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.

The Evolution of Privacy on Facebook

Recently Facebook has gotten on the bad side of most people, from politicians to security experts to casual folks everyone is starting to realize just how little Zuckman and his Facebook care about their user’s privacy. At first it was concerns about the latest “Like” feature that was popping up on 3rd party websites, then there was the leaked chat log in which Mark, the founder of Facebook, called his user’s “Dumb fucks” for trusting him with their information and he offered to share it.

Introverts On The Web – The Virtual People

With the plethora of social networking sites it is interesting to see how people behave on those sites. People seem to be different online than what they are in real life. So it was interesting to read a study that looked into the personalities of people who use twitter and contrasted their personality type’s prevalence on Twitter with their prevalence in real life. It came as a no surprise to me at all that the study found out that introverted personalities were over-represented on the social networking site.

Earth Hour 2010 – Learn Social Media By Example

Earth Hour 2010 – Learn Social Media By Example

Twitter Buzz During the Event

Earth Hour is an event organized by the WWF to raise awareness about global warming that started off in the city of Sydney, Australia in 2007, and its message spread like wildfire through the internet by word of mouth through social media networks and blogs.The event usually takes place at the last Saturday of March between 8:30-9:30...

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Infoporn: Twitter by the Numbers

Infoporn: Twitter by the Numbers

The information is crazy, isn't it?

Like we already mentioned, we think that the best way to run a social media campaign is to know your audience. Today, we have three nifty infographs about everyone's favorite micro-blogging platform; Twitter.

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Love at First Poke

Love at First Poke

Chatting endless...

This might sound absurd to someone who does not hang around as many geeks as I do, but believe it or not, at least 10% of my good friends have met their soulmates online. When I say online, I do not mean dating sites. The relationships that worked were often more like serendipity, often starting on social media sites when neither...

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Information is Beautiful [video]

Aside from the fact that it a sight for sore eyes when it comes to design, this video is a fountain of information that really gives you a complete overview of the state of the Internet today.

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Semantic Web 3.0: The day you will have your own assistant, maybe?

Semantic Web 3.0: The day you will have your own assistant, maybe?

Web 3.0!

The Internet, since its inception, facilitated sharing and accessing information but the information on the web was not interconnected. What the semantic web attempts to do is allow computers to socializes with each other and share and understand the information that interests them or their users and pull other relevant information...

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New Ways of Sharing, Using FriendFeed & Diigo…

New Ways of Sharing, Using FriendFeed & Diigo…

Like I always say "sharing is caring" and what better thing to share than your "great" findings and conversations on the web? Isn't it wonderful to experience a less constipated mailbox not spammed by your friends links and jokes? While we all have become quite familiar with social networking and bookmarking tools such as Delicious...

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