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Posts tagged with Social Media

David Miliband on wikis and UGC

This summer saw David Miliband, secretary of state for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, launching the government’s first experiment with wikis, only for the move to be scrapped after the “accidental or malicious editing or removal of material” by pranksters.

But the wiki is now open again, albeit with tighter moderation and registration policies, and Miliband has promised to continue testing new ways to engage with the public via the web.

We talked to him to find out more...

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Are Social Conferences the 2.0 of conferencing?

A social conference is a physical embodiment of the web 2.0 world and like the web itself presents a unique and invigorating opportunity to communicate and connect. Is this the future of conferencing?

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Yahoo! reportedly close to Facebook deal

Speculation is growing that Yahoo! is close to a $1bn deal for social networking site Facebook.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is in "serious discussions" to sell itself to the search engine and portal, following months of reported takeover bids from big media players.

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Dr Martens launches new website freedm2.com – beautiful but flawed?

Dr Martens has launched a new website at freedm2.com through Saatchi Interactive. The site aims to increase engagement with customers using a range of multimedia interactions and ‘social’ elements, such as creating and sharing videos and music.

But it is all in Flash, you can’t buy shoes, and the registration doesn’t seem to work…

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Web venture aims to shake up film distribution

The makers of Scenes of A Sexual Nature, out in November, are not just hoping it’s a hit in the box office – they are also testing a new online distribution model which they say could help independent and low-budget films.

Ed Blum, the film’s director, and Suran Goonatilake, the investor behind Blum’s production firm Tinpanfilms, hope the system will reduce distributors’ control and give private investors more of a say in how movies are marketed and where revenues end up.

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GU's Web 2.0 approach admirable but no template for all

Quite rightly, there has been a lot of talk recently about the need for businesses to understand the harder business benefits of Web 2.0 and the impact that new features and tools can have on the bottom line.

However, the man who has steered Guardian Unlimited to numerous awards (and profitability) stresses the inherent value of online innovation for a brand which is expected to be pioneering.  

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Bebo's ad model: letting users decide what ads they see

Bebo are overhauling their advertising model in order to let its users choose what types of ads they see. The idea has caused quite a stir in the press and publishing community.

Is this idea misguided? Or is this the future of advertising? 

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Brave new internet world comes with a health warning

The rise of social networking sites and citizen journalism has been a wonderful  breath of fresh air, connecting people and ideas as well as shifting the balance of power away from established institutions back to individuals whose voices are now more likely to be heard .

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Web 2.0 needs to lose the social software thing, please

Following up from the d.Construct post yesterday, I wanted to talk about the apparent obsession with social software at the moment, and to ask for comments on why you think it’s so. Seriously, there are so many other things that can be done!

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Dogster gets $1 million in funding

The company behind pet-owners’ online communities dogster.com and catster.com has received $1m in funding from a syndicate of angel investors.

Dogster Inc., formed at the start of 2004, said the new cash would be used to expand the sites’ features and workforce, as well as to launch sites focusing on other animals.

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BT enters social networking space

BT has teamed up with American group Podshow to launch a UK version of the popular aggregation service for user generated content.

The site – an interesting link between social networking sites and traditional TV programming - provides a platform for individuals, record companies and media outlets to post and edit audio and visual content online.

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LiveWorld gets WPP cash injection

Ad giant WPP has continued its online spending spree, leading a $2m round of funding in internet marketing outfit LiveWorld.

The move comes after WPP and LiveWorld formed a joint venture in July, with both firms saying they have seen growing demand for marketing services focusing on online communities.

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