Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:
- Facebook Asks Users To Point Out Inappropriate Content
- Seesmic Buys Ping.fm for Status Aggregation
- Social Networking Sites Prime Targets for Cybercrimminals
- Critical Path Buys Up Shozu
Facebook Asks Users To Point Out Inappropriate Content
With 350 million users, there is a lot of content that Facebook users upload and interact with on a constant basis. All those status updates, photos, links and such add up to a mountain of content to keep up with. Facebook tries to stay controversy free by actively policing content inside their staff, but the task is almost too large.
This is why Facebook has started the Facebook Community Council which consists of a Facebook app that will allow people to evaluate and flag inappropriate content for potential take down. This crowdsourcing-type approach makes it possible for Facebook users to apply one of eight phrases to content such as: Spam, Acceptable, Not English, Skip, Nudity, Drugs, Attacking and Violence. If the content is verfiably reckoned as inappropriate, it will be taken off the site immediately.
Using this type of approach is very smart as Facebook is wisely tapping in to the enormous power of their broad user base.
What do you think -- are you willing to help police Facebook to keep it free of inappropriate content?
Seesmic Buys Ping.fm for Status Aggregation
Seesmic, the dynamic social networking utility, has started the year off with a bang. For those unaware, Seesmic gives you the ability to have Identi.ca, Twitter and Facebook status updates all in one application. Earlier this week, Seesmic announced that they had acquired Ping.fm, a different social web accessory that will compliment Seesmic rather well.
Ping.fm allows you to quickly and easily update your current status on 40+ social networks including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and many more. Ping.fm is very easy to use -- either via their website, IM and a few other ways. Ping.fm is a popular service, boasting more than 500,00 users posting about 200,000 status updates per day.
Seesmic's acquisition of Ping.fm continues a string of movements to become more prolific in the social web ecosystem. In 2008, the company acquired Twhirl and continue to offer this client in addition to their namesake application. Also, Seesmic Web is a feature heavy web version of their software.
Social Networking Sites Prime Targets for Cybercrimminals
A new research report from security solutions provider McAfee Labs says that 2010 will the year the cybercrimminals really jump on social networking sites and other new web platforms to wreak havoc.
According to the 2010 Threat Predictions report sites like Twitter and Facebook will become hubs for cybercrimminals. Particular focus is on the use of third party applications within these sites as a new tool. But the report also mentions Google Chrome and HTML5 as key pieces of technology that these cybercrimminals can take advantage of.
To advance in technology usually means that people who can are going to take advantage where they can. All we can do is be smart and play safe and look to our security providers to stop these threats at the door.
Critical Path Buys Up Shozu
Also on the acquisition path is a little known mobile messaging firm called Critical Path. They firm bought up the popular mobile content uploading application known as Shozu. Shozu is an application/service available on many mobile platforms that enables you to snap a photo or video and upload them to all your selected social networks in one action.
Users of Shozu have been affirmed by the company that the service will continue to function as-is and that ShoZu will continue to run and innovate in the mobile social networking space.
This acquisition is seen largely as a talent and partner acquistion move as ShoZu has amassed very lucrative partnerships with key players in the mobile and social arenas. Also, ShoZu has software engineering talent that Critical Path will surely benefit from.