Social Networking Sites – New Buzz

Open topic | September 21st, 2007 | Comments Off on Social Networking Sites – New Buzz

After the great success of FaceBook and MySpace , eBay jumped into this game and acquired StumbleUpon (famous social bookmarking site) for 45-50 million dollars.

The latest rumors are about Yahoo’s Mash new social networking site that is still in the beta testing. The Mash service includes features similar to Facebook, MySpace and My Yahoo!. Once you have created your free Mash account and load modules onto your profile and move them in a drag-and-drop style. The modules included are MyMoshLog2, Flickr RSS, Common Friends, Blog Module (RSS 2.0), Asteroids, Ego Boost, Astrology, PimpMyPet, Hover, Guestbook, Kaleidescope and My Stuff.

Since the Yahoo Mash is still in the beta you have to receive an invite to create an account (remember with Gmail?).

Mark Hendrickson on TechCrunch states that

The modules gallery also states that “in the coming months we’re going to open up our module development platform to 3rd party developers,” which suggests that Mash will be following in Facebook’s footsteps at least to some extent (it will be interesting to see whether there will be canvas-like pages, too).

But, why all this rush into social networking sites
From the latest stats (based on ComScore’s data from July) it looks like social networking sites are in growth and the example of MySpace being the 4th most visited site on the Web, beating AOL by 139 million searchers.

More and more social networking sites are being launched online every month (not at the speed of blogs that come alive tho). I have never been into social networking sites, don’t have a myspace account and neither a facebook account, but I would love to test the Yahoo Mash, so anyone of you that has an Mash account already send me an invite to astritkita at yahoo dot com, will appreciate it.

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