For Your Amusement… Monday, May 31 2010 

I’m sure all my fellow freelance writers can relate to this one:

Diaspora*: Funding Complete Monday, May 24 2010 

The four NYU students  who have pledged to develop an alternative social media platform to Facebook have gained the necessary funds to begin work on the code.

It’s no secret that there is growing displeasure with Facebook’s lack of privacy and May 31st marks the official Facebook exodus date when many current users plan to shut down their accounts.

Word of Diaspora* has come just in time, and though the foursome had already set themselves an incredibly short 3 month completion date goal, many Facebook users are wishing the new open web social media platform was ready yesterday. We’ll all have to wait with bated breath until the end of summer when Diaspora* is slated to be finished and available.

Diaspora* should prove to drastically change the world of social media, allowing users to personally decide just how much privacy they want to give up or maintain. And unlike Facebook, the creators of Diaspora* plan to make the code public, so that anyone can have use of it and expand on it.

Bravo guys, I can’t wait to see the finished product!

The creators of Diaspora*:

NYU students Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Dan Grippi, Max Salzberg, and Raphael Sofaer.

Read more about Diaspora* here.

Update to Last Post Thursday, May 20 2010 

I have seen stated on the Associated Content blog that the AP story which states that the AC website will be taken down in the third quarter of the acquisition, is false. Who knows at this point, but I wanted to keep everyone up-to-date.

Yahoo! Buys Associated Content For Over $100 Million Wednesday, May 19 2010 

In an over $100 Million deal, Yahoo acquired Associated Content (a company valued at over $65 Million). My news today is a little sad for me because I have written for Associated Content since 2006. Needless to say, the buy-out deal which netted AC that hefty sum previously mentioned, has created quite the stir amongst Associated Content writers, wondering what the future will bring.

Yahoo has bought out a number of companies over the years with dismal results, so we’ll see…

The goal apparently, in Yahoo’s eyes, is to combine their high-level AP generated news with Associated Content’s prolific and local content so that Yahoo will finally have a monopoly on all aspects.

Yahoo is slated to take down the Associated Content website during the third part of the acquisition, which is rumored to occur in late September. After that point, all of the articles that exist on the AC website will be sprinkled throughout Yahoo’s various news and local content sections.

Some Further Reading on the topic:

The Acquisition

Yahoo’s Acquisition History

Check out some of the content on AC here and let me know your thoughts on this, while you’re at it, take the poll below. I would love to get your opinion.

Writing, writing, and more writing Thursday, May 13 2010 

This past week has been writing, writing, and more writing. I officially quit my day job at the Publishing company to work full-time as a freelance writer, for now anyway. It’s quite lovely working from home on my little laptop, taking in the sun’s rays when I please, and writing in yoga pants and tank top.

Sorry ’bout the sparse posting this week. I have found all kinds of great stuff for the Salon; not all has been posted yet, but some new links were added tonight on the Visual Arts page — have a look when you get a chance.

New Social Media Salon Links Up + Check Out My New Associated Content Article Sunday, May 9 2010 

Hi All,

Check out the new links posted on the Visual Arts + Marketing & PR pages!

Also, have a peek at my new Associated Content (AC) article below:

Betty White Gives Saturday Night Live Its Largest Audience in 18 Months, Thanks to Facebook Users
In December 2009, Facebook user David Mathews, created a Facebook fan page entitled, Betty White to Host SNL (please?)! Last night, all 513,253 Facebook fans got their wish as Betty White hosted the May 8, 2010 Saturday Night Live show.
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Facebook’s Impact on E-Commerce Saturday, May 8 2010 

With Facebook’s recent domination over the internet, I can’t help but ponder yesterday’s Mashable article discussing Facebook’s Open Graph system and its impact on e-commerce.

What won’t Facebook impact in the coming decade? They’ve taken over Google’s territory, replacing the search and link systems with their clever like button, and now stand to possibly oust Amazon as the leader in e-commerce. Yes, the latter is just speculation at this point, but all signs seem to be pointing in that direction.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not down on Facebook, more so just marveling at their ingenious marketing strategy over the last year or so.  It will be interesting to see how far Facebook’s personalization reach will extend to and how many other companies will mimic this marketing strategy.

For more information on this topic, please check out Mitchell Harper’s recent post on Mashable.

Let me know what your thoughts on this.

T-Post: Popular News Headlines as Wearable Fashion Friday, May 7 2010 

You can’t beat this idea for using fashion to create a mass cultural dialogue!

Mashable’s Pete Cashmore Discusses the Open Web and Facebook Privacy: Apple vs Adobe and Facebook vs Google Thursday, May 6 2010 

FadMashion: Bringing Designer, Retailer, and Consumer Together Monday, May 3 2010 

 

I just joined FadMashion, a brand new fashion site comprised of industry pros and enthusiasts alike, and I must encourage all fashion lovers to do the same. 

I came across FadMashion as I do most of my hidden gems; it was the product of an intensive online search for new fashion sites and news.

When I realized that FadMashion was taking the industry’s recent marketing shift one step further, I knew I had to be part of this burgeoning site.

The fashion market has seen a drastic shift in the last two years or so. Where once the industry was content to view the consumer as a nameless / faceless point on a market research or product analysis grid, now fashion design houses and retailers are seeking to build a close personal relationship with consumers.  The easiest way to build that relationship is online. Several sites right now are incorporating this new interactive /social approach to fashion, sites like: couturious, polyvore, weardrobe, etc.; but FadMashion is making it possible in one fell swoop and on a whole other level.

As I stated before, the site is very new, so you will encounter some glitches (i.e. text boxes appearing over top images, some images not displaying at all, and very slow page loads), but as this site develops, I think it will become a top resource for industry pros and consumers alike.

What does FadMashion Offer?

Upon initially joining the site you’ll be given the option to join as a Fashion Enthusiast (i.e. consumer) or a Designer, Retailer, or Media pro. Once you choose your category, you’ll then fill out a short application, and then you’re registered. After completing your profile, you can begin taking advantage of the site’s opportunities.

  • Networking:

Your network will consist of the pool of users registered on the site. FadMashion is not a Facebook or Twitter type site, you won’t be able to search and pool all your other contacts on various email accounts or social networking sites to get your FadMashion network rolling. That feature may be added as the site grows, but for now, it isn’t currently an available option.

So, how do you build your FadMashion network then?

You will have the opportunity to search industry pro profiles and view their collections or products. You can then rate products and contact the designers directly via FadMashion site email. This is a wonderful opportunity for the fashion world; finally designers, retailers, and consumers can be directly connected.

  • Reviews:

FadMashion gives users the chance to review site registered designer and retailer products, voting based on the common five-star system. Once a product has been voted on, the user then has the option to submit a short written review of the product. All products listed on the site are available for review.

This is a great way for site users to see some products that might not typically be available at the local mall or boutique since most of the designers registered on FadMashion are emerging designers.

For fashion enthusiasts, the Review section of the site will be  most appealing. FadMashion reviews give consumers a chance to be involved in the process and view products first. Of course there is the additional bonus of giveaways as well – FadMashion periodically gives away product items to fashion enthusiasts who submit  the most product ratings. Since this site is new, I would encourage all fashion lovers to sign up now and rack up review votes to get a jump on users who register later.

For more info on FadMashion, please visit their homepage

FadMashion Homepage | FADMASHION.

All images featured in this article are courtesy of FadMashion and appear on the website’s homepage.