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Social networking and our lives

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday June 19, 2011 )

It only seems like yesterday Facebook was a closed shop and MySpace ruled the roost. Things have changed, as has the impact of social networks on our lives generally. (more…)


Social networking threatens friendships

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday August 4, 2009 )

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has warned about the degradation of friendships due to the extensive use of social networking services. Usually I’d disregard this sort of thing as crank material, but he has a point. (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 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 networking – MySpace (pt.2)

Posted by Michael Bloch in web marketing (Monday April 24, 2006 )

MySpace amazes me. It seems to be everywhere you turn these days. Sure, social networking sites are nothing new, but MySpace really hit on the secret sauce in my opinion – and more importantly, based on the fact they have 66 million members, with around 250,000 new signups each day.

Looking at some of the members pages, you may wonder why it’s so successful, but that’s the (more…)


Social networking & Ecommerce

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Sunday December 25, 2005 )

In recent months, I’ve been getting numerous invitations to join social networking type services; both ecommerce related and otherwise.

In essence, an “ecommerce” social networking service operates (more…)


Social Commerce Survey Results

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Thursday June 9, 2011 )

A recent survey of over 1,700 consumers looked at shopping activity and its relationship to activity on social sites and tools such as Facebook, Twitter and customer reviews. (more…)


Social networks are in the toilet

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday January 24, 2011 )

Literally. Even the sanctity of the bathroom is no match for the power of social networking, with 27% of people in a recent survey stating they check Facebook while in the bathroom. (more…)


Social network shutdowns

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday June 11, 2008 )

Monster.com will be shutting down it’s social network soon – it’s not the first big name to do so and it certainly won’t be the last. (more…)


Social network fatigue

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday February 9, 2008 )

I’ve grown a bit weary of social networks lately and it seems I’m not the only one – according to some recent market research; social network users are spending less time on these services, or quitting them altogether. (more…)