Category Archives: social networks

Why the old-fashioned TV is the best social media channel known to mankind

Yesterday I spent the evening watching the Dutch soccer team play against Italy in the European Cup 2008 tournament. It was a great game for us. Holland beat Italy with 3-0 and that is a great score against the current … Continue reading

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Why noise will be tackled by scaling down the social media conversation

If anything web 2.0 technology has provided us the capabilities to have a continuous 24×7 public conversation on the web. There are blogs, communication services like Twitter, content services like YouTube, search services to help us find the things we … Continue reading

Posted in Mobile, noise, social interaction, social media, social networks, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , | 26 Comments

Dear Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, you don’t have to control my data to provide me value

Yesterday John Furrier and Robert Scoble dominated tech discussions when they wrote about the possibility of Microsoft buying Facebook and then locking Google out of part of the web (the Facebook Walhalla that is). It seems like a possible scenario. … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Social Graph, social networks, user centric web, web 2.0, Yahoo | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

We don’t need more information or aggregation, we need inspiration

Being able to pass relevant information from one person to another has always been part of the evolution of mankind. When there was no technology we used storytelling. People would listen to the oldest, wisest, craziest people in their community … Continue reading

Posted in Friendfeed, information overload, inspiration, search, social networks, Twitter, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

The noise in Web 2.0 is mainly a Tech Elite’s problem

Erick Schonfeld has a funny article today on TechCrunch in which he predicts/hopes that web 3.0 is about removing the noise. We all recognize the problem he describes. He is in so many different networks with so many followers that … Continue reading

Posted in social networks, user centric web, web 2.0, web 3.0 | Tagged , , , , , | 68 Comments

Social “search” will not kill web search

Glenn Derene suggests that Social Networks might replace search giant Google as a place where people will start their search. He bases this on a conversation he has had with a VC. A quote from his post: So what is … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Google, human behavior, KNOL, social interaction, social networks, Wikipedia | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

5 reasons why Facebook sucks

So Facebook allows its users to import content into their newsfeeds now? Competing with aggregators like Friendfeed? Big deal. The service is already loaded with features that provide no value, so adding a new one isn’t going to make it … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement, business model, customer lock-in, Facebook, Friendfeed, on-line advertisement, social networks | Tagged , , , , , , | 75 Comments

Dreaming away about a user centric web

FactoryJoe wrote an interesting post earlier called “Relationships are complicated”. In this post he talks about the (technical) difficulties to support complex (on-line) relationships. He provides (an excellent) example of the way Facebook deals with this complexity, reducing your relationship … Continue reading

Posted in destination service, Facebook, FactoryJoe, Portable contact list, Social Graph, social interaction, social networks, Uncategorized, user centric web, web 3.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Our biggest on-line threat might be the power of scale

In my previous post I spoke about the presentation Charlene Li gave about the future of Social Networks. I ended up analyzing what it would mean for advertisement. But the thought of everything being connected into one big social network, … Continue reading

Posted in Charlene Li, Forrester Research, future, Google, human behavior, infrastructure, search, social networks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

The future of Social Advertisment lies outside of Social Networks

Just a small update. Charlene Li has written her own post about the presentation she has given. Definitely worth a read. You can find it over here. I read a report on a talk Charlene Li gave on the future … Continue reading

Posted in Charlene Li, Facebook, Forrester Research, future, Social Advertisement, social networks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

Facebook popularity will decline because of a wrong business model

In Dutch culture people rarely stand out of a crowd. There are a lot of sayings that (badly translated) essentially say something like: “just act normal, that’s crazy enough”, or “don’t stick your head out”. We all try to fit … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement trap, Beacon, Facebook, Facebook application, Firefox, Microsoft, Rolf Skyberg, Social Graph, social networks, SocialAds, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Think opposite, or keep on dreaming?

Sometimes when you look at a specific situation or problem it helps to think opposite. When you think opposite or try to do things entirely against existing rules it helps you to understand the system or to find new ways … Continue reading

Posted in Big Brother is watching you, business model, Customer Value, freedom, future of advertisement, search, social networks, SocialAds, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Social networking may be declining, social interaction won’t

I read a Business Week article this morning which suggests that the current MySpace generation is becoming fed up with the ad bombardments on the site. They seem to be spending less time on MySpace because of it. A quote … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement, Beacon, Facebook, Friendfeed, Google, myspace, social interaction, social networks, SocialAds | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Will Microsoft and Yahoo create the biggest social network ever?

There is a lot of talk about the Microsoft takeover attempt of Yahoo this weekend. TechMeme is flooded with blog posts about the subject. I’m not so interested in the “breaking news” factor, but I am more interested in the … Continue reading

Posted in Android Mobile OS, e-mail, Google, Jaiku, Microsoft, OpenSocial, Orkut, social networks, Yahoo | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gaming will become the social network of the future

The other day I noticed that my kids and a few friends were all staring at a screen while 2 of them were handling XBOX consoles while playing a game. What caught my attention was that I realised that it … Continue reading

Posted in comscore, Facebook, Gaming, interaction, myspace, Nintendo DS, social networks, XBOX | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Current web 2.0 thinking is mediocre, lazy, and opportunistic

I had a great time reading though blog posts this morning. I am going to try and combine a few of the things I read and explain to you why web 2.0 thinking is becoming more and more mediocre. Let’s … Continue reading

Posted in business model, Doc Searl, Facebook, Howard Linzon, Jordan Mitchell, on-line advertisement, social networks, SocialAds, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Freedom to the people (part 2)

In a previous post I talked about some major changes I would like to see happening to the current web. The most important aspect of that is to provide the user freedom again. I said: More than 2006, when Time … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander van Elsas, Beacon, business model, Data Portability, Facebook, Flickr, freedom, interaction, on-line advertisement, privacy, Real life, social networks, SocialAds, Uncategorized, user centric web, web 2.0, web 3.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Freedom to the people

We are nearing the end of 2007 so human nature forces me to look back and forth, thinking about things that happened and things to come. I am by no means a good trend or technology predictor, but here’s my … Continue reading

Posted in Android Mobile OS, Beacon, business model, Facebook, freedom, Google, iPhone, Mobile Internet, OpenSocial, social networks, Uncategorized, web 2.0, web 3.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Anyone care for a free lunch?

Chris Anderson, of the long tail, wrote a nice post about the “free” business model. He gets a lot of questions on that, as people are often confused how it works (someone has to pay the bill, and someone has … Continue reading

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