Archive for the ‘OpenSocial’ Category

Article from NyTimes.

“With Facebook’s membership approaching 600 million, and more features and apps continually being added to the site, it sometimes seems as if it’s the only social network around. But it’s not the only one, even if it’s dominant. Specialized networks are catching on with users who prefer a more focused way to share photos, videos or music, or who simply don’t want everyone on Facebook looking at their pictures.

Some of these networks leverage the existing huge audiences of Facebook or Twitter to let their users reach the maximum number of friends. But if you’re worried about Facebook’s potential privacy holes and want to steer clear of them, there’s a network for that, too.

INSTAGRAM Instagram, a photo-sharing network based around a free app for Apple’s iPhone, is the breakout hit of specialty social networks. The service, which was introduced in October, says that more than a million users have already signed up.

Instagram’s secret weapon is its built-in photo filters, which modify your pictures before you upload them. Some effects are corny, but some — like the sepia-inspired Early Bird filter or the soft-color Toaster — work wonders at removing the often harsh lighting and jarring colors of cellphone photos. With the help of the filters, the images may look better than those uploaded to other social sites, like Facebook.

Davin Bentti, a software engineer in Atlanta, uses Instagram to control where he posts photos.

“Instagram lets me share photos on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr and Foursquare,” he said. “When I take a photo, I can put it everywhere without having to think much about it. But I can also put it only where I want it to go.”

For example, Mr. Bentti said, he skipped Twitter when posting a recent photo of his dog, because his Twitter followers are mostly professional colleagues.

To get started, download the free Instagram iPhone app, and sign up for an account. If you own an Android phone, be patient; an app for that operating system is in the works, the company said.

To find friends to share your photos with, start the app and tap the Profile option at the bottom right of its screen. Instagram offers several ways to find people: log in to Facebook or Twitter to see lists of your friends there who are already signed up with Instagram; search your phone’s contact list to match the e-mail addresses with existing users; send invitations to those in your contact list who have not yet signed up; search Instagram’s database of users and usernames; browse a list of suggested users whom the company has deemed worth following for their photos.

“We don’t see ourselves as an alternative” to Facebook, said Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s chief executive. “We see ourselves as a complement, to allow for sharing on multiple networks, all at once.”

PATH Path, a photo and video sharing network, also sees itself as an enhancement to Facebook; users can log in to Facebook to find Path users to share with. But Path limits the sharing to 50 friends at most, rather than with everyone you know. And you can’t post your Path photos to Facebook itself. Your friends need to check their Path app or Path’s Web site to see your images.”

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holiday07_1.gifTony Fish, a member of Gerbsman Partners Board of Intellectual Capital, posted on his blog Open Gardens, an interesting comment a few days back in regards to Google Gears. Click here for the full entry.

Anit Jaokar, a partner of Tony Fish, discusses Google Gears. Google Gears is comprised of a local database, local processes and a web server – with the logic being written in Java script. Hence, Gears potentially fits in well with Mobile Ajax and Gears as well as with Mobile Web Widgets (and by that I mean Widgets created using Web standards as opposed to Widsets and similar products).

It’s a very intriguing thought in regards to mobile offline browsing. When looking on Java, Mobile Flash, Adobe Air, and MS Silverlight – something emerges. The thought of synchronizing online applications onto mobile device or desktop for later access is what web services and online services have missed out on. It is in fact so, that everyone is not online all the time – and most people unplug to get productive.

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linkedin1.jpgLinkedIn will soon release an open API where 3rd party developers will be able to aggregate profile data to enhance the user experience and productivity for LinkedIn’s users with widgets and other enhancing applications.

The company, which was the fastest-growing social network in October, has attracted about 17 million registered users globally and about 5 million unique visitors in the United States in October. Answering to the competition from Facebook and others, LinkedIn will use Google´s OpenSocial structure to open their “made-for-business” service.


One example that LinkedIn has crafted is in a partnership with BusinessWeek. Visitors to the BusinessWeek site, who place their mouse pointers over certain keywords will trigger a pop-up box detailing how many of their LinkedIn contacts are related to the company or keyword.

Finally, the Web 2.0 is making its way into productivity and business applications for real. Social Networking has long been a supernova on the horizon and hordes of people are using them. With this entry into business tools like LinkedIn´s network – Web 2.0 will now be available for business users as well.

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opensocial.jpgFacebook and OpenSocial is doing what MySpace have failed to do. As it goes, innovation goes before legacy. Shumpeter spoke about creative destruction, and OpenSocial is just that. It will eat a cake from existing base and move the industy forward. Check this out.

A question that I wonder about is what News Corp. will think about this and more importantly, whats the response.

Facebook Stats

  • More than 50+ million active users
  • More than 200,000+ new registrations/day since January 2007
  • Users spend on average 20 minutes/day on Facebook(Source: comScore)
  • #1 photo sharing site on the Web (Source: comScore)
  • More than 14 million photos uploaded/day
  • More than 6 million active user groups

Source: Facebook Statistics

Facebook vs. MySpace


  • One Person – One Profile (No Multiple Personas Allowed)
  • No Fake or Anonymous Profiles Allowed

MySpace (100+ million profiles):

  • One Spam King – 500,000 MySpace Profiles
  • Fake and Anonymous Profiles Allowed – William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Chair, Butter, etcetera

Facebook Apps

  • 7000+ apps
  • 100+ new apps/day added
  • More than 80% of Facebookers installed at least one Facebook app

Facebook Developers

More than 200,000+(*) Facebook Developers World-Wide; With Myspace not allowing the same self organization, News Corp will have a hard time keeping it up.

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