Social Media: World Map of Social Nets, Blogs are Over, Craigslist Crime, Qik, Tribesmart

World map of social networks around the world

This month’s map shows the most popular social networks around the world. Facebook continues to make noises around the World but it’s clear that Asia is a no go area for it so it looks as if it’s going for the Caribbean.

Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004
Thinking about launching your own blog? Here’s some friendly advice: Don’t. And if you’ve already got one, pull the plug. Writing a weblog today isn’t the bright idea it was four years ago. The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis of folksy self-expression and clever thought, has been flooded by a tsunami of paid bilge. Cut-rate journalists and underground marketing campaigns now drown out the authentic voices of amateur wordsmiths. It’s almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Bank robber hires decoys on Craigslist, fools cops
In an elaborate robbery scheme that’s one part The Thomas Crowne Affair and one part Pineapple Express, a crook robbed an armored truck outside a Bank of America branch in Monroe, Wash., by hiring decoys through Craigslist to deter authorities. It gets better: He then escaped in a creek headed for the Skykomish River in an inner tube, and the cops are still looking for him. “A great amount of money” was taken, Monroe police said, but did not provide a dollar value.

Christ … hello Harold Pinter! “Share your moments” via your mobile phone.

Tribesmart
With a lot of categories on offer, and large amounts of products to display, homepages on shopping comparison websites can often be very cluttered and potentially confusing for users. Tribesmart manages to avoid this trap though, and has created an attractive homepage with clear navigation options. There is one issue here though: the four-step instructions for registering and getting started may be useful for first time visitors, but once you have logged in and learned how the site works, this space would be more useful for navigation or product promotion.

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