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Facebook Lite Gets Premature Introduction

Facebook IconDepending on who you listen to the Facebook Lite offering that was inadvertently sent to many Facebook users is everything from a direct frontal assault on Twitter to a speed enhancer. Since this product was not even supposed to be released as it was it may not really matter what it really is because it’s not really ready to even ‘be’ quite yet. Two takes came from Mashable and TechCrunch and they are very different.

Mashable’s take can be summed up as follows

It is a completely stripped-down version of the Facebook platform. From what we can tell, it is almost like a Twitterstream: you can see your most recent status updates and the updates of your friends. There is a left-hand navigation with four main categories: Wall, Info, Friends, and Photos & Videos. It does little more than that.

Facebook Emerging as Social Media of Choice for UK Younger Set

facebook2Everyone wants to figure out who has this social media thing figured out. One of the things that gets attention in a hyper covered area like social media is saying something contrary to what appears to be the conventional wisdom. In the UK, we have heard from 15 year ‘analysts’ and now we hear from the UK media regulator, Ofcom that social networking use is down. The Ofcom site defines them as the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. Their findings as reported by ClickZ states

Time to Say Bye-Bye to Google Knol?

It’s been a little over a year since Google launched Google Knol. Now it appears the service may not make it to its 2nd birthday.

As spotted by TechCrunch, traffic to the site peaked in February and has been on a downward slide since then.

It’s not the first time that we’ve seen questions asked about the futile contuation of Google Knol. In fact, it was just this past January that SAI asked why Google didn’t kill off Knol along with all the other dead weight.

It seems that even Knol users have become disenchanted with the service–resorting to using Knol as Craigslist classifieds alternative.

What about you? Are you still using Google Knol? Having any success?

Facebook to Ban All Commercial Activity on Personal Profiles?

If Facebook follows through on its announcement, it may soon ban all commercial activity in personal profiles.

Buried among many proposed changes to the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) you’ll find the following suggested addition:

You will not use your personal profile for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser).

While TechCrunch points out that this would prevent users from accepting payment in return for advertisements posted to their update status, it may go well beyond that. Let’s look at the sentence again, but with some highlighting:

You will not use your personal profile for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser).

Twitter Goes Down for 2nd Time in a Week

UPDATE: Twitter’s back online–just a 25 minute outage. Phew!

No, it’s not just your internet connection, Twitter is down again (as of 3:00pm ET).

Let’s hope it’s not another DDoS attack.

Twitter: It’s All Downhill from Here

If you’re a visual learner, I have great news: the technology equivalent of Hot or Not is available in graph form. Research firm Gartner Inc has published the 2009 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, with a handy graphic detailing the hype cycle and 79 technology trends and topics on the curve.

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The “Hype Cycle” illustrates the growth, maturity and adoption of technologies—but most of all, it looks at how much hype and media coverage these topics get. It can also be used to determine whether to invest in types of tech, according to Gartner—technologies with high user benefit and low time to mainstream acceptance are ripe for investment and implementation, while technologies with minimal user benefit and a long time until mainstream acceptance should be approached with “extreme caution.”

Facebook Search Improves

facebook2One of the more difficult aspects of Facebook up until yesterday was the search capability on the site. Yesterday was a busy day at Facebook as the “FaceFeed” acquisition was put in motion .Under the radar of sorts was this announcement about improvements made in the search capabilities that helps heavy Facebook users considerably and, in particular, marketers.

Let’s be honest here. Facebook is like every other social networking / media / engineering marketing site in that it promotes communication and a kind of online hippy mentality. It’s all peace, love, everyone getting along and basically knowing way too much about each other. Well folks, let’s remind ourselves of one thing about the lovable hippies of the 60’s. They went on to become major league capitalists (the ones that could at least feed themselves like Jerry Rubin) and while Facebook may always talk about the user experience what they are most interested in their financial experience. At the end of the day it’s a business and who can fault them? The search capabilities help the business of Facebook even more and may help them hit those lofty revenue numbers.