Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Wouldn't it be cool if you could easily build a search engine on your blog or website tailored to the topics and areas you know and love the most? You're not alone if you'd like that -- we've heard from partners large and small, and users across the web who want access to the Google search platform, and want to customize and make it their own.
We're thrilled to tell you that the search for your own search engine is over. Today we are launching the Google Custom Search Engine. As you might imagine, it's a simple and straightforward product to use and understand. In a matter of minutes you can create a search engine that reflects your knowledge and interests; looks and feels like your own; and, if you choose, you can make money from the traffic you receive through Google's AdSense program. You can even invite your friends and trusted community members to add to and help build your search engine.
Finding specific information has never been so easy, and there's no programming knowledge or cost involved. We worked with a few initial partners to demonstrate the power of the customization features. Check out the search engine RealClimate.org built to better connect their users to the environmental science information they are looking for. Intuit created a search engine for their JumpUp.com site, finding that it met the needs of their small business customers. But the Custom Search Engine is not just for businesses. Since Shashi is passionate about wine, he created a "wine search engine" and put it on his wine blog so his friends can search for wine-related topics from there.
Just added one to http://blogformation.com/
Monday, October 23, 2006
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|ActiveRain||Real estate professionals||5,374||Open|
|Adoos||Latin America and Spain classifieds, personals||1,000,000||Open|
|AIM Pages||AOL Instant Messenger||Unknown||Open|
|aSmallWorld||European jet set and social elite||75,000||Invite-only|
|Bebo||Schools and colleges||22,000,000||Open|
|Blurty||Blogs, based on LiveJournal||947,169||Open|
|Bolt||General (music and video)||4,000,000||Open|
|Classmates.com||School, college, work and the military||40,000,000||Open|
|Dandelife||Collective narratives or "shared biographies"||unknown||Open|
|DeadJournal||"Dark" blogs, based on LiveJournal||490,310||By invite or payment|
|Dodgeball.com||Mobile location-based service||unknown||Open|
|Doostang||Online career community||53,000||Invite-only|
|Eons||People over 50||Unknown||Open to people over 50|
|Faceparty||British teens and 20-somethings||5,900,000||Open|
|FaceRen||Mainly Chinese-literate university students||unknown||Open|
|GhettoSoul||Writing, Poetry, and Music||unknown||Open|
|GolfBuzz||Golfers and Courses||16,000||Open|
|GreatestJournal||Uses LiveJournal code||1,514,865||Open|
|Hyves||Dutch people, but translations available (UK, GE, FR, SP) - many students||2,311,790||Open|
|imeem||media-centric social network with instant messaging functionality||Unknown||Open|
|Inked Nation||Body modification aficionados||Unknown||Open|
|IMVU||3D chat software||1,000,000||Open|
|Janglo||Jerusalem & Tel Aviv (Taanglo) English speakers||14,300 ||Open|
|Joga Bonito||Football (soccer)||Unknown||Open|
|Listography||Social List Making||Unknown||Open|
|Med Network||Healthcare Professionals and Students||Unknown||Open|
|Multiply||"Real world" networking with definable relationships||3,000,000||Open|
|Neurona||Spanish businesses and Italy||690,000||Open|
|Newscloud||News and Media||Not reported||Open|
|orkut||Owned by Google||27,972,301||Invite-only|
|Piczo||Teenagers, Canadians, photo sharing||10,000,000||Open|
|Reunion.com||Locating friends and family||25,000,000||Open|
|Sconex||American high schools||500,000||Open|
|Studybreakers||High school students||34,000||Open|
|The Student Center||Teens and colleges||800,000||Open|
|Vampire Freaks||Gothic industrial culture||650,000||Open|
|VietSpace||A social network of Vietnamese||20,000||Open|
|Windows Live Spaces||Blogging (formerly MSN Spaces)||30,000,000||Open|
|Xanga||Blogs and "metro" areas||40,000,000||Open|
|Yahoo! 360°||Linked to Yahoo! IDs||4,700,000||Open to people 18 and older|
Registered users maintain lists of contacts of people they know and trust in business (these are called connections). These lists are then used to provide a network of contacts which can be used in a number of ways. Each person's network consists of their direct connections, each of their connections connections (called 2nd degree connections) and also the connections of 2nd degree connections (called 3rd degree connections).
This network can then be used to find jobs, people and business opportunities recommended by the user's direct contacts, or by individuals connected to a contact at the 2nd or 3rd degree.
The "gated-access approach" (where contact with any professional requires either a pre-existing relationship, or the intervention of a contact of theirs) is intended to build trust among the service's users.
Employers can list jobs on LinkedIn and search for passive candidates and job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers, HR professionals and/or recruiters, and then discover which of their existing contacts can introduce them.
Alumni and professional organizations use LinkedIn for Groups, members-only areas on LinkedIn that facilitate networking among their members. Many of these organizations have groups that also exist under the Yahoo! Groups domain.
LinkedIn participates in the EU Safe Harbor Privacy Framework and is certified to meet the strict privacy guidelines of the European Union. All relationships on LinkedIn are mutually confirmed, and no one appears in the LinkedIn Network without knowledge and explicit consent.
The first social networking website was Classmates.com, which began in 1995. Other sites followed, including SixDegrees.com, which began in 1997, Epinions which introduced the circle of trust in 1999, followed by European equivalents Ciao.com, Dooyoo and ToLuna. It was not until 2001 that websites using the Circle of Friends online social networks started appearing. This form of social networking, widely used in virtual communities, became particularly popular in 2002 and flourished with the advent of a website called Friendster. There are over 200 social networking sites. The popularity of these sites rapidly grew, and by 2005 MySpace was getting more page views than Google.  Google has a social network called orkut, launched in 2004. Social networking began to be seen as a component of internet strategy at around the same time: in March 2005 Yahoo launched Yahoo! 360°, their entry into the field, and in July 2006 News Corporation bought MySpace. .
In these communities, an initial set of founders sends out messages inviting members of their own personal networks to join the site. New members repeat the process, growing the total number of members and links in the network. Sites then offer features such as automatic address book updates, viewable profiles, the ability to form new links through "introduction services," and other forms of online social connections. Social networks can also be organized around business connections, as in the case of LinkedIn.
Blended networking is an approach to social networking that combines both offline elements (face-to-face events) and online elements. MySpace, for example, builds on independent music and party scenes, and Facebook mirrors a college community. The newest social networks on the Internet are becoming more focused on niches such as art, tennis, football (soccer), golf, cars, dog owners, and even cosmetic surgery. See also Social computing.
Most of the social networks on the internet are public, allowing anyone to join. Organizations, such as large companies, also have access to private social networking applications, known as Enterprise Relationship Management. They install these applications on their own servers and enable employees to share their networks of contacts and relationships to outside people and companies.
A recent development of social network is the integration of marketplace element in it, known as the Social Marketplace