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Roulette Russian

The teen-ager behind Chatroulette.
by Julia Ioffe / NewYorker
May 17, 2010

The random encounters of Chatroulette buck a decade-long trend that has made the Internet feel progressively more ordered.

Andrey Ternovskiy, an eighteen-year-old high-school dropout from Moscow, has a variety of explanations for why he created the Web site According to one story, he got bored talking to people he already knew on Skype; according to another, it was a fund-raising ploy for a bike trip from Moscow to Amsterdam. The most reliable version, however, centers on a shop called Russian Souvenirs. It is an upscale outfit owned by Ternovskiy’s uncle Sasha, who hired his nephew to work there as a salesman during the summer of 2008, five days a week, eleven hours a day. Ternovskiy was supposed to show foreign tourists around the shop, pulling various nesting dolls, lacquered boxes, and kitschy Soviet paraphernalia from the bright vitrines. The job was easy but exhilarating.

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Third Wave of Social Networking

social networks wave has not crested yet
Marshall Sponder September 3, 2007 

Riding the social networks wave in mentioned the Social  Network Wave has not created yet, and I believe that's true.

"....some of us learned at Fortune's recent iMeme conference in San Francisco, Yahoo (Charts, Fortune 500) and Microsoft (Charts, Fortune 500) cannot be ignored. Yahoo executives there were saying that Yahoo Mail and Hotmail both have the rudiments of a profound social network. Each has hundreds of millions of members, and each company has access to information that could be used to construct the kindof "social graph" of friend relationships which is at the heart of MySpace or Facebook. That key data is in each e-mail user's sent mail records. The people you send e-mail to are pretty much the people you know. That's one reason why both MySpace and Facebook allow you to mine your e-mail contact lists to create additional friends in their services. But the sent mail information is even richer with friendship insight than any contact list. "

So the next stage of Social Networking may be transforming services like web mail into Social Networks.  In fact, Gary Stein wrote about Advertising on Social Networks: The Third Wave earlier this summer about how advertising on Social Networks will triple over the next few years (I think it will more than triple):

News Cellar - General News

Judge tosses out suit against Craigslist

Posted 11/22/2006 9:10 AM ET
By Nathaniel Hernandez, The Associated Press

CHICAGO — A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit against Craigslist, saying the online classified site is protected from liability even if the housing ads it carries are discriminatory.

In dismissing the case, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve ruled that Craigslist serves as an intermediary party, not a publisher, and that federal law protects Craigslist and other sites that allow users to post unedited messages and communicate freely in forums.

News Cellar - Making $$ on the Web

How Much Is Your Blog Worth?

Inspired by Tristan Louis's research into the value of each link to Weblogs Inc, I've created this little applet using Technorati's API which computes and displays your blog's worth using the same link to dollar ratio as the AOL-Weblogs Inc deal.


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