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Reddit's fate hangs in the balance as revolt against CEO makes waves | Technology | The Guardian
While more than 200,000 Redditors want Ellen Pao to resign, readers are jumping ship to budding competitor sites as top brass pushes to go mainstream [...] Redditors – as users are called – have accused the site of increasingly trying to monetize its popularity, and it appears their sentiments came to a head last Thursday, when Reddit’s popular director of talent, Victoria Taylor, was let go from her post. [...] a company torn between catering to commercial interests, and an obsession with giving voice to every possible perspective. [...] But some have suggested that the latest revolt is a flashpoint in a wider clash of cultures. The web’s largest agglomeration of niche enthusiasts provides a portal for people to make friends and enemies in a wide range of different communities, including some less reputable forums that have come under increasing scrutiny. &! - Memo to VCs: Not every site with gargantuan traffic is destined to be a billion dollar public company
Reddit  business  model  Ellen  Pao  user  generated  content  Venture  Capital  Alexis  Ohanian  Digg  4chan  The  Wars  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  community  community  management  communication  Twitter  Dick  Costolo  mainstream  mass  market  critical  mass  mass  culture  Facebook  Pinterest  foursquare  Dennis  Crowley  Tumblr  Flickr  Instagram  Snapchat  Vine  Periscope  Meerkat  MySpace  AOL  Yahoo!  Y!  Yahoo 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
"The social aggregator is a terrible business model." : TheoryOfReddit
If you charge users up front to use your service, all things being equal, they are more likely to use one that is free, especially if an up-and-coming one offers something new and compelling. If you charge your users by selling their information and views to advertisers, then your service is beholden to those parties that buy the information and views, and this results in motivations that take priority to the user experience. For these reasons, starting with VC funding is a poison pill for social aggregators, as the profit pressure runs contrary to the conditions and patience necessary for community building and early growth. //
Social  Network  Facebook  Friendfeed  Friendster  MySpace  Twitter  Google+  Google  Search  Consumer  App  Venture  Capital  business  model  Reddit  Digg 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
The World In ‘Scope | TechCrunch
Movies, financial markets and fashion trends all fall into frenzies, dips and lulls. Consumer apps are much the same. [--- still winners will emerge and stay for the long-term] [...] And now we have quite a few promising ones: Meerkat, YouNow, UpClose and today, Periscope. // Considering what has been done before with livestreaming video (Qik, ustream, chatroulette ... and now Meerkat and Periscope) one has to say that you have to be lucky with your timing and product; finding the sweet spot. lucky also in timing. there was no twitter's now-ishness with Qik, not the quality, not the livestreaming, not the interaction, not the phone camera quality and not front-facing cameras, ... it all makes the saying that ideas are worthless, reallys hit home. So many risk. Technology doesn't alone make a great product as isn't the first mover advantage - a real advantage! Still it's early with Meerkat and Periscope, and we will see if it can be a +300m monthly active user product and business!!!
Silicon  Valley  Meerkat  Twitter  Facebook  Platform  Qik  ustream  Instagram  YouTube  Chatroulette  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Friendster  MySpace 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Zone | TechCrunch
Social media giants who have come before, Facebook and Twitter, have followed the same evolutionary path, from personal messenger tool to powerhouse media network. // Seems like this is the only way consumer apps can finance themselves, sustainably. To offer other people your Platform and audience to distribute your content and or advertise with your content or product. But you depend (EPS, revenues, profits) on those to have good business and keep spending more and more money. Wall Street wants to see more and more and more .... /// &!
Twitter  Snapchat  Facebook  Social  Media  Multimedia  Entertainment  utility  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MySpace  business  model  business  strategy  Platform  TOS  Silo  content  distribution  content  discovery  The  Wars 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Is Losing Millions Of Users In The US And Other Mature Markets - Yahoo! Finance
"The problem is that, in the US and UK, most people who want to sign up for Facebook have already done it," said new media specialist Ian Maude at Enders Analysis. "There is a boredom factor where people like to try something new. Is Facebook going to go the way of Myspace? The risk is relatively small, but that is not to say it isn't there."
Facebook  MySpace 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
BBC News - I meet Tumblr whizz-kid David Karp
curation is a new, more accessible way to express yourself.

"We used to have a text blurb on our networks, the Geocities - a blank slate you hacked together; then MySpace where you had more structure but you could still hack it to pieces: it was ugly, but it was still very personal, if a little janky looking. Then we got Facebook and we left all that behind, everybody had the same vanilla page, in a big directory of other people."

MySpace went big, was bought by Rupert Murdoch and then declined. Facebook killed MySpace, went public at what looks like a massively over-valued price, and now faces big questions about how it will make money going forward.

Tumblr - and its rival "curating" platforms - are one clue as to what might, one day, if this is even thinkable, kill Facebook. Facebook, to me, is increasingly like a family living room at Christmas in the 1970s, with a lot of people I am supposed to be polite and friendly to.
generational  change  millennials  generationy  Twitter  myspace  Facebook  curator  curation  socialmedia  Tumblr 
november 2012 by asterisk2a
Did AOL squander its chances with Bebo? - Telegraph
Indeed, worldwide there were only ever around 100 employees, barely any of whom were developers – a stark contrast to the engineering cultures at MySpace and Facebook. A source close to Bebo’s UK operations added: “The company was not that good at listening to user feedback, doing market research or beta testing. Too many resources were put into the AIM [AOL Instant Messenger] integration and not enough into keeping Bebo bug-free and keeping its core features up to date.”

According to Robin Hamman, the head of social media at social business consultancy Headshift: “Facebook stole Bebo's thunder by introducing applications that extended the usefulness of the service. MySpace too evolved by focusing on music as its niche. Bebo failed both to introduce a range of functionality to rival Facebook, or to find a niche beyond a demographic - a demographic which, as they grew older, moved away.”
Bebo  execution  facebook  myspace 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
The Only Chance For MySpace Is To Be Free Of News Corp.
A further concern is the fact that MySpace can’t offer lucrative stock options to employees, since they are a subsidiary of a public company. The best engineers won’t go anywhere near MySpace.

MySpace’s only hope, and I don’t think I’m exaggerating here, is to be spun off from News Corp. into an independent entity. They need an intelligent management structure (no co-presidents) filled with enthusiastic executives (who don’t trash the company in public) and they need a radical product plan. And they need to be private so they can give employees stock options.
myspace  facebook  execution  newscorp  social  media  leadership  management  failure  lesson 
february 2010 by asterisk2a / Reportage - The rise and fall of MySpace
MySpace don't wants to compete with Fb.
It wants to differentiate itself from FB.
myspace  newscorp  management  leadership  socialnetworking  facebook  differentiate 
december 2009 by asterisk2a
Imeem Acquires Snocap
(since people don’t really pay for music any more).
music  myspace  snocap  businessmodel  revenue  model  imeem  freemium 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
Free Streaming May Soon Be History: Spotify Delays U.S. Launch, MySpace May Move To Pay Model
And that isn’t the only bad news. MySpace Music is “almost certainly” going to severely restrict free streaming to users, say multiple sources, and move to a paid model. “They are spending $20 million/month on streaming royalties, and that just isn’t sustainable,” said one source with knowledge of MySpace’s relationships with the labels. Other sources have said that MySpace’s royalty payments are much lower, but don’t deny that the service is a cash hole.
spotify  myspace  streaming  radio  advertising  music  freemium  revenue  model  businessmodel 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
MySpace Close To Spinning Off Photobucket
The tougher the times get, the leaner the businesses want to be.
myspace ebay newscorp rupertmurdoch lean business recession rightsizing downsizing stumbleupon
myspace  ebay  newscorp  rupertmurdoch  lean  business  recession  rightsizing  downsizing  stumbleupon 
october 2009 by asterisk2a
Dialogue: Rupert Murdoch
during a changing model of communications: television, moving pictures and so on. But the Internet has been the most fundamental change during my lifetime and for hundreds of years. Someone the other day said, "It's the biggest thing since Gutenberg," and then someone else said, "No, it's the biggest thing since the invention of writing." With the technology that goes with it, the fact is that everybody now is empowered: Anyone can buy what they want, shop where they want, talk to anybody in the world that they want (and) state their own opinions. There's no mystery to a blog: Put up your thoughts (and) find friends. And the younger people are, the more time they're spending on it -- it's extraordinary. We bought ( a few weeks ago and just closed the deal last night, legally. There are 32 million people already registered on that, and there are 125,000 a day being added to it. They're finding common interests: ....
rupertmurdoch  entrepreneurship  entrepreneurial  business  management  leadership  risk-taking  blogging  future  community  myspace 
october 2009 by asterisk2a

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