Yesterday's announcement that it is effectively becoming a platform may be the most important yet in the short history of social gaming juggernaut Zynga.
Although it's a billion dollar company, Zynga owes much of its success to another platform - Facebook.
Facebook may be the world's dominant social network, but a number of high-profile investors are betting that there's room for platform players in the space.
Backplane describes itself as a "start-up uniting people around interests, affinities and movements", but it's best-known for running Lady Gaga's LittleMonsters.com, which is in private beta.
How can you make the most of the power of platform economics to drive success? Learn what to look for in a platform.
Last month, I wrote about my unfortunate experience with Facebook, which took it upon itself to broadcast my entire Spotify listening experience to the world, seemingly without my knowledge or permission.
This aggravated me to the point of proclaiming, quite publicly, that I was going to “commit Facebook suicide” and end my relationship with the social media behemoth. It turns out that is easier said than done.
One of Facebook's biggest assets is the open platform it has built which
enables developers to build apps that Facebook users can install and
use while logged in to the social network.
Today, that platform not only
helps Facebook generate billions in revenue, it has served as the
foundation for other billion-dollar businesses, like social gaming giant
So it's no surprise that another prominent consumer internet upstart,
Spotify, is looking to Facebook and launching its own platform.
The Google Maps API is probably one of the most popular APIs out there, and it's not hard to understand why. There are countless applications to which mapping functionality can be applied.
For developers and businesses looking for powerful mapping functionality, the free Google Maps API has been a godsend. But earlier this year, Google announced that it would be implementing usage limits for the Maps API, and on Wednesday, it followed through.
Will the future of mobile apps be controlled by native apps, or web apps? Or will both share the spotlight?
Today, there's little doubt that native apps are winning the hearts and minds of consumers and developers alike. And for good reason: if you want a great experience that takes full advantage of the capabilities of today's most advanced mobile phones, you need a native app.
Google+ may represent the biggest threat Facebook has ever faced since it launched more than half a decade ago. But is Google's new social network, which may be off to the fastest start ever for a social network, already buckling underneath the surface?
Despite the fact that Google may have finally built a social network capable of competing in the market, cracks are showing which raise doubts about Google+'s future prospects.
The IPO market is alive! From Yandex to LinkedIn, some of the most
prominent consumer internet companies in recent memory have gone public
recently, and more are on the way.
One of the most intriguing filed to go public late last week. Zynga, the
social gaming juggernaut which is responsible for modern-day hits like
Farmville, plans to raise $1bn.
2006. Daniel Craig’s first James Bond film was released, Steve Irwin died, Italy won the World Cup and “It’s Chico Time” reached number one in the charts: A mixed year.
But what was happening online, and more specifically, in online retail? In celebration of Econsultancy’s fifth E-commerce Platforms Buyer's Guide, we’ve gone back five years to look at the top UK retail sites as they were then... and how they shape up now.
Twitter may be one of the most popular platforms on which developers and
entrepreneurs are building applications, but in 2011, its relationship with developers has changed dramatically.
Last month, Twitter told developers that it should focus on developing
tools that don't play a role in the core user experience for
consumers. For the companies behind some of the most popular third party clients, the message was clear: thanks, but your services are
no longer needed.