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Newsvine Sells to MSNBC.com

image Popular citizen journalism site Newsvine has announced they’ve been acquired by MSNBC.com for an undisclosed sum. MSNBC is a privately held company started by Microsoft and NBC and is located in Newsvine’s backyard–Seattle.

image So what does this mean for Newsvine? Here’s a sample of the things they’ve shared at the Newsvine blog.

  • Newsvine will continue operating independently…
  • Over the next few years, Newsvine technology and content will make its way onto msnbc.com, and vice-versa where it makes sense…
  • We officially became part of the msnbc.com family on Friday, October 5th but we’ve been talking since May…
  • Increased exposure for Newsvine writers…
  • It is our hope that eventually, readers of both Newsvine and msnbc.com will be able to jump from site to site and share in the benefits that each destination offers…

Confirmed: Marketing Pilgrim is Diggable!

Back in February, Andy pledged to you, gentle reader, that Marketing Pilgrim’s content was “Not-Made-For Digg”. This means that:

If they [Digg users] happen to find one of our posts Digg-worthy we’d be flattered. [The pledge] does mean that I will not construct any future posts with the sole purpose of getting on the homepage of Digg (not that we ever really did much of that anyway).

Perhaps we were wrong—at least in the last comment there. Although we remain fully and deeply committed to our Not-Made-For-Digg pledge, we are proud and just a little bit humble surprised and delighted to discover that Marketing Pilgrim is one of the websites with the highest Digg saturation. Patrick Altoft of BlogStorm compiled a list of sites with the most mentions on Digg. These numbers mean that “marketingpilgrim.com” has been mentioned in submitted URLs, comments and comment links 1600 times:

Gluing the Web Together with FriendFeed

I just wrote about how YouTube was started by former PayPal employees. There’s a new social media site called FriendFeed, written about in Gigaom today. It was started by former Google employees. It’s another site to keep track of but never actually see your friends. Then when they see you they will know everything about you, including why you look so tired today.

I’m a Twitter fan because the setup time and effort to track my friends is pretty low. One picture. Short bursts of information. Still, I don’t keep posting as much as I did at first.

Facebook/Microsoft Plot Thickens

Monday, it looked like Microsoft was interested in buying 5% of Facebook for a sum of $300-500 million. The following day, the plot thickened as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Seattle—and Microsoft—according to CNNMoney.com.

Senior editor David Kirkpatrick hits on the reasons why Facebook is so attractive to investors:

Facebook is the closest thing the world has to a next-generation Internet, one structured not around Web sites but around people. In the Facebook topology, every data source or service is defined by who else is using it.

The company has, in a crude way, solved the critical problem of Internet identity. Each member’s profile is tantamount to their personal Web site, which defines who you are, who you know, what you are interested in, and what you are doing now.

Poll: Did LinkedIn Lose Out to Facebook?

TechCrunch is reporting LinkedIn will allow users to add photos as of this Friday. As Mike Butcher suggests, the move by LinkedIn is likely in response to the growing number of people using Facebook for business networking.

Is this too little, too late for LinkedIn?

While I have a LinkedIn account–and like the service–since joining Facebook I’ve found myself using it for business instead of LinkedIn. I’m not sure I’d go back to LinkedIn.

What about you, which do you prefer for business networking?


Is Facebook Doing Enough about Pervs?

I know, you were all shocked last month when I had to break the news to you that there were perverts on the Internet—even on the hallowed (and supposedly fenced-in) “grounds” of Facebook. I’m sure you’re just now recovering from the shock, so I hate to have to do this to you again, but: there are still perverts on Facebook. Yes, nearly six weeks after we first brought this to the general public’s attention, Facebook hasn’t done anything to the nasty people using their network for nefarious purposes.

Okay, okay, </tongue in cheek>. That was my initial reaction when I saw the headlines today: New York Attorney General Investigating Perverts on Facebook, etc. But looking deeper, this story shouldn’t be dismissed as overcautious fuddy-duddyism.

If Twitter and Yahoo Answers Mated You’d Get Attendi

SEM is so powerful, so successful, that there’s a relentless quest to find the “next search.” Attendi, a startup that launched today at the Demo conference, applies search to instant messaging conversations.

To join Attendi, you create a profile that can include blogs, keywords, favorite web sites and your social networks; the idea is to position yourself as an expert on whatever you want — cooking, motorcycles, SEM. Automatically generated tag clouds attached to profiles show what else you’re up to speed on.

Other people can come to the site and search for experts who are logged in, then request a chat. Your profile is rated as more relevant to a topic, the more people chat with you. In addition, Attendi indexes all the chats and makes them searchable. So, even if someone isn’t online, you can read what they said to someone else.