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…

Jib Jab — Applications Using Social Media Brilliantly

Welcome to another episode of Thoughtpick’s series of articles: Apps Using SM Brilliantly. We will again 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.

Today’s application is: Jib Jab.

The Application:

JibJab

Founded in 1999, way before social media times, Jib Jab was simply an application to create customized e-cards, videos, images and so on. Jib Jab offers you a chance to easily spend a few hours there creating funny videos and pictures and laughing your a** off when they are ready!

Now, and through excellent utilization of social media, the application has 599,453 monthly active users on Facebook and 149,116 people like it!

The Game Layer on Top of The World [TED Video]

This was a really amazing TED lecture that I thought about sharing, the possibilities that open up in your mind, after listening to this lecture, are truly amazing. The concept is very simple: the evolution of social networking has reached its apex and settled on a platform; Facebook. Now, the way forward would be to [...]

INFOGRAPH: Do You Know Who’s Watching You?

A researcher that packaged and posted the information of more than 100 million public Facebook profiles on the internet caused a certain ripple of concern. Nowadays privacy is an ever growing concern for a lot of people, and they are becoming aware of the importance of privacy and securing your information on the web.

Although people are starting to realize how compromised their information is they still don’t have the slightest idea the extent of privacy invasion that they have become complacent to, hence I found this infograph by Word Stream really informative and delivers the right amount of shock for people to start doing something about their privacy.

HOW TO: Make Money Online (the non-spammy way!)

HOW TO: Make Money Online (the non-spammy way!)

Logo Design Contests by Hatchwise

The first instinct for any decent netizen who sees something along those lines to quickly dismiss it as either a phishing attempt or scam that will 0nly bring trouble. But does that mean that the only way to make money online is through scaming and cheating? We'll be sharing some cool new ways to earn money on the web. In the...

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Interesting Facts about Facebook [Infograph]

Interesting Facts about Facebook [Infograph]

Facebook Facts Infograph - Source: OnlinePhDPrograms.com

I was browsing the net for information and some interesting facts about Facebook to include in a presentation that I was making the other day and i thought to share some of the information that I came across. One site created a list of 50 interesting facts about Facebook that I found really helpful, and the good part about the...

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Flipbook: The iPad iMagazine

Flipbook: The iPad iMagazine

A killer App or the latest Gimmick

With more than 3 million iPads finding their hands into consumer hands, it had comfortably found a place for itself in the musical chairs game of consumer electronics. The way fans and consumers have reacted to the iPad defied critics who proclaimed that the device didn't fill a need, and it is simply an over sized iPod that could...

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Vaseline “Be Prepared” Campaign for India – Social Media By Example

Vaseline “Be Prepared” Campaign for India – Social Media By Example

Vaseline takes advantage of the fact that while white people in Europe and North America are swarming to tanning salons and picking up overpriced tanning creams to gain a bronze shade, people in South East Asia have a completely contrary appreciation to skin tones; they are obsessed with lighter skin.

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Who Has Not Joined Facebook Yet?

Who Has Not Joined Facebook Yet?

Super Geek

With Facebook hitting the 500 million user mark it is astounding how many people are on it, when it comes to the states almost 150 million people are on the website. That's half of the states population, if we eliminate those who are too young or too old, too stupid, or in jail we will end up with about 20 million users in the United...

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How To: Disable Facebook’s Social Plugins

How To: Disable Facebook’s Social Plugins

Instant Personalization on Yelp

It is already pretty ubiquitous on the web,; your Facebook profile seems to pop up everywhere! If you go to CNN, you find yourself already logged in with your Facebook profile and able to comment with it. If you go to Pandora, your music preferences are automatically shared with the site.

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