adMob: The Scary Thought of Google As My Mobile Operator

Who does the Google answer to?

The Google Leviathan has been on the move lately, engulfing several smaller fish on the internet. The latest "victim" being Gizmo5 a VoIP service a la Skype. Gzimo5 Coupled with Google Voice has the prospect to be a very seductive concoction. Users will sign up to Google Voice and get a phone number that will forward all their calls...

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HOW TO: Build a XHTML Valid WordPress Blog with DISQUS Plugin [Download]

HOW TO: Build a XHTML Valid WordPress Blog with DISQUS Plugin [Download]

Remove role=search from general-template.php

How to fix your Wordpress blog to be XHTML 1.0 Transitional valid with DISQUS plugin installed. With fixed version 2.33.8752 to download added June 2010.

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Fact: Real-time Search Satisfies 40% of User Queries!

Fact: Real-time Search Satisfies 40% of User Queries!

OneRiot API

40% of users' search queries across major search engines is best satisfied by real-time search results. That is a huge number that opened the door for many dedicated real-time search engines to emerge. OneRiot is leading the pack with an interesting strategy that aims to distinguish itself to be the search engine that gives best...

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50 Top Noise-free Twitter Tips & Links in Marketing, SEO, Design & Writing!

50 Top Noise-free Twitter Tips & Links in Marketing, SEO, Design & Writing!

Award Winning Tips & Links

Wouldn't it be just great if you could find the most useful tweets and links about the hottest most interesting topics online, all in one place? In this post you will find a specialized well researched list of 50 Top Twitter Tips and Links divided into 5 distinctive categories: Social Media & Marketing, Design, SEO & AdSense, Writing...

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