Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

Eric Greenspan

I’ve been engaged with social networking for some time now, starting with Myspace and Facebook and just recently (within the last 30 days), Twitter. I have vanity urls setup at just about every site on the web. Isn’t social networking amazing?

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit FAST

Eric Greenspan

I’ve been engaged with social networking for some time now, starting with Myspace and Facebook and just recently (within the last 30 days), Twitter. I have vanity urls setup at just about every site on the web.

Social Network ‘Gigmor’ Connects Musicians for Jam Sessions

Tech Zulu Event

Gigmor intends to reinvent the ways in which musicians and bands are connected with paid gigging opportunities and the way industry talent buyers discover new talent through its social network for musicians, bands and industry talent buyers.

Social Networking Entreprenuerial Opportunities

SoCal CTO

Last Saturday, I was a panelist at the CalTech - Social Networks event. My main points were: Social Everywhere - I work with a lot of different shapes and sizes of companies and it's interesting how each one has opportunities to leverage its users to form different kinds of communities, create connections, encourage contribution, etc. It is almost universal that there are opportunities around social networking.

What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future of Social Networking

Both Sides of the Table

I recently spoke at Caltech at the Caltech / MIT Enterprise Forum on “the future of social networking,&# the 30-minute video is here and the PowerPoint presentation is here on DocStoc ). What are the big trends that will drive the next phase of social networks?

Social Networking and Business Value

SoCal CTO

Just a quick note that I'll be moderating a Technology Council Event : Social Networking as a Business Strategy May 19, 2009 - Culver City Social networking media are used on a daily basis to grow businesses and expand career opportunities. Individuals use social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo as career-advancing tools, even more useful in a down economy. Can social networking be a money-maker for companies?

The dinner that destroyed Gawker

TechCrunch LA

Peter Thiel’s vague idea to do something about Gawker, the site that had outed him as gay in 2007, was concretized into conspiracy on April 6, 2011. This is an excerpt from Ryan Holiday’s new book Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue, available now.

Africa’s Largest and Fastest Growing Social Network | Interview with LAGbook’s Chidi Nwaogu

Tech Zulu Event

Today they say its Africa’s largest and fastest growing social networking utility with over 4,000 daily new sign-ups. They also add that LAGbook ranks #2 in the city of Yaba-Lagos, where the social network was incepted, and #37 in the city of Hirtshal, Denmark.

MySpace Acquired By Specific Media

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Los Angeles-based MySpace , the once dominant social networking website, has been sold to Irvine-based Specific Media , the online advertising network, in a deal reportly worth $35M. According to Specific Media, News Corporation will take a minority equity stake in Specific Media as part of the deal. myspace specific media merger acquisition social networking internet advertising

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Beyond Entertainment | Social Media as a Tool for Marketers

Tech Zulu Event

Since its inception into the mainstream fabric of people’s lives, social media and the concept of social networking has gone through a rather peculiar evolutionary transition. The capability for a social app to monetize is now the new standard – like it or not.

CPMs Highest For Newspapers, Sports Sites

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Display ad numbers released today from Internet analysis firm comScore shows that CPMs for Internet publishers were highest for newspapers, and lowest for social networking sites. for newspaper sites, and $6.29 for sports sites. Among the lowest CPMs are social networking sites, which garnered only an $0.56 Other high CPM earners are general news sites, at $6.14 CPM, and entertainment sites at $4.75.

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The Convergence of Social Media & Traditional Radio

Eric Greenspan

What I mean by this is we do radio better by building it around the web, social media and traditional marketing strategies alongside, behind and wrapped around our radio shows. For one, we built a following by using Facebook and Twitter and other social networking sites.

Grindr Launching Digital Magazine, INTO

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Los Angeles-based social networking site Grindr , which serves the "gay, bi, curious and queer" market, is launching a new online, digital magazine called INTO today. According to Grindr, the new digital magazine is looking to fill a gap in the media landscape, with content that appeals to young, LGBTQ+ millennials. The magazine said it will provide "fresh, relevant stories and beautiful photography" on the site, which is led by Editor-in-Chief Zach Stafford.

More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

TechCrunch LA

Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms.

SheKnows Launches Social Media Feature

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Los Angeles-based SheKnows , the women's media site run by Evolve Media, said this morning that it has launched a new social media, community features for the service. The company said its new SheKnows Connect social media platform connects into sites such as Facebook and other social networking services, allowing users to challenge their friends to "dares". sheknows evolve media content publishing

“Superfriends” to Appear on Food Network via meetup.com

Eric Greenspan

Social networking at it’s finest… I’m sitting at a local brewery watching football with my wife and friends a month back and I get an email from someone who had just visited my Meetup.com site. I created the site to make new friends and to learn things.

CitizenHawk Takes On Social Media Monitoring

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Aliso Viejo-based CitizenHawk , the venture backed developer of online brand protection services, said today that it has launched a social media monitoring tool. The firm, which is backed by Maveron, said that its new tool allows companies to monitor what people are saying about them and their brands, on popular social networking sites. citizenhawk social media monitoring brand protection software

Take Back Your Internet, Leave Klout

Tech Zulu Event

The inverted logic loop of Klout works like this, “If you use a social network and connect to the right people, and they reshare what you share, and so on, we’ll give you a biscuit.” Ignore everything outside of the sites Klout supports.

Social Media, the Customer Service Spectator, or Superstar?

Eric Greenspan

Using social media to increase your company’s touch and reach with each of your customers may be the most important reason to jump in to this game changing strategy. Social networking is powerful huh? Social media and social networking make this possible.

MySpace Shows Off New, Sexy UI

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In what looks like a plan by Specific Media to revamp the relevance of former social networking giant MySpace as a choice for social networking, the firm is showing a new video of a revamped user interface for the site. Specific Media got a huge bargain buying MySpace--it paid a mere $35M for the site in 2011--after MySpace failed to counter the rise of Facebook in the social networking world.

MySpace Debuts New Timberlake Design

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MySpace , the online social networking site which is now owned by Specific Media, has finally rolled out its new, Justin Timberlake-inspired web design, in conjunction with the release of a new single from Timberlake and JAY Z.

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Solving for Banner Blindness. Solve Media.

Both Sides of the Table

Solve Media is that. In the early days of the Internet as an advertising medium the industry organized to create “standard ad units&# for which most media companies would sell their inventory. Solve Media offers a middle ground that they believe solves the problem.

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San Diego Meets the Xconomists: When Social Media is Not Enough

Xconomy

View the Slideshow The technology for online social networks arrived practically hand-in-hand with the Internet. Since the advent of the World Wide Web in the mid-1990s, we’ve seen such networks proliferate, from the Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link (remember The WELL?) Nowadays, Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world , with more than 2 billion monthly active users.

WhoSay Finds $12M For Celebrity Media Management

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WhoSay , which operates an online, media management platform used by agents, celebrities, and studios to manage celebrities, has raised $12M in a funding round, the company said today. The company--which was co-founded by Los Angeles talent agency Creative Artist's Agency (CAA)--develops software that lets celebrities share their content via social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. whosay celebrity media management venture capital

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UberMedia: Chime.in Hits 5M Uniques

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Pasadena-based Chime.in , the online social networking site and mobile app run by UberMedia , has now seen more than 5M uniques since its launch, UberMedia said today. UberMedia also said the service has sent 200 million "Chimes" -- the social messages which drive the site -- since launch. was launched three months ago, a diversion from UberMedia's Twitter-based social media apps. chimein social networking interests community

Social Media Matching

SoCal CTO

People seem to be missing the really big picture of the value of social media and really the Internet for that matter. They look at how current social networking sites work and how online and offline relationships currently work and make the assumption that this represents the value proposition. Just as currency inflation debases money, so social inflation debases relationships. Ignore what social networks and social media looks like today.

Hashable | Track Your Social Capital

Tech Zulu Event

Hashable, a NYC startup founded by Mike Yavonditte, plans to help you track those engagements either through twitter, email, their site or the new iPhone app. New Media News Social Media Startup CRM Facebook hashable introductions LinkedIn mike yavonditte social graph social networking TwitterVisit TechZulu for full story.

Atomkeep Acquired By Jobscience

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Atomkeep , an online service to help users synchronize their social media profiles across a number of social networking sites, has been acquired by Jobscience , a developer of social relationship management software tools. According to Atomkeep, it will stop offering its service as part of the acquisition, and will be helping Jobscience to help advance individual onwership of users' own social profile in the workplace.

How The Promise Of Social Media Advertising Is Measuring Up For Adly

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We caught up with CEO Walter Delph to hear how the promise of social media advertising has measured up to reality, and what that means for brands and marketers today trying to leverage the new reality of social conversations.

Worlize | Virtual World Tied To Facebook, Twitter and Now Your Blog

Tech Zulu Event

With sites like TurnTable.fm , Chill , and Shaker to name a few. Worlize is a user-created social gaming and chat platform for Facebook and social networks including Twitter, MySpace and OpenSocial. These past few months we have seen the rebirth of virtual worlds.

Demand Media's Pluck Powers Chicago Bulls

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Los Angeles-based Demand Media reported today that its Pluck product is being used by the NBA's Chicago Bulls, for a online community and social networking site. Tags: demand media pluck chicago bulls bullsconnect basketball Demand said that BullsConnect.com allows fans of the team to connect with others, upload and share photos and videos, and more. No details on the financial impact of the win were disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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CrownPeak Takes On Social Media

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Los Angeles-based CrownPeak has set its sights on the social media space, saying this morning that it has launched a new product which publishes content into social networking sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. According to Crownpeak, the new product is called the Crownpeak Social Media Publishing Console, and will help marketers manage publishing content to both their own web sites and those social media sites.

State of Evolving Media Address

SoCal Tech Calendar

Lunch - 3rd Annual State of Evolving Media Address. Leading IP and new media lawyer James D. Thursday, January 27, 2011 -- Beverly Hills Bar Assoc.

Social Media Marketing

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 -- Social Media Marketing. The German American Business Association (GABA) and Epic States, invite you to an exciting workshop and panel discussion focusing on the social media industry followed by a reception at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Over the past few years, social networking sites have experienced explosive growth. German American Business Association.

Myspace Racks Up Registrations

socalTECH

The online entertainment site--now owned by Specific Media--has been looking to revamp Myspace into a new, social service which combines music, links to Facebook, and music recommendation engine. Myspace has been undergoing an extensive revamp, since Specific Media--headed by Tim Vanderhook--picked up Myspace from News Corporation in June of last year. myspace music player registration social networking entertainment content