A 53-post collection

Decommoditizing Social Networks By Connecting User Profiles Via OpenSocial

Why isn’t Facebook a founding member of the OpenSocial Foundation, along with Google, Yahoo, and MySpace? Because Facebook is threatened by OpenSocial’s ultimate aim of connecting user profiles and enabling users to easily manage and port their data across any social network. Facebook is worried that this will »

Will Google Acquire Facebook?

As speculation and chatter increases, the question of whether Google ends up buying Facebook is turning out to be one of the big questions of 2007. My bet is that there is already an offer on the table, and that Facebook is seriously considering it. I’m also willing to »

How Can MySpace Beat Facebook At Its Own Game?

By Robert Young Late last week, the Financial Times reported that MySpace was likely to respond to Facebook’s much-hyped F8 Platform initiative with its own third-party application/widget development program. Last week also brought forth an interesting debate, initiated by Jason Kottke via his aptly titled post “Facebook is »

Do MySpace Users Care That It's Not Really THEIR Space?

Last spring I wrote a post “Has The MySpace Downturn Begun?” Dan Mitchell at NYT picked it up in a piece “MySpace No Longer Their Space?” My post was purely speculative and, not surprisingly, completely wrong. But the fact remains that MySpace belongs to News Corp, not MySpace users, which »

The Great Media Industry Schism

The once monolithic media industry is undergoing a radical schism, dividing itself into content creation, on the one hand, and content aggregation and distribution on the other. The nature of this transformation suddenly crystallized for me when I read Tom Foremski’s piece on the new West Coast/East Coast »

Better Opportunity to Sell FTC Violating PayPerPost Ads Than MySpace Ads?

One sales executive apparently sees more opportunity selling ads for PayPerPost, whose no-disclosure-required policy was just declared a big No-No by the FTC, than selling ads for MySpace (via PayPerPost blog): Randy Mountz, former vice president of sales for’s Midwest region, has joined PayPerPost as the company’ »

A Lot of User-Generated Content Is Really User-Appropriated Content

The widely-used and much reviled term “user-generated content” implies that somebody is making something. But the dirty little secret of “user-generated” sites like YouTube and MySpace is that much of the content is not made by the users themselves — it’s appropriated from someone else. So while everyone was watching »

Will MySpace and Facebook Be Victims of Their Own Success?

I wondered about a MySpace downturn back in May — I may well have been just flat wrong — or maybe I was just premature. An article in the WSJ looks at the problem of MySpace and Facebook becoming overcrowded and too full of commercial messages: “good bye myspace. I’ve always »

Brands Matter More Than Ever In Media and Technology

I’ve been thinking a lot about media brands and whether they still matter in the new media landscape. The more I think about, the more it seems that brands are the only thing that still matters in media. What’s changed is not the importance or the role of »

Will Content Quality Still Be a Driver of Advertising Online?

Numerous “analysts” (including me) have been predicting that user-generated content sites like MySpace and YouTube, despite their runaway popularity, will not receive all (or even much) of the big brand ad dollars that will be poured into online advertising across the next few years. The reason — advertisers still care about »