Hurricane Fbmstwsflliytfs

For those who haven’t realized what the noise is yet, it’s the buzz surrounding two new entries into the social media maelstrom.  Eyjafjallajokull doesn’t compare to Hurricane *Fbmstwsflliytfs.

*Facebook-MySpace-Twitter-Skype-Flickr-LinkedIn-YouTube-Foursquare

Apple has released a new social network for music junkies, Ping, to complement iTunes.  Whoa.

Artists will have pages where they can post their favorite iTunes picks, post statuses and upload photos.  Ping also has an app for the iPhone and iPod touch, so, yes, it’s mobile.

iTunes users can create pages for themselves as well.  Similarly to artists’ pages, users can post their best music picks, and the site has a sidebar to show when favorite artists play live shows near the user.  Tickets are only one click away.

The Recent Activity page will serve as a news feed, showing what users’ friends are reviewing and buying.  Users can then buy those songs or albums directly from the Activity page.

Apple reported that over 1 million users have joined in the first 48 hours.

Slick, but it’s nowhere near perfect.

In fact, the real viability of the network remains to be seen, as problems have already cropped up: outrageous amounts of spam, fake celeb accounts, and difficult navigation, among the worst.

I’m wondering if Apple jumped the ship for the social media shore a little too far out at sea.  Apple’s products represent a sort of simplicity, and intuitiveness that most other tech products do.  Launching a buggy, stilted music social network could tarnish that image.

For Google Chrome browser users, mapping just became scary-realistic.

A new program called “The Wilderness Downtown” pairs Google Street View maps with an address of your childhood home (that users willingly enter).

A nondescript figure in a hoodie runs through and around the streets of the neighborhood where users grew up.  At one point, users are asked to type in advice to their younger selves.  Various views open and close in windows to the beat of “We Used to Wait,” by project collaborator Arcade Fire.

Google has its hand in several social media-based stories of late.

The search giant – is that name even applicable anymore?  The twelve-armed octopus named Google is reworking a deal with MySpace to cover search advertising.

MySpace is obviously feeling the pinch between Twitter and Facebook, and actually announced deals with both.  MySpace users will now be able to sync their accounts to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds.

Hopefully Facebook is battening down the hatches, because this social media hurricane is headed for a direct hit on their island.

Google is reportedly working on a homegrown rival to the Book, while another startup is flying quite a ways under the radar.

Concocted by four NYU students and funded by the masses who were willing to support it, Diaspora is headed for christening in ten days.  The quartet raised over $200K via another fledgling, Kickstarter.

The new fish in the sea touts itself as the “privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all, open source social network.”  Outsiders looking in are calling it the Anti-Facebook.

And these stirrings come as Facebook sets to release its first offerings in a retail store.  Target will carry gift cards for Book of Faces.

Hurricane? Oh yeah.

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