Orkut finally shuttered by Google
Orkut finally shuttered by Google

After today, Orkut is no more. What’s that you say? Never heard of Orkut? You are not alone. Hardly anyone outside of Brazil ever really used Google’s first venture into a social media channel. But it was really, really popular in Brazil. Not sure if that says more about Orkut or more about Brazil. But […]

Instagram reportedly blocked in China
Instagram reportedly blocked in China

Plenty of news reports are surfacing Monday which suggest the Chinese government may have blocked Instagram following pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The BBC, Reuters, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg and many other western news organizations are reporting the black out as Hong Kong protests met with stiff […]

Ello? Want to say hello? New SoMe network.
Ello? Want to say hello? New SoMe network.

Ello: just what we need, another social network, right? But this one – Ello – wants to sell itself and appeal to new users because it promises no advertising. “Ello is a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers,” explains its manifesto. “We originally built Ello as […]

Pinterest going after big advertising dollars
Pinterest going after big advertising dollars

Never a social network – er, search engine – to let the big boys run over it, Pinterest is ramping up to garner the big advertising dollars, too. Advertising Age reports a quiet disclosure by Pinterest only last week that it is working on an internal system which will link Pinterest users to advertisers’ customer […]

Google and Facebook in advertising war?
Google and Facebook in advertising war?

Are Google and Facebook about to engage in an ever escalating conflict for advertising dollars? The Wall Street Journal would certainly have you think so. It published a piece late on Sept. 22 saying Facebook will next week roll out a new and improved ad platform which will improve ad tracking in the giant social […]

Structured snippets, facts in search
Structured snippets, facts in search

Structured snippets, welcome to the world (of search)! We realize it is the beginning of the fall television season in the U.S. but don’t think Structured Snippets is a new reality TV show based on the hilarious high school hijinks of Rich Snippet and his wacky friends in the 90210. No, no. Google introduced structured […]

Facebook doesn’t have to be a minefield
Facebook doesn’t have to be a minefield

Yea, we know: everyone loves Facebook. It was, most likely, your first social network and we never forget our first and stick to its first impression even though Facebook has changed drastically since you first logged on. Facebook has become an advertising platform as much, if not more, than a social network to keep up […]

Twitter says Twitter can boost TV ratings.
Twitter says Twitter can boost TV ratings.

Twitter wants TV networks, execs and actors to know something: live tweeting during a show’s broadcast can boost its ratings. We know it will shock you Twitter would make this assertion. We wouldn’t expect Twitter to announce that, no, live tweeting during a show’s broadcast doesn’t help it at all!! Nope. Sorry. But, if fact, […]

Ultra rich social network – but, of course!
Ultra rich social network – but, of course!

The ultra rich absolutely abhor mixing with the rest of us mired in the teeming masses and now they can even remove themselves from our plebeian social networks. This bunch of swells who have staff to hit keyboard strokes for them have created Netropolitan, “the online country club for people with more money than time.” […]

Worldwide threats to Internet freedom
Worldwide threats to Internet freedom

Fast lanes and toll booths in the U.S. are not the only threats to Internet freedom. Government and security agencies the world over want to tap Internet users’ information for various reasons and to varying degrees and ends. In the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may well set up soon a two-tiered system of […]