October 2007

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OpenSocial & Ning

We love today’s OpenSocial announcement. For those of you who don’t eat, breathe, and sleep web standards, OpenSocial is a new open web API being spearheaded by Google and joined by a wide range of partners including us, Google’s own Orkut, LinkedIn, Hi5, Friendster, Salesforce.com, Oracle, iLike, Flixster, RockYou, and Slide.

Marc has a great post explaining OpenSocial generally. Here’s an excerpt:

In a nutshell, OpenSocial is an open web API that can be supported by two kinds of developers:

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The Potential of All This

I am occasionally blown away by simple facts. Like the simple fact that there are 1.3 billion people online today and, according to Morgan Stanley, less than 15% have been to a social network.

Now some would use this fact to discount the potential of social networks – to write them off as just “a fad.”

We think the exact opposite to be true.

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Kyle Ford
Kyle Ford

Fingerstache

Every so often the amazing promise of “building your own social network for anything” comes to sweet, sweet fruition. Today is one of those days.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Fingerstache. Discovered by Mackenzie, one of our Team Advocacy all-stars, this network has captured the hearts and minds of Ning HQ today.

Naturally, we couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon. I give you Mackenzie, Alex, Mike, Phil and yours truly.

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Kyle Ford
Kyle Ford

EPIC-FU Rising

Fans of the web’s JETSET Show may have been surprised today to find that Zadi and Steve have done a total reboot. R.I.P. JETSET, long live EPIC-FU! What’s cool about this rebranding is how easily they were able to transition MIX (the show’s companion social network) from JETSET to EPIC-FU.

A few tweaks on the network’s Appearance page, a domain mapping switch and BOOM…MIX was reborn. When you have total control over your brand, moving’s a breeze.

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DUB Magazine’s DUB Pages


Dub Pages is the social network for Dub Magazine. Dub Magazine is for people who trick out their cars in some serious ways. Let me just say that my car would love some serious tricking out. These guys make it look easy and the results are stunning.

With over 500 members and counting, including celebrity members, these guys are doing some great things in their use of graphics in text boxes, contests, and overall visual design.

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EB Friends

EB Friends is a social network for those affected by the skin disorder, Epidermolysis Bullosa. This is a rare disease, however EB Friends truly shows the power of the human spirit. As Pez D. Spencer, EB Friends’ Network Creator (with Cristina Perez), writes:

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