The United Nations Global Pulse, along with analytics software specialist SAS, has revealed how social media streams can be used as predictors of national unemployment line spikes. By analysing more than half a million blogs, forums and news sites, the researchers were able to determine how social media chatter more specifically the 'conversation sentiment' expressed by it, could warn of pending unemployment increases as well as help to inform government policymakers of the likely impact of those increases. ![dwebglobalpulse](/attachments/small/0/dwebglobalpulse.jpg "align-right") The data analysed came from more than two years worth of social media streams in both the USA and Ireland, …

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Social networking site [URL="http://www.friendster.com"]Friendster[/URL] is going to get an overhaul under its new owner [URL="http://www.molglobal.net"]MOL Global[/URL]. Commentators including the [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2010/aug/18/socialnetworking-facebook"]Guardian[/URL] in the UK have reported that the site will become a games portal, putting it on less of a head-to-head footing with its main rival, [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL]. You could predict that this will be the first of many such realignments. It is difficult to imagine Friendster (or [URL="http://www.friendfeed.com"]Friendfeed[/URL] before its acquisition by Facebook actually squaring up to the social networking giant in any serious way by now. Not that these people are bad at what they do, far from it; but …

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Is the press release dead? Earlier this month, Esther Schindler [URL="http://tinyurl.com/6e5rmu"]wrote in her You’re the Boss blog [/URL]that “PR is broken. Social media might, [I]might[/I] glue some of the parts back on.” To test this supposition, I spoke to David Meerman Scott, who is the author of the bestselling book [URL="http://www.davidmeermanscott.com/books.htm"]The New Rules of Marketing & PR [/URL](and also a fellow Contributing Editor at [URL="http://www.econtentmag.com"]EContent Magazine[/URL]). Scott, who speaks frequently on the subject, thinks Web 2.0 has changed the way everyone should think of marketing and that marketers who fail to grasp that are doomed to be left in the …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22416[/ATTACH]A group of social media experts meeting at Microsoft's London offices has warned that social media is more than just a numbers game and for marketing campaigns to succeed, business must understand how a blend of creativity and science drives it. The round robin event featuring social media experts from across the UK was held by hosting specialists UKFast at the London offices of Microsoft and debated how best to maximise the potency of social media campaigns. Charlie Osmond, CEO Fresh Networks, spends a lot of time looking at statistics for his clients that cover areas such as what proportion …

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Recent movie trailers have previewed the upcoming film [I]The Social Network[/I], directed by David Fincher and produced by Sony. "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies," the movie's tagline declares, but the movie's already made a few enemies itself. In fact, Sony discovered it can't market its movie about Facebook's founding on the Facebook site itself. [youtube]Cz3MkQH7ch8[/youtube]The movie is based on Ben Mezrich's [I]The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Money, Genius, and Betrayal[/I], and showcases the relationship between Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg, who created the popular social network while at …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]21542[/ATTACH]Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced today that there are going to be a few changes to Facebook. The big story is that Facebook has teamed up with Skype to deliver video chat so that you can talk to your friends through Facebook. This is no surprise considering the partnerships Facebook has forged within the past 5 years. If you recall, Microsoft bought a small stake in Facebook for $240 million in 2007. This past May, Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion. You would imagine that Microsoft would utilize one of their largest assets to help power one of their best …

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Facebook users have been making a lot of use of the new 'like' feature which allows users to link to webpages that they, well, like funnily enough. Not so funny when Facebook users are claiming to like a site called "101 Hottest Women in the World" which features an image of Jessica Alba. But don't be seduced... Not that I've got anything against the Hollywood actress and sex symbol, but I do have a dislike for clickjacking (or Likejacking if you prefer) and that's what is happening here. According to security experts at [URL="http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2010/06/14/facebook-users-clickjacked-101-hottest-women-world/"]Sophos[/URL] as soon as anyone who is …

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[URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg"]Mark Zuckerberg[/URL] famously started Facebook in his dorm room. He's a geek who got lucky and today he is the CEO of a major corporation. Judging from his actions over the last year or so, I'm wondering if he's really suited to this job. He has little tact when speaking publicly. Even when he tries to smooth things over as he did recently in an [URL="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/23/AR2010052303828.html"]OpEd Guest column[/URL] in the Sunday Washington Post, he came off as [URL="http://gawker.com/5546067/facebook-ceo-is-sorry-youre-so-dumb?skyline=true&s=i"]arrogant[/URL]. [B]Every Geek is Not Executive Material[/B] Every geek that makes it big is not suited to the business world. Some make the …

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Music sharing with Facebook friends just became easier, and if that isn't enough to distract you, how about a game of Internet pinball? Two manufacturers are banking that these innovations will keep Facebook users entertained 24/7. Facebook users that subscribe to [URL="http://www.thumbplay.com/"]Thumbplay Music's desktop app[/URL] can combine it with iTunes Auto-Sync, and automatically import their iTunes playlists when signing into their accounts. Music is streamed by right-clicking "Share" on Thumbplay Music's desktop app. Music can be shared with specific friends or everyone on the user's Facebook network Music sharing for Twitter users is also in the works. What Thumbplay Music's …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16416[/ATTACH]This Friday, Google will announce its acquisition of [URL="http://www.slide.com/corp/index.html"]Slide[/URL], for $182 million. Earlier this year, Slide was [URL="http://www.fastcompany.com/mic/2010/industry/most-innovative-web-companies"]named one of the ten most innovative web companies[/URL] by Fast Company. If you've ever thrown a sheep at someone on Facebook, you've used a Slide product. The company, which says it's responsible for 100 SuperPokes a second, 5 million sheep thrown a day, and 100 spells cast per minute in its [URL="http://www.slide.com/corp/products-superpocus.html"]SuperPocus Academy of Magic[/URL], began as a photo-oriented shopping service but has changed its business model [URL="http://www.businessinsider.com/slide-is-onto-its-second-office-fifth-business-model-2010-2"]a whopping five times[/URL], eventually morphing into a social-gaming site.[ATTACH]16415[/ATTACH]The company was founded by [URL="http://www.crunchbase.com/person/max-levchin"]Max …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16322[/ATTACH]This week players of Facebook games found themselves unexpectedly rewarded for their playtime. The frequent messages that Facebook has awarded the gamer with credits signals Facebook's push to implement [URL="http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=837"]Facebook Credits[/URL], a virtual currency intended to standardize payments across the multitude of Facebook applications. The push of the credits program has also signaled [URL="http://technorati.com/blogging/article/warning-facebook-free-credit-scam/"]a rise in the number of scams centered around it.[/URL] The credits can be used for virtual items, gifts, and power-ups in games such as Bejeweled Blitz, Farmville, Mafia Wars and Treasure Madness. Facebook is using a "first taste is free" approach to hook users on credits. …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16185[/ATTACH][URL="http://www.amazon.com"]Amazon.com[/URL] has launched a Connect to Facebook feature that will allow users to receive product recommendations based on data from their Facebook profile as well gift suggestions for friends on Facebook based on their data. The feature, which is currently in beta testing, will also allow users to find friends' Amazon Wish Lists more easily. The new option reads, "Connect to Facebook to get Amazon recommendations for you and discover Friends' Favorites and Likes." Connecting with Facebook allows the user to see a list of friends with upcoming birthdays along with gift suggestions, a list of what's popular among Facebook …

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[URL="http://aws.amazon.com"]Amazon Web Services[/URL] (AWS) uses it. [URL="http://www.elastichosts.com"]Elastichosts[/URL] uses it. [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL] uses it. Yahoo uses it. [URL="http://www.engineyard.com"]Engine Yard[/URL] uses it. [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] uses it. "It" is Linux, of course. But what else do all these companies have in common? If you said "cloud technology," you're correct. Perhaps the best known of all cloud vendors, AWS, makes the most of its resources through the use of [URL="http://www.xen.org"]Xen[/URL]'s Linux-based virtualization. AWS is the gold standard in the cloud-computing business. Although not the cheapest cloud solution, it's reliability, ease of use, stability and superb technology make it a wise choice for companies who need 100% …

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It's not just [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story231517.html"]phishing scams[/URL] that Facebook users have to worry about right now, According to Roger Thompson, the Chief Research Officer with security vendor AVG, hacked Facebook applications are increasingly reaching out to exploit sites based in Russia. As Thompson says, this is different to the normal run of things whereby people are linking to hacked pages innocently enough on social networking sites. "These seem to be actual Facebook applications that have been hacked" Thompson points out, adding that the application developers are "innocent victims too". AVG researchers first spotted the trend when a fire-fighter simulation game which it …

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I saw a report that read, "Video game sales plunge in April." Software sales dropped by 22 percent and hardware sales dropped by 37 percent. What's the story, folks? Do you have all the gaming miscellanea that you can afford? Are you satisfied with your current array of video games? Are you using free games like the ones found in Linux? Wait, I know what it is, you're playing games off of [URL="http://mamedev.org/"]MAME[/URL] to regain your misspent youth and to try and regain the thrills you used to get when putting all those quarters into a console for three minutes …

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Last month [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story297374.html"]DaniWeb reported how Justin Bieber beat Lady Gaga to become the King of YouTube[/URL] with the most viewed video ever. Gaga has proven harder to tackle on Twitter where the quirky pop star has just knocked Britney Spears off the top spot in terms of the most followers. But what can you learn from this battle of the celebrities and can you convert that knowledge into hits for your online business? [attach]16814[/attach][URL="http://www.famecount.com"]According to social media popularity chart compiler Famecount[/URL], as of today [URL="http://twitter.com/Ladygaga"]Lady Gaga can count some 5,720,931 followers on Twitter[/URL] which lifts her above [URL="http://twitter.com/BRITNEYSPEARS"]Britney Spears on …

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The [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story291317.html"]founder of Facebook might be facing the death penalty in Pakistan[/URL] but social media growth is showing no sign of slowing down in India. In fact, it is displaying some of the fastest social networking growth on the planet. [attach]16882[/attach]According to a [URL="http://www.comscore.com"]comScore report on Social Networking Sites in India[/URL], published today, the Indian social networking audience has risen by an astonishing 43 percent in the last year. In the month of July alone, some 33 million Internet users over the age of 15 visited social networking sites in India according to comScore measurements, and that represents some 84 …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]17035[/ATTACH]While security professionals constantly fear the big bad hacker breaking into their enterprise and wreaking havoc, the biggest threat to security is sitting inside the company and drawing a paycheck. Cloud and e-mail security specialist [URL="http://www.proofpoint.com/"]Proofpoint[/url] notes in its seventh annual study of data loss prevention (DLP) issues that e-mail is the largest source of data compromise, making up 35 percent of all data loss issues. Employee misuse of work-issued mobile devices and popular social media services like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, video sharing sites, forums and blogs are also resulting in more data loss issues, and are forcing disciplinary actions, …

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[ATTACH=right]16801[/ATTACH]The holiday shopping season has apparently come early to the tech world. First came the big and stupefying news that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story305645.html"]Intel was purchasing security leader McAfee[/URL] for $7.68 billion earlier, and now the end of the week brings a new flurry of acquisitions from three more industry leaders. [B]Google Likes What it Sees in Like.com[/B] It's been a long, tortured romance between the two search engines. The Mountain View Monster originally courted Like.com's visual search service for retail back in 2004 when the brand new company was known as Riya. As Like.com itself explains, its technology... [QUOTE]lets us understand visually …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16646[/ATTACH]Yesterday, Facebook released an [URL="http://github.com/facebook/facebook-ios-sdk"]updated SDK[/URL] for the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review291912.html"]Apple iOS4[/URL], intended for use with Apple's iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Between this and the recently released Facebook SDK for Android, third-party developers can build applications with a social networking component for two of the most popular mobile platforms. Two key features of the new release are [URL="http://developers.facebook.com/docs/api"]the Graph API[/URL] and its use of [URL="http://wiki.oauth.net/OAuth-2"]OAuth 2.0[/URL]. The Graph API simplifies the way data is read from or written to Facebook. It looks at Facebook's [URL="http://podtech.wordpress.com/2007/10/09/official-definition-of-facebooks-social-graph-dave-morin-from-facebook-graphing-social-patterns-day-2/"]social graph[/URL], the network of connections through which Facebook users communicate, and represents each object in the …

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[URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] has got in the way of [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL] and acquired [URL="http://www.friendfeed.com"]Friendfeed[/URL]. This is not great news for Google. The search giant has one major chink in its armour; you can't search social media in real time. Once entries have been around for a while you can find stuff; I've certainly turned up Tweets from Twitter with obscure searches on Google, but they've been from days before rather than five minutes before. As a journalist I could do with more up to the minute information because that's the way it's being written/created at the moment. Google couldn't have foreseen this when …

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Is this the beginning of a backlash? It looks as though there's some research out there to suggest that the over-55s are starting to [URL="http://www.businessinsider.com/people-over-55-are-quitting-facebook-2009-5"]desert Facebook[/URL]. There could be a number of reasons for this. The best guesses I've seen mostly involve money. This time last year you might recall there was a slew of stories about people being banned from social networking at work because - wait for it - working time is for working, and if you want to do social stuff then the polite thing seems to be to do it on your own time. (Just say …

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A lawsuit filed against Facebook in 2008 has had its day in court -- and lost. [ATTACH=RIGHT]16247[/ATTACH]Ohio-based [URL="http://www.leader.com/"]Leader Technologies[/URL] filed suit against Facebook, charging that it had infringed on their 2006 patent for "a method and system for the management and storage of electronic information” developed by the company's founder, Michael McKibben and Jeffrey R. Lamb. It took six days to hear the trial in a Delaware court, but in the end the eight-member jury ruled in Facebook's favor, finding that although patent infringement had taken place, the original patent was invalid. The patent abstract describes the tool as: [QUOTE]A …

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With a fanship of over half a million people strong morbidly updating us about going to the gym and how they’re about to eat dinner semi-colon right bracket, Facebook's dominance seems untouchable, as they relish on their throne as the Wal-Mart of social networking. That is, until you mention Google. Google’s intentions for creating a “Facebook killer” entered the limelight on Wednesday when it was revealed by sources close on the matter that media mogul was in heavy talks with the juggernauts of social gaming. Rumored as “Google Me”, the service will be driven by a wide variety of games …

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[ATTACH=right]16222[/ATTACH]A new Facebook feature is gearing up to waste more of your time very soon. Facebook Questions has been launched in a limited beta test, naturally begging the important question, "What the Heck is Facebook Questions?" We looked to the [URL="http://blog.facebook.com/"]Facebook blog[/URL] for answers: [QUOTE]Facebook Questions helps you tap into the collective knowledge of the more than 500 million people on Facebook. For example, if you're vacationing in Costa Rica and want to know the best places to surf, you can use Facebook Questions to get answers from nearby surfing enthusiasts. Because questions will also appear to your friends and …

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Gentlemen, your suspicions have been confirmed - your lady/girlfriend/wife [I]is[/I] addicted to Facebook. [ATTACH=right]15821[/ATTACH]That's the finding in a new survey of 18-to-34-year-old ladies by Oxygen Media (think Oprah). It found that over a third of the 1600 women polled - 39% to be exact - describe themselves as "addicted" to the pervasive social networking service. In fact, not even the call of nature can rival the siren song of social media in the morning, as 34 percent admitted that they even check Facebook before using the bathroom in the morning. More evidence from the survey of a society's priorities gone …

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Viral videos are usually a great laugh, which is why they spread so quickly and the reason they get called viral in the first place. But the laughter soon stops when the bad guys use the lure of a viral video to launch a clickjacking attack. [attach]15852[/attach]Security researchers at Sophos are warning that scammers have struck on Facebook with a message that is spreading fast by proclaiming "I am part of the 98.0% of people that are NEVER gonna drink Coca Cola again after this HORRIFIC video" and which includes a link. What makes this particular attack stand out from …

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In a twist of Internet fate, [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] creator and owner Mark Zuckerberg finds himself as defendant in a lawsuit over the Facebook's majority ownership. Paul Ceglia claims that he entered into a contract, signed by both himself and Zuckerberg, that sold 50 percent of facebook.com to Ceglia for $1,000. Ceglia further claims that Zuckerberg promised him one percent more per day until the site was completed. Ceglia [URL="http://www.scribd.com/doc/34239119/Ceglia-v-Zuckerberg-complaint"]filed his claims[/URL] with the Allegany County Supreme Court of New York. He claims to own 84 percent of Facebook per the contract. I wonder if Ceglia would be so interested in the …

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[URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] has decided to kill off its virtual gifts. According to a report from [URL="http://mashable.com/2010/07/08/facebook-gifts-rip/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29"]Mashable[/URL] nobody is saying why, they're just cutting it out. I'll tell you why. Because it was a rubbish idea, poorly executed. OK, rephrase: as a standalone idea, it sucked. As a component of something else it might work. The idea was that you'd find a friend on Facebook and then send them a virtual present. A beer, a cake, whatever. Now you can call me old-fashioned if you want, but if anyone wishes to send me a beer they're welcome to do so - [I]if[/I] …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]15745[/ATTACH]Recent buzz centers around Facebook and Google interactions ever since [URL="http://www.skepticgeek.com/socialweb/googlers-take-on-social-networking-reveals-chinks-in-facebooks-armor/"]a presentation by Paul Adams, the user research lead of Google’s social team[/URL], revealed some of Google’s plans for social networking. In the presentation, Google sets out how it defines social and demonstrates why that definition showcases Facebook’s biggest weakness. Individuals have many groups of people they interact with, according to the presentation, and their ties to those groups can be strong, weak, or even temporary, like the barista who made your most recent coffee. You may want one group, such as family or co-workers, to be able to view …

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