Social media

  1. Facebook Trumps MySpace on Ads

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the social media space, two vastly different ad stories are playing out: Facebook is soaring toward must-buy territory, while MySpace appears to have completely lost its mojo. Advertisers will spend $1.28 billion globally on Facebook this year ...

  2. MySpace Selects Agency To Lead Rebranding

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pereira & O'Dell of San Francisco has won the assignment to help rebrand MySpace following a review, according to sources. The shop bested New York agencies Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Droga5 and Los Angeles-based Goodness Mfg., which made f ...

  3. How Apple Will Change The Cloud-Based Music Space

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A good prediction in this Q&A with Thumbplay CEO Evan Schwartz on Apple’s entry into cloud music services: “When they launch they'll put a lot of marketing and a lot of money behind it and it'll educate all consumers about the value ...

  4. Facebook Hits 500 Mil. Mark

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook officially has 500 million users across the globe. And to celebrate that stunning milestone, the social networking juggernaught is inviting its users to tell the world why they love the site. In conjunction with its 500 million-users-serv ...

  5. Business Matters: BigChampagne, Ministry of Sound, 'Rock Band' and more

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BIGCHAMPAGNE UNVEILS ‘ULTIMATE CHART’ -- Media measurement company BigChampagne has introduced Ultimate Chart, a weekly list of top songs and artists based on data from a variety of services such as iTunes, YouTube, Vevo, Clear Channel, Facebook, ...

  6. Clampdown Rumored As China Twitter-style Sites Down

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chinese social networking websites that provide Twitter-like services have suddenly reverted to testing mode and access has been spotty amid reports of a government clampdown. Although Twitter has been banned for more than a year in China, Chinese ...

  7. Lady Gaga To Set New Facebook Record

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga is about to become the first living person to reach 10 million Facebook friends, according to tracking firm Famecount.com. That’s in addition to 4.7 million Twitter followers, notes a Reuters report . By way of comparison, Michael Jackso ...

  8. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Universal Motown's Senior VP Lori Lambert

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Lori Lambert Title: senior VP strategic alliances, Universal Motown Republic Group Panel: Lexus Case Study on Tues., June 15, from 2:35pm - 3:20pm. For more information visit Billboardevents.com . What's the last album you bought? Jeff ...

  9. Top Clear Channel Talent Goes Mobile

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel has begun offering commercial-free radio programming for four of its biggest personalities as part of its iheartradio mobile application for the iPhone/iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android smartphones. The mobile apps for Sean Hannity, ...

  10. Opinion: Facebooks New Privacy Settings Only Step One

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After several weeks of controversy over its privacy settings, Facebook introduced a new set of consolidated privacy controls that, among other things, allow users to turn off third-party applications completely. The key element of the new setting ...

  11. Twitter Expects Hundreds Of Advertisers

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter plans to have hundreds of advertisers using its new ad system in the fourth quarter as the company ramps up plans to become a self-sustaining, profitable business. COO Dick Costolo said the company's newly-launched advertising system ...

  12. Sony Links With Spanish Social Network Tuenti

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Spain and Tuenti , the country's biggest social network in Spanish, has reached a strategic alliance which will allow Tuenti's more than 8 million users to have streaming access to video clips of Sony Music's 50 most popu ...

  13. Twitter Ad Network Raises $5 Million

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ad.ly, an ad network developed for Twitter, reportedly has raised $5 million in new funding and named a new CEO. GRP Partners led the funding round, which also included Greycroft Partners and LowerMyBills founder Matt Coffin. The new CEO is Arnie ...

  14. Turkish Metal Fan Caused Twitter Chaos

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT That Twitter bug that caused so much havoc yesterday (May 10) was apparently caused by a Turkish fan of the German heavy metal band Accept . According to Gizmodo , the fan sent the otherwise innocuous message "Accept pwnz" (Internet spea ...

  15. In Pictures: Spotify’s New Social Features

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spotify started rolling out new social networking features that add a new layer to the music streaming service. Key among the features is users’ ability to link to their Facebook accounts and follow and share music with their friends. Users’ inbox ...

  16. Business Matters: Madison Square Garden, Live Nation, Foursquare and More

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Madison Square Garden, Inc., reported revenue of $306.5 million in Q1 2010, up from $281.3 million last year. Net income was $17.4 million, up from a net loss of $1.9 million. MSG Entertainment, the company's venue business, experienced a ...

  17. @Web 2.0 Expo: How Social Media Is Beating Google

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco kicked off on Tuesday with the "Media's New Business Model" panel, moderated by WSJ's Jessica Vascellaro. On it, panelists noted that news sites are seeing site referrals from social media serv ...

  18. Strong Ratings For Billboard Latin Music Awards

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired live from Puerto Rico April 29, reached more than 5 million viewers in the U.S. alone, for the third consecutive year. According to Nielsen Media Research, the awards averaged 1,254,000 households ...

  19. Twitter's Growth Examined

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Not that you need a study to tell you that Twitter has exploded in popularity over the last three years, but the Edison Research and Arbitron Internet and Multimedia Series has put together the hard stats. In a report called Twitter Usage in Ameri ...

  20. Engaging Your Customers Online: Strategies From The 140 Character Conference

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter is fun, easy and effective, but don't expect it to result directly in sales. These were some of the nuggets of wisdom in yesterday's "Music and the Real-Time Web" panel at the 140 Character Conference. You can stream a ...

  21. A Crowdsourcing Strategy That Makes Sense

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now here’s a crowdsourcing strategy that makes sense. The CASH Music initiative last week released two new apps that let artists give away music to fans that help spread the word via Twitter or Facebook. Called Tweet-for-Track and FBConnect-to-Tra ...

  22. Value of a 'Fan' on Social Media: $3.60

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brands have rushed to Facebook to build fan bases, with some amassing millions of connections. The nagging question has been: What is the monetary value of these fans? Social media specialist Vitrue, which aids brands in building their customer ba ...

  23. A Look At The Early Numbers: Free All Music

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Free All Music, currently in private beta, shared some statistics with Billboard it says show the service has started off on a positive note. The private beta testing period lasted from mid-December to mid-February. -- FAM says it achieved a 94% a ...

  24. AOL Says To Sell Or Shut Down Bebo In 2010

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AOL Inc plans to find a buyer for its social networking site Bebo, for which it paid $850 million in 2008, or shut it down. The level of competition in social networking makes it difficult for the company to fight larger players such as Facebook a ...

  25. YouTube Overhauls Video Pages

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube later today is expected to go live with a major overhaul of its video pages. Exactly what elements of the overhaul are reflected in the switch won’t be fully known until it goes live, but the company says its one of the biggest of its hist ...

  26. Facebook Overtakes Google.com

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New figures from research firm Hitwise show that Facebook.com now accounts for 7.07% of all American Web traffic. Google.com accounts for 7.04 per cent of traffic. The latest Hitwise figures cover March 7 to March 13. It is the first time that Fac ...

  27. @SXSW: THE DAILY DIGEST: Twitter CEO Unveils Newest Feature, But Where’s The $?

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter was the undisputed king of SXSW three years ago when the service first broke out of obscurity during the multi-day event. Yesterday, the company’s CEO Evan Williams made his mark again, this time as a SXSW Interactive keynote, when he unve ...

  28. Business Matters: Jelli, Sub Pop, Live Nation, KISS

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Jelli has partnered with Triton Media to launch two of its crowdsourced radio shows to national syndication. Ten stations, including WBOS in Boston and KXTE in Las Vegas. Jelli allows people to select online which songs they want to hear on ter ...

  29. MySpace Readies Site Overhaul To Rekindle Growth

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST With shrinking audiences, deep layoffs and two management shake-ups, MySpace, the one-time leader in Internet social networking, has had a rocky year. Mike Jones, who took over as co-president last month with Jason Hirschhorn, said that even withi ...

  30. Analysis: How Important Is Social Media?

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST How important is social media in the development of artists? At Digital Music Forum, Universal Music Group executive VP Cameo Carlson said she was surprised so many twentysomethings are not interested in social networking . Daniel Glass, founder o ...

  31. Yahoo Partners With Twitter To Boost Social Features

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc plans to integrate Twitter into its collection of Web sites, as the company seeks to enhance the appeal of its online properties with popular social networking features. The partnership will allow web surfers to view the short, 140-chara ...

  32. Twitter Traffic Bounces, Company On Hiring Spree

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Twitter traffic bounced up 8% from December to January, according to new comScore figures released today. The service drew 73.5 million unique visits worldwide last month compared to 65.2 million in December. The uptick follows slow growth - and i ...

  33. Google Gmail Tweak Challenges Facebook, Twitter

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc is tapping its huge network of Gmail users and Web surfers to create a Buzz that it hopes will help it catch up with online social networking leaders Facebook and Twitter. The world's No. 1 search engine on Tuesday (Feb. 9) launche ...

  34. Part 2: Is Twitter the Next Second Life?

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST At first blush, a greeting-card company like Hallmark would seem to have it all over an outfit like Someecards. The 99-year-old Hallmark has its own corporate campus in Kansas City, Mo., and employs 14,000 people -- 700 of whom are full-time write ...

  35. Is Twitter The Next Second Life?

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST If you're a marketer who has steered clear of Twitter, your (non)strategy may be paying off! It's possible that this Twitter thing may just take care of itself. In the middle of last year, Twitter's growth slowed from 7.8 million ne ...

  36. Business Matters: Ustream, eMusic, Facebook, UCLA and More

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Ustream has received a $20 million investment from Sof ...

  37. @MIDEM: MySpace CEO Talks Growth

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta used his MidemNet keynote to celebrate the return to growth in user numbers on the social network following its recent revamp. MidemNet in Cannes, which runs Jan. 23-27, is the digital-focused sibling of the main MIDEM c ...

  38. 10 Trends To Watch: Digital Media Outlook for 2010

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST There's something about the new year that instinctively summons most people's inner Carnac the Magnificent, and the folks over at consulting powerhouse Booz & Company are no different. Today they released their top 10 “perspectives” ...

  39. Napster Opens Service To Developers

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST In its ongoing effort to integrate its streaming music service to as many devices and applications as possible, Napster today unveiled its Napster Access program - a web portal where third-party developers can download the tools needed to add Naps ...

  40. Best Buy, Interscope Team For Twitter App

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Best Buy and Interscope Records teamed up just after the Christmas holiday to offer music fans buying select CDs a copy of the TweetDeck iPhone app. TweetDeck is a free app that lets users post and review Twitter and Facebook updates from their iP ...

  41. Marketing & Branding Trends To Watch In 2010

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST As a rough 2009 draws to a close, the digital marketing world is looking ahead to 2010, hoping to deliver stronger growth in the sector, which is one of the few bright spots in the media world. What lies ahead? We identified 10 trends that are sur ...

  42. China To Require Internet Domain Name Registration

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST China has issued new Internet regulations, including what appears to be an effort to create a "whitelist" of approved Web sites that could potentially place much of the Internet off-limits to Chinese readers. The Ministry of Industry and ...

  43. Google Revamps Search With Real-Time Results

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Google Inc has revamped its search engine to allow results to be refreshed with up-to-the-second data increasingly churned out by the new crop of real-time Web products. The move to integrate real-time search results directly into Google's fl ...

  44. Brands Urged To Engage With Music Fans Via Social Networks

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music is playing such a critical role on fast-growing social networks that brand owners can no longer ignore it for brand-awareness strategies, says a new report by Heartbeats International, the Sweden-based international marketing agency. Called ...

  45. LiveNation.com Overhauled To Feature User-Gen, Social Media

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT LiveNation is taking the user-generated content route with a new site upgrade that allows fans and artists to upload information and content that will appear alongside the "official" details of the various tours the company promotes. Art ...

  46. Business Matters: Vivendi, MySpace Music, Mojo Nixon

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The CEO of Vivendi , the parent company of Universal Music Group , says the UK should follow France's lead and pass legislation to disconn ...

  47. Microsoft, Google Seal Twitter Search Deals

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp and Google Inc secured separate agreements to access real-time content from Web phenomenon Twitter, intensifying their battle for a search market that Google dominates. Google, and Microsoft's five-month-old Bing, each announce ...

  48. Facebook To Launch Music Gifting Service

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Facebook later this week will launch a new content gifting service that will allow members to, among other things, buy and give digital music tracks to their friends. The music element will be powered by Lala, which is the exclusive music vendor. ...

  49. User-Based Web Radio Firm Jelli Makes National Push

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jelli, a company that merges crowdcasting with traditional radio, is hoping to take its user-controlled radio system national through a deal announced late Monday (Oct. 19) with Triton Media Group. As part of the agreement, Triton will syndicate t ...

  50. Spanish-language Twitter Clone Launches

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT What appears to be a Spanish-language Twitter clone has popped up in the form of Birddi.com, which has the same look and feel as Twitter but with a Spanish interface. Aliado Digital reports that a 19-year-old Argentine named Martin De Lio is behin ...

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