Social Media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here's the week's top stories, in scan-friendly format.
- Windows Live Becomes Social Media Hub
- Mince Your Facebook Friends for a Free Whopper
- New Twitter Services to chew on: Tweetbacks and TwtApps
- Digg Persists in Making No Money
- MySpace and Yahoo on your TV
- Twitter still can't handle MacWorld
Windows Live Becomes Social Media Hub
The walls between the social platforms continue to fall away. Steve Ballmer has just announced a new Windows Live feature which will give you status reports and allow you to interact with your various Social accounts through your Live email. ElectricPig reports on the new Microsoft initiative:
"The announcement... means that you’ll be able to log in to the new Windows Live Essential suite with one password and have all your updates from everything from Twitter to Flickr, and more than 50 other social networks now including Facebook amalgamated on one page. Think of it as an RSS feed to see what your friends are up to."
Mince Your Facebook Friends for a Free Whopper
It's undoubtedly the best viral promotion to hit the Web in '09: Burger King has produced a Facebook app called the 'Whopper Sacrifice', which rewards you with a free burger if you're willing to sacrifice 10 friends. Finally a viral that we can actually use, not like that stupid iPhone lighter app that everyone was getting hooked up with. OMG, that thing is SO December 2008.
New Twitter Services to chew on: Tweetbacks and TwtApps
Mashable has uncovered a couple of very tasty new Twitter services which maybe, just maybe, will stand out from an increasingly crowded field. They've even taken credit for inspiring one of them, which betrays a lack of pedigree and breeding, but as it was a good idea we'll forgive them.
"Tweetbacks" is a great idea: bringing FriendFeed-style comments-tracking to blog posts, only from Twitter. Adam Ostrow at Mashable:
"What Tweetbacks does, after adding a line of code to your blog template, is display all of the Tweets that link to that blog post. It does this by finding mentions of the URL on Twitter, accounting for the top 5 link shortening services like TinyURL and Bit.ly. The result is a listing of Tweets about your blog post that looks much like regular blog comments."
This is very smart: it means that there could, possibly, maybe, one day be a situation whereby a post's entire comment stream will be in one location, and finally addresses one of the fatal flaws of Twitter: in tracking conversations.
The other new Twitter service which Mashable has fallen in in love with is TwtApps, which is actually a three-pronged sortie on the Twitter tool set battleground. Twtcard is a simple greeting-card app, Twtpoll builds simple polls, and distributes them through email, Twitter or Facebook. Twtvite completes the set, and is an invitition generator and tracker. Simple stuff: maybe simple enough to actually succeed.