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App.net branches into Cloud storage and social networking framework API

February 13, 2013
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App.net wants to be “Twitter that you pay for” and, so far, that has been a bit of an uphill battle. Now they have introduced a File API and have started talking about the idea of an “unbundled” future where your data is separate from the social networking service. Dalton Caldwell writes: The promise of “unbundling”…

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Facebook has just done Google a huge favor

September 18, 2011
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Facebook has just done Google a huge favor

Facebook is rolling out two new features that appear to be a direct reaction to Google+ (and to a lesser degree Twitter). Of course we have no way of knowing how long Facebook has been planning these features, but the timing and similarity to Google+ features certainly makes it appear to be a copycat response…

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Google+ The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

July 15, 2011
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Google+ The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’ve been told that nothing we know about Google+ can be criticized because it is pre-beta. Okay then. Well, here’s some quick takes after trying it out a bit. 1. The Good This section is the hardest to fill in for me. We already have Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (and others). It makes it hard…

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Twitterverse reality check and lessons learned

February 2, 2011
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You’ll probably never know it by looking at the final result, but I’ve been working on this post, at least thinking about it, for several months.  I’ve been reluctant to publish it because every time I start, it tends to sound like a rant and that’s not what I want this to be about. As anybody reading…

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The Site Whose Name Shall Not Be Written

September 25, 2010
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The Site Whose Name Shall Not Be Written

I’ve posted the screenshot below to show what I got when I tried to post a link to a site that I read about recently (click to see full-size): I wasn’t able to post about the site whose name shall not be written. Facebook claims to be blocking this to protect us from “abusive or…

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Tweefight – the next way to throw shoes

April 16, 2009
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It’s gone way beyond snowballs and shoes. Not only are there at least three separate “shoe throwing” applications on Facebook, now you can throw just about anything at your friends, from watermelons to sheep. That’s fine. It’s not my cup of tea, but I know a lot of people enjoy such things. But, thankfully, Facebook…

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PicDoodle virus shows Facebook’s true colors

March 25, 2009
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Facebook continues to claim that they respect users’ privacy and discourage bad behavior in third-party applications. Well, that must depend on how much they’re paid, or who you know, or some other random factors, because the PicDoodle app exhibits all the worst behaviors of an evil, evil virus, and yet Facebook continues to serve it…

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