Well I guess he could not take the constant barrage of people saying how much a douche bag he is for his racist and sexist comments over the last couple of years. John is pissed that he is not cool anymore. But Tumblr does rock.
“…the days of “Twitter: The Breakthrough” have passed; The Twitter-bred syntax isn’t really doing it for me anymore.”
“Finding out in 140 characters what a stranger has to say about you is like a mathematical equation without an established value of ‘x’. Who are you, stranger? What do you stand for?…”
NEW YORK – Twitter, the Web site that asks what everybody’s doing, says it wants to be doing a TV series.
The social-networking service said Monday it has teamed with Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners to develop an unscripted series based on the site, which invites 140-character postings from members around the world.
The show would harness Twitter to put players on the trail of celebrities in an interactive, competitive format.
The producers call their proposed series the first to bring the immediacy of Twitter to the TV screen. Continue reading
They peepin, watchin…
DENVER (Billboard) – After years of watching music fans flood online social networks to interact with their favorite recording artists, the music industry is starting to get serious about adding community features to its own websites.
Hoping to become a big player in that effort is networking giant Cisco, which during the Consumer Electronics Show, January 8-11 in Las Vegas, introduced its Eos platform — a set of hosted online tools designed to enable media and entertainment companies to build social networking functions into websites.
For record labels, that means adding fan community services to artist sites. Warner Music Group (WMG) is the first label partner signed on to use the Eos platform, and it already plans to add such functionality to the sites for Atlantic artists Laura Izibor and Sean Paul. Other artist sites will migrate to the platform over the course of the year.
“As the Web shifts from the enterprise to the consumer in terms of where the traffic is coming from, the social media revolution — which is all about fans interacting with artists — is going to provide an enormous opportunity,” said WMG executive vice president of digital strategy and business development Michael Nash. “This is a recognition that having a social media strategy is not just about partnering with social networks, but it’s also about what we do with our direct-to-consumer efforts.” Continue reading
A very interesting finding was released by a Christian based study group (Barna Group) into the effects of social networking. While the results of their study may be up for debate this will become the benchmark from which they gauge who’s who and what’s what online. They got info on just about ever facet of social networking so it is worth the read, just keep in mind who funded the research and what their hidden intentions may be:
Blogging has not reached the “tipping point” towards becoming a mainstream activity (an emerging technology is often thought to “tip” toward majority use when the penetration reaches 20% or more of the population). Still, there are an estimated 16 million American adults who use their blog as a pulpit to broadcast their voice to the world. Blogs are most common among single adults, Northeast residents, homosexuals, those not registered to vote, and atheists and agnostics.
Reuters ran a thorough expose on the social networking phenom, citing the inclusion of superstars like 50 Cent who have created their own networks via Ning. Even though artists maintain healthy followings via Myspace and Facebook, they don’t have access to the most vital aspect of their following, the fans email. With sensitive data like email and demographics, a social networking site can then be monetized by commercializing access to advertisers.
Identified as “next-generation” fan and web sites, social networks are becoming hubs where artists can not only have an intimate connection with their fanbase but they can also directly market to them, effectively excluding the middleman. Now portals such as Facebook and Myspace are looked at as “funnels” which help strengthen the membership on personalized social networks, like the Ning supported Thisis50.
Gina Bianchini, CEO of Ning summed it up best when she said, “They take and use services where they don’t know the users, don’t have access and don’t have full control, and funnel those fans to something they do control.”
Ludacris, the Pussycat Dolls and Ice Cube are cited as artist that have jumped on the bandwagon early and cemented their spots in the blossoming social network field. Ice Cube’s venture, UVNTV is a slightly different service, that allows its members to host their own TV channel. That service, which includes Snoop and Cube amongst its content providers, will be up and running by January 2009. CLICK HERE to read this informative piece on why social networking is the wave of the future. Get familiar, knowledge is power!
A crop of new Hip Hop themed social networking sites are popping up all over the place. The latest site is www.URBNLEGEND.com, the latest venture from entrepreneur George Nivkor. Not only is this a social networking site but they are offering aspiring artists up to a $500, 000 towards a recording contract. The site is being described as, “URBNLEGEND is an evolved web 2.0 appliance that specializes in networking the entertainment industry. Stay current in your digital environment, promote your agenda, and capitalize on your ideas!” Next up is Goldmic, located at www.goldmic.com. The site’s bio reads “Goldmic’s mission is to provide online products and services that empower the independent hip-hop community. Goldmic stimulates the development of authentic underground hip-hop music by providing a platform, that brings together emcees, producers, DJs, record labels and fans to collaborate and network.
Goldmic has a patent-pending for its unique MC battling application and has had over 150,000 battles take place at Goldmic.com, uniting emcees from over 20 countries.” Make sure you make it over to these new sites and get involved!
Facebook members can now make money on their site! A company called Weblo recently introduced software that will allow users to post ads on their page and recieve revenue from ad sharing. The service enables the user to “earn money from your populairty online.” The advertising value is determined by how much traffic the user generates to their page and how many friends are in their network. For the full article click HERE
Editor’s Note: Step your friends up!