I'm not sure I should feel as outraged as part of me wants to with more news of Facebook's embracing of the commercial sector like a big cold kiss.
The social networking galacticon's plan is to allow companies to survey Facebook users by dropping polls into our feeds. Of course, it's up to you if you want to take them or not and, if they're dressed up well, I should imagine...
For the love of GOD, won't someone stop them?
Google's roaming fleet of privacy-invading world-mapping cars caused a bit of a stir yesterday, when one of the people who spends their everywakinghour combing Street View for photos of hookers, drugs deals going down, shootings and sunbathing ladies found this - the moment the Street View car flattened a deer.
You'd think the driver would've said something and told his bosses not to upload the pictures, but no. Although the photo has since been removed from the service, to...
Spurred on by the sorry tale of that American slapper who auctioned her alleged virginity for several million dollars, long-term Potters Bar singleton Jon Ward decided to sell an all-expenses-paid night out with himself "in London" on eBay.
The listing's ended, but you can read Jon's excellent self-oriented sales speak here.
The result? A lady called "sexysarah2009" bought an evening with Jon...
I can understand people not having the time to update a blog. To grow a blog properly it needs time, effort and careful feeding of the community. A Twitter account, on the other hand, requires considerably less effort - 140 characters, perhaps twice a day? Well, if even that's too much for you or your business, then Twit4Hire is the company for you.
It's targeting business who want to "get on the Twitter" but haven't got a clue how to go about it. Or they might have a clue, but can't spare the resources. Either way, Twit4Hire will sit there and chat to legions of followers about nothing your business on your behalf.
I'm not sure I could recommend employing Twit4Hire. Do it yourself. For top tips on how best to use Twitter for marketing and PR, visit this handy site, instead.
Twit4Hire (via TechRadar)
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Pay attention, because this one's important. Web video has issues. It has issues because it's closed, and proprietary. The vast majority of web video is delivered in the Flash format, which owned by Adobe. This means that video sites have to suffer restrictions and pay license fees. Wouldn't it be better if there was an open source version?
Enter Theora. It's an open-source video codec which, when combined with the Vorbis audio codec and the .OGG file format, could replace Flash as the dominant form for web video.
The rumours around Google's GDrive, which we reported on the other day, look to be gaining steam. First, there was a mysterious menu option appearing in Picasa for Mac, and now code's been added to Google Apps that references a 'webdrive'. There's even a little icon for it.
I'll reiterate my comment from the other post - this isn't likely to be 'unlimited' storage. People have too much crap for Google to allow that, and most of that crap is dubiously-acquired intellectual property like movies, games and music. Google's had problems with that with YouTube, so I find it unlikely that they won't put restrictions on the service.
More likely, we'll see a limited storage, limited file upload service that doesn't do very much more than what you can already do with Google Docs and Google Mail. When will we see it? My money's on 'fairly soon'.
(via Google Operating System)
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Times were, back in the old days when the internet was mainly for "hobbyists," easy access to vast reserves of pornography was the big seller of PCs and, you might argue, was instrumental in the uptake of broadband. It was in my house, at least. But not any more.
Web traffic counter Hitwise reckons traffic to social networking sites out-stripped that of porn providers for the first time in the UK late last year. Hitwise says it's all women's fault, with 55% of social net traffic coming from lady browsers uploading photos of cats to Facebook, and, as a result, they're spending...
Wikipedia is considering banning unregistered users from making alterations to certain articles. It would be a radical policy change for the Encyclopedia whose slogan is "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit".
Last week, during President Obama's inauguration lunch, US Senators Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd were both taken ill, quite seriously in the case of Kennedy. They have both since recovered, however shortly after the event, their Wikipedia entries read that they had died.
Although the changes were removed within five minutes of going up, the site's founder, Jimmy Wales, went on record saying that a "flagged revisions" system would have prevented the problem. Such a system has been trialed on the German Wikipedia, and means that any unregistered edits have to be approved by a 'trusted editor' before they appear to the public.
Here's a new social networking micro-blogging toy that Stephen Fry hasn't signed up to yet - F*** My Life.
Founded as an IRC channel and quickly growing into full micro-blog status, the idea of FMyLife is to broadcast an unrelenting stream of misery and examples of forehead-slapping idiocy people have encountered, creating a nice antidote to the cheerful, kitten-related rubbish spewed out by most vacuous...
Hooray! The tedious and long-running saga of the UK possibly adopting the 'three strikes' system for disconnecting the internet access of music pirates has been dumped, with David Lammy, the Intellectual Property Minister, today saying there are "no plans" to introduce such a scheme.
Last year, everyone thought the French Technique of ordering ISPs to disconnect the harder-core of music pirates was the way to go, with the UK apparently considering adopting the idea.
However, Lammy has just told The Times that the government..