Seems like a basic question for this forum but I wasn't certain if it had been asked. We all know how MySpace was and how Facebook improved on it. What would you build into the perfect next generation social media community if you knew you were the one chosen to do it?

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Mashable is reporting that Facebook's COO, Sheryl Sandberg, revealed that Facebook is averaging 45 million status updates from 30 million unique visitors per day. So in the last few weeks, along with this info plus the 5 billionth tweet through Twitter and Linkedin going over the 50 million mark in subscribers. Some outlets have reported stats that say that growth is starting to level off in the social media world but I am not so sure.

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Here is the link to the story at All Things Digital [url]http://kara.allthingsd.com/20091021/exclusive-guess-who-else-is-coming-to-dinner-twitter-microsoft-bing-deal-confirmed-but-so-is-facebook-bing/[/url] Microsoft/Bing seems to have one-upped Google!

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In the last 2 days on Mashable it has been reported that new user and unique visitor growth has leveled out for both Facebook and Twitter (both are below 2% growth per month in the US over the last few months). Linkedin, however, is growing at close to 6% monthly both in the US and internationally. Additionally, Linkedin recently surpassed the 50 million mark in users. The question is, do these two trends indicate that Linkedin is on its way to being the social media of choice for businesses? I would say so but as there is no advertising in …

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I just read today that Twitter's traffic grew [URL="http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Search-Engines/Facebook-Sees-Nearly-200-Visit-Boost-While-Twitter-Traffic-Also-Soars-794088/"]over 1,100%[/URL] from Last Year. Additionally, there has been some talk about Twitter rolling out some new features like "geolocation API" and "Lists." Personally, i think Twitter is a great tool for aggregating all the news, information, and people I am interested in following... [I]BUT [/I] if you follow more than a few dozen "people," your main page can seem overwhelming and distracting. For this reason, I am excited to see the "Lists" feature. All too often I find myself wishing for a way to categorize my different feeds by topic. For …

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In an analysis of search engine and social media sites, Facebook was shown to have the most loyal visitors in terms of browsing habits. The study done by the ad network Chitika studied browsing habits of the top SE and SM sites in the month of September. What was really surprising to me is that Digg came in second and Yahoo a close third. Bringing up the rear were Google and Bing (tied for fourth) and Twitter in last. Here is the link to the study on the Chitika website [url]http://chitika.com/research/2009/digg-facebook-loyal-readers/[/url]

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Hi, I would like to know how can I automate my blog so posts automatically feed into Facebook and Twitter? Thanks.

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It looks like your daily updates to Twitter and Facebook about what you are doing could be setting you up for home invasion and robbery. A 'reformed burgler' working for the BBC (what is the job scope on that one) described people friending strangers and then posting updates about going on vacation or business trips is like ringing the dinner bell. Be careful who you friend and what you post. I am going to go tweet that I will be home all weekend cleaning my guns and feeding my rottweilers raw meat!:D

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I know that as internet marketers, we are very aware of how pervasive social media is in today's society. However, there are situations where it is better to be offline than online, especially if its a life or death situation. Thus, when I read news clips like this one on mashable: [url]http://mashable.com/2009/09/07/trapped-girls-facebook/[/url] it makes me think twice. It is like people returning each other's calls with text messages instead.

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I just read on MediaBistro about how Tuesdays is the most popular day on Facebook in regards to clicking to links on brand page. So as you growing an online community, this is good to take into consideration. [url]http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=113154[/url]

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It had to happen sooner or later. I do believe that such tactics do blur the line of what is public worthy and not. I do think that if it does help small counties connect with their constituencies, then great. But I do wonder if in a way, it can bring discord. What do you think? [url]http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2009/sep/05/social-networkings-open-nature-drawing-public-in/[/url]

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I just read an article on PC World about the top 4 Facebook apps. [url]http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/171511/4_facebook_apps_to_watch.html[/url] One app that jumped out for me was Wild Fire. It gives business owners many options on how to optimize their Facebook presence. [url]http://wildfiresocialmedia.com/[/url] So what do you think? Will use such service? Let me check it out.

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Following the lead of John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps, President Barack Obama had mentioned in his campaign platform a "Craigslist for Service" (which met with the [URL="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-newmark/a-craigslist-for-service_b_150924.html"]full approval[/URL] of Craigslist founder Craig Newmark). It has now come to fruition with what Obama is calling "[URL="http://serve.gov/"]the summer of service[/URL]." "This summer, President Obama is calling on all of us – young and old, from every background, all across this country – to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving in our communities. From June 22 to September 11, United We Serve will begin to engage Americans from coast to …

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Yet another report suggests that marriages are splitting up and people are blaming the Internet or Cyberspace for their real-life troubles. There's an account on British newspaper the Guardian's website [URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/may/27/divorce-cyber-affairs"]here[/URL], at the end of which there is a reasonably comprehensive listing of actual incidents reported in the press of this stuff happening. Personally I'd love to see it go away. No, I don't mean marital split-up; of course I'd love to see that go away too, but it's not a realistic aim. No, I'd like to see an end to people drawing this illusory line between 'Cyberspace' and 'real …

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It must be about 15 years since I was standing on a boat in Los Angeles at a press party, talking to a computer executive from the States. I don't remember his name; he'd had a couple of drinks by that time and there were a few people from the European press around. "We operate in Europe," he said. "Including England, Wales...oh, whatever you think is a country over there." Many of us were, I think, understandably offended. I mean, we get it: America is big, you have lakes bigger than London, we really, really understand the point. I can't …

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Facebook, home of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4346.html"]104 year old Frisbee Queen[/URL], would appear to have taken a disliking to large parts of Wales. You know, that rather lovely country which borders England and forms part of the United Kingdom. Wales even has a devolved Government in the Welsh Assembly, something the Welsh fought long and hard to get. No wonder, then, people are more than a little bit annoyed at discovering that Facebook now informs the world they live in England. It seems that people who live in places such as Cardiff and Swansea, very definitely in Wales, now find Facebook giving …

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A belated word about last week's [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] fiasco, if I may. You might remember the company aroused all sorts of excitement when it changed its terms and conditions to allow itself rights in perpetuity to images on its servers. The BBC had a [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7897824.stm"]social media expert[/URL] in to explain how the company was getting a little above itself. I should declare an interest, albeit an indirect one; I've just been asked to write a book on social media. I know a little about what I'm talking about. So, of course, does this guy. He doesn't mention, though, the obvious reason …

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Unless you were unplugged and on living on a Himalayan mountaintop last week, you no doubt heard about the Great Facebook Flap of 2009. If not, then be sure to read [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4008.html"]Ron Miller's excellent recap[/URL] at TechTreasures. ComputerWorld's Frank Hayes posted a great article this morning that takes a look at how the [URL="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=334476"]"Facebook fiasco shows how much is out of IT's hands[/URL]." Hayes says last week's issues with Facebook speak to a increasing problem facing IT departments these days -- there's no longer a simple linear relationship between computers users and IT professionals. Now there business partners, vendors, suppliers, …

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I think I'm going to start compiling a list of these. Last week we had complaints from people not wanting Apple or Facebook to do stuff they didn't like to their websites - excluding content and the like. Now we have [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7609555.stm"]this story[/URL] about Facebook's redesign going ahead regardless of some vocal criticism. OK, there's such a thing as market forces and if enough people think it sucks they'll leave and the whole shebang will go down. (Yes, that's an Englishman attempting to talk American). In the meantime, though, public though it might look, it's someone else's playground and if …

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And that word is: S-U-N-K. Although not entirely without trace it must be said. Yeah, yeah. I know that you guys in North America had already lost Scrabulous after Hasbro had taken legal action to take down the popular Facebook application there. Now Mattel, which has the rights to Scrabble outside of North America, has achieved the same result for the rest of the world. It seems that Facebook has decided to jump overboard and abandon the Facebook application ship before a court in India could push them. Which is more than a little odd, as usually you might expect …

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[I]Even on a slow day, I can have a three-way chat with two women at the same time -- Brad Paisley, [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GcVnhNjWV0"]Cooler Online[/URL][/I] But what if you work for the government? Particularly if you're a teacher? A number of [URL="http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flpfacebook0601pnjun01,0,7309360.story?page=1&track=facebook"]teachers in Palm Beach County[/URL], Fla. -- some of them 20somethings but at least one of them a 54-year-old -- discovered that their FaceBook pages weren't as private as they'd thought, with the newspaper doing a search on teachers' pages to reveal their interests went beyond Romeo & Juliet and algebra to drinking and sex. Now comes the real question: So? …

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Facebook Platform, which has had a rough childhood and now bears the pimples of adolescence. On the eve of the platform’s birthday, the company gave developers a [URL= http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php]sandbox [/URL]in which to apply the Clearasil of its redesigned profile. Before entering the sandbox, be sure to visit the [URL= http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Sandbox_Status]Sandbox Status page[/URL] for news and other known issues. At the moment, the sandbox is for developers’ eyes only. “We believe that the new design makes profiles cleaner and simpler, gives users more control over their profiles, and emphasizes recent and relevant information,” wrote Facebook’s …

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Last month it was revealed that the [URL="http://www.nsa.gov"]National Security Agency[/URL] had been logging telephone calls since 9/11. This month, the right to privacy debate is set to ignite even further after a report in the [URL="http://www.newscientisttech.com"]New Scientist[/URL] claims that the NSA is funding research into the harvesting of personal information from social networks such as [URL="http://www.myspace.com"]MySpace[/URL]. This might not sound like such a big deal, until you step back and realize quite how much personal information gets posted on social networking services: who you know, what blogs you read, your political allegiances, sexual preferences and more. Things heat up when …

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One of Google’s most promising features is its brand new global mapping software, dubbed Google Maps. New API access is taking it to the next level. The web-based interface to Google Maps allows users to perform powerful mapping functions – locating points, creating driving directions, viewing aerial photographs, and even combining aerial photographs with streets in a hybrid view. But it isn’t these functions that truly show off the power of Google’s technology. In June 2005, Google made available a developer toolkit, allowing 3rd party users the ability to directly interact with the powerful mapping engine. ## Extremely Flexible Developers …

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I have personally heard so many stories of people saying they will quit Facebook - mostly for time or professional reasons - but at the same time, there are also many others who join Facebook every day. Thus, as an online marketer, are you worried or concerned about Facebook quitters and not being able to reach your target segmentation?

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The End.