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Costa set to make Chelsea return

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea’s Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on December 3, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 18 – Chelsea striker Diego Costa is on track to make his comeback against Hull City on Sunday after holding “amicable” talks with the club, according to Sky Sports.The two parties held an hour-long talk at Chelsea’s Cobham training base on Tuesday before Costa trained with the first team. This comes as a sign of progress after Costa was seen training alone for the past two days while the rest of his team-mates were given time off following the Blues’ 3-0 win over reigning Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday.Costa was not part of the Chelsea squad that travelled to the King Power stadium for the game, and a back injury was the reason given for his absence.But, it is understood that Costa was involved in a heated dispute with manager Antonio Conte shortly after receiving a £30m-a-year offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian.With the Chinese Football Association having introduced new restrictions on foreign players on Monday, Tianjin owner Shu Yuhui admitted that a deal is highly unlikely to be made.When contacted by Sky Sports, Chelsea refused to comment whether Costa was in talks with the Chinese outfit.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Convoys in support of oil industry continue in Alberta and Saskatchewan

first_img“What a strong message sent today from the truck rally in Estevan,” Moe said. “Your SK government stands with you in support of this critical industry.”Other recent rallies, including a large one in Calgary on Monday, have targeted federal actions that critics say will make building pipelines more difficult. They include Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board and Bill C-48 which would ban oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s northern coast.Supporters of Saturday’s convoys lined the streets in both cities. Most of the signs they held had messages calling for pipeline construction, an end to carbon taxes and the defeat of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.HUGE truck convoys in ALBERTA, SASK, & MANITOBA TODAY in support of pipelines and Canadian Oil & Gas! Some of the cities include Brooks, Medicine Hat, Bonnyville, Edson, Estevan, Yorkton. Comment below if we missed a city and SHARE to get the message out! pic.twitter.com/DUJogMOz5kAdvertisement — EnergyNow (@EnergyNow_News) December 22, 2018A few of the signs also expressed opposition to the United Nations.Jay Riedel, an organizer of the Estevan convoy, said concern over Canada signing the United Nations migration pact is part of the protest, noting he believed the pact surrenders Canada’s immigration policy to outside powers.“We definitely need immigrants coming into Canada but we also need to get jobs going for us and them,” Riedel said.“If we don’t have jobs for these people to have, then our whole social system is going to fail.”Advertisement MEDICINE HAT, A.B. – Convoys of trucks rolled slowly through Alberta and Saskatchewan on Saturday as demonstrations in support of Canada’s ailing oil and gas sector continue.Police in Medicine Hat, Alta., estimate that 650 vehicles took part in a convoy that began on the Trans-Canada Highway east of the city and continued west to weigh scales before turning around and dispersing.A similar event in Estevan, Sask., brought around 450 trucks, according to a police estimate.- Advertisement -Truck convoys began last weekend in Alberta. One event on Wednesday brought more than a thousand vehicles to Nisku, south of Edmonton.Jerry Sabine, an organizer of the convoy in Medicine Hat, says trucks were driving slowly to show people “the frustration of how slow the oilfields are.”Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe tweeted his support for the event in Estevan, saying people across Western Canada are fed up with what he called the Trudeau government’s indifference toward the energy sector.Advertisementcenter_img Police in Medicine Hat and Estevan commended the conduct of the convoy drivers.“Appreciate the public’s patience during the truck convoy protest. Also appreciate the professionalism of those involved,” said a tweet from the Estevan police that was attributed to Chief Paul Ladouceur.More convoys are planned, including one that will travel to Ottawa in February. Sabine said some of the trucks involved in the Medicine Hat convoy travelled from across the province to support the event.“We just put the word out a couple, three days ago, and it really snowballed on us,” Sabine said.last_img read more

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Sturridge’s Liverpool commitment questioned, playmaker wants Real Madrid exit and West Ham to sign Brazil star? – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Carlo Ancelotti is expected to reject a return to Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis, if the club decide to sack under-pressure boss Jose Mourinho. However, another ex-Blues boss in Guus Hiddink may be a possibility. (Daily Telegraph)However, former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Ancelotti WOULD consider succeeding Mourinho if he is offered the job on a permanent basis. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are on red alert with reports suggesting Spanish playmaker Isco, 23, has requested a move away from Real Madrid. (Daily Express)Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed he is in the market for new players in January, but said his pursuits are being held up by his targets’ clubs. (Daily Express)Real Madrid are set to offer Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas an improved contract but that does not mean they have ended their interest in Manchester United glovesman David De Gea. (Marca) Brazil forward Alexandre Pato could sign for West Ham with Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade understood to be looking to offload the 26-year-old forward. (Daily Mail)Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has admitted QPR striker Charlie Austin is on his ‘radar’, though the forward is not targeting a move away from Loftus Road in the January transfer window. (Newcastle Chronicle)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Liverpool legend questions crocked Daniel Sturridge’s ‘attitude and desire’Exclusive – Arsenal will win the Premier League this season, claims Thierry HenryExclusive – Harry Redknapp rules out Aston Villa move and urges club to hire lower league coachExclusive – Thierry Henry defends Jose Mourinho: ‘We are talking about one of the best managers ever here’Exclusive – Arsenal legend Thierry Henry hails Anthony Martial’s start to Manchester United lifeItalian maestro Andrea Pirlo rules out off-season loan amid Manchester City linksArsenal and Manchester United target ‘worth 100m euros’, claims PSG star’s agentFormer Man City striker Alvaro Negredo wanted by Marseille – but could be set for Premier League returnlast_img read more

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Saturday League roundup as Oldtown Celtic score seven

first_imgOLDTOWN CELTIC were the big winners in the Donegal Saturday League yesterday as the Letterkenny outfit won 7-0 away to Glenea United Reserves – here’s a full roundup from yesterday’s action.Glencar Inn Saturday Division One Arranmore United 0 Donegal Town Reserves 1 (No Report Submitted)Milford United Reserves 1 Kildrum Tigers Reserves 1Milford Reserves welcomed Kildrum Reserves to Moyle View Park on Saturday afternoon for what was a highly anticipated game in the Glencar Inn Division One.The game started at a fast pace and it was Kildrum who had the first chance when a turn and shot from Michael Lynch went just wide of Barry Gallagher’s left hand post. Kildrum continued to push forward and use their physical presence. The hosts found themselves ahead after 10 minutes however. A sublime free-kick from Diggy Buchanan saw a powerful Ryan Campbell header hit the cross bar. Ciaran Blaney calmly crossed the rebounding ball to an alert Ryan Campbell who was on hand to turn the ball home after 12 minutes. Kildrum tried to get back in to the game with Lynch driving them forward but Milford looked the more likely to increase their lead. Ciaran Blaney then found Brandon Wilkie on the 25-minute mark but his shot was well saved. Kildrum responded well to Milford’s drive and although they had their chances, it was Milford who were left frustrated. Another impressive free kick from Diggy Buchanan on the left-hand side saw Raymond Friel’s header pushed around the post to safety. Milford were unfortunately left to rue these chances before half time as Kildrum’s Michael Lynch showed why he is the main man for Kildrum. After conceding a free kick on the edge of the box, the Kildrum man hit a powerful right footed shot to Barry Gallagher’s left hand side which left the number 1 with little or no chance.Kildrum took their new-found confidence in to the second half and pushed forward but some impressive performances from Kevin McGee, Raymond Friel and Ryan Flood kept them at bay on several occasions. Milford’s management looked to counter this threat and a tactical change saw Milford nearly re-take the lead on the 56th minute mark, when Jason Mc Conigley turned two Kildrum defenders to set free Jonah Serrinha who’s resulting run and shot was well saved.Both teams pushed forward looking for a winner and it was probably Kildrum who had the best of chances, having several chances cleared off the line at numerous stages. Milford however were impressive as a unit and held strong throughout the second half to frustrate a well organised Kildrum team. With the game fizzling out and both teams frustrating each other it was brought to an end with the result a fair reflection on proceedings.Fintown Harps AFC 1 Strand Rovers 2 Played at Pairc Achla, Fintown, at half time there was nothing between these two teams. In the thirty second minute Steven Boyle put the ball through to Odhran Doherty who put Fintown one up. As the minutes ticked away Strand piled on the pressure and found the net twice in the last four minutes to win the game. After an outstanding performance from Fintown Harps they were unlucky to not at least draw if not take all three points from the matchGlenea United Reserves 0 Oldtown Celtic 7An understrength Glenea Reserves suffered defeat against a strong Oldtown side. The away side took the lead on 12 minutes when Chick Mc Laughlin converted a penalty. Oldtown continued to press in the first half and proceeded to add further goals from Luke Nelis with two, Sean Clearly with two and Ronan Curran. In the second half Oldtown continued to press but were held at bay until the 80th minute when Johnnie Boyle scored with a fine long range effort. A spirited effort from the home side while Luke Nelis was best for OldtownGlencar Celtic 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 4(No Report Submitted)Old Orchard Saturday Division TwoKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 2 Dunlewey Celtic 3Kilmacrennan came racing out of the blocks, with Eddie Doherty scoring inside the first 5 minutes. The home side doubled their lead on 25 minutes from a corner, where Ryan McFadden headed the ball home from a McElwaine delivery. Dunlewey had a penalty on 30 minutes which was sent wide of the post, 2-0 half time. Dunlewey got off the mark on 55 minutes when the Kilmacrennan keeper made a save, but the referee decided it had crossed the line. The equaliser came on 75 minutes when Lorcan Gallagher slotted home from five yards. Dunlewey scored the winner in the 86th minute with a 25-yard strike that ended up in the top cornerBallybofey United Reserves 0 Drumkeen United Reserves 5Ballybofey United Reserves succumbed to a wiser Drumkeen United Reserves side at Dreenan on Saturday afternoon. Michael Guthrie has experience beyond his years and it showed when he had his side two to the good after ten minutes. That’s how it remained until the interval. Ballybofey were better after the break but a penalty on seventy minutes offered the Drumkeen hitman an opportunity to complete his hat-trick. He was well up to the task and converted from twelve yards. Drumkeen put a gloss to the scoreline in the last few minutes when they added two more. Aidan Martin got the goal of the game for Drumkeen’s forth and Rory Craig got their fifth in the dying exchanges. It is a building process for Ballybofey Reserves however and they will have better days at the office while Drumkeen can mix it with the best on their day.   Cappry Rovers Reserves 2 Cranford United Reserves 1The home side had a bright start to the game and took the lead in the 9th minute when Karl McGlynn found the bottom corner from 20 yards. Cappry pressed and scored again through James Speight who headed home a Ryan McGee corner in the 18th minute. Cranford didn’t give in and looked to find a way back into the game. They got the goal they deserved on the stroke of half time when Keith Buchanan headed home a corner at the back post. The away side started the 2nd half strong and pressed to get level but couldn’t find a way through the Cappry defence. Cappry were dangerous on the break and almost added a 3rd but Karl Mc Gylnn’s effort went wide. Cranford pressed right until the final whistle but Cappry held on for the 3 points. Two team performances. Referee: Diego RaineyDrumoghill F.C. Reserves 4 Castlefin Celtic Reserves 3Both teams took time to settle into their rhythm and it was Drumoghill who struck first when Ethan McCready seized on a defensive mistake to fire home.  Drumoghill scored two more goals in quick succession from Dylan Mc Elhinney and Mark Gibson and looked to be cruising, even missing a few good chances to increase their lead. Castlefin dug in however and played their way back into the game with goals from Reece Gallagher and Nicky Scott. Drumoghill started the second half well and made it 4-2 when Mark Gibson latched onto a great through ball from Chris Devenney and slotted home. Castlefin kept fighting and got their reward when Reece Gallagher got his second with 20 minutes left.  Castlefin pushed for an equaliser but could find no way past the Drumoghill keeper Shane Duffy. Mark Gibson was best for Drumoghill and a good team performance from a young Castlefinn side. Referee: Zach McLaughlin  Copany Rovers 3 Drumbar F.C. 2(No Report Submitted)Saturday League roundup as Oldtown Celtic score seven was last modified: October 13th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever December 24, 2015: Universal Orlando Star Wars Staycation at Cabana Bay

first_imgI checked into Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort on Thursday, December 17, amid the festive retro decorations in the value-priced hotel’s Mad Men-esque lobby. The time has finally arrived! Soon, I’ll be transported back to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. All I have to do is stand in this line for the next two and a half hours to ensure I get a good seat… The robata grilled vegetables make a tasty side dish to the smoky ribs. But beware the shishito peppers — you never know which ones will be mouth-meltingly spicy! As the EPA hour ended, I hopped on the Hogwarts Express and headed to Universal Studios Florida for a fast visit to Diagon Alley. Though Forbidden Journey was jammed up, Gringotts was wide open, with only a handful of guests in the single rider line. Tchoup Chop has long been one of my favorite Universal resort restaurants, and its generous daily Happy Hour is a big reason why. The menu has seen some changes recently, but thankfully the finger-licking ribs are still on the discounted bill of fare. In addition to decking the halls, Cabana Bay also offers a schedule of free seasonal activities: Since our Star Wars tickets (secured as soon as they went on sale) were for Friday’s matinee, Thursday evening was dedicated to enjoying two of my favorite Universal Orlando restaurants. Unseasonably warm weather and Universal’s landscaped walking paths paired with a drinks and appetizers at a couple top tables can make for a fun (and surprisingly affordable) progressive dining adventure. I can also vouch for the Painkiller cocktail, which is strongly reminiscent of the Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum served at Disneyland’s Trader Sam bar. A little further along, Sapphire Falls construction has closed the Royal Pacific Resort entrance closest to Emeril’s Tchoup Chop. Taking the long way around added a few minutes to our commute, but the 15 minute walk was still quicker than waiting for transportation. Of course, you can also order from the full Tchoup Chop dinner menu while seated at the bar. One of VIVO’s best assets is the open kitchen, where you can watch fresh pasta being prepared by hand. Here are a few selected highlights from my lap around the Wizarding World of Harry Potter on this gloomy morning: The burrata was joined by a prosciutto and melon salad, and an order of VIVO’s ginormous meatballs, with a free loaf of freshly baked bread to soak up the marinara sauce. Chef Gianfrancesco, who was busy making fresh fettuccini, has been a sous chef at VIVO since the restaurant opened. We mentioned how much we missed the burrata, a type of handmade mozzarella cheese that was taken off the menu. He then stopped what he was doing to make a portion of the labor-intensive treat just for us, and gave it to us at no charge. Talk about great guest service! Ok, it’s time to get to bed, because we’re getting up bright and early for Early Park Admission at Islands of Adventure. On the way into the park at quarter to 8 in the morning, I had no problem breezing through the newly enhanced security setup, even with the wand scanning of randomly selected guests. Portions of Cabana Bay’s parking lots and perimeter road are currently construction zones for upcoming expansion towers and the new Volcano Bay water park. If you are staying in the Continental building, you’ll need to follow this detour map: After the first half of our meal, I always like to take a relaxing river cruise of one of CityWalk’s complimentary water taxis. These are free for all, even if you aren’t staying on property, and the ride is wonderfully romantic after dark. As an added bonus, you get a look at the other side of Sapphire Falls. A brief bus ride brought me back to Cabana Bay, where the rapidly dropping temperatures weren’t stopping some guests from enjoying the pool. They also have some seasonal merchandise that’s slightly more…questionable.center_img The Barrel Aged is wood aged bourbon served over a trendy ice sphere with clove-studded orange peel. One perk of staying in the Continental building is the opportunity to peek at said construction. Here’s a look at the latest progress on Volcano Bay and the new Cabana Bay towers: On the way back to the hotel, I spotted this queue full of fans eagerly awaiting the first IMAX showing of The Force Awakens at CityWalk’s AMC Cineplex. Even though the theater won’t open for another hour, there were already ticket holders lined up for the first Force Awakens screening of the morning. A nightcap from the lobby’s Swizzle Lounge is more my speed… Share This!Take a vicarious Universal Orlando Star Wars Staycation at Cabana Bay with Best Week Ever (Photos by Seth Kubersky)After my recent visit to New York City, I didn’t want my holiday vacation to end…and here at Best Week Ever, it doesn’t have to! Thanks to an amazing annual passholder discount, I was able to enjoy a single night Universal Orlando Star Wars staycation at Cabana Bay Beach Resort and celebrate the opening of The Force Awakens in CityWalk IMAX style. Don’t be jealous, because I’m bringing you all with me in today’s photo-filled recap. Finally, on my way out of the park, I popped into Williams of Hollywood to find a few familiar items from ex-attraction have been added to the new prop shop’s inventory. Twister’s Wakita sign is a mere $5000, but you’ll have to have the electrics removed for liability. On my way to our first destination, the Cabana Bay garden path to CityWalk provided a perfect view of construction on the quickly-rising Sapphire Falls resort, which is scheduled to open in 2016. After using my Universal annual pass discount, the entire cost of this first-class multi-part meal was less than you might play in a single mid-priced chain restaurant. I was too stuffed to add on an order of Nonna Cake, but there’s always room for free samples from Menchies… If non-alcoholic drinks are more your thing, the Bayliner Diner now stocks a couple seasonal styles of refillable Sonic Fill cups. Forbidden Journey started running late on this morning, and when it was working only a fraction of the flying benches were in operation, making the actual wait during early entry double the posted time, and longer than it would be later in the day. If you want to ride Forbidden Journey during EPA without a long wait, you need to be one of the first guests through the gate in the morning, or use the single rider line. I’m sad to say that the Musion projection of Dumbledore in the queue, which was once one of the attraction’s best effects, is now faded and indistinct. Hopefully this can be cleaned up; on the whole, the rest of the ride’s features were functional. As a fan of mid-century modern design, the light fixtures and hallways of Cabana Bay are among Universal’s best hidden delights: When you’ve already escaped an impenetrable vault before 9 a.m., there’s no better breakfast than Butterbeer…especially if you slip in a shot of firewhisy. Since we were seated at the bar, I had to start with a drink, right? For tonight’s foodie finale, we found seats at the bar of VIVO Italian Kitchen, my favorite of the restaurants that have been added to CityWalk in the last couple years. Though the menu has been scaled back since our epic early visits, it is still a fantastic value for freshly made pasta and elevated Italian classics. Mission accomplished! Without indulging in any spoilers, after over thirty years I finally found the Star Wars followup I was looking for. And seeing it at Universal Orlando’s IMAX, surrounded by a full theater of fellow fans, was a fine way to experience the film for my first time.But to be honest, I had an even better experience a couple days later at the Cinemark Theater in Artegon Marketplace. Their XD screen is just as big as Universal’s IMAX, and they recently replaced their seats with luxurious leather recliners that I’d like to have in my living room. Best of all, all their seats are reserved at the time of ticket purchase (just like at most plays or concerts) so you can stroll into your seat just before showtime.Whether you see Star Wars at Universal or elsewhere in the universe, I hope you have the Best Christmas Ever, and may the Force be with you!last_img read more

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Columbus Catholic girls basketball beats Nekoosa for fourth-straight win

first_imgDons play at Assumption on SaturdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWISCONSIN RAPIDS — Natalie Pospyhalla had a season-high 21 points to lift the Marshfield Columbus Catholic girls basketball team to a 52-37 win over Nekoosa in a semifinal at the Cranberry Classic on Friday afternoon at Assumption High School.Pospyhalla added eight rebounds for the Dons, who are now 4-0 and will take on Assumption in the championship game of the tournament at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.Maren Seefluth and Marissa Immerfall each had 10 points for the Dons, and Kendra Baierl added nine points and 10 rebounds in the win.Jenna Baker led Nekoosa (1-1) with 13 points.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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Dramatic video of Asiana A380 engine on fire

first_imgThe engine of an Asiana Airbus A380 has caught fire during refueling at Seoul airport yesterday.According to AeroTime the A380 registered HL7652, was about to carry out flight OZ202 to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).During a start-up test, smoke and sparks were seen from the Rolls Royce Trent 970 engine which then caught fire.READ: Air New Zealand brings relief for tall passengers Airport emergency services put out the fire.However, at the time, none of the 401 passengers had boarded.🇰🇷 Engine one of an Asiana Airbus A380 was seen caught fire during fueling at Seoul International Airport.Video via weibo.pic.twitter.com/D2SA3PzUct— air plus news (english) (@airplusnews_EN) October 18, 2019last_img read more

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The Expansion of Social Networks

first_imgWhile we do not know the answer to the first, we can answer the second one. The Facebook user wouldonly use Flickr to share non-Facebook photos. One possible use case is to share photos with family members who are not Facebook members.It is clear from people’s profiles, however, that the majority of the Facebook users utilize Facebook’s photo sharing capabilities.And taking it a bit further, if students are both busy and lazy the chances that they willuse two photo sharing sites is slim. So likely, Facebook wins this faceoff. The same goes for events. Yes, there areother, richer event sites, but again what Facebook has today is good enough for its users.As another example of a generic network adding a specialty consider MySpace rolling outa rather obvious Digg clone. Here the situation is not quite as clear. First,news is new to the MySpace crowd, which is not really the same audience as on Digg. The jury is still out on this one,but judging by the top headline things are not going that well so far: The disadvantage of specialized networks is that they are somewhat limited to their specialty. It is not a set in stonelimitation as we will discuss below, but it is a limitation. Users perceive specialized networks as such and rolling outcompletely different functionality can be surprising and quite risky. On the other hand, generic social networks such asFacebook have much more flexibility in the set of features that they can build. In fact, adding a specialty is likelyto be perceived positively by most users because they come to generic networks with a “one-stop-shop” mentality.Generic Networks Adding SpecialtiesConsider these questions: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Back in the old days IBM had perfected the game of not only opening the enterprise channel, but continuously supplying themwith new products. Enterprises were offered bundles, end-of-the-year specials, discounts and all manner oftricks that helped keep the channels open. Fast forward to 2007 and social startups are faced with much the same problem. A handful of them succeeded atbuilding the modern version of the channel — a large audience of frequent users. But is a large audience enough?Should the startup perfect what they have or should they leap into another vertical? And if the answer is yes,how far should the service extend? In this post we will take a closer look at growing social networks and considerhow they are looking at vertical expansion.Generic Networks vs. Specialized NetworksBefore answering the questions posed in the introduction it helps to understand thedifferences between generic and specialized social networks. For the purpose of this post,we define a generic network as one that exists primarily to keep in touch and a specialized networkis one where people are brought together based on the specific common interest. According to thisdefinition Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and even LinkedIn are considered generic social networks. del.icio.us, Flickr,LibraryThing and Flixster, on the other hand, represent specialized networks. How many Facebook users are also Flickr users?Why would a Facebook user also use Flickr? Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The main advantage of a specialized network is that it can offer a better user experience.Because of its specialty its user interface can be more focused and rich. As an example, consider Flixster. In our recent review we pointed outthe impressive set of features for movie fans. Another good example is Last.fm – a popularsocial music site. Last.fm offers its users an add on to iTunes and other popular music players that automatically capturestheir music attention data. It then uses sophisticated automation to connect users with similar taste in music.Thus, Last.fm is an example of a specialized social network with not only a rich set of features, but with a notablespecialized infrastructure.center_img The problem with this integration is that it is simply a clone. Plus, it is not integrated into MySpacein a way that people could use. Users are forced to essentially go to a separate site. The feature isnot part of the user flow and as a result, MySpace appears not to have properly leveraged their enormous audience. To be successful,the integration needs to be meaningful.What Expansions Make Sense?However unsuccessful a single integration may be, we know that a successful integration can bepotentially valuable for both the expansion and retention of an existing user base. Lets look at the broaderset of opportunities for existing generic social networks: They have a bigger audience to play withThey can get away with 80% of featuresThey have the luxury to try different things and “see what sticks” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting However, adding too many specialties might be bad, because not all of them willbe effectively integrated and absorbed (again, see the MySpace News example), and this could turn off regular users of the site. The generic networksneed to consider costs, upside, and most importantly, their audience before integrating a particular vertical.The right mix of verticals can lead to faster growth and definitive monetization.We are already seeing examples of these expansions and more are likely to follow. Which ones?Only the time will tell. Please let us know what you think is likely to happen next.The title image is from iConnectDots alex iskold 1 Inventing new software for enterprises is really hard. Selling it to them is nearly impossible.For a startup to break through the thick doors of the enterprise takes years. But even when ladyluck smiles on a startup, the joy is short lived. The next morning its back to the daily grind —being a one product company means that you constantly have to start over selling to a new place. The single most important metric for the social networks looking at a vertical is monetization.Over the last few years these sites mastered the eyeballs game and they now need to demonstratevalue by turning those eyeballs into dollars. This can be done in a few ways, though the major ones areadvertising and affiliate programs. Looking at the diagram above, we see for example, that social bookmarkingand social news verticals could be interesting plays. Both of these do not have much technical complexityand have straightforward, but perhaps limited, monetization in the form of text ads.Last.fm and other music social networks are difficult to replicate because of their more technicalfeature set. However, since music market is huge, we can expect that more generic social networks wouldbe considering it. Clearly MySpace is already there, and has been since day one, but Facebook might still considerlaunching a wider music play, particularly because of its appeal to students (who are notorious consumers of popular music). Along the same lines, film andbook offerings might also make sense from the monetization point of view. Photos and videos are tougher to monetize,but we should expect that generic social networks might get into video sharing as soon as someone figures outprofitable and clean way of making money in this vertical.ConclusionAs the competition between generic social networks heats up and the pressure to monetize theaudience increases we are likely to see these sites add support for more verticals. Despite the factthat they are not going to be able to offer the same rich set of features that specialized networksare can offer their die hard fans, the expansion is threatening. The generic social networks have theseadvantages: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Brandstreaming: What Is It & Who’s Doing It?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus If there’s a hot new social media trend happening, you can bet that companies are trying to find a way to use it too. It happened of course with blogging, it happened with Twitter, and it is now happening with FriendFeed and other lifestreaming apps.UPDATE: On August 16, 2008 ReadWriteWeb was sent a letter from the lawyers of a company named Fricken, which states that Fricken owns a trademark for the term ‘brandstream’. Accordingly we acknowledge here that Pheedo did not coin the term, as we initially thought.Indeed RSS vendor Pheedo has coined a neat term for this: brandstreaming [Update:Brian Solis notes in the comments that Pheedo probably didn’t coin it]. Pheedo defines a brandstream as “a consistent flow of content created by a brand”. To back up its case for brands using lifestreaming tools, Pheedo points to a recent Universal McCann report stating that content consumption outside of websites has increased 153% in the last 9 months. Overall, 53% of online users are consuming content outside of a publisher’s site – through the use of widgets, RSS readers, social networks and mobile devices. Those are incredible stats, which put into stark focus the need for companies to engage with users outside of their own website. As our own Alex Iskold wrote last week, companies should do this not just by using APIs, but making use of all the major consumer web platforms.Can Companies Really Use Lifestreaming?Alex didn’t mention FriendFeed in his post, perhaps because FriendFeed and other lifestreaming apps are relatively new to the Internet scene. But Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang, who follows how companies use social media more than most, has been looking into how brands will use FriendFeed. He discusses the concept of the “Social Media Press Release” (SMPR), which he defines as more than just a company announcement – it also “provides links and assets to social media: blogs, images, videos, tags, etc.” He cites Ford’s Social Media Press Release room called “Digital Snippets” as one example.But let’s step back a moment and look at brandstreaming from the user’s point of view. It’s fairly obvious why companies want to get their brand out into social media sites like Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and then wrap it up into feeds. It’s to get their brand out beyond their website, to engage users and entice them into discussions about their products. But what’s the motivation for users to subscribe to those ‘brandstreams’? Realistically, brandstreaming is probably going to work best for consumer brands that have a high lifestyle appeal. Ford would fit into that category, although it’s not a beloved consumer brand like say Apple or Sony. I did a search around FriendFeed tonight to see if I could find an official presence from Apple, Sony, Coca-Cola and a few other popular brands. But so far at least, those popular consumer brands aren’t doing much brandstreaming. Pandora ExperimentingOne early adopter company though is the online music service Pandora. Lucia Willow, the Pandora Community Manager, has nabbed a presence for Pandora on many of the trendy social media places. She left this list in the comments to Jeremiah Owyang’s post mentioned above:http://friendfeed.com/pandoraradiohttp://twitter.com/pandora_radio (which Lucia says has been “a *fantastic* resource for us”)http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pandora/5919726343http://getsatisfaction.com/pandorahttp://flickr.com/photos/pandora_radio/http://www.myspace.com/pandoraradioPandora’s FriendFeed site has about 70 people subscribed to it so far. Lucia admitted that Pandora is just testing it, and by the looks of the recent activity it’s being used in much the same way that Pandora is successfully using Twitter – to communicate with its user base and encourage them to use Pandora. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Cisco’s Advertising BrandStreamAnother example of brandstreaming is Cisco. In the post linked above, Pheedo sings the virtues of brandstreaming as a way for companies to get their brands in front of consumers, but also as a new kind of advertising tool. Pheedo ran an ad campaign for Cisco which, in their words, was “designed as an integrated Social Media ad network campaign with the goals of driving 1) traffic, 2) newsletter sign-ups, and 3) RSS subscriptions.” The Cisco brandstream included video, press releases, customer stories and product updates. [disclosure: Pheedo has run some RSS ads for RWW, via FM Publishing. It’s possible that the Cisco campaign was one of them, but I am not sure]center_img ConclusionClearly it’s early days for this so-called brandstreaming. Whether people will want to subscribe to brands in lifestreaming apps like FriendFeed is a question still to be answered. I can see the attraction for consumer brands with a cult following, like Apple. Other brands, including the likes of Ford and Cisco, will probably struggle to interest consumers in highly social apps like FriendFeed.Let us know in the comments any examples you’ve come across of companies ‘brandstreaming’. Do you think it will work for most companies, or is it yet another social media trend that you’d prefer companies to keep their fingers out of? Tags:#Analysis#Features#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Philly Loves Guru Featuring DJs Pete Rock, Mike Nyce & Mr. Sonny James – Thursday, July 25

first_imgPhilly Loves Guru As one half of the legendary group Gang Starr and later as a solo artists, hip-hop pioneer Guru took rap music to new heights, and paved the way for today’s top rap talents. Gone but never forgotten – some of Philly’s top DJs, promoters and visual artists will tribute the hip-hop legend with a party at Johnny’s Brenda’s. Philly 360° will definitely be representin’ as Creative Ambassadors Stacey Flygirrl Wilson pulls together a lineup that includes The Legendary Pete Rock, Mike Nyce and Mr. Sonny James—all lending their talents in the name of the great Guru. Plus, visuals by VisualEyz and live art by Ameerah K. Art and Chuck Styles. Click here to purchase your tickets online today.   Event Details Philly Loves Guru  Thursday, July 25 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.  Johnny Brenda’s  1201 Frankford Avenuelast_img read more

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