Once Upon a Time, StumbleUpon Beats Facebook In Generating Site Traffic

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We all know how formidable Facebook is,  as a social media site capable of generating traffic to websites and in terms of userbase as well. Next to Facebook, we always think of Twitter.  We never really thought about other sites, such as StumbleUpon perhaps? Now here’s an interesting statistics published by StatCounter covering the amount of traffic generated by social media sites that leads to website page views. The statistics cover Mar 2009 to Mar 2010. And guess what in 2009?  StumbleUpon use to bring more traffic to websites than Facebook does.

From March 2009 to July 2009, StumbleUpon was actually the number one social media sites that drives the most traffic to websites. Overall, from Mar 09 to Mar 10, StumbleUpon was second to Facebook in generating traffic to websites with 25% of social media hits, while Facebook had 48%. Twitter had 10% of social media hits.  The rest include – YouTube (6%), reddit (4%), Digg (2%) and MySpace (2%).

So, what’s the importance of these statistics? From a business perspective this only goes to show that social media sites could be a good tool for driving traffic to business sites. Hence, we now see more brands having their Facebook pages linked to their individual corporate websites.

Mr. Aodhan Cullen, CEO of Statcounter remarks:

“Social Media market share fluctuates a lot more than browser or search statistics. For example, Facebook peaked over Christmas and the New Year with almost three quarters of the total, perhaps reflecting its important role in communications between families and friends.”

In case you’re wondering StatCounter’s data was based on 13 billion page views across the globel StatCounter network of member sites.

So there, if your  company does not have a social media presence yet, you might want to start creating one on Facebook, especially now that there are many things happening with Facebook in terms of features and functionality.

MySpace Connects with Facebook, on Fan Video Site at Least

Screen shot 2010 01 18 at 9.28.35 PM MySpace Connects with Facebook, on Fan Video Site at Least

Not so long ago, it was rumored that Facebook Connect will be implemented on MySpace. That means, you can now login to your MySpace account via Facebook’s single sign on facility. And that also means that you can easily share your MySpace’s actvities on your Facebook account. Yes, that’s the advantage of using Facebook Connect.

But after that, the news just simply died down. We haven’t heard anything about it until now. It looks like the facility is being quietly rolled out. At least on MySpace Fan Video site. If you check it out right now, a box with “Connect with Facebook” option will be displayed. And clicking that will trigger the usual Facebook Connect process, that  includes you logging in to the MySpace Fan Video site using your Facebook credentials.

It’s a pretty neat and simple integration process, that you wouldn’t think that it has no great impact to both sites. Actually it has. It will open up more opportunities for both MySpace and Facebook. Although we’re not really counting on a future merger. It’s a far-fetched idea.  But this is a good start for the two rivals to start mutually operating in a harmonious manner. Bottomline of it all is that we, social networking users stand to benefit later on.

If you want to try this feature out, just visit MySpace Fan Video site, login with your Facebook profile, select videos from the available music videos of current popular artists and start sharing them with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter as well.

 

Suicide Machine Can Kill Your Web 2.0 Life, Forever

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Be honest, is your social networking and web 2.0 life already impacting your real life so much that maybe it’s time for you to consider killing it off? Apparently that was what SuicideMachine.org allows you to do.

This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alterego.

SuicideMachine currently works with Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn. The service it offers is so controversial that Facebook hits back and banned SuicideMachine’s IP Address, preventing what could possibly a massive suicide committed by its members.

I couldn’t blame Facebook from doing so. SuicideMachine is “so dangerous” in the sense that once you sign-up for it and allows it to delete your social networking profiles, it will forever ban you from joining those sites again. So, SuicideMachine is not really for those who are momentarily disgruntled by their social networking activities. Not for those who are just experiencing momentary social networking stress. Like they say, once you start the process on the Suicide Machine, you can’t stop it anymore.

And I would really think twice before signing up to SuicideMachine, after all, despite the procastination effect of Facebook and Twitter, I still find these social networking/web 2.0 services of pretty good use.

Committing web 2.0 suicide has never occured in my mind, at least not yet.

Users Triple Time, Advertisers Double Spend on Social Networks and Blogs

Spending too much time on Facebook? You’re not alone. A new study from Neilsen shows that Americans have tripled the time they spend on social networks and blogs. Even has-been MySpace is getting a lift from the rising tide. On average, you spent seventeen percent of your online time on social networks and blogs in August 2009, up from six percent the year before.

When it comes to online media, advertisers are often slow to go where the audience goes — but in this case, they’re definitely catching up. Advertisers increased their spending on social networks and blogs by a whopping 119%, up to $108 million in August 2009 from $49 million the year before.

Now you won’t feel so guilty about goofing off on Facebook. Even Madison Avenue’s starting to hang out there.

Facebook to rule the world: World map of social networks released

Vincenzo Cosenza released a World Map of Social Networks, detailing the dominance of social networks worldwide. Based on data available via Alexa and Google trends the map displays which social network is most present where in the world.

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MySpace launches “BFF” online game show series

viewmedia2 MySpace launches BFF online game show seriesMySpace announced the debut of a new original series and the site’s first online game show, “BFF.” The MySpace original program, which tests how well best friends know each other, is produced by Meryl Poster and David Rubin and sponsored by Ortho Women’s Health & Urology, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Each “BFF” webisode will feature a pair of best friends who are challenged to answer questions about each other in several rounds. Based on the number of correct answers, prizes will be awarded at the end of each round.

The series, hosted by NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” finalist, Amy Schumer, will run through June 30. MySpace users in the U.S. will also have a chance to join in on the fun as contestants by submitting video entries on the “BFF” MySpace page. Those selected will be flown to New York City for the taping of their show.

Also available on the “BFF” MySpace page is an application allowing the MySpace community to create their own “BFF” quizzes. Users will have the ability to customize quizzes by selecting questions from a list of categories. They will be able to send the quiz to friends to see how well their friends really know them.

MySpace launches new features for MySpaceID

MySpace has released new functionality for MySpaceID, a product that allows any website to access the MySpace social graph, enabling any user to securely link their MySpace profile, friends, and activities with their favorite websites.

MySpaceID also launched developer access to MySpace user activity streams and a seamless authentication experience for sites across the web as well as a new developer workflow and MySpaceID SDKs. Additionally, MySpace announced a MySpaceID implementation, currently in limited testing on the new Yahoo! homepage. The MySpace application is one of several new “Apps” Yahoo! recently began testing as part of its new Yahoo! homepage, enabling users to check-in and keep up to date with the information and people they care about most.

With these enhancements, MySpace is the first major social network to have the full “Open Stack” implemented where information is flowing to partner websites based on completely open Web standards. MySpace now offers full OpenID-support on every custom user URL, and is also the first major party to leverage the new activity streams open specification. Previously announced functionality of MySpaceID includes finding MySpace friends on a partner site and linking user’s MySpace profile to the profile on a partner site.

The new MySpaceID features include:

Activity Stream. User activities from MySpace can now be streamed to any site on the web, increasing user engagement on partner sites and providing more social context to users.

Easy Authentication. MySpace has integrated both OAuth and OpenID into MySpaceID, enabling MySpace users to securely login to any website that uses MySpaceID using their MySpace credentials. The combination of OAuth and OpenID will allow MySpace users to easily and safely sign into participating websites and bring their MySpace identity with them.

Developer Resources (Workflow and MySpaceID SDKs). The new MySpaceID workflow makes it easier for developers to create and manage their applications.

MySpace Mobile launches new site

13 MySpace Mobile launches new siteMySpace has launched a new, more integrated and optimized mobile website for the 20 million worldwide members accessing its mobile website every month.

MySpace also announced that it is committed to developing new applications for Nokia in their S60 web runtime environment and Palm’s new webOS, first available on the Palm Pre. MySpace is currently the only social network with applications that support all smartphone platforms currently active in mobile social networking: iPhone, Google Android, Sidekick, Nokia, Palm and BlackBerry.

The new mobile website enhances the look and feel of MySpace on mobile, making it even more consistent with the popular online MySpace experience. New user interface elements have been optimized for devices with screen sizes 176 pixels wide (and larger). It features the familiar “MySpace blue” color scheme and includes the ability to configure email photo upload. The new mobile website is supported in 13 languages and localized for 29 countries.

MySpace, YouTube “Reporters” chosen to cover World Economic Forum in Davos

Two ‘citizen reporters’ from MySpace and YouTube have been invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters following online contests on both sites. These “Citizen Reporters” won the opportunity to attend the prestigious conference and will report back to their respective communities by using the MySpace and YouTube platforms.

Rebecca McQuigg from Los Angeles, California has been chosen by the “MySpace Journal” panel of judges that included Mark Adams (Head of Communications of the World Economic Forum), Arianna Huffington (Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post), Frank Luntz (Communications Specialist and Political Consultant) and Chris DeWolfe (CEO and Co-Founder of MySpace) to represent the MySpace community. The “MySpace Journal” contest gave contestants less than a week to submit a video explaining why they should be chosen to attend Davos and report on the conference for the global MySpace community as well as answer any one of the below questions:

• If you were given the opportunity to take one person (living or historical figure) to Davos in order to make an impact on the conference, who would it be and why?

• If you could engage the entire MySpace community in doing one thing to help make an economic difference, what would it be? (Click here to see her reply.)

• Why do you deserve the chance to attend the World Economic Forum as the MySpace Special Correspondent and how will your participation engage the audience?

Rebecca McQuigg will receive all-expense paid travel to/from Davos, Switzerland and media access to the Congress Centre. She will document her Davos experience via blogging/vlogging on MySpace and on the Wall Street Journal online.

Pablo Camacho from Bogotá, Colombia has been chosen to represent the YouTube community. Pablo is a 24 year old student and an independent writer. He is also singer and guitarist in the band the Mmodcats. He is one of over 250 YouTubers who participated in the Davos Debates sending in video replies from all over the world including Afghanistan, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, the Philippines, Russia, Sweden, the UK, and the US. (Click here to watch Pablo’s winning entry). Follow his reports from Davos on YouTube.

MySpace to send one member to Davos as “Special Correspondent” for World Economic Forum

myspace1 MySpace to send one member to Davos as Special Correspondent for World Economic ForumMySpace is kicking-off “MySpace Journal,” a competition in partnership with The Wall Street Journal and the World Economic Forum, giving its users the opportunity to become a special correspondent at the world’s most prestigious conference, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The “MySpace Journal” winner, chosen by a panel of experts, will join the Davos press corps and leverage the MySpace platform to report on conference news and interview world leaders about issues relevant to the global MySpace community.

The “MySpace Journal” competition encourages anyone to upload a video explaining why they should be chosen to travel to Davos and represent the global MySpace community as the special correspondent. A panel of expert judges including Mark Adams (Head of Communications of the World Economic Forum), Arianna Huffington (Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post), Frank Luntz (Communications Specialist and Political Consultant) and Chris DeWolfe (CEO and Co-Founder of MySpace) will select the winner while the MySpace community rates their favorite submissions.

Applicants must share why they should be chosen to attend Davos and report on the conference for the global MySpace community as well as any one of the below questions:

• If you were given the opportunity to take one person (living or historical figure) to Davos in order to make an impact on the conference, who would it be and why?

• If you could engage the entire MySpace community in doing one thing to help make an economic difference, what would it be?

• Why do you deserve the chance to attend the World Economic Forum as the MySpace Special Correspondent and how will your participation engage the audience?

“MySpace Journal” winners will receive:

• All-expense paid travel to/from Davos, Switzerland
• Congress and Media Centre Access
• Lunch with Wall Street Journal editors
• Syndication of the winner’s MySpace blog via WSJ.com