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It didn’t take long did it? No sooner had Facebook snapped up FriendFeed than they incorporated their live feed style in a ‘Lite’ version.
This stripped down Facebook is only currently available to a selection of Beta testers, of which I am not one, and is offering a service not too dissimilar to Twitter or FriendFeed. The rolling feed of news from contacts isn’t interrupted with irritating applications and endless tabs; just a stripped down communication portal.
The similarity that this new platform has with FriendFeed further suggests that Facebook have either been in cahoots with them for some time or have been developing their own systems that closely mirrors the former rival’s site; necessitating the need for a purchase to avoid blatant patent infringement.
Suspicions aside, this certainly looks like an extremely interesting development and one that the rest of the social networking world will be watching with interest. Of course, the ones who will be sweating over this most have to be Twitter. With a near identical infrastructure coupled with Facebook’s added facilities (photos and videos onsite as an example), extra characters and of course its worldwide appeal (forth biggest site remember), this has to be seen as a direct challenge to Twitter.
Bebo too won’t be best pleased that this is hogging the limelight once more. Having pioneered the social media aggregator earlier on this year, this comes along. Bebo Lifestream is a clever package that effectively channels all of your social media activities through this single hub. Unfortunately, Bebo is very much a younger persons social networking platform, thus catering for a whole different audience to Facebook – which is far more universal.
Facebook almost have the Google-factor in social media at the moment. Whatever changes they make, however they choose to develop their product, it all seems to work. It has continually grown over the past couple of years and is now the runaway leader in the social field. This means that they have the numbers in place to dominate smaller – but also highly successful in their own right – sites like Twitter and Bebo.
Lite hasn’t yet gone fully live, although the search features already seem to be changing to incorporate friend’s discussions as well as the standard people search. Social aggregation is certainly an interesting area though at the moment, so there is hope for Bebo yet; but with the all-consuming might of Facebook as it stands, they appear better placed to dominate that market soon too.
The Drum Network has launched a new initiative called ‘Create Britain’ which aims to show the world that Great Britain is still an awesomely creative marketplace, despite Brexit.
Create Britain is an online interactive map that invites businesses from the creative industry to contribute a short video to claim their own pin on the map that links to their video clip. The video clips need to answer one question: ‘What makes British creativity so great?’.
When we think of reality headsets, our immediate thoughts go to viewing the world in a virtual reality (VR) from wherever we are in the world. Whether that be your own living room, office or business, VR headsets allow you to transport yourself into a completely different environment and immerse yourself in that world.
This is what makes HoloLens different.