Tag Archives: social networking

Meetup everywhere

Meetup is a social website that allows people to meet others who have same interests to do, learn, share and change something.

Meetup also offers Meetup Everywhere API, that helps people share their Meetup events on blogs and tweeter. Mashable and  (Red) believe that social media can be used in different way to make the world better.

I have been thinking to apply Meetup Everywhere API into G0Hitchhike for Travelers and Requesters meet more people, share info and items, and help each other.

~yuwei

Fring, your friends, mobile

Gohitchhike Thesis Review Slide Show

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Six Degrees

Six DegreesSixDegrees.com was a social network service website that lasted from 1997 to 2001 and was based on the Web of Contacts model of social networking. It was named after the six degrees of separation concept and allowed users to list friends, family members and acquaintances both on the site and externally.

Six degrees of Separation (also referred to as the “Human Web”) refers to the idea that, if a person is one step away from each person they know and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people they know, then everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth. It was popularized by a play written by John Guare.

The Social Web is currently used to describe how people socialize or interact with each other throughout the World Wide Web. Such people are brought together through a variety of shared interests. Two kind of socializing are typified by people focus and hobby focus.

Two ways in which people socialize with each other in the Social Web. The most general and most common type is never face to face personal contact. The second type of socializing through the World Wide Web: that which leads to real physical contact.

~yuwei fu

Social Networking Sites Analysis II

I selected 4 social networking sites, Facebook, Friendster, Hi5, and Orkut, based on the similar target audiences as GoHitchhike and also compare their friend search function:

Here are the functions that GoHitchhike considered:

Minimum age to join: average 16
Profiles functions: photos, max photo sizes: no lower 2MB, post comments, and friend lists.
Security functions: privacy settings, block users, report spam, and report abuse.
Block users: You can block individual users from viewing your profile.
Networking features: groups and forums.
Search function: different purposes.
Technical help/support: FAQ

Report spam: You can report spam messages and comments to the social network administrators.
Report abuse: You can report a particular person for violating the terms of agreement. This function is particularly helpful for people that feel they are being harassed online by another user.

Facebook search function:
Can’t search or browse databases without registration.
Join a network based on user’s location or school affiliation.
Search or browse members within user’s network.
Provide a “discover people you may know” according to user’s profile, address book of e-mail account, networks

Friendster search function:
Can search by name, email, school, city/zip code, interests, keyword

Hi5 search function:
Provide a “Friend suggestions” ” according to user’s profile, address book of e-mail account, networks
Search by name, keyword

Orkut search function:
Search friends by address book of e-mail account

From the 2009 Social Networking Websites Comparisons, only three sites have the function that allows browsing without membership.The best social network sites focus on legitimate friend that users know and tend to keep in touch with them. The sites keep profiles and search option private enough that people can find you are within your network or from your e-mail address book.

~yuwei fu

Social Networking Sites Analysis I

Social Networking Sites Analysis I
Target sites: English based, connect with friends social networking
Select from Wikipedia List of social networking websites
Order by alphabet

Bebo
Target user: 16 and up
Area: Ireland, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia
Main function: open profile, video, music, apps, skins, authors, group

Cyworld
Target user: 14 and up
Area: Korea, US, China, Japan, Taiwan
Main function: open profile (includes photo, video, Miniroom, blog guestbook) talk, club, shop
Users can buy items from shop to decorate their Miniroom.

Freindster
Target user: 16 and up
Area: Asia, Spanish
Main function: open profile, photo, blog, video, forum, search

Friends Reunited

Target user: 16 and up
Area: UK
Main function: Friends reunited, genes reunited, dating, games, shopping, jobs
Register to view member’s profile

Hi5 (Alexa no.17)
Target user: 16 and up
Area: Gobal
Main function: profile (includes friend list, photo, message, group, application)
Register to view member’s profile

Tagged (Alexa no.74)
Target user: 16 and up
Area: Global
Main function: open profile, video, fun stuff, browse, search

Nexopia
Target user: 14 and up school students
Area: Canada
Main function: open profile, forums, articles, music, store (currently closed)

Orkut (Alexa no.87)
Target user: 16 and up
Area: Brazil(Alexa no.33), India(Alexa no.53), US
Main function: close profile, scrapbook, friend, community
Run by google,

Skyrock
Target user: 16 and up
Area: Europe
Main function: open profile, blog, search, poker

~yuwei fu

What’s the next for social-networking advertising? Check Facebook

“Right now, ‘social’ advertising is anything on a social-networking site that users are pretty good at ignoring.” Seth Goldstein said.
The problems with social-network advertising revolve around three main issues: attention, privacy, and content.

“Targeting” is the way that advertising could capture user’s attention. By displaying that your friends are buying or thinking about buying, Beacon program came out in November 2007.

Beacon sends data from external websites to Facebook, ostensibly for the purpose of allowing targeted advertisements and allowing users to share their activities with their friends.

On the other hand, Weblo, an advertising network, they try to sells ads onto user’s profile of Facebook. The advertising value based on the numbers of your social networking friends and the numbers of your friends who like to see ads on their pages.

“Social-networking advertising will become more accepting of the “breathing dynamic” and grow to understand that its unpredictability is part of its allure.” Andrew Braccia, a partner at Accel, one of Facebook’s early investors said.

~yuwei fu

Reference
Social Networking Is Not a Business?
Facebook Beacon
The New York Times
The Evolution of Facebook’s Beacon
The New York Times
Facebook Members Sell Their Qwn Ads