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MySpace Adds Protections for Minors

As promised, MySpace makes a big announcement today about “Internet safety.” And no, it has nothing to do with not tripping over your power cord.

Naturally, MySpace’s Internet safety announcement is about increasing privacy and safety for its minor members. ReadWriteWeb reports that the updated features will include:

  • For users 16 and 17 years of age, the default profile setting will now be private — previously this was a default only for 14 and 15 year old users (14 years old is the minimum age for site membership).
  • MySpace will look into the creation of a “children’s email registry that will empower parents to prevent their children from having access to MySpace or any other social networking site.”

Find a Mentor on New Social Networking Site

Most of us have gotten to a place in our life or career where we need some mentoring, but don’t know where to find assistance. For example: maybe you own a small business and you want to retire soon, and you want to prepare to sell your business, but don’t know how to begin.

There is a new niche social networking site that could be helpful. It matches people who want to find career or business mentors with people who want to be mentored. The site, called iMantri accesses your goals with other’s competencies. The site is in private beta but will launch in January.

The Blogosphere Twisting Mark Zuckerberg’s 60 Minutes Interview?

I didn’t watch Mark Zuckerberg’s 60 Minutes interview. There was really no need to when I knew that it would be dissected and digested by the blogosphere today. Still, I decided to go back and take a look when I saw TechCrunch highlight this Zuckerberg statement:

The ripping the scab off the wound moment of the night came with Beacon, and if I’d been sitting on a chair I would have fallen off it, and not due to jet lag. Asked about Beacon and as to whether users who signed up to connect with friends now felt that they were “snooped upon” Zuckerberg responded that “Beacon makes Facebook less commercial.” WTF? You can draw your own conclusions on that.

Google Neglects Jaiku So Users Switch to Twitter

Google and Jaiku = gooku(two)Over at ars technica, there’s talk of Jaiku users fleeing to Twitter due to the lack of any innovation since being acquired by Google.

Google has allowed Jaiku to languish and is now suffering a backlash from frustrated users who are beginning to mass-migrate to Twitter, a competing microblogging service. Jaiku’s external feed servers, which are used by third-party Jaiku client applications, have been down frequently during the past week, often returning 504 gateway errors or nothing at all. During the brief stints when the feed servers are operational, they have been extremely slow and often out of sync with the actual content—typically lagging by between four and 13 hours.

CBS News Wants Under 14s to Decide Presidential Elections?

Now here’s a strange partnership. CBS Interactive has announced a partnership with social bookmarking site Digg for online coverage of the 2008 election. Through the deal, Digg buttons will be added to CBS stories and Digg’s election related headlines will be displayed on

"This is part of our strategic plan to open to diverse news, analysis and voices from across the Web," Michael Sims,’s vice president of editorial content, said in a statement from the company. "We are simultaneously exposing our content to the greater Digg community to help encourage more discovery and sharing."

Why is this strange?

Well, according to this unofficial study, 70% of Digg users are under the age of 14 and cannot legally vote!

Yahoo: Gettin’ Facebook-y

We’ve been following Yahoo’s push to “socialize” their large webmail userbase. In November, it was called “Inbox 2.0.” At CES this week, Jerry Yang referred to “Yahoo Life.” But in reality, according to a Yahoo spokesperson speaking to TechCrunch, the project has no name.

Screenshot of new Yahoo Mail social via ZDNetName or no, the project is designed to have a deep impact on the way people interact with their email—and one another. The new interface will continue to integrate email and IM, as well as offering other capabilities. For a sampling of the technology, check out this example from ZDNet (via TC; photo also from ZDNet):

Mahalo Getting More Social by Leveraging Other Social Sites

Mahalo, everyone’s favorite human-powered search engine and Jason Calacanis venture, has announced a few more “socially” improvements to its site. One of the major updates leverages other social media sites; the other is frankly patterned after another.

Mahalo has expanded its Mahalo Follow tool to enable its users to post directly to several other social sites, including Delicious and Twitter. Also in the Mahalo Follow Sidebar are tips/tricks that accompany selected sites, including Gmail and Twitter. Vanessa Fox samples the sidebar’s suggestions and shares her results, which aren’t particularly helpful.

The second update is adding stub articles to Mahalo. If you’ll recall, Mahalo has always had articles and link lists for its most important subjects, created by its (supposedly vetted) editors. But now, admittedly patterned after Wikipedia, Mahalo has added the capability for anyone to add short articles and recommend links for terms that have not yet had full articles written on them.