Mark McSherry won't "friend" you and he does not "tweet."
Who refuses to join sites like Twitter and Facebook? CNN's Christine Romans finds out.
Digg, the once-hot social news website, has become the middle child of the premiere web 2.0 companies.
A new Mafia video game has presented Twitter with an offer, but it's one that Twitter thinks it can refuse.
Things are grim at MySpace. The number of U.S. visitors has dropped off to just 70.24 million in May. Rival Facebook has finally surpassed MySpace, logging 70.28 million visitors. The site is bleeding cash -- News Corp reported an $89 million loss in the unit that includes MySpace in its most recent quarterly report. And on June 16, MySpace laid off 420 employees, roughly 30% of the staff.
Social networking site MySpace said Tuesday that it plans to slash nearly 30% of its workforce, leaving it with 1,000 employees.
Heads up, Facebook-users: in just a few hours (midnight in your local time zone), you'll have the chance to choose a user name and corresponding URL for your profile.
In the brief history of Web sites, there are few if any second chances. Remember Friendster?
Users spend more time on Facebook than any other social network site. Much more. But other sites are growing quickly, and experts say no social network is safely on top of the market.
Tina Meier, whose daughter was a cyberbully's target, sees new hope online
Facebook held no appeal for Peter Lichtenstein. The New Paltz, N.Y., resident had checked out so-called social networking sites before, and he wasn't impressed. ("MySpace," he recalls, "was ridiculous.")
More than 2,100 registered North Carolina sex offenders were found on the social networking site MySpace, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday.
Their paths crossed on YouTube on an August night last year.
The question means little to millions living in poverty with neither electricity nor electronics. But there are also millions now weaving the Web 2.0 ever more tightly into their social fabric -- witness the booming popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites -- so the question seems worth asking.
Shayna Hefner never expected MySpace to turn her life upside down.
MySpace.com has identified and removed 90,000 convicted sex offenders from its popular social-networking site, according to one of the dozens of state attorneys general who pressured the site to beef up its safety standards.
David Cameron, the leader of the UK's opposition Conservative Party, is discussing whether economic growth should be pursued at the expense of the environment.
As the first president-elect with a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, Barack Obama is poised to use the Internet to communicate directly with Americans in a way unknown to previous presidents.
Financially speaking, Web 2.0 has been a total bust.
A new study finds that 54 percent of teens talk about behaviors such as sex, alcohol use, and violence on the social networking giant MySpace -- presenting potential risks even if all they're doing is talking, researchers said Monday.
The singer Gil Scott Heron once declared that "the revolution will not be televised."
Randy Turner knows there's a huge gap in age and technology between him and his adolescent students.
A crossbreed between MySpace and YouTube, Doggyspace allows dog owners from all over the world to come together, create profiles, and share photos and videos of their pups
In the past decade Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has doled out $10 billion to its major investors, all of which are university endowments, philanthropic foundations, or public pension funds. Silicon Valley's top venture capital firms never divulge their actual performance. Yet this tidbit comes directly from John Doerr, Kleiner's preeminent partner, who is so intent on ensuring that I'm correctly processing the significance of that figure that he helps me with the math. "That's $1 billion a year on average," he says. "Those are great gains. That's not a couple university chairs, and it's not a building or two. That's whole quadrants of a campus."
When eMusic launched 10 years ago, the online music subscription service faced some long odds. It refused to protect songs from illegal copying, which ruled out major label acts like Britney Spears.
Craigslist is the online classifieds behemoth in the U.S., but there's some other savvy companies circling these listings
When Microsoft walked away from its blockbuster bid for Yahoo, the media sought desperately to keep the news coming even when there wasn't much left to say. That seems to be how The Wall Street Journal came up with the notion that Microsoft had approached Facebook about an acquisition. It's not true.
Facebook, the world's second-largest social networking Web site, will add more than 40 new safeguards to protect young users from sexual predators and cyberbullies
Stephen Colbert may have already earned the title of "Greatest Living American" but now he can add "Webby Person of the Year."
First it was instant messaging during office hours that gave us the thrill of passing notes in class. Then it was ogling ourselves on Web cams, ranting our minds on blogs, uploading our baby photos on Flickr and poking each other on Facebook. These days, as corporate records show, we choose to spend our lunch breaks watching YouTube, if not chatting over Skype.
Dear FSB: Is it wise for a small business to have a corporate homepage on Facebook? One of our employees mentioned it. Some say it's good marketing; others say it's not. What are the pros and cons of doing it?
The woman reported to be New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's hooker is smart, her brother says. CNN's Allan Chernoff reports
In three days, Ashley Alexandra Dupre went from being an unknown 22-year-old aspiring musician to the fifth most-searched subject on Google because of her alleged sexual encounters with New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
We've all been there: the dull business conference. A half-empty room of half-asleep attendees answer their e-mail on laptops and BlackBerries, while some hapless speaker lumbers through a PowerPoint speech.
So you want to change the world -- or at least a little part of it -- using the power of the Internet? Here are some tips to help get you started.
MySpace galvanizes protestors to attend mass demonstrations; 1.8 million Britons sign an online petition, leading to widespread press coverage and government embarrassment; and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are fighting it out for the Democratic nomination on Facebook.
Online social networking site MySpace has been talking with major record labels in an effort to allow users to listen to copyrighted music for free on the Web site, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The social networking site lost out to MySpace and Facebook in the U.S., but it's found a new life across the Pacific
Popular social networking site Facebook has been asked to remove the Scrabulous game from its Web site by the makers of Scrabble, agencies have reported.
MySpace has long been under fire by parents and politicians alike for exposing children to online sexual predators. Now, the industry's largest teen social networking site is calling on the industry to make kids safer.
With social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace now in the digital dating mix, there are plenty of new chances to meet the right -- and wrong -- people online.
Author Anastasia Goodstein talks about the social habits of young people online and offers advice to parents.
Meet the "digital natives." They are the teens and tweens who flock to MySpace, Facebook and other social networking sites.
With Facebook slowly creeping up on MySpace, is there room for two social networking sites?
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo talks about Facebook's new procedures to protect its users from online predators.
The popular social networking Web site Facebook says it is taking new steps to protect its users from online predators.
Google is the elephant in nearly every corner of the Internet, from search and advertising to web-based e-mail, online mapping, and home-brewed video. With its share price setting new highs this fall, its market cap ($188 billion) is now large enough to buy the New York Times, the Washington Post, Gannett, and Time Warner - twice. Or Facebook many, many times over.
CNN's Abbi Tatton reports on the former Republican House Speaker's foray into the 3-D online world Second Life.
Figuring out how to sort through personal profile pages to target ads has become a top priority for both MySpace and Facebook. But in the new California gold rush to turn valuable information that people reveal about themselves into advertising dollars, lesser-known social networking sites are getting left behind.
Been poked by anyone recently? Or maybe you've been turned into a zombie, or perhaps you've added Scrabulous to your applications?
For all of Facebook's recent successes, MySpace continues to thrive. That's the theme of my recent big Fortune story on the MySpace/Facebook battle, "As Facebook takes off, MySpace strikes back." Meanwhile, innumerable permutations of the seductive social networking model continue to arise, because this is increasingly the kind of Internet that users are showing, with their behavior, that they want.
The Republican candidate is finding new ways of engaging voters online. But will those results translate into votes?
Consider the Web site LinkedIn a late entry into the already crowded 2008 presidential race.
More and more of us are sharing our personal details and chatting about our private lives on social networking Web sites, but what if these "chats" are not as private as we thought?
It's 2020. You get home from work, kick off your shoes and relax -- on your very own tropical island. That night, your friends teleport over with other glamorous guests, all nipped, tucked and primped to perfection, for a hedonistic cocktail party at your five-star beach house, decked out in expensively understated chrome, crystal and fine Italian furniture.
Social networking Web sites are increasingly juicy targets for computer hackers, who are demonstrating a pair of vulnerabilities they claim expose sensitive personal information
New search sites make it easier than ever to dig up information on people, without their permission
The owners of a rival social networking Web site are trying to shut down Facebook.com, charging in a federal lawsuit that Facebook's founder stole their ideas while they were students at Harvard
MySpace and Second Life get two thumbs down
Facebook Inc., the fast-growing Silicon Valley social networking site, said Thursday it has acquired Internet start-up Parakey, which is run by two of the co-creators of the popular Web browser Mozilla Firefox.
In preparation for the iMeme: The Thinkers of Tech conference, Fortune asked dozens of technology gurus the following question: What, for you, has been the most surprising infectious idea of the past year? Click on the names to read how Esther Dyson, Bill Joy, Jonathan Schwartz, among others, answered, or simply scroll down.
In our second annual ranking, Business 2.0 has compiled an unabashedly subjective list of people, products, trends, and ideas that are transforming the world of business.
Imagine that when you shopped online for a digital camera, you could see whether anyone you knew already owned it and ask them what they thought. Imagine that when you searched for a concert ticket you could learn if friends were headed to the same show. Or that you knew which sites - or what news stories - people you trust found useful and which they disliked. Or maybe you could find out where all your friends and relatives are, right now (at least those who want to be found).
The art of the job search has undergone seismic changes in the digital economy.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was in the Web 2.0 business before there was such a term. He has five rules for tapping the enthusiasm of users.
Jimmy Wales may have created the world's largest encyclopedia, but he can't keep his inbox in order. In the back of a black London cab, careening from one high-powered meeting to the next, Wales si...
For some, it's chocolate. For others, it's coffee or cigarettes. But as this Easter approaches, some young and devout Christians are anxious to return to what they gave up for Lent: Internet sites Facebook and MySpace.
Photobucket is the most important site on the Internet that hardly anybody understands. Unpretentiously, it has built an essential service that didn't need to shout out for attention, the way MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, or other related sites have. Yet it's built an audience of 38 million members, a figure now growing more than 80,000 per day. That's up from just 50,000 members at the end of 2003.
MEET WEBKINZ, the hottest property at your nearest playground. It's a cult toy in the grand tradition of the Cabbage Patch Kids and My Little Pony—only this version is tailored to a generation grow...
It's getting crowded on the Web 2.0 frontier, but there are still some startups that truly stand out. Business 2.0 Magazine identifies the ones most likely to strike gold in 2007.
At a Starbucks in downtown Mountain View, Calif., two 30-something men anxiously await the arrival of Reid Hoffman, one of Silicon Valley's most sought-after angel investors. It's 4:30 on a Sunday ...
Nowadays, the all-powerful Web user, recently anointed as Time's Person of the Year, is both creator and consumer of every last bit of content at some of the Web's fastest-growing destinations. Witness the success of Flickr (the photo-sharing site), YouTube (the video-sharing site), Deli.cio.us (the bookmark-sharing site) and Wikipedia (the knowledge-sharing site).
Despite all its virtues, the Internet has created a raft of new threats to our children. Sexual predators and abusive pedophiles are newly empowered by the Net, and neither parents nor society have yet figured out how to respond. However bad you think the problems are, they're probably worse.
Barely out of the shadows of 2000's dot-com downturn, Internet mania is back.
You've bought the odd thing on eBay, watched the Dove Beauty model get a quick fire makeover on YouTube and the verb "to Google" is part of your everyday speech -- but how do you take your Internet usage to the next level and become a fully-fledged member of the Web 2.0 digerati?
IDEA NO. 29 Online businesses can easily--and cheaply--target international markets from anywhere.
One night this past April, Tom Anderson was surfing MySpace.com, as he does for hours every night, when he spotted a link to something called kSolo on another member's profile page. The service, An...
Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe founded Myspace on the principles of user control, grass-roots growth, and authenticity. "The users govern the site," DeWolfe says adamantly. But now he and Anderson have News Corp.'s financial targets to hit, a "chief revenue officer" to contend with, and serious pressure to make MySpace safe for advertisers.
The editors have identified the Best business ideas in the world, which will appear here in a series throughout the next month. Check back daily for updates.
Any list of the most important people in business has to start with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and a bunch of folks named Walton, right? They're the richest people on the planet, for Pete's sake. ...
Back when the Internet bubble was deflating disastrously, the fashionable view was that we'd never see its like again -- and thank goodness.
When News Corp. paid $580 million for MySpace, an Internet site for teens and young adults, some people figured that Rupert Murdoch's fascination with all things digital had once again led him to overpay for a new-media property.
Joshua Schachter is surrounded by lawyers and his phone is ringing off the hook. He just sold his two-year-old company, Del.icio.us, to Yahoo!Friday for an undisclosed sum (estimated to be in the range of $15 million to $20 million).
WHEN YAHOO SPENT A REPORTED $20 million to $30 million in March to buy Flickr--a photo-sharing website run by a husband-and-wife team in British Columbia--two aspects of the tiny deal raised eyebro...
"I have never seen so many people with cameras," says Jerry Yang. "It is kind of scary." It's a perfect September evening at Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yang, co-founder and chief Yahoo...
If you haven't gone online yet, you might think that you are the very last person in the United States to find your way onto the Internet. Presidential candidate Bob Dole announced his World Wide W...
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