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Facebook Buys FriendFeed, a Buy That’s Not About Twitter But Eventual World Domination August 11, 2009

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Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, said it will buy FriendFeed, netting a group of prized ex-Google engineers in the fast-growing Internet business.

Similar to, though less popular than Twitter, the microblogging site that Facebook tried to buy for $500 million in 2008, Friendfeed is an up-and-coming social media startup, which lets people share content online in real time across various social networks and blogs.

This deal is not about Twitter. It is about Google v Facebook.
The impetus behind this deal was driven by two developing trends, trends which will make it impossible to deal with the impending information overload: an ability to publish more and more information in real time and the resulting explosion of data on the web

Referred to as the “Problem of Plenty”, the current seek-search-consume popularized by Google will eventually hit its outer limits — and when that happens, Facebook wants to step in and assume the leadership role

This acquisition of Friendfeed will make this possible. The question asked was: “Is it possible to take the whole web and project it through a single social network?” That is precisely what they are doing with this merger. To consume all the information created, whether photos, videos, micro-blog posts, whatever, smarter tools had to be found. FriendFeed is one such tool.

And to make this possible Facebook bought a solid team to solve this problem. Hewitt has been the driving force behind Facebook’s iPhone efforts. Buchheit invented Gmail, while Taylor helped build Google Maps.

With FriendFeed, Facebook gets access to the Twitter universe and a talented team made of programming all-stars

Hunting the Digital Buzz August 11, 2009

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We Are Hunted is a rapidly thriving website on the mission of becoming the epicenter of music buzz charts.

We Are Hunted is a collaboration between Australian news aggregation site WotNews and digital music marketers Native Digital.

In times where more music hunters are relying on blogs with unknown credentials (or intentions) rather than long-standing music magazines or respected music critics, We Are Hunted poses an interesting situation of musical collective intelligence.

Utilizing blogs, social networks, P2P networks, forums and message boards to create these playlists, many are touting it as a chart ‘for the P2P generation’.

Type in any artist or song and a profile shows up, listing articles mentioning them as well as charts measuring “volume” and “sentiment” for media coverage. Tracks on the charts are streamed through the site via blogs and YouTube, artists are linked to Spotify, and buy-to links are supplied for iTunes, Amazon and InSound.

Clients can login anytime and track the real time buzz about their artists”.

Is it a service for fans to discover and recommend new music or a metrics service for the industry to keep an eagle eye on its artists’ online presence? Maybe both.