Posts Tagged ‘myspace’

Altly : A Year After Diaspora, Another “Facebook Alternative” Emerges

Published by pratyushkp on May 27th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

It was almost exactly a year ago that Diaspora started raising money on Kickstarter. A few weeks later, they had raised $200,000 from nearly 6,500 backers. Why so much excitement? Because Diaspora was aiming to be a Facebook alternative. That hasn’t exactly worked out. At least not yet. But now another startup is about to give it a go, Altly.

So why will this one be any different than Diasopra? Well, for one thing, it’s being started by a pretty well-known entrepreneur. Dmitry Shapiro, the founder of Veoh, is also the one behind Altly. While Veoh didn’t end so well (a firesale acquisition after raising nearly $70 million), they were once a very hot property in the online video space.

But even more notably, Shapiro was most recently an executive at Facebook rival MySpace (he worked on MySpace Music).

So why is Shapiro now aiming head-first at Facebook? He outlines the decision in a lengthy post on Altly’s blog. The basic gist? Facebook’s privacy controls are too confusing. And their social graph is now a mess. Oh, and they’re way too big and powerful. Their “tentacles” are everywhere on the web, and this is a problem because our privacy is at risk. Our data is locked in. Etc.

In other words, the usual critiques of Facebook.

But my favorite reason is this:

At this time there are no real alternatives to Facebook, as most people believe that no one can possibly create an alternative.

Mind. Blown. Well, except for the aforementioned Diaspora. And MySpace, which was once king, and tried to compete with Facebook, but simply lost. And others.

But Shapiro does have a point. As he writes:

There are NO serious alternatives at this time.  For every Coke there is a Pepsi, for every Ford there is a Chevy, for every PC there is a Mac and for every Facebook there is…. a void!  Facebook has such overwhelming power that practically no one believes that trying to build an alternative is possible.

But the problem is that this is not because of anything nefarious Facebook is doing. It’s simply because the rivals that have popped up haven’t been very good. And Facebook, for all its faults, is a very good, and very well-run product.

So Altly will take on this monumental task. And they’ll apparently do so with backing from DFJ.

They seem to be saying the right things. But so did Diaspora. It’s all about the execution. We’ll be watching this one closely, obviously.

Source :-

  • A Year After Diaspora Another “Facebook Alternative” Emerges (
  • Altly: Another Privacy-Focused Facebook Alternative (
  • Ex-MySpace Exec develops Facebook alternative (
  • This Guy’s Startup Wants To Be The First Facebook Competitor, And He Has Big … (
  • You Are Invited To Diaspora (
  • Ex-Myspace exec wants you to make room for a new Facebook (
  • Ex-MySpace Exec Launching Facebook Alternative (
  • Anti-Facebook Startup Diaspora Promises to “Go Faster” (
  • Watch Twitter roast Facebook, and everybody else make fun of MySpace (
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Friendster Gets A Major Makeover.

Published by pratyushkp on April 28th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

Log on to Friendster today and you’ll see a background image that says ‘Watch this face! … on December 4?. Turns out the pioneering social network is in for a major revamp tomorrow, including a new logo, tagline (“Connecting Smiles”) and an entirely fresh look.

Friendster outlines some of the changes in a video (embedded below), in which it calls out other social networks (*cough* Facebook and *cough* MySpace) for being plain and boring.

My absolute favorite part of the video: “I mean, if everyone’s there, woop de doo”.

Friendster in the clip says the redesign aims to place more emphasis on 3 pillars: Simple, Fun and Personal. The company also features glimpses of the new website lay-out, which looks a whole lot like Facebook in my opinion, but seemingly mixed with the customization capabilities of MySpace (e.g. it looks like you can change the background color of pages with a single click). Apologies for the blurry screenshot, but watch the video to see it in action.

Friendster, founded in 2001, has raised over $45 million in venture capital to date, and is sitting on some potentially lucrative IP. It’s no longer hot in the U.S. any way you look at it, but it’s most definitely still a big deal in the Asia/Pacific region.

So much so that last year the company appointed Richard Kimber as its new CEO (he used to head Sales and Operations in South East Asia for Google) and has openly started shopping itself to potential buyers in the region over the Summer.

Source :-

  • Make New Friendster, But Keep The Old: Your Embarrassing Profile Data Will Be Deleted On May 31 (
  • Friendster to Wipe Profiles, Renovate (
  • Friendster wipes data slate clean (
  • Save Mark Zuckerberg’s Friendster Profile (or Your Own) Before It Dies (
  • How to Save, Download and Export your Friendster Profile Data (
  • Friendster, Another Facebook Casualty (
  • Goodbye, Friendster, I Never Used You (
  • Friendster: We’re Going to Delete Your Stuff (
  • No Friend of Mine: Friendster to Delete Personal Data by End of May (
  • Social Network Pioneer Friendster To Erase All User Photos, Blogs And More On May 31 (via TechCrunch) (
Tags: Friendster, MOL Global, , Richard Kimber, , Southeast Asia

Zynga Discontinues Mafia Wars Game On Myspace

Published by pratyushkp on April 23rd, 2011 - in Social, Technology

It’s not a good sign for a social network when game developers begin to shut down applications all together. And it appears that Zynga is shuttering its Mafia Wars game on beleaguered social network Myspace.

According to a notice on the Mafia Wars homepage within Myspace, Zynga is discontinuing Mafia Wars on Myspace beginning today but is encouraging users to continue playing Mafia Wars at Interestingly, Zynga leads users to its own independent gaming portal as opposed to directing users to the Facebook version of the game.

We’ve reached out to Zynga for comment, but it’s likely that the social gaming giant shut the game down because there simply weren’t enough players to justify keeping the game alive. While the page for the game says it has 13 million active users, this is unlikely considering Mafia Wars on Facebook currently has 16.8 million monthly active users. It’s no secret that Myspace is hemorrhaging users and it really doesn’t make sense for Zynga to put resources into something that has an incredibly low user count.

For those of you who still play Zynga games on Myspace, it appears that Zynga hasn’t shut down all of its titles. Zynga Poker, YoVille, Vampire Wars, Fashion Wars, Special Forces and Pirates are still alive. For now.

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  • Social Gaming Roundup: Shadow Government Funding, Playfish EIR, Mafia Wars MySpace Closure, and More (
  • The Daily Post~weekend Edition~ April 23-25, 2011 (
  • Mafia Wars: Catch up with triple mastery in Las Vegas and double loot from Fights (
  • Lady Gaga, Zynga May Join Forces On Promo Deal, Global Dominance. FameVille, Anyone? (
  • THE DAILY POST~WEDNESDAY, April 21st / 2011 (
  • Zynga and Other Game Devs Abandon MySpace (
  • Mafia Wars Gets Super (
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MySpace Takes On A New Avatar

Published by pratyushkp on November 1st, 2010 - in Social, Technology

Myspace to feature new logo, new applications and whole new content.

Social networking site Myspace is all geared for a fight. After losing its users to Facebook Myspace is all set to attract them back by featuring a new logo, new applications and a whole new content.

The changes that you can now expect from your Myspace will be:-

Logo:-The Word My Followed by a space symbol will now be seen instead of the Logo in words.

Content: Once logged in, users will see a welcome page that will feature a personalized view of video, music and other content based on their interests and hot topics that are trending among their network of friends.

Applications: Will feature “content hubs,” where users can see news, videos and photos related to specific topics.

In addition to this Myspace will also reward people who frequently share content like videos on the site with graphical “badges” that appear on their personal pages. Myspace will roll out its Beta version worldwide by November.

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