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In an effort to find out how social media and multitasking are affecting students, Harrisburg University in Pennsylvania has blocked social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter on its central wireless system for the past week, MediaGuardian reported today.

Eric Darr, provost at the U.S. university, came up with the idea after watching his teenage daughter multitask with social networking, text messaging, music and more. "It struck me how overpowering all this was, not in a negative way, and it made me wonder what would happen if all that wasn't there," he told MediaGuardian.

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In the United States, 92 percent of students user Facebook and spend about 147 minutes on the site each week, USA Today reported.

"It was the observation that projects got done, contacts got made and friendships maintained, collaborations on grants happened --all of that happened through social media. And what if it weren't there? What would people do?" he said, according to ABC News.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-09-17 23:47

Community-funded Facebook rival Diaspora released its first code to developers and provided screenshots of

the site, BBC News informed today. The self-proclaimed "privacy-aware, personally-controlled" social network might be launching the first product as early as October 2010.

The site was started as a project by four New York University students at the beginning of the year, when Facebook was criticized for its privacy policy. Max Salzberg, one of Diaspora's co-founders, said that the project was aimed at granting users with the ability to control what they share, BBC News wrote. The project may not be "bug-free or feature-complete but it [is] an important step for putting us, the users, in control," the team said in a blog.

The Guardian described the features available on Diaspora, mentioning that in addition to normal social network features the site might provide users with Facebook integration, internationalization and data portability.However, the inteface may be inspired directly by Facebook, the Guardian suggested.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-16 19:53

According to a survey by analytical firm comScore, Facebook and Twitter have both reached the top 10 in Web resources in Russia, Lenta.ru reported today. In July 2010, Twitter's users reached 1.8 million, six times the number at the same time last year. Facebook, meanwhile, attained four times more visitors than in 2009, amounting to 3.9 million.


Yuliya Udovenko, marketing director of MindShare Interaction (worldwide media communications group), explained that there was a heightened interested towards international Internet projects in the country, Kommersant wrote. She added that advertisers were more likely to be interested in Facebook and YouTube.

Overall, Russia's Internet audience boasted a 31 percent hike since last year, rising to 43.3 million unique users over the age of 15, according to a comScore study of 100 top-ranking sites. Pornographic websites and Web outlets launched since summer 2009 were not taken into consideration. The study featured installing statistics software on 20,000 users aged 15 and above.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-09-15 21:02

With all the talk about the 'massive' potential of Facebook Places to marketing and advertising, what is the significance of this new tool to the newspaper industry?

With just a little imagination, news providers could jump on the band wagon, especially as current hyperlocal trends already make news dissemination for a specific location easier. Starbucks for example, has launched a page in collaboration with some newspapers where customers can access local news. With Facebook Places, this is going to be possible at all venues. Imagine the unlimited possibilities if after checking into a place, a user can then access news items specific to that environment. Reaching out to consumers with location information is not a new idea and some newspaper houses are already working with similar application, Foursquare.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-24 18:49

Facebook is expected to bring in £1.13 billion in ad revenue in 2011, while MySpace's ad revenue is forecast to drop 14 percent, according to a new report from eMarketer, MediaGuardian reported.

Facebook has more than 500 million global users now, which has left one-time social networking leader MySpace far behind. This year, its ad revenue is expected to reach $1.285 billion, or £824 million, compared to MySpace's $347 million.

According to eMarketer, about 65 percent of Facebook's ad revenue is from the U.S. market. The proportion is expected to drop a little to less than 60 percent next year.

Between 2009 and 2011, Facebook will see ad revenues up by 165 percent between 2009 and 2011, while MySpace, on the other hand, is expected to have its ad revenue down 14 percent between 2010 and 2011 to $297 million, Media Guardian reported.

"Brand advertisers are making Facebook a core buy. Ad spending is building quickly and the mass audience is one that marketers cannot ignore any longer," said Debra Aho Williamson, a senior analyst at eMarketer.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-08-16 21:39

Despite the social networking site's privacy missteps, Facebook's biggest advertisers have increased their spending 10-fold or more over the past year, the company's chief operating officer told Bloomberg Businessweek. Some have even boosted spending by 20-fold.

"Two years ago the big brands were experimenting with us," Sheryl Sandberg, said in the interview, published today. "They started buying with us a year ago. Now, they're going big." She would not specify which advertisers are spending more, and Facebook does not disclose revenue figures. However, the article cited two unnamed sources who said Facebook's sales could reach at least US$1.4 billion by the end of 2010, and between $700 million and $800 million last year.

Facebook's subscribers have reached more than half a billion users, which helps the site increase the number of pages for ads to appear on. And, as the social networking giant becomes wealthier and bigger, it will also make more acquisitions, and is now recruiting another "dealmaker" to close future deals, TechCrunch noted.

Acquisitions will largely be those that help build the site's features and the ads that run on those pages, in order to keep users on the site longer. They will also be looking for bigger deals, not just startups, as in the past, Vaughan Smith, director of corporate development, told Bloomberg Businessweek.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-04 17:26

On average, U.S. Internet users spend almost 25 percent of their time online using social networking sites and blogs, a 16 percent growth from the same time last year, according to the latest Nielsen research.

Facebook is the main reason this activity is growing, the Los Angeles Times reported. Of all social networking use, Facebook took 85 percent, while News Corp.-owned MySpace was next, with just 5 percent. Twitter claimed a 1 percent share.

Compared to social networking, e-mail accounted for 8.3 percent of online time, down from 11.5 percent at the same time last year, Reuters reported.

"When you're on Facebook, you can do instant messaging, you can email and share content," said Nielsen analyst David Martin, according to Reuters. "Maybe an assumption is that social networks are directly displacing some of these traditional channels for communication online."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-04 00:31

The Italian government has extended its provision within the Media and Wiretapping Bill, "obbligo di rettifica", or rectification obligation, a law dating back to 1948 that requires newspapers or anyone "responsible for informative websites" to publish corrections, and passed a new law aimed at restraining online freedom of speech under the Berlusconi leadership, TheInquirer.net reported.

This law requires Italian bloggers, podcasters and users of social networking sites like Facebook to rectify "incorrect facts" published, and post corrections within 48 hours of receipt of complaint. Any failure to abide by the law within the timeline provided would result in the imposition of a fine of up to €25,000 to be paid by the author or publisher.

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The European Digital Rights (EDRI), a pan-European coalition of online civil liberties advocacy organisations, and Italian journalists who call this bill "authoritarian" warn that it might darken much of the Italian cyberspace comprising of small-scale bloggers, website owners and users who comment on discussion pages, as they will be left with little or no time to deal with complaint requests and publish corrections within the time span allotted, EUObserver.com reported today.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-07-30 20:14

American consumers are more satisfied with the The New York Times and USA Today websites than with Facebook, according to the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), released today, The Washington Post reported.

In the ACSI, which is conducted annually by the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and is based on interviews with 70,000 customers, Facebook scored a 64 out of 100 while The New York Times received a 76 and USA Today a 77, PC Magazine revealed.

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In the news sites category, Fox News is the leader, with a customer satisfaction of 82. It is followed by The New York Times and USA Today, and then by ABCNews.com (75), MSNBC.com (74) and CNN.com (73).

Fox News' score is the highest "any news site has ever received in nine years of measurement," the researchers stated in a press release. The ACSI attributes the good results to Fox's loyal consumers and the successful integration of its on-air talent into the news site, PC Magazine explained.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-07-20 23:51

European Union officials are scrutinising the actions of Google and Facebook, and investigating complaints about anti-competitive behaviour and unlawful storing of information alleged against the two, paidContent reported yesterday.

In Germany, data protection officer Johannes Caspar brought a complaint against Facebook into the spotlight, saying the social networking site is breaching privacy by illegally accessing and saving information of users that aren't even registered with the site, The Associated Press reported.

Facebook has been allotted a time span until August 11 to respond to the complaint. The reply will determine if the case will be extended or not.

The EU has also been monitoring the behaviour of search giant Google after receiving complaints from three companies - Foundem, a UK search site, Ciao, an online shopping site owned by Microsoft, and ejustice.fr, a French legal services site, The Sun reported. The companies claim Google is "fixing" search results by ranking its rivals lower in results - a practice that breaches EU competition law.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-07-09 22:17

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