So Long, Gowalla. We’ll Miss You

The news broke on Friday and was confirmed today on their blog, that the Austin-based location service Gowalla would soon be no longer. They are being acquired by Facebook, which means they are closing up shop in January and some of their employees (most likely developers) will be moving to Palo Alto to live out …

Facebook resources

I emailed these basic articles on Facebook to our faculty, thought I’d post here as well.  These are just a few of the seminal pieces that set up the environment.  News about Facebook comes out every day. Business Week Special Report on the Future of Social Networking – very comprehensive May 2008 Wired: How Mark …

August 21/22 roundup

On Web Strategy, a post about Facebook’s new “Engagement Advertising” program. It’s based on an interview with Tim Kendall, Director of Monetization at Facebook (which, by the way, is the worst job title in the history of job titles;  the word “monetization” always makes me cringe).  What the new program does is allow for users …

Time article "Who Will Rule the Internet?"

http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1811814-1,00.html Josh Quittner writes in Time on the future of the Internet, what will be the next great platform?  He identifies three major parties, Apple, Google, and Facebook, all approaching the industry in a slightly different manner. I like the Marc Andreessen quote, “Trying to decide which will win is kind of like debating whether …

MySpace Goes Social

Just a couple of items around the news today to discuss. MySpace has started what they are calling a “data availability initiative”. They have developed a series of tools to help people recreate and update their profile on other sites and the ability to “export” friends to other applications. This seems to be inline with …

Facebook to get a new look

Looks like Facebook will be unveiling a new profile design in the coming weeks.  This article, written mostly to alert developers of the change, outlines the new style.  The new profile will contain five main tabs, Feed, Info, Wall, Photos, and Boxes (name to be changed later).  Users will be able to add tabs and …

Andreessen to Facebook?

With all the talk about Microsoft and Yahoo this week, did we all forget about Facebook? This was in the news today: Facebook wants Marc Andreessen on its board. You might remember Andreessen as the founder of Mosaic, later became Netscape. He was the Internet darling of the mid-90s. Now, he’s one of the owners …