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With 20M registered users, Path releases major update and premium service | VentureBeat | Mobile | by Rebecca Grant What's next in mobile? Find out at MobileBeat, VentureBeat's 7th annual event on the future of mobile, on July 8-9 in San Francisco. Register now and save $400! Path released the latest version of its app today which includes new features designed to give the user more control. “We always go back to Dunbar’s research which says that you can only have substantial or stable relationships with 150 people,” product manager Cynthia Samanian said in an interview at Path’s offices. Path launched in 2010 to offer a more private, ad-free alternative to Facebook. Path, on the other hand, is ad-free and restricts your number of friends to 150. “We want Path to be the place people go first that has everything they want to do,” Samanian said. Private sharing adds an additional layer of privacy to the Path experience. The inner circle feature lets people designate a core group of family and friends from within their Path following. “The stickers are all about expressions,” she said.
Nextdoor raises $60M to curb the crumbling of America's neighborhoods | VentureBeat | Deals | by Rebecca Grant Apparently it requires over $100 million to get people to engage with their neighbors. That’s how much funding Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, has pulled in over the last 18 months after just closing a fresh $60 million round. “We believe Nextdoor can be to our local life what Facebook is to our social life and what LinkedIn is to our professional life,” founder and CEO Nirav Tolia told VentureBeat. Users join Nextdoor only after verifying their home address. It provides a trusted and protected online forum for neighbors to communicate about local issues like crime, public spaces, schools, and service recommendations for things like babysitting or interior painting. Tolia said the overarching goal is to make communities across America safer and stronger. “We want Nextdoor to be a lifeline to the neighborhood for every neighborhood in America and eventually the world,” Tolia said. Nextdoor aims to get people to interact in the real world. It is based in San Francisco.
9 Free Ning Alternatives And Some Open Source Solutions Many people have started communities on the popular network creation site Ning since its inception. On April 15th they announced they would no longer offer their free services. Realize this isn’t the end of Ning as they point out The tens of thousands of you who already use our paid service represent over 75% of our traffic So I imagine most of the popular networks you belong to on Ning will remain in place. However, for the other 25% that might navigate elsewhere you have several options. Hosted Solutions Spruz Spruz seems to be the network of choice for most ex-ningers. Webs Webs gets 30 times the traffic of Spruz and any other network on this list falling short only to Ning at two-thirds its traffic. [Post from Webs welcoming Ning users] WackWall I guess being in beta it wouldn’t be fair to compare their traffic to some of the other sites on the list. [Post from WackWall welcoming Ning users] Grou.ps Grou.ps is another great choice based on open source software. Grouply BigTent Zerista Groupsite
Public vs. Private Social Networks Before the rise of Snapchat, Vine, and Instagram, "old" social networks (like Facebook and Twitter) were the place to be, where everyone could spill their guts and share every aspect of their daily lives. However, more and more brands see great opportunity in developing strategies for other social networks that focus entirely on ephemeral content (e.g. Snapchat) or short-form visual content (like Vine and Instagram). But more importantly, the biggest focus for new buzzing social networks is user privacy. People want to interact with their actual friends or disappear in total anonymity to reclaim their "lost" social status since social media became "a maintstream thing". More and More People Recapture Their Own Private Online Paradise If you're between the ages of 18 and 25, chances are you vividly remember the day your grandmother "friended" you on Facebook. Consequently, youngsters are taking to new social networks like Whisper, Confide, and Secret. Connect: Authored by: Sofie De Beule
6 new facts about Facebook Facebook turns 10 tomorrow and reaches that milestone as the dominant social networking platform, used by 57% of all American adults and 73% of all those ages 12-17. Adult Facebook use is intensifying: 64% of Facebook users visit the site on a daily basis, up from 51% of users who were daily users in 2010. Among teens, the total number of users remains high, according to Pew Research Center surveys, and they are not abandoning the site. But focus group interviews suggest that teens’ relationship with Facebook is complicated and may be evolving. New Pew Research Center survey findings show how people are using Facebook and what they like and dislike about the site. 1Some users dislike certain aspects of Facebook, but fear of missing out on social activities (or “FOMO”) isn’t one of them. Their dislikes start with oversharing by friends and people posting one’s personal information (such as photos) without first asking permission are among the most common.
9 things you need to know before using social media at work | VentureBeat | Social | by J. O'Dell Over the past few months, we’ve collected the thoughts, hopes, and fears of more than 600 people in a survey on social media in the workplace. And increasingly, those hopes and fears are shifting. It’s less likely that you’ll be scared of “getting caught” using social media at work. These days, it’s much more likely that your boss will ask you to use social media — including your personal accounts — at work. Sounds like a fun free-for-all. But what about your privacy and security? Here’s what we’ve learned and what we want to share with you about using social media at work. Everyone is doing it Young professionals ages 18 to 35 are definitely logging on to Facebook and Twitter from work. More: Younger employees are more concerned about privacy than you thought Your company might be making you use Facebook For many of our respondents, LinkedIn is required for getting the job done. Your company actually wants you to use Twitter You shouldn’t have to use your personal accounts for work
Friends and enemies in the Middle East. Who is connected to whom? - interactive | News As the US and UK are set to again commit to military involvement in the Middle East, this interactive visualises the intricate, complex and sometimes hidden relationships and alliances across the region. Its tangled, opened state is meant as a kind of visual joke, showing how its fabric defies simple solutions. You can filter relationship types ‘on’ and ‘off’ in the bottom left and also rollover and click on different players to get a clarified view. Understandably, this is an ongoing, evolving diagram which we hope to add to. So feel free to help us make this diagram more accurate. This is a guest interactive taken from the new book, Knowledge is Beautiful (find out more: UK & US), the sequel to Information is Beautiful
Ministry Technology | Goodmanson Biola Digital Ministry Conference One of the conferences I enjoy the most is the Biola Digital Ministry Conference. Over the years it’s gone by many different names, such as the Christian Web Conference but this year there is more clarity around the conference than ever before. If you are in the digital ministry space this is a must attend event. Digital Ministry Hack-a-thon The Digital Ministry Hack-a-thon is a two-day team competition designed to deepen your faith and give you an opportunity to use your skills for the kingdom of God. I will be co-presenting the Keynote Session: The State of Digital Ministry Drew Goodmanson and David Bourgeois In this session, Drew and Dave will examine the way ministries are using the Internet and other digital technologies. CLA Ministry Internet & Technology Summit 2012 Join MonkDev this April at the CLA Ministry Internet & Technology Summit 2012 where we will lead the following sessions: CIO & IT Roundtable: Today’s Top Technology Topics! 1.