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Yahoo! Tunes into Blogging and Social Networking 122

aarthi_r writes "The social networking wars have finally begun, with Yahoo! coming out with it's very own Yahoo! 360, which combines blogging, social networking, music, mobile connectivity, local searches (for restaurants and businesses) as well as photo-sharing. With stiff competition from the early starters like Orkut it will be interesting to see if Yahoo! will succeed." If you want to log in, don't hold your breath- they aren't opening until the end of the month.
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Yahoo! Tunes into Blogging and Social Networking

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  • 2005: Yahoo's Year (Score:5, Interesting)

    by filmmaker ( 850359 ) * on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:19AM (#11952746) Homepage
    "Yahoo is entering social networking with a significant advantage because so many people have already shared their personal information with the company to become registered users. Yahoo also has deep pockets, with $3.5 billion in cash and short-term investments at the end of 2004"

    This is why Yahoo is going to have one helluva year this year. They're taking all the good ideas Google ever had and generating their own implementations of them. That's not to say the reverse hasn't happened, or that Yahoo has no original ideas. Yahoo, before the end of summer or perhaps earlier, will match Google toe to toe on all of the following:

    Web Developer Kit; APIs to query Yahoo directly

    AdSense-like program through Overture, which now bears the Yahoo name

    Social network and blogging service as per today's article

    Fully independent, spider-based search system

    To name a few. Plus, I'm finding Yahoo's spider to be much more responsive to changes than Google, and Yahoo's search results seem timelier lately. MSN is even starting to take some of my attention from Google. It would have been unfathomable for me 1 year ago to say this, but I think Yahoo may tear Google a new one this year, unless Google makes some changes, fast.

    • I've been a longtime Google fan and frankly use all of their services reguarly.

      The update interval is definitely becoming a serious issue with Google. Their images.google.com is admittedly near-useless for getting an image that's newer than 6 to 9 months. Their search is lagging so far behind other search engines that their results are really starting to suffer.

      Hopefully it's just growing pains and they will be able to work out the kinks.
    • by PornMaster ( 749461 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @10:02AM (#11953112) Homepage
      Google's beginning to respond... since Yahoo came out with the Yahoo Publisher Network [yahoo.com] on a limited release, signaling competition, Google's AdSense has changed their TOS to include Direct Deposit of ad revenue to the publisher's account. People have been clamoring for this for quite a time, but in just a few weeks after some competition from Yahoo (the rebraded Overture bits), they moved in to add value to their offering.

      Yay competition!
  • Blogs (Score:5, Interesting)

    by BWJones ( 18351 ) * on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:19AM (#11952747) Homepage Journal
    Ah, maybe this will explain the sharp increase in bots from Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and others hitting my Blog [utah.edu] constantly over the past couple of months. The interesting thing is that the bots somehow have been preferentially scanning my blog over our lab site [utah.edu] which is also hosted on my same workstation.

    • Simple. Your blog is linked from more places, therefore it gets a higher 'interest' rating and is more important.
      • Not necessarily. Blogs update more frequently than static sites, by and large; if Google+Yahoo+MSN bots think that it's a dynamic site of some sort (presumably they have a variety of clues to determine one way or another) then they will scan it for updates more frequently.
  • by frazzydee ( 731240 ) * on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:21AM (#11952760)
    I think that it should be "Yahoo! tunes into...", unless you're actually talking about a service by Yahoo! called Tunes. Obviously, I have too much time on my hands ;o) here are a few sites that agree with me:
    Yahoo!s privacy policy [yahoo.com] "Yahoo! takes", "Yahoo! treats", "Yahoo! products and services"...
    Their currency converter [yahoo.com] "Neither Yahoo! nor"
    Geocities main page [yahoo.com] "Yahoo! member sign-in"

    But as for the actual story ;), it looks to me like they've seen how powerful it has been for google, and are pretty much copying them. Will it be successful? I don't think so; why would I want to use this new service by Yahoo! when I can use a more established service by google?
    But let's face it, most people don't think that way. Most people will see their other friends' blogs, say "I want one", and click that handy signup button right at the page they're on. And they know it's good, because their friend is using it. IMO, Yahoo! should've bought off another social networking company and taken advantage of an instant userbase.

    One more point: At the bottom of the article (you DID read it, didn't you?) it says that it's going to (initially) be invite-based, a la google. Well, IMHO this is a crappy idea. It worked for google because when they have something, it's (usually) fresh, new, and innovated. Plus, they always have the bonus of a fanclub. Yahoo!, on the other hand, does not enjoy such benefits. It doesn't seem any better than what I can get right now without begging for an invite.
    • I don't think so; why would I want to use this new service by Yahoo! when I can use a more established service by google?

      You're right. Who would switch away from Netscape to that new fangled IE?

      Oh wait...

      Funny thing is, I thought the same thing when Google first came out. What was wrong with Yahoo and Webcrawler. Well, we know how that turned out.

    • I think it'll work for yahoo, a lot better than it did for Google.

      Yahoo! is a company based more around keeping users on the site, and Google, quite the opposite. Yahoo! has launch to tie in to Geocities to tie into their new AdSense-like program, so they can now build a system like Orkut, and have it be wildly successful.

      Plus, I think they already have a wildly established user group; those people who are currently not using LiveJournal or some other alternative, and who are editing static geocities
    • I think that it should be "Yahoo! tunes into...", unless you're actually talking about a service by Yahoo! called Tunes.
      Doesn't "Yahoo! Tunes into Blogging..." follow the standard english article title capitalization?
  • Duh (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Sparr0 ( 451780 ) <sparr0@gmail.com> on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:21AM (#11952770) Homepage Journal
    With stiff competition from the early starters like Orkut it will be interesting to see if Yahoo! will succeed.


    They want to overcome 'stiff competition' from Orkut? I have a simple solution... Allow people to join the site. This seems pretty obvious, but Orkut apparently hasnt figured it out yet. I am about 10 degrees of seperation from anyone who has ever even heard of Orkut, so they will never get my 'business'.
    • Re:Duh (Score:5, Interesting)

      by BWJones ( 18351 ) * on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:27AM (#11952826) Homepage Journal
      Well, when Orkut can solve their teething problems and get their servers up to the load that is coming from S. America and the Middle East, then perhaps they will start allowing more people. I was in one of the first groups of folks to start using Orkut, and at the time it was useful, but it rapidly started going down hill due to all the traffic, noise and garbage which is making it largely useless. I actually have not visited in quite a while.

      Moderation is the only thing that has prevented Slashdot from completely going to hell and unless Orkut implements the same type of moderation system, they will become totally hopeless.

      • Re:Duh (Score:1, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Can't do it. Orkut would have to drop MS dot-Not. Since they chose a technology which can't scale and can't handle the load, they're obviously making decisions based on religion or ideology, so dropping the cherished dot-Not of Bill isn't going to happen.

        You'd think that they'd learn a lesson from Hotmail and drop MS from the infrastructure altogether.


      • Moderation is the only thing that has prevented Slashdot from completely going to hell

        !

        Sorry, but I had to re-read that several times to be sure I wasn't mis-reading it. Now I'll just walk away, shaking my head and muttering.
    • Re:Duh (Score:4, Informative)

      by igrp ( 732252 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:32AM (#11952872)
      I wonder how well Orkut will do in the long run.

      I first tried Orkut when it was the "new hotness"(tm) and it was all good and fun. However, for some reason the novelty wore off rather quickly.

      I think it had to do with their by-invitation-only policy. Just like GMail (which I love and still use on a daily basis, by the way), people wanted to use it really bad not because of its' features or out of curiosity but primarily because they couldn't. I guess, in a way, it's akin to a little child who wants something just for the sake of having it. After you have it, you use it for a while and move on to the next new thing.

      And I have to admit I haven't logged into my Orkut account for about half a year (and that was only to see for myself what all those "Brazilians take over Orkut" blogs were about). It will be interesting to see where Google goes with this (afterall, it's still in beta and not very tightly integrated into Google's other services, if I'm not mistaken).

    • I agree. I have never heard of Orkut. The social network that will win is the one that has enough people in it to be interesting. If I want enough people to read my blog and a large enough group to social network with then I will use the new Yahoo service. Yahoo's strong brand already gives it the advantage.
      • The social network that will win is the one that has enough people in it to be interesting.

        Since Real Life does not seem to have enough people in it to interest most bloggers, it seems unlikely that Yahoo will find enough to "win".

        TWW

    • Re:Duh (Score:5, Informative)

      by generic-man ( 33649 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:35AM (#11952898) Homepage Journal
      Orkut is pretty much dead. It is without question the least-reliable, worst-maintained, most-ignored beta that Google has ever released. The interface doesn't even have anything to suggest it's a Google property other than the "in association with Google" tag at the bottom, which is non-evil-speak for "a Google employee wrote this, so we own it."

      Orkut is a very poor Friendster clone that has had server problems from day one. The only reason why it gets any press is because of the small-print "association with Google."
      • Orkut may be "dead" to US and Canada residents, but their is a huge following of members from South America and Asia.

        In orkut I only have friends from South america (Brizalians keep adding me)

        "You are connected to 4,513,561 people through 11 friends."

        I think 4.5 million people that I am connected to through only 11 people would disagree with you that orkut is dead.

        This is comparable to friendster.com where I have 22 friends, but connected to only 40739 people.

        The biggest problem with orkut now is that
        • Out of those 4,513,561 people, how many of them have logged in successfully more than once in the last N days? Google doesn't make a distinction between "user" and "active user," so your numerical comparison is about as valid as AIM's claim that they have 400 million users in their system.

          As a US internet user, I sort of expect Google's sites to work well in my country. To Americans, Orkut is dead and its US users (all X million of them) don't log in any more.
    • Orkut is still extremely beta, and couldn't properly handle the charge it alreasy has. So if they have to limit the number of users, their strategy is great. They create a lot of hype, people need it if only to aknowledge their hype (if with a geekish twist) status, and now many people who wouldn't have given a sh*t about it, maybe including you, would jump on the first occasion to use it. They just reused GMail's succesful trick.
    • I used Orkut for awhile just to see what it was. Its horrible. The interface was terrible, it didn't work 1/2 the time and when it did it was extremely slow. Its supposedly Beta, should be Alpha. :P
    • In order for the entire site to be connected to each other, Orkut can't make an open registration policy. It will destroy how it works (everyone is connected to everyone).

      The biggest problem is they can't handle the traffic. If Brazil is awake, you can forget about logging in. The server issues have resulted in many people giving up on it, it was fun at first but many of the good commnities I was in went dead, not a post since the server problems kicked off.

      I wonder what they are doing (if anything)
  • pfft (Score:1, Funny)

    by Mr.Zong ( 704396 )
    Anderson Cooper's gonna pwn yahoo's ass for this one. Pwn it like only the fat kid in dodgeball gets pwned. And why? Because he's got the hair.
  • I've tried out Friendster and Orkut, but couldn't find any compelling reason to keep using them. The only social networking tools I find at all useful are ones based primarily on a specific interest, like Audioscrobbler, or ones that groups have built or, sometimes, that seem to have built themselves out of the raw network using ordinary communication tools like Usenet and bulletin boards.

    Trying to artificially develop a network of people whose only interest is that they're members of the same network... I don't know, it just seems silly.
    • Audioscrobbler is the first thing I thought of. I try and look at the websites of my neighbours if they have them, since sharing my musical taste is important if I'm going to like someone, but there's not that much opportunity to interact unless you're willing to go straight to messaging them, which seems a bit too...forward. Having blogging combined with collaborative music filtering seems to me to be a very good idea. If I didn't need to distance myself from my Yahoo identity, I'd try it.
    • Me Too! (Score:5, Interesting)

      by samael ( 12612 ) <Andrew@Ducker.org.uk> on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @10:40AM (#11953444) Homepage
      The only social networking service I have found that actually seems worthwhile is LiveJournal - and that's because it's used by my friends to keep me up to date with what's going on with them.

      It's of no interest to me to know that RandomBob is two degrees of separation away from me, unless I can then get some idea of who RandomBob is - and being able to go and read his journal and see what kind of person he is.

      I've made a few friends in a variety of places, learnt all sorts of things and keep in touch with old friends - it's basically replaced email as the main communication method that my circle of friends uses.
      • Hah, that's funny cause the exact same thing happened to me and a large group of my friends - except that we actually had a mailing list setup all these years and blabbed to each other constantly on it.

        LiveJournal came out, and our list traffic just plummeted. And other than their blogs, I don't really read any other ones. LJ lets you basically be very efficient at keeping up to date w/your friends.
    • I think multiply.com is interesting and has a reason. Like this new Yahoo product it is meant for sharing stuff. Unlike Yahoo it really is a social networking product. I'm not sure why people think this Yahoo product has social networking.
    • Trying to artificially develop a network of people whose only interest is that they're members of the same network...

      You are missing the point. It isn't just because they are on the same network. You have to communicate with other people to make it happen. You can't just expect passively joining is going to get the job done for you. Within these networks are shared interest groups, and the means for you to share ideas. That's the whole point. I've made lots of friends who I see locally IRL, and reconnecte
      • You have to communicate with other people to make it happen.

        Well, yes, now what does that have to do with things like Orkut or Friendster? I am a part of many communities online, and I'm sure you are too... including communities that you may not consciously think about as communities.

        Sites like Orkut and Friendster didn't create this phenomenon. I suppose for some people they facilitate communication, maybe that's why they seem important to you. For others, for people who are already part of online commu
        • Well, yes, now what does that have to do with things like Orkut or Friendster?

          Again, from your original comment: network of people whose only interest is that they're members of the same network

          This statement is fallacious- few people develop sub-communities within these social network sites just because "they're members of the same network" unless they are discussing how to improve/share ideas/bug reports about the network generally. They create discussion groups every bit as valid as that cherished ma
          • few people develop sub-communities within these social network sites just because "they're members of the same network"

            Well, yes, that's my point.

            The purpose of social networking sites is to try and artificially promote the crystallization of communities. It's the people who form the networks, not the "social networking" software. If the software supports what you're interested in doing *with* that network, it's much more likely to be useful than if it's just designed to try and promote the networking it
    • These kind of systems are more valuable for the early 20s, just out of college crowd. People dating, people just starting out in their careers. But the older you get, the less sense it seems to make.

      The more you know influential people, the more the whole idea just becomes horrifying. Let's suppose I'm a personal friend of Larry Wall. The LAST thing I want is for some random person to look at my network and use my name as an excuse for contacting Larry ("hey, I'm a friend of em's, and ....")
  • no interest (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Tiro ( 19535 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:26AM (#11952819) Journal
    thefacebook.com has totally taken over this market for most american college kids. as they continue to expand, they're putting a big dent in the viability of these services. I don't think anyone would bother being on orkut + thefacebook when their college educated friends are already networked together. [there is a bit of a class element to this as well.]
  • Orkut ? (Score:1, Informative)

    by mirko ( 198274 )
    Orkut is a closed network, it is not meant to compete.
    And IIRC, it was rendered unusable by Brazilians, no ?
  • Done (Score:2, Interesting)

    by clinko ( 232501 )
    I did this a long time ago with Clinko Music [clinko.com]

    It basically turns any song into a chat room. You then can see who has similar songs and tastes (just like friendster)

    In fact, last night I stayed up all night to add Movies [clinko.com] Last night.
  • by bigtallmofo ( 695287 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:32AM (#11952875)
    Since Yahoo and Google appear to be encroaching on each others territory now, I guess the only remaining thing to do is to name the duopoly between Yahoo and Google. Windows/Intel has always been called Wintel, for instance.

    I prefer Yahoogle, but Goohoo isn't bad either.

  • by WormholeFiend ( 674934 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:34AM (#11952891)
    Social engineering is where the real action is at.
  • by FlacoFuerte ( 567879 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:34AM (#11952892)
    If you want to log in, don't hold your breath- they aren't opening until the end of the month.
    Reminds me of my wife. /dangerfield> ba-dum-ching
  • by hta ( 7593 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:37AM (#11952918) Homepage Journal
    Orkut worked fine for me for a few months, but I've not been able to log in with anything but IE for the last 6 months.
    Not that I miss it much.
    • I use it regularly with FireFox and Opera* on Linux/XP/OSX, Safari and Camino on OSX. I never use IE for it (or anything else for that matter).

      *Some of the features do not work properly on Opera though the site is accessible.
  • Myspace. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Paul Slocum ( 598127 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:38AM (#11952924) Homepage Journal
    Everybody I know now uses Myspace [myspace.com], mainly because they include actual bands as nodes and have an interface to upload and post mp3s, along with photos, blogging support, event announcements etc. It's a good way to promote and network music/art projects. (and there are a lot of hot chicks on there too!) I haven't logged into Orkut or Friendster in months.
  • by illectro ( 697914 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:39AM (#11952936)
    http://www.imeem.com/ [imeem.com]
    It's an application that's still in Beta - basicallly takes all the communications stuff we use - IM, mail, blogs, groups, forums, galleries file sharing etc etc and rolls it into one all in one application. Remember that /. story about the bounty for adding file sharing to Gaim the theory was that sharing with friends is more likely to be legal than sharing with every user on the internet. Well these guys must've been way ahead of the curve on that one, the file sharing is just good enough to make it interesting to the p2p crowd. I see that some of the employees came from Napster. They also make a big thing about encrypting all the content in the network to protect you - unlike every other IM app.

    It should score huge Kudos points here because the developers say that they wrote te whole thing in C# and they're running the servers on Mono.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      It should score huge Kudos points here because the developers say that they wrote te whole thing in C# and they're running the servers on Mono.

      according to netcraft [netcraft.com] they are running on Windows Server 2003/Microsoft-IIS/6.0 and they always have

      if they have to lie about something so pathetic as their server OS choice what else are they lying about ?
      • by szyzyg ( 7313 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @11:12AM (#11953773)
        OK I'm one of the imeem developers - the first poster is kinda correct we wrote as much as possible in C# to make it trivially portable. The web servers are still running IIS because we've discovered a number of shortcomings in Mono's ASP.Net implementation. I'm the security guy here and I expressed reservations about running IIS, but in the end there were bugs we just couldn't get around when the time came to deplying the web services.

        But! the original is also right the servers that run the actual service - the 'supernodes' - they're running mono on top of linux and I am extremely impressed by how well mono handles it all.

  • yahoo... (Score:1, Troll)

    by eobanb ( 823187 )
    it's very own Yahoo! 360, which combines blogging, social networking, music, mobile connectivity, local searches (for restaurants and businesses) as well as photo-sharing

    Yahoo: ME TOO!!!!!111
  • by TuringTest ( 533084 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @09:57AM (#11953060) Journal
    The technology for social uses of the network will not belong to a single company - be it Orkut, Yahoo, MS or a startup. It will be built on top of the "lowercase semantic web [tantek.com]" the same way that the old Internet was built on top of the open TCP/IP protocol.

    This semantic web is the result of integrating lightweight, distributed metadata "miniformats" like the del.icio.us tagged bookmarks, the blog trackbaks, and other task-specific metadata like FOAF. Since nobody can control an open standard and users can easily flee from a centralized server and adopt rival ones, market forces will guarantee that not a single provider will hold all users' data.
  • when all they purport is feature list and sign-up sheet. Yahoo! just can't find their user's heart without copying Flickr, eBlog, iTune, etc... Give me something original Yahoo!

    user@yahoo.com -> snailmail gateway
    user@yahoo.com -> Fax gateway
    user@yahoo.com -> SMS gateway
    user@yahoo.com -> beeper gateway (myairmail.com)

    DistributionLists:
    user@yahoo.com -> Photo gateway via snailmail

    Yahoo! could be a real dashboard but for the blinding adcentricity of their developers and UIdesigners.
  • BBS's? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by kc0re ( 739168 )
    Except for the Music this sounds like.. back in the day BBS's that had forums, chat rooms, and file sharing. The idea of sharing music (at least where I logged on) hadn't caught up yet, *don't think Mp3 had been invented yet*, but...

    sounds like the WorldBBS of yesteryear.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 16, 2005 @10:08AM (#11953160)
    how many social networking sites do we need?

    http://www.friendster.com
    http://www.orkut.com
    http://www.emode.com
    http://www.expats.com
    http ://www.tribe.net
    http://www.simpatico.com
    http:/ /www.christianconnect.com
    http://www.catholicconn ect.com
    http://www.netrelate.com/
    http://www.bud dhistconnect.com
    http://web.tickle.com/
    http://w ww.jewishconnection.com
    http://www.linkedin.com

    maybe the next thing someone will come up with is a meta-social-network, so you can have one network of all your other networks!
    • or at least a web portal to all those social networks. one sign in all your social network stuff aggregated on one site. you could add filters to re-organize the information on-slaught.

      sounds interesting if you ask me. if you start getting the servers hosting these social networks to talk to themselves for example sharing database information throw a little google on there and you can start creating links with people based on news or events that you find mutually interesting. all the chatter related to an
    • It would actually be great for the consumers to have many providers for social networking technology all connected by a standard. Each technology provider could add their "value-added" services and still communicate with the other social networks via a standard protocol as part of bigger federation of social networks.
    • I don't need any of them.

      And no, I don't count Slashdot's friends/foes bit as a "social network site".

  • Implementation (Score:2, Interesting)

    I have participated several Yahoo! groups and have found them wonderful. Unfortunately the chat rooms only work for people using certain versions of Windows, and not for all browsers.

    I think for this to take off, Yahoo! will need to start developing for a wider base of operating systems and software.

    Disclaimer - I am a long time UNIX, Macintosh, and Linux user
    • Try using Gaim if you want to access Yahoo! chat from Linux.
      • My web hosting includes a Jabber server. While looking around I found Fire [sourceforge.net] for Mac OS X. Most of my buddies are on Yahoo!, AOL, and ICQ so it meets my needs. Running under Linux is not an issue right now as I have a shell account and use a Mac as my main working machine -- use Photoshop fairly heavily to prepare graphics for web sites.

        Thanks for the tip about Gaim, I will give it a try. Looks like it connects to more services than Fire.

        To return to the thread though, it is really frustrating to be a memb

  • Those articles don't mention music. Where is the submitter getting that from?
  • Blogging and social networking. Is it just me, or is Yahoo not moving into Google's space here as much as LiveJournal's? As others have said, Orkut seems pretty dead. Google's Blogger doesn't do social networking as far as I know. Sounds more like LJ to me.
  • "With stiff competition from the early starters like Orkut"

    Orkut has been around for about 16-24 months. There have been many more socail networking sites that were around much longer before them, like friendster.com, which has been around for a few years now. There biggest competitor will be myspace.com which has millions of users, mainly located in the us/canada regions, where orkut seems to be used mainly by people out of north america.
  • Logging in too often (Score:2, Interesting)

    by ep385 ( 119521 )
    What's going to keep me away from this site is the same thing that bothers me about all the Yahoo sites: you have to keep logging in.

    I work on a bunch of computers at work and at home and Yahoo won't let me stay logged in for more than a few days. Multiply that annoyance by about six computers and it seems that I'm constantly having to enter my password.

    Yahoo has decided to make things somewhat safer for those who use public internet terminals but at the expense of most of us who have exclusive use of

  • Tribe.net [tribe.net]... that's all ya need.
  • 360 (Score:2, Funny)

    by minus_273 ( 174041 )
    is it just me or is 360 becoming the new X,i,e, extreme. You know, take something and append X,i,e or extreme on it and make it cool. Between Xbox 360 and yahoo 360 i am beginning to see a trend.
  • Yahoo! coming out with it's very own Yahoo! 360, which combines blogging, social networking, music, mobile connectivity, local searches (for restaurants and businesses) as well as photo-sharing

    Just one question: Can't Yahoo! pay for their advertising like everyone else?

  • A bunch of random comments Take Yahoo 360 and multiply it by 1000 and you get Grouper and other private P2P apps. I guess if you want to share a bunch of text and a few photos 360 works. Isn't this just MSN Spaces all over again. Also Yahoo should have used 360 to allow many to many interaction instead of just one to many. Since you have to upload shared files I assume there will be space limitations and they will monitor your files for offensive or illegal content. Yahoo will push it like mad to its m
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  • http://v2.decipherinc.com/survey/yahoo/yah04023/ho mepage_03.gif [decipherinc.com]
    http://v2.decipherinc.com/survey/yahoo/yah04023/my page_03.gif [decipherinc.com]

    i got asked to do the survey about this (link now dead) and i guess i must have been putting the right answers because they gave me access to a beta site so i could do more questionaires on it.

    i looked for about 3 seconds, its just like another blog site to me.
  • Looks like they stole the name and idea from Microsoft who has a program that overlays MSN Messenger called 3 degrees that has been around for quite a while

    http://www.threedegrees.com/
  • yTunes, anyone?
  • There are tons of website for blogging not body knows how to keep making it profitable. Currently, the only one making money based on ads and membership. .. As long as there are traffic keep coming it will doing fine
  • I am a brazilian user, here Orkut is REALLY popular, it appears even on tv, with tv hosters talking about their orkut, but the service is REALLY bad as much as it popularity, the curious thing, is that in orkut nobody posts anything! you just afiliate to a community to say "hey I think like them!" but you dont say anything, its dead of content but full of people. PS: I hate orkut, what a waste of time..!

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