Hey Daniheads, I'm one of the newish Staff Writers here at Daniweb, and I'm working on lining up my calendar for the fall for reporting and interviews on social media topics. I wanted to put it to all you forum devotees to see if there are any particular social media topics you'd like me to look into, stories you think should be investigated or personalities that should be tracked down for an interview. Some of our best stories come directly from you folks on the forum, so please let me know what we're missing and we'll look into it. Thanks …

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[ATTACH=right]16243[/ATTACH]Foursquare is so hung up on where we are now or where we've been... Never fear, [URL="http://plancast.com"]Plancast[/URL] is here to fill the void in the location-based future social networking space. Actually, it's much cooler than that, and it's beginning to pick up steam. As its name infers, Plancast is all about broadcasting your plans, just to friends or to the entire world. Think of it as a sweet combination between Twitter and an events calendar. It also has nifty mapping features, integrates well with Facebook and Twitter and comes as an app for iPhone or Android. To see one of …

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The web was awash with rumours yesterday and now there's confirmation - [URL="http://www.aol.com"]AOL[/URL] has sold [URL="http://www.bebo.com"]Bebo[/URL] to [URL="http://www.criterioncapital.co.uk"]Criterion Capital Partners[/URL]. The "why sell" question is too easy to answer to even bother with - it was dying on its backside. The early adopters of social media were fond of Bebo, and some creative types put a drama on it, [URL="http://www.bebo.com/Profile.jsp?MID=367137231&MemberId=4337221200"]Katemodern[/URL], which had a nomination for a Bafta award for innovative use of technology. That was a lifetime ago in the social web. By the time I wrote my book last year it was more of a footnote - the place …

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[URL="http://twitter.com"]Twitter[/URL] founder Biz Stone has confirmed that the network might take advertising at some stage. More specifically he's refused to say it won't. The company has just revised its terms and conditions and as part of the overhaul Mr. Stone has said on a blog that he's keeping the door open to advertising. So he's not saying no, he's not saying yes. This is an entirely sensible view to take since neither he nor anyone else can predict the direction a company will take at only two years old. Markets change, conditions change so of course he's keeping an open …

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[URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] is going on trial for an alleged breach of privacy it appears. The full story is [URL="http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/08/18/237366/privacy-lawsuit-filed-against-facebook.htm"]here[/URL]. I don't know American law at all but I'm writing in the UK and over here, if a case is coming to court, we have to be very careful about prejudicing the outcome by commenting on it. Given that, plus the fact that I know diddly-squat about it in any case, I'm not going to comment on the details of this case. Except... Two of the people bringing the case are, the story says, children. Now, nobody take this wrongly, but even …

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[URL="http://www.itv.com"]ITV[/URL] has finally put all the rumours into perspective and sold [URL="http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk"]FriendsReunited[/URL]. It's lost millions in doing so and there's no getting away from it - it was a bad deal. It's worth noting a few details about FriendsReunited. It began as a tiny business putting people back in touch with old school friends, and it grew incredibly quickly at first. With hindsight it's possible to see that limiting it to school and college friends was going to limit its growth. Equally with hindsight you could have told them that charging, even at £5 per year ($10 when the exchange …

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One of the major problems with social networks - hey, one of the major problems with any new trend - is that so many people spend so long trying to persuade themselves that they're actually looking at just another version of an existing thing. So if I'd been around when television was invented I wouldn't have been surprised to see so many people claiming it was the end of radio, and so on. What's prompted this is the BBC's story about [URL="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7942304.stm"]email being supplanted by social networks[/URL]. Well, no it's not. Email is a simple one to one communication usually. …

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[I]You have no friends named "palin".[/I] Sob. I had been so proud, the day after Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate, to be her friend on Facebook. I hadn't even done it cold, either; a friend of mine had recommended to me that I friend her, and I was happy to see that she allowed the connection later that day so I could read her status updates and see that she was excited, tired, shopping for shoes, and so on. I thought at first it had been [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3114.html"]something I said[/URL]. But in doing a search …

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Of course, it makes sense. After all, I'm following him (along with 43,485 people at this writing). But it still gave me a little thrill, a few minutes later, to get the message that he was now following me (along with the 42,084 other people he follows). Is it automatic somehow? Or does a campaign staffer have it in their job description to follow all the people who follow him? (And what about the 1,399 people who follow him whom he doesn't follow?) It's not that his [URL="http://twitter.com/BarackObama"]Twitter feed[/URL] is all that amazing; he updates about every day and a …

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