Social Media moves so fast, its hard to keep up. Here's the week's top stories from around the blogosphere, in scan-friendly format. This Week: * Twitter Cuts SMS Access
* Movable Type Goes Social
* AOL to Acquire Socialthing
* ReplyFeed.com : Social Media Conversation Management
* Google's Failed Acquisitions in Social Media
* Facebook Launches New Social Ad Unit, and Gets Sued... Again
Twitter Cuts SMS Access in UK
Twitter announced on Wednesday that they were cutting SMS services for the U.K. Outbound Tweets are no longer coming to British subscribers, but U.S., Canadian and Indian services remain unaffected.
What did the Brits ever do to deserve this? Oh yeah...
Twitter has been getting its act together pretty well over the past couple of months in terms of keeping the service running, but this has come at a cost. Vast swathes of users archived Tweets are reported MIA, and users have been reduced to making do with a mere 2,000 follows.
Meanwhile some wag at Get Satisfaction, the popular consumer-services startup, got sick of people on Twitter-business ambling into their new office, which was recently vacated by Twitter. So he or she posted this on the door:
SixApart has been gently edging towards more social capabilities for its blogging platform for some time, and we reported on Monday the latest evolution in Movable Type's Social blueprint.
MT Pro combines Movable Type’s blogging features with social networking capabilities, primarily enabling blog owners to "create a vibrant social network by “letting their readers and visitors become members of their sites, with profiles and the ability to rate content and follow each other.”
Various blogging platforms and mid-range Web CMS enable some of these features, but 6a's new solution looks like it will have the whole Social feature set right out of the box, and may very well win over a fair portion of Wordpress fans.
AOL to Acquire Socialthing
If the rumours are to be believed, AOL has been on the hunt for more Social goodness of late (it bought Bebo for close to a billion dollars in March), and C|net reckon Socialthing is squarely in its sights. Socialthing is a social aggregating service similar to FriendFeed, which enables you to track users movements throughout the Social spectrum. It is still in private Beta but is widely admired by the hopeless social junkie-set.
ReplyFeed.com : Social Media Conversation Management
The eminent Louis Gray stumbled across this little beauty on his travels, and posted the link to FriendFeed. It's some kind of social aggregator-aggregator (it had to happen sometime), which looks like it will be pretty useful. "ReplyFeed is a free tool that will aggregate all of your replies from your various communities (blogs included) into one place. Now you can monitor replies, answer them and have them sent back to the community from whence they came in one convenient location." ReplyFeed is in Private Beta and you can request an invite at the homepage.
Google Sucks at Buying Social Media?
Farhad Manjoo takes a look at some of the startups Google has snapped up over the past couple of years, and argues convincingly that they suck. Particularly, if you look at it, at bringing their acquired Social tools to the masses.
Jaiku is the primary example of this: the microblogger was in the game with Twitter until Google got its mitts on it. Wiki-builder JotSpot is another, and Dodgeball (a primordial microblogger) yet another.
It's difficult to mount a defense of Google in this quarter of the battlefield. It plain blows at buying into social media.
Facebook Launches Social Video Ad Unit, Gets Sued Again
Facebook has piled yet more features into its development portfolio, with a new ad unit which displays comments to your friend list. As Inside Facebook points out though, this could just as easily be a bad thing as a good'un, if punters take a dislike to the product being advertised.
Meanwhile Facebook is in the wars again over its controversial 'Beacon' service, which is the subject of a class-action lawsuit. According to TechCrunch, 'The suit alleges that Facebook never sought user approval before collecting personal information, and was also keeping tabs on people who weren’t even signed up for Facebook.'
Beacon represents a cartel of media groups which have teamed up with Facebook to share user data, with the aim of more targeted advertising. 3rd party websites put a snippet of Facebook code on their website which logs user activity and feeds it back to Facebook for advertising purposes. Real Big-Brother stuff, but a pretty smart idea.