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Oct31
iLike for iTunes - Social Music Sharing
After the earlier discussion on Last.fm, I have been digging around for more dirt on social music sharing.  The worst thing about iTunes, to me, is the disregard to the social web on which it flourishes.  Just placing a subscribe via iTunes link is a pain.  They don't cater at all to the social music user. 

With iLike, an iTunes add in, that all may be about to change.  iLike is a service that's been created simply to share your musical tastes and find additional music you might like.

Mossberg took iLike for a test drive (I tried but the site was down):iTunes Goes Social With iLike

We downloaded iLike on various computers and were pleased, overall, with how it worked. It studies your entire music library and your listening -- not buying -- habits before suggesting related songs. It shows you what your friends are currently listening to and sets up a Web site where your music tastes are organized for others to see, encouraging social networking according to your music compatibility with other users.

Then, Influx interviewed the CEO.  On MySpace's early social music roots:

While a lot of people criticize MySpace for one reason or another, I think it's a fantastic service, and it's success is an incredible phenomenon. I think MySpace is still very much about music. However, I think the "music discovery" experience on Myspace could be made more effective -- as it is, you discover music either by total accident (stumbling on a friend's page and a song plays) or by spam (bands contact you out of the blue). MySpace's popularity shows how great the user demand is for discovering music via friends. We believe iLike makes that even easier and more direct, by directly telling you what your friends have on their iPods.

When their site comes back to life give them a try.  I can't wait to see if they can help me find more of the indy-sound that I like.
Oct30
Niche Social Networking
We are getting a deluge of sites that are extremely niche oriented.  While sites, like this Obesity Surgery Social Network, will be attractive to a more limited number of people, there are two reasons why niche social networking can be... Continue Reading
Oct27
MySpace Founder Buys Video Search Engine
Brad Greenspan, a MySpace founder who recently gained notoriety for griping about his millions gained from the sale to Newscorp, just bought a video search engine, Flurl. ...financial details were not disclosed. Greenspan made the investment through his venture/investment firm... Continue Reading
Oct25
Sharing Your Music Preferences
Why am I the last one in the blogosphere to find out about Last.fm?  I suppose it's because I am 31 and not 21, and few of my business blogger friends are jamming out to bands AND listing them in... Continue Reading
Oct24
37Signals Bashes LinkedIN
As a LinkedIN enthusiast, and a 37Signals user, I was saddened to see this LinkedIN Dear John Letter this am: You have to understand that when I say it’s over, it’s over. No, we can’t talk about this. No, I... Continue Reading
Oct23
MyBlogLog Is Very Cool
I first signed up on MyBlogLog after seeing it on Mashable's sidebar.  The concept is great.  You take all the people who read your blog and allow them to connect to your blog as a community.  Once you sign up,... Continue Reading
Oct19
Crackspace Hopes To Reach An Urban Audience
Claiming to be a hybrid of MySpace and YouTube, Crackspace attracts nothing but flack for their absurd name.  While not a hiphop fan, I can't help but wonder what they are trying to promote with a name like crackspace.  The... Continue Reading
Oct17
Doodle Your Next Meeting
One of the most annoying things I have to deal with in my life (other than this buggy RC1 version of Vista I'm working on) is setting up a meeting with more than one person.  We may spend 2 weeks... Continue Reading
Taking A Look At GuruLib
So you have an amazing collection of books to catalog?  GuruLib wants to help you with your unwanted task. From the creator of GuruLib: GuruLib uses Amazon E-commerce API and Z39.50 library network protocol to access over 54 million cataloged... Continue Reading
Oct16
MySpace Video On Your Profile
One of the most annoying things companies do is when they add features without warning.  Myspace 'profiles' are now showing an additional component/section(?) called 'Video Space' (located below the 'Who I'd like to meet' component and above the 'Top Friends'... Continue Reading
Friendster's Sad Tale Is Recounted (Again)
All of us involved in social writing feel some pangs of regret for Friendster, as we hash over, again and again, what might have been.  The New York Times adds salt to the wounds of Abrams' wounded and bleeding social... Continue Reading
Technorati Tips
Using Technorati can be a chore.  They are overrun with spam, and the company has yet to find a good way to fix that.  Although, I must add that it's an almost impossible problem.  Technorati is easily gamed and the... Continue Reading
Oct13
MyCityRocks Is Rocking In Houston
Young people in Houston know about MyCityRocks.  The fast-growing social phenom is all about helping raise awareness (and bucks) for local and national charities.The site is very popular in Houston, and other parts of TX, and has plans to reach... Continue Reading
MySpace Killed The TV Star
Have you seen the numbers that show off the marked drop off from TV when viewers get broadband internet access? If you have an Internet connection at home, odds are you're watching less television. Maybe as much as 25% less,... Continue Reading
SlideShare Rocks
Many times on this blog I look at social networking how it relates to teens and twenty-somethings.  Today I'm going to review a product that you old-fogies in the business world can appreciate.  ;)SlideShare is a beta service (oh-so-Web 2.0)... Continue Reading
Oct11
Groups Are More Social Than Social Sites
Groups are what the social sites can thank for inspiration.  They've been around since the infancy of the web and the bonds made in groups are powerful, much more so than those made on MySpace, for the most part.Some of... Continue Reading
Leveraged Software Upgrades
For enterprise social networking, one name most of us are pretty familiar with is Leveraged Software.  They are the machine behind social efforts for Apple, Oracle, Microsoft, Sun, Hilton, Dow Jones, InfoWorld, Salesforce.com, HP, Lucent and many other big names. ... Continue Reading
ODEO Revamp in the Cards?
When the AudioBlogger service was discontinued last week, many Blogger users were verclempt.  There is little to recommend Blogger anymore, and the fact that you could easily record a phone podcast with no hosting fees and get direct and immediate... Continue Reading
Social Tools/Sites I Can't Live Without
I'm a heavy social user, spending 12 hours per day blogging, surfing, uploading video and networking each day.  I've decided to share with you my 5 favorite social tools. I'd love to hear from you as to ones you think... Continue Reading
Oct10
Google Buying Facebook?
There's an unsubstantiated rumor going around that Google might make it a two-fer and purchase Facebook right out from under Yahoo. From a source inside YouTube, GOOG is looking at Facebook at a 2.3bil price. This could be a total... Continue Reading
Tweens Are Social Creatures
Tweenagers have been an established demographic for years.  I can remember buying TeenBeat and TigerBeat as a tweenager, long before the internet (well, 1986-89), but eMarketer's latest look at Tweens online really gives you a good look at how times... Continue Reading
YouTube in the UK
Yes, YouTube was purchased by Google.  You've heard about it.  I'm not going to bore you with another article announcing it.  If you don't know anything about it, I wrote on it here, and so did these people:Associated Press, The... Continue Reading
Zuckerberg Points Out Facebook's Differences
In a decidedly worshipful article on Facebook, Fortune's David Kirkpatrick shows us the softer side of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder.  Examples: But Zuckerberg is a strategic thinker. Listening to him talk, it becomes apparent that the company he co-founded is... Continue Reading
Oct 9
Zebo's Millions - Interview with Roy de Souza, CEO of Zebo.com
After all the buzz about Zebo.com's 4.9M signups, I wanted to sit down for a 5 minute chat with the CEO to see what Zebo is all about.As you know, Zebo has recently generated fierce social networking buzz because of... Continue Reading
Is Social VC On Shaky Ground?
Lots of companies are getting VC nowadays (not a shock, huh?).  There's enough of it to constitute a backlash online, with everyone from Sevin Rosen (VC) to TechDirt commenting. So, perhaps the real answer is that Sevin Rosen hasn't yet... Continue Reading
Today's Net Oddity - Geolocator For Your Next Cross Country Hitchhike
Hold on to your hats, these guys are hitchhiking across the country (yawn) and they're doing it with a live mapping site (ok, maybe that's cool).Scotty and Fiddy are hitchhiking to all the state capitals (there's 50 for all of... Continue Reading
Celebrating Imbee - Podcast
Imbee is one of those companies that you're just happy to root for...  The company has a noble aim; to provide safe social networking with parental guidance, and from what I can tell they are doing a great job at... Continue Reading
Oct 6
VideoEgg Interview Sheds Light On Their Model
While many of us are pepped up on adrenaline due to the possible Google/YouTube deal, life must go on.  There are, in fact, other news items begging for attention today.In reading today's interview with the CEO of VideoEgg I noticed... Continue Reading
Rumors of Google's Purchase of YouTube Appear To Be True
It's being reported that YouTube is in talks with Google about a possible $1.6M purchase.  This was reported earlier by Michael Arrington's TechCrunch as an unsubstantiated rumor.  However, it appears, according to the Wall St. Journal and BusinessWeek, that the... Continue Reading
Oct 5
Around The Net Today In Web 2.0
1.  b5 Got Funded “b5media is clearly establishing itself as a leading media network. The company has built great momentum in a very short period of time with a strong founding team and vision,” said Mark Skapinker, Managing Partner at... Continue Reading
Value of Social Sites?
Everyone's scrambling to value sites like Facebook and MySpace.  Valuing advertising-driven sites is particularly hard because the same numbers -- such as the number of users or page views -- can mean different things depending on how the advertisers are... Continue Reading
Making del.icio.us more social
Social tagging can thank del.icio.us for it's recent surge of interest.  Before del.icio.us took the world by storm, we did not have the option to suggest what category something might fall under.  Del.icio.us gave us the freedom to organize.Thus far,... Continue Reading
Oct 4
YouTube's Possibilities
YouTube may have some tricks up their sleeve.  A recent article from MediaPost outlines some of their favorite ways the video giant can make some real money.  From participatory revenue sharing to sponsored channels, the video site is already on... Continue Reading
Fox Is To Steam Fall TV on MySpace
Fox announced today that they'd be streaming upcoming shows (previously aired) on MySpace.  The move is expected to be met with excitement by MySpace users: Fox Tuesday placed already-aired episodes from the current season of "Bones," "Prison Break," "Standoff," "Vanished,"... Continue Reading
Oct 3
WalMart's Social Site Goes KaBoom
Apparently creating a social site is a little more difficult than WalMart expected.  Their family-friendly site has been pulled off the web, though you can still see it here for the time being:  Walmart Family Social SiteThe BlogHerald had this... Continue Reading
Social Marketing Reaches Those Traditional Media Can't
Businesses are beginning to see that the deepest way to connect to online users is via social networks.  However, just sponsoring a social network may not be enough.  Some innovative social marketers are coming up with great solutions: The Dallas... Continue Reading
Social Networking Etiquette
I'm always surprised that there isn't a social networking etiquette course out there (enterprising entrepreneurs, listen up).  I dream of a day when people who communicate online can go through some sort of charm school to teach them how to... Continue Reading
Oct 2
Top Ten Sources
Are you posting on TopTenSources.com?  I've a friend who says she gets a great deal of traffic to her parenting blog from this site, so I spent this weekend creating several promotional pages.For ease of use, I give it a... Continue Reading
Facebook and Yahoo Rumors Are True?
When I saw this claim of Yahoo in Businessweek's, "Yahoo's Strategy: Growth by Acquisition", it made me stop mid-read: It has also tried to acquire social networking site Facebook for upwards of $1 billion. Are we going with that one... Continue Reading
SD Forum Adds Video Segment To Their Lineup
If you are an aspiring video king (or queen) you may want to check out Clavier's blog to get the details on the upcoming "SDForum Search SIG: The growing online video ecosystem": The event will take place at the Conference... Continue Reading

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