Monday, April 21, 2008

Social Networks Break Outside Internet Slowly....


To my blog readers I am sorry this posting is late but I was home for the Jewish holiday of Passover and was celebrating the holiday.

A few days ago I was loading my pictures onto face book. I then received an im from one of my friends. I could not believe it! You can now see who is online and communicate with them through instant messaging. As the author in this Economist article mentions "the problem with today's social networks is that they are often closed to the outside web." Though outside companies like BMW, movie studios, and other companies market on facebook with creative and interactive campaigns, users do not combine their outside activities on the outside world web onto facebook. This is why igoogle and yahoo are beginning to research ways to combine social networking onto the gmail and yahoo mail. The goal is to combine outside internet use with social networking.

2 comments:

Jackie said...

I signed on facebook the other day and saw the new "im" feature alsp and was shocked...I guess it was only a matter of time before they joined the bandwagon of real time communication

andresboutsa said...

This is a testament to what social networks websites especially like facebook have become. Sometimes the simplest solution to overwhelming consumers is to keep websites clean and easy to use. I believe the IM feature in facebook is to much for a website that used to be great for the simple purpose it served