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Marvelous Team Up: Quepasa meets MyYearbook

The mergers and acquisitions continue as two mid-sized social networks with strong social gaming platforms merge. Latino orientedQuepasa and MyYearbook will form a much more formidable network to challenge Facebook and the fast growing Google+. Articles and analysis from:

GigaOM ” Quepasa CEO John Abbott said the merger with MyYearbook, with its strong growth and product focus, will allow Quepasa to become a leader in social discovery and help drive larger growth for the combined company, particularly in mobile where it doesn’t appear to have much of a presence. “

TechCrunch ” Quepasa CEO, John Abbott says that the acquisition and merger doubles the size of Quepasa’s existing user base, and also could represent a new growth area for Quepasa’s mobile and social games, advertising, and virtual currency. “

Marketwatch (includes video) ” In the shadow of Facebook, two smaller social networks are liking each other: Quepasa Corp. said it is buying fellow social network myYearbook.com in a deal valued at $100 million. “


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Understanding Facebook

The following links to articles explore the growing impact Facebook has on society.

The Sun News ” I think that $50 billion means Facebook has cornered its market, that this market is huge and that we can’t foresee how the future could bring anything but an expansion of social media, with Facebook playing a central role in that expansion.”

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What will Google’s Social Network look like?

Google has recently been on an acquisition tear, picking up social games/apps developer Slide and virtual currency developer Jambool. The goal is to stop Facebook from taking over the Internet. Other investments include Social Gaming giant Zynga and their venture arm grabbed a slice of ngmoco. The big question now is, what the hell are they up to?

Articles and analysis from:

Inside Facebook ” We believe that Levchin and his team will craft the rules of the platform to be extremely clear, in some places copying the best practices that Facebook’s platform has evolved to, and in other places making the platform work differently”

eWeek ” The search engine clearly feels, as Facebook and MySpace did before it, that people want to use social widgets and play games to enhance their social network experience.”

Financial Times ” Now, rather than try to build a social platform from scratch, Google looks to be building a destination for social games and applications, and hoping the social network will coalesce around it.”

TMCnet ” The interesting thing is that consumers today are finicky enough to try a new platform if it presents something new and exciting and what they perceive to be “better” than what they already have.”

EXTRA: eWeek reports on Google’s discussions to partner with PayPal to provide micro-transactions support in the Android application market.

EXTRA, EXTRA: TechCrunch reports that Google will be acquiring Like.com. Additional analysis from WebProNews

Hmmm, Like.com would add much dimension to Google’s “social search” capabilities. This just gets more and more interesting.

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MySpace reinvents itself…..Again!

MySpace refocuses on its core user base of under 35 year olds with a flair for the dramatic. Article and analysis by USA Today

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2009 Top Ten Stories in Social Media

Vator News lists its Top Ten social media stories for 2009. The list includes Twitter valuation at 1 Billion, Facebook buying FriendFeed, MySpace acquires iLike, etc.

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