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Your own social network

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Wednesday February 28, 2007 )

If you’ve always wanted to create your own social network and utilizing free services such as MySpace aren’t what you had in mind, this might interest you.. and yes, it’s free. (more…)


Social networking teens survey

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Thursday February 22, 2007 )

A survey of 935 teenagers aged 12 to 17 performed in November last year shows that 55% of this demographic have created a social network profile and nearly half visit social network sites daily. (more…)


Social networks & responsibility

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday February 17, 2007 )

I was heartened to see that a Texas judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against MySpace regarding a teenager who was assaulted by a person she met via the social networking giant. (more…)


Google Checkout vs. PayPal

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Monday February 12, 2007 )

According to a recent survey; Google Checkout market penetration has reached 6% of online shoppers vs. PayPal’s 42%; but with all due respect to PayPal, CheckOut has only been in operation for a year. (more…)


Social network saturation?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday October 27, 2006 )

MySpace and Facebook lost visitors in September, according to Nielsen/NetRatings and some news services are reporting this as a seasonal downturn, the market becoming saturated or that people just have gotten over social networking.

I tend to feel there’s a very different trend occurring. (more…)


Social networks “mature”

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Tuesday October 10, 2006 )

By social networks maturing, I’m not referring to the age of the sites, but more the age of their users. Only 12 months ago, MySpace was widely considered to be a place for the young to hang out; as were many other networks.

Today, us oldies are taking over – mwok, mwok, mwok. (more…)


Social networking sites & copyright

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday September 16, 2006 )

I’ve often pondered the fact that YouTube and similar social networking sites appear to have escaped the wrath of copyright related lawsuits. I just put it down to down safe harbor provisions set out for ISPs and similar services in the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) which offered them protection.

It looks like they aren’t totally safe after all. (more…)


Social networks – users in control

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Saturday September 9, 2006 )

Toyed with the idea of launching your own social networking MySpace-type site? If you’re approaching it thinking you’ll have total control over its evolution; then you may want to try another project instead. (more…)


Social bookmark link generator

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Sunday September 3, 2006 )

Social bookmarking services such as Furl and Digg can send a lot of traffic your way; and it’s common for bloggers and article publishers to include special links to make bookmarking for these services easier. But what if you can’t use plugins, server side scripting or javascript to automate the task?

This new generator may help.. (more…)


Voice comment plugin for blogs

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Monday August 28, 2006 )

My first post on voice comments for blogs seems to have created a lot of interest judging by the number of search engine referrals, so I decided to hunt around a bit more to see if there were any reasonably priced voice commenting services and plugins available. I found one so far, and it’s free! Read on and give it a whirl. (more…)