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MIDEM Launches Mobile App, Website Adds Live Content January 18, 2010

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Following the buzz at MIDEM 2010 just got easier, with the launch of the new MIDEM mobile app, available on iPhone and downloadable on Apple Store, free of charge. And that’s not all. The MIDEM website will evolve as the show develops, thanks to videos of the conferences, live blogs and Twitter conversations from Cannes and beyond.

Already available, the MIDEM app provides details of the whole conference and concert programms, as well as the speakers and artists biographies. This new tool offers the opportunity to contact MIDEM attendees via their Twitter accounts. This app, developed by Mobile Roadie, also gives access to tweets, posts, blogs and articles about MIDEM, during and after the event.

From the beginning of MidemNet, on Saturday 23rd, the MIDEM website will share new content. Video coverage of all MidemNet conferences will be available online, along with the main MIDEM conferences. Internet users will be able to follow the different debates and react via the MIDEM blog – animated ‘live’ by a journalist from the UK consulting and research company Music Ally. The Twitter flux of comments about MIDEM will also be available on the show’s official website.

“MIDEM is adapting to new communication habits, especially when it comes to using interactive tools. The MIDEM iPhone app and the enriched website content will extend the market’s reach and enlarge the amount of content available on the web. The MIDEM mobile app is an easy way for delegates to plan their conference and concert agenda during MIDEM,” explains Dominique Leguern, MIDEM Director.

MIDEM app is available for download from:
http://bit.ly/5ulkmH

Real-Time Search Reaches Online Radio With RadioTuna.com December 18, 2009

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LONDON, December 15 — A tiny UK start-up may just have stolen a march on the online music industry by launching the first real-time search engine for internet radio.

RadioTuna.com is a new website that tracks 20,000 stations around the world in real-time and uses complex algorithms to make finding them easy.

Real-time search is the latest development in internet technology, with Twitter leading the revolution and Google introducing real-time results very recently. RadioTuna is the world’s first real-time search engine for radio, giving up-to-the-minute results about the music being played across the globe.

The data collected illustrates the incredible range of music available through internet radio to an extent not possible before, providing a game-changing level of search fidelity. Stations can be found either by artist or genre, and a unique profiling process shows the breakdown of music played on each. Exploring the Long Tail of radio has never been so much fun.

About RadioTuna

RadioTuna.com was created by three music fans who loved internet radio but were frustrated by the search for new stations.

Co-founder William Jenkins said, “We built RadioTuna because we were fed up with other radio search engines. The site is kind of a cross between Spotify and Google, and it’s been likened to both.”

Beneath the cute branding and simple interface sits serious technology that captures and processes data about the music as it is played. It’s a place for fans of every genre to find out what’s going on right now, with relevant results for every artist in their 10 million-track database.

No accounts, profiles or subscriptions required – just search for an artist or genre and click on a search result to start the music.

About Online Radio
Online Radio has a vast global audience attracting tens of millions of listeners around the world. It is unique in its ability to serve niche audiences with highly specialised content, and the diversity of music on offer is unmatched by any other service.

Although there are large stations with thousands of listeners, there are many more tiny ones broadcasting to only a handful of people at once. These small stations often cost more to run than they ever make and are run purely for the love of the music.
Site: http://radiotuna.com

Facebook Crushes MySpace, Twitter in July August 16, 2009

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Increasing its unique visitor count by more than 10 million in one month, Facebook dominated social networking rivals MySpace and Twitter in July, according to new data from ComScore.

Facebook generated a whopping 87.7 million unique visitors in July, an increase of about 14 percent from the 77 million it posted in June. Top rival MySpace saw its unique visitor count fall by about 168,000 during the same period, dropping from 68.4 million in June to 68.3 million in July, according to data ComScore shared with us today.

Some industry observers continue to view Twitter — an open social network that limits users to posts of 140 characters or less — as the top threat to Facebook. But Twitter’s traffic represents less than one quarter of Facebook’s count, with the micro-blogging site drawing 21.2 million unique visitors in July, up from 20.1 million in June.

But Twitter’s 1.1 million new unique visitors in July is impressive. The site, which was created in 2006, has posted huge traffic gains in the last year, building its unique visitor count up from 783,000 in July 2008.
Fox Interactive Media’s MySpace was once the dominant social networking site, but it peaked at 76.3 million unique visitors in October 2008. Visits to MySpace have steadily decreased since then.

Is Social Networking A Fad? August 15, 2009

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Is social networking online a fad?

Watch this video and determine for yourself. If you have not yet become a part of this growing phenomenon, what’s keeping you?

For more on this matter, read SocialNomics, by Eric Qualman @ http://www.socialnomics.com

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

iLike + Twitter = Direct-to-fan communication July 24, 2009

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Promoting your music online is all about connecting directly with your fans. You can now link your iLike and Twitter accounts, bringing your ‘tweets’ to more fans via the iLike music feed, your iLike profile, and your Facebook Page. You can even tweet using the iLike Artist Dashboard.

Rather than repeat-posting the same content on multiple websites, social networks and online platforms, iLike will now instantly syndicate your content to more than 45 million music fans across the iLike network, including: their dominant music apps on iGoogle, Facebook, hi5, Bebo, and Orkut; their plugins for iTunes and Windows Media Player; and now Twitter.

Learn more and link your iLike and Twitter accounts today at: http://www.iLike.com/manage?r=Twitter.

Following this Social Media Horse-Race July 23, 2009

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*As Myspace.com continues its strategic move toward becoming an “entertainment portal,” the growth to Myspace Music should help cement their presence in this space. Since the site’s launch in September 2008, unique visitors to the music.myspace.com subdomain have increased 190 percent — growing from 4.2 million unique visitors to 12.1 million in June 2009. Year-over-year traffic to the URL has increased 1,017 percent

* When comparing unique visitors of the music.myspace.com subdomain to other sites within the music category in June, it ranked third behind AOL Music and Yahoo! Music and ahead of popular music sites like MTV Networks Music and Pandora.com (see Chart 1)

* People between the ages of 12 and 17 were 2.4 time more likely than the average active Internet user to visit music.myspace.com. Visitors between 18 and 24 were 2.2 more likely than the average Internet user to visit the site in June (see Chart 2)

Twitter Continues to Leap toward the Top
* Among the top 10 social media sites, Twitter.com was again the fastest growing, increasing 1,928 percent year-over-year, from 1 million unique visitors in June 2008 to 21 million unique visitors in June 2009–making Twitter the fourth most visited member communities site in June (see Chart 3)

* Facebook continued to lead as the No. 1 U.S. social networking site for the sixth month in a row, with 87.3 million unique visitors in June 2009 (see Chart 3)

Facebook No. 1 when it Comes to Time
* Facebook was also the No. 1 social networking site among the top 10 when ranked by average time per person, with visitors spending an average of 4 hours and 33 minutes on the site in June. This is a 240 percent year-over-year increase (see Chart 4)

* The average time per person on Twitter increased 522 percent year-over-year, from 5 minutes and 2 seconds in June 2008 to 31 minutes and 17 seconds in June 2009, making it the fastest growing by time per person among the top 10 (see Chart 4)

* With 120.1 million total video streams, Myspace.com was the No. 1 social media site when ranked by streams for June 2009. It was also the No. 1 social networking site when ranked by unique viewers of video content, with 12.9 million viewers for the month (see Chart 5)

* Facebook was the fastest growing social media site by both total video streams and unique viewers of video. Total streams increased 434 percent year-over-year, from 10.1 million streams to 54 million streams. Unique viewers of video increased 397 percent, from 2.4 million in June 2008 to 12 million in June 2009

Kevin Spacey Explains Twitter to David Letterman July 22, 2009

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Kevin Spacey is an actor of world renown. Best known for his parts in such movies as American Beauty, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Austin Powers in Goldmember (the Famous Doctor Evil), Pay It Forward, KPak, LA Confidential and others, a couple for which he has either been nominated for or has received an Academy Award, he has attracted a big following on Twitter.

In this clip from the David Letterman show, he tries to explain Twitter to David.

He tells David he has over 800,000 followers on Twitter and demonstrates on how he can send out a Tweet using his thumbs. He tells David that within a matter of minutes he will have people say “Hi” to him.

David quips that all he has to do to get people to say “Hi” to him is go stand out in front of the building on 53rd Street.

David concludes by saying, “Do you know what that reminds me of? A waste of time.”

The Changing Face of Social Media July 17, 2009

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Among the top 10 social media sites, Twitter.com was again the fastest growing, increasing 1,928 percent year-over-year, from 1 million unique visitors in June 2008 to 21 million unique visitors in June 2009–making Twitter the fourth most visited member communities site in June. Facebook continued to lead as the No. 1 U.S. social networking site for the sixth month in a row, with 87.3 million unique visitors in June 2009.

Facebook was also the No. 1 social networking site among the top 10 when ranked by average time per person, with visitors spending an average of 4 hours and 33 minutes on the site in June. This is a 240 percent year-over-year increase. The average time per person on Twitter increased 522 percent year-over-year, from 5 minutes and 2 seconds in June 2008 to 31 minutes and 17 seconds in June 2009, making it the fastest growing by time per person among the top 10.

As Myspace.com continues its strategic move toward becoming an “entertainment portal,” the growth to Myspace Music should help cement their presence in this space. Since the site’s launch in September 2008, unique visitors to the music.myspace.com subdomain have increased 190 percent — growing from 4.2 million unique visitors to 12.1 million in June 2009. Year-over-year traffic to the URL has increased 1,017 percent.

Source: Nielsen Online

Murdoch Will Not Sell Myspace, He Will Not Buy Twitter July 9, 2009

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According to Rupert Murdoch, News Corp media’s chief executive, he is not interested in buying popular micro-blogging site Twitter, nor will he sell his struggling MySpace.
News Corp bought MySpace in 2005 for $580 million when the social networking service was nearing the height of its popularity, particularly among younger Internet users. Since then, it has has been surpassed by rivals Facebook and Twitter. In a bid to cut costs, MySpace has laid off more than 400 workers, or 30 percent of its staff, in the United States. It also has laid off over 66% of its workforce abroad. News Corp also recently ousted MySpace co-founder and CEO Chris DeWolfe and installed its own management team.
Murdoch expressed confidence in MySpace and criticized Facebook.
“Facebook is like a directory,” he said. “How they make money is another matter.”
As for why he why he is not interested in Twitter is because it would be a tough investment to justify. Twitter has not yet come up with a sustainable way to make money.