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  • Facebook

    38 80.85%
  • Friendster

    7 14.89%
  • Hi5

    6 12.77%
  • LinkedIn

    21 44.68%
  • MySpace

    23 48.94%
  • Orkut

    6 12.77%
  • Other (please list the site in a post below)

    10 21.28%
  • None

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    Question Do you have first-hand knowledge of social networking sites?

    If you believe the pundits (and I do) then we've just seen the tip of the iceberg with respect to the role of social networking on the web.

    Personally, I've been involved with LinkedIn for quite a while, and just signed up on facebook a few weeks ago. But I'm impressed with where I think this technology can go, and I think we are going to see a lot of creativity unleashed as a critical mass of users develops. If you don't know what I am talking about, then I encourage you to go to the facebook developers page (developers.facebook.com) and watch the video of the f8 keynote address. Heck, even if you do know what I'm talking about, listen to the video to get Mark Zuckerberg's vision straight from the horses mouth.

    So, this week's question is about your level of first-hand knowledge of some of the existing social networking sites. Which sites have you personally joined?

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    I'm fairly new to the world of social networking websites. I joined facebook mid-way through November. A contact wished me happy birthday since he'd seen some photos of Rebecca at a birthday party for someone named Steve and figured I was the Steve. Turns out it was a different Steve, but I just had to go check out those photos -- but wasn't able to without an account. So I caved in and finally signed up. I've become a bit of a facebook junkie since then, checking requests and notifications first thing in the morning alongside PMs here and regular email.

    It's actually come in handy thus far -- I've found out some interesting updates about friends I haven't kept in touch with as much as I'd like to be able to, and I've been able to get back in touch with folks I didn't have up to date contact info about (some high school and college buddies). With so many online gaming folks on facebook it also been pretty fun to see where relationships overlap.

    I also joined MySpace at the same time, but I haven't done much there and don't expect to in the future.

    I joined another social networking site probably a half year ago (commoncircle.net) at the invitation of a college friend / former co-worker, but that site never got off the ground. It is oriented toward a social justice / environmental protection community. The system doesn't offer much of any value aside from connecting with people, and with the number of partipants being in the 100s (even after at least six months) it is kind of laughable. I still occassionally open and read the emails they send, but don't visit the site. I would consider joining anothe niche social networking site like this if it were done in a way that could generate at least some bare minimum of participation required in order to provide some value (for example if idealist.org did more with individual profiles rather than simply organization profiles).

    I might eventually cave in and join LinkedIn as well, although I don't expect that I'd visit it that routinely.

    But, over the foreseeable horizen I'm all about facebook.
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    I post articles on Squidoo from time to time.
    Also have a blog that I post on when time permits.
    Facebook is great. I formed a poker group there too.
    I write/publish on other social networks as well. The links are one way and relevant.
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    I'm also new to social networking, several months ago I was invited to join to LinkedIn, I only signed up here and that's all.

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    I absoloutely love facebook. Just met up with a friend who I havent seen since I lived with her and her family. It is amazing who you will find

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    I joined facebook awhile back after getting an invite from an affiliate manager.

    Being that I have had an online gambling forum for over 6 years I can see how social networking online can be a huge benefit in several ways. I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

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    The only one I'm familiar with is myspace because my son had one. It didn't interest me. However, I'll try facebook. There must be something to it if alot of you see potential there. I always love new exciting things.

    I'll be joining up at the GPWA one soon to get my feet wet.

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    I'm a nerd... I pretend to resist at first and then break down to find out more about it.

    Even before all these threads, I had links to my social networking profiles in my signature... see below and feel free to give me an add...

    I will add - I dont like being actively marketed to on these sites. It's gotten better, but I used to have seemingly every 21 year old from California invite me to watch them on their webcam. SPAM is/was rampant and there are still floating ethics questions about using personal information for marketing purposes (which I dont mind, as long as personal details are not shared with the advertisers, only used to determine which ads I see)
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    I have A facebook and I am finding ways to market with it and there are many ways I have found I do not have a network set up and I do not use it for looking for people, I infact want it strictly for industry friends/family, I don't want to be searched out by the wrong folks if you know what I mean....lol I do have another set up just for business purposes it is not finished as of yet but it is in place to market with and for forum members to join and get the lastest promos we have etc. This is the new "viral" marketing and I am excited about it!!

    Cheers!

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    I dont like being actively marketed to on these sites.
    Must agree Matted I also do not partake in facebook, myspace, or anything else similar. Perhaps I am overly paranoid but I think I may have a good reason to be so.

    Better to be safe than sorry I guess, so my answer is none.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonustreak View Post
    I have A facebook and I am finding ways to market with it and there are many ways I have found I do not have a network set up and I do not use it for looking for people, I infact want it strictly for industry friends/family, I don't want to be searched out by the wrong folks if you know what I mean....lol I do have another set up just for business purposes it is not finished as of yet but it is in place to market with and for forum members to join and get the lastest promos we have etc. This is the new "viral" marketing and I am excited about it!!

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    This looks like the way to go bonustreak. I'll have to come by and say hello. I don't know anything about networking and what securities are in place.

    I have just signed up to facebook and joined the GPWA's. I'm paranoid too so I didn't use my "real" name. I have gotten alot of porn spam from when I signed up at myspace. I also have no clue what I'm doing so baby steps for now.

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    I think it helps to have links across social platforms as google likes this now...

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    The more pertinent question here, do the risks justify the gains? Social networking has history spanning over twenty years. Always has been the prime hunting ground for malicious hackers. Social Networking is fundamentally flawed for all time. This I am afraid will never change.

    The malicious ones are counting on users to carry on being na´ve about the real dangers.

    Social networking Web sites such as MySpace.com are increasingly juicy targets for computer hackers, who are demonstrating a pair of vulnerabilities they claim expose sensitive personal information and could be exploited by online criminals.

    Source: http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew..._name=&no_ads=
    So the question remains, do the risks justify the gains? For myself definitely not because the malicious ones are always two years ahead.

    Just a thought

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    I am in Facebook, LinkedIn and XING. I must say I have not made much of these networks so far, but that is going to change now.

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    I started a group today at facebook. It's pretty cool. I will use it for industry related purposes, no personal info nessacary.

    Does anyone know if you can replace their advertisements with your own?

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    Unfortunately, you can't replace the ads but, you can post your own on your wall. When yopu post a link it allows you to post some text and a picture to go along with it.

    You can also place ads in "marketplace".
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    And if you build a facebook application you have control of the section of the page within which your application runs and placing ads there is under your complete control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greek39 View Post
    Social Networking is fundamentally flawed for all time. This I am afraid will never change.
    Well, I could argue that e-mail and websites are fundamentally flawed also from a security perspective.

    They enable are sorts of nasty things to be done to those who are too trusting of unknown entities.

    In my opinion facebook, while they don't have it all correct by any means, have done a lot of things right. The security model is fairly robust and allows you to specifically deny access to information except when it is explicitly granted. Of course, if you grant access to sensitive information to friends or groups, then you better be sure you are willing to trust those friends or members of those groups with the information you have granted them. By default, those who are not friends or members of groups you have joined, have access to almost nothing in your profile (just your published name and photo, and the same information about your friends).

    In fact, from a security perspective, I think they provide an infrastructure that will enable us to develop some Casino City applications that will be a lot more trustworthy within that environment than we could possibly make them otherwise on our own.

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    I certainly agree Michael. I was just trying to point out the potential dangers and whether or not it is worth the risk. If I had not seen the risk first hand I would have never mentioned it.

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    I like the true concept of social networking, but I think they have a limited long-term commercial value to advertisers. My experience of "social" sites in the past, forums aside, is that when something like this gets high-profile, marketeers and commercial peeps move in and very often, as a result, social users tend to move on to someplace else. Of course a lot of this effect can be countered with careful moderation but that's not always possible on a large site, so you end up with a virtual version of the Italian Job ad infinitum: new sites coming up, old sites losing popularity, etc etc. I guess if you like the chase, it can work long term, and I am sure there are short-term gains, but I think personally there are better, more durable ways to spend one's time when it comes to marketing.

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