This one raises more questions than it answers, but apparently Twitter has partnered with Reveille and Brillstein Entertainment with plans to make an unscripted reality show. According to Variety, the show will seek to "put ordinary people on the trail of celebrities in a revolutionary competitive format."
Yeah, we don't know what the ____ that means either. In fact, there's not much anyone knows about the upcoming show, other than the concept was created by novelist and screenwriter Amy Ephron, who will serve as one of many executive producers putting this thing together.
"We've found a compelling way to bring the immediacy of Twitter to life on TV," Brillstein's Jon Liebman said.
Flock takes its Web 2.0 experience a few notches higher with the release of version 2.5 of its social networking browser. The new version updates its core code to Firefox 3.0.10, the latest Firefox build (in final release form) currently available.
New in version 2.5, Facebook Chat has now been integrated as an instant messaging service As has been Flock's M.O., users have the ability to drag content from web pages directly into the chat box. The Flock team also completely overhauled the browser's Twitter integration. Replies, now called @mentions, and direct mentions are now separated in the sidebar, and a new widget added to MyWorld makes it possible to perform and save Twitter searches.
Other new features include FlockCast, which allows users to broadcast actions from the web directly into Facebook, and the addition of Bebo as a People service.
Trying to describe Microsoft's Windows Live family of web-enabled tools for Windows has been a bit like the parable of the blind men describing the elephant.
Is Windows Live a photo sharing service? A file sharing service? An email service? An IM service? With the news that Windows Live is adding connections next week to many other popular Web 2.0 social networks, it's easier now to say, as ArsTechnica puts it, that Microsoft wants to:
[T]urn Windows Live into the average netcitizen's main hub for his or her social life, or at the very least to turn Windows Live into a social network.
Microsoft's teaming up with lots of social-networking partners around the world. US-based companies becoming BFFs with Windows Live include MSN, Digg, Facebook, SmugMug, and MySpace (see the full list of 31 current and new partners here).
According to a recent study by eMarkerter, we males spend more time on the Internet, and respond to ads more positively than our female, web-surfing counterparts.
According to the study, there are currently 95.9 million men browsing the net, compared to 103.2 million women. And, while men are a (slight) minority compared to women, they’re still targeted by advertisers in a big way. They spend more time on social networking sites, reading/writing blogs (hey!) and listening to podcasts (did I mention that we here at Maximum PC just recorded our 100th?) than women do.
Gents, just know that we, by default, happen to be more susceptible to online advertising. But, if you follow this rule of thumb, tweeted from the guitar shredding hands of John Mayer himself, you should be fine: “If you're on a website that says out loud ‘congratulations, you've won!’, you can be pretty sure you're up to no good.”
The only plausible explanation the tech intelligentsia could muster was that MySpace may be making the change to free the popular MySpace.com domain for a webmail service.
An internal message sent to all MySpace employees, notifying them about the company-wide reassignment of corporate emails, has advanced this theory. “MySpace is migrating from the email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org,” MySpace’s parent company Fox Interactive Media announced in the internal email.
If MySpace does roll out a webmail service, it will become the third largest provider from the off. This is because all MySpace users – around 125 million of them - will be assigned an email address by default.
Just one week after Facebook deployed its latest design update, the social network is quietly rolling out a pair of beta services -- Facebook Premium and Facebook Classic -- to select users. Facebook Classic lets each user opt in to the Facebook design of his or her choice. From the pre-news feed design (circa 2006) to the single-page design used through much of 2008, beta users will be able to select the Facebook interface that they’re most comfortable with. In an official status update, Christopher Cox, Facebook’s Director of Product, cited the reasons behind this move, which he feels are "in line with the Facebook's intent to both respond to user feedback and adapt the product for different usage models and forward-looking feature opportunities".
Also in beta, and available to select users is the new Facebook Premium service.
Our own Will Smith uses Twitter to announce new articles and content on Maximum PC, my wife and I use Twitter to keep track of our kids and their friends, and "Britney Spears" uses it to entertain and inform her fans. Why the quote marks? A weekend article in The New York Timesreveals what Cnetsays "we all sort of knew already" - Twitter is full of ghostwritten entries.
Some of the sports figures, celebrities, and politicians who use ghostwriters on Twitter and other Web 2.0 social network sites include Britney Spears (although her staff is now signing their own entries), 50 Cent, Candidate/President Barack Obama, Kanye West, Ron Paul, and others. However, the Times also gives credit where due to to celebrities who write their own tweets like Shaquille O'Neal and Lance Armstrong (who one-handed a recent tweet about breaking his collarbone).
Join us after the jump to sound off about celebrity social-network ghostwriting.
It's been well documented how what you post on MySpace and other social networking sites can get you into trouble (just ask 16-year-old office worker Kimberly Swann who was fired over a Facebook entry calling her job boring), but for the first time (that we're aware of), the opposite is now true. At least that's the case for an ex-con who was caught taking a joyride on a stolen motorcycle.
Officer Vaughan Ettienne chased down the suspect, who also was allegedly carrying a loaded gun and a bag of ammunition. Under most circumstances, this would probably be an open-and-shut case, but the suspect claims Ettienne planted the gun on him to justify a beating that caused three broken ribs. Here's where it gets interesting.
Ettienne had set his MySpace status to "Devious" one day before the alleged beating, and changed his Facebook status to read "Vaughan is watching Training Day' to brush up on proper police procedure." But what really has Ettienne in hot water is posting a comment on a video of a police office punching a suspect that reads "If he wanted to tune him up some he shoulda delayed cuffing him...And if you WERE gonna hit a cuffed suspect at least get your moneys (sic) worth cause now he's gonna get disciplined for a (expletive deleted) love tap!"
Ettienne's social networking profiles and comments have been subpoenaed by the State Supreme Court in Brooklyn and will be used to help determined if he used police brutality on the suspect.
Mark Zuckerberg spoke about the privacy change during a press conference earlier this week, during which time he outlined a new, community driven plan in which any controversial changes will be put to a user vote.
"Last week, we put up old terms after we put up new terms," Zuckerberg said. "We took last week as a strong signal of how much people cared about Facebook and how much they want to govern it. We're happy to roll out these polices today."
To aid with the process, Zuckerberg said Facebook will form a "user council" in which it would "invite the authors of the most insightful and constructive comments on the draft documents to serve as founding members of the group."
Here's a protip for all you working teens out there: You're probably going to go through more than one job that you don't enjoy doing before settling on a career that, hopefully, will be one you like. Nearly everyone follows this path, so posting on Facebook that your job is boring is the equivalent of letting the world know you brushed your teeth this morning. Except the former can apparently get you fired, as 16-year-old Kimberly Swann found out.
"Following your comments made on Facebook about your job and the company we feel it is better that, as you are not happy and do not enjoy your work we end your employment with Ivell Marketing & Logistics with immediate effect," Swann was informed.
According to Swan, she "did not even put the company's name" in her Facebook entry, only saying that her job was boring. But according to Stephen Ivell, the company's owner, it didn't come to the decision lightly. "It is just a shame that it did not work out because she is a lovely girl. For a small company, when a decision is made, one thinks long and hard about it."
Do you agree with Ivell's decision? Hit the jump and tell us what you think.