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StrawPoll Offers Twitter Users Polling App

A new Twitter application has been launched called StrawPoll, which offers Twitter users the ability to poll and monitor their followers.


The application can be found at and is now available to all Twitter users.

StrawPoll works with the Twitter API to offer your followers not only the poll question you would like answered, but also a shortened URL to a page where users can answer the poll more in-depth.

Followers can simply vote by replying to the person they follow with the number that represents the answer:

Are you currently reading a book: Yes (1) or No (2) ?

@dsnyder <1>

Or you can also add a reply:

Are you currently reading a book: Yes (1) or No (2) ?

SlideShare Presented With $3 Million in Series A

By Sean Maguire

Joining an all-star cast of investors that includes Guy Kawasaki, founder of Alltop and Dallas, TX billionaire Mark Cuban, founder of; SlideShare, Inc., the world’s largest online slide sharing community announced it has secured $3 million in Series A funding, led by Venrock.

The funding enables SlideShare to expand operations, fund continued product development and accelerate its subscription base.

A free service, SlideShare is the “YouTube” of slide show sharing; allowing individuals and organizations to easily upload and share presentations and generate leads. Files can be tagged, downloaded and embedded into blogs, websites and social media platforms.

As part of the round, SlideShare adds Venrock General Partner, David Siminoff to its board. “Our use of the Internet is evolving from consuming and sharing text-based information – like email, news and blogs – to visual communication, using imagery and video,” said Siminoff.

Google Friend Connect Makes Sites More Social

First MySpace announced data portability, then Facebook announced Connect, and now Google has Friend Connect. Each is making it easier to share profile information from one social networking site to other web sites (and hoping to be place you go to do that). Google’s Friend Connect was announced today.

To add social networking features to any web site, you can get code from Google (although, unfortunately, the site does not work until tonight) and pick which features you want to add. The code will allow people register on your site, invite other people, import friends lists, see who else is on the site, and post messages and reviews.

Facebook to Start Porting Profile Data to Other Sites

Yesterday MySpace announced that you can use your MySpace profile on other sites. Not to be outdone, today Facebook announced their version. It’s called Facebook Connect and it’s a good sign that data portability is catching on. Especially because Facebook usually doesn’t follow suit when it comes to sharing data (unless it’s for advertising).

Facebook Connect was announced on the company’s developer blog.

Privacy is a big concern as it always is with social networks. Free means you give up personal information so you can be on the site. If you change your mind, getting the information off could be tricky. Also, each site has its own privacy policies.

MySpace Wants to be your Profile Host

Each time you sign up for a new site you create a profile which is unique to that site. You’ve got to upload a picture and fill everything out. It’s a pain to keep up with it all, which is why I haven’t yet added my picture to my Digg or LinkedIn profile.

MySpace has launched the Data Availability initiative which can make MySpace your home base for profiles. With this new initiative you’ll be able to integrate elements of your MySpace profile on partner sites that so far include Twitter, eBay, Yahoo! Instant Messenger, and Photobucket.

Facebook Signs on to Child Protection Guidelines

It’s been nearly four months since MySpace announced a joint agreement with 49 state Attorneys General to protect minors online—and now Facebook’s finally gotten around to signing on. CNET reports (emphasis added):

In the deal, the social network has agreed to develop age verification technology, send warning messages when an under-18 user may be giving personal information to an unknown adult, restrict the ability for people to change their ages on the site, and keep abreast of inappropriate content and harassment on the site.

When MySpace and the AGs inked the “Principles of Social Networking” (which I still say should have been named “Principles of Privacy for Minors in Social Networking”) guidelines earlier this year,

Failed: Reuters Gets it Wrong About Facebook Transparency

Here’s a headline from a new Reuters article:

“Facebook users willing to let employers see profiles”

Reuters looks at a new report on Canadian Facebook users and pretty much declares that they are now happy to let employers see their profiles.

But look at the data:

Almost half of 1,200 people questioned in an online survey said they would be comfortable sharing their personal profile with their current employer, while two in five would consider letting prospective employers look at their Facebook account in addition to their resume.

Huh? “Almost half” would share with their “current” employer? Only 20% 40% would share their Facebook profile with a “prospective” employer?

How does that match-up with the headline? Maybe Reuters was influenced by the report’s author who says, “The days of getting drunk and getting all your pictures posted online, that’s gone.”