Cumulative News Timeline of Current Events

MySpace Launches a Free-Music Revolution

  • September 24, 2008
  • MySpace Music is free, and users get instant access to a vast library of songs. The site has inked deals to upload the catalogs of the four major labels: EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Throw in songs from the 5 million artists who already have pages on the site, and MySpace has a pretty good starter set.

MySpace and HP Team Up to Allow Site-Wide Photo Printing

  • October 7, 2008
  • MySpace has partnered with Hewlett-Packard (HP) to bring print-on-demand capability to the popular social network.

Facebook Rolls Out Microsoft Live Search

  • October 7, 2008
  • Facebook has just rolled out its implementation of Microsoft Live Search, which allows members of the social network to search the Web without leaving the site.

MySpace Officially Unveils MyAds

  • October 12, 2008
  • MySpace unveils MyAds, which specifically target users based on a number of demographic and interest-related characteristics.

fbFund: Drumroll, please...

  • October 15, 2008
  • We are thrilled to announce our top 25 recipients from round one of the fbFund Developer Competition. The mission of fbFund is to identify talent and seed innovation on Facebook Platform. These diverse start-ups range from e-commerce, religion and productivity to gaming, professional development, weddings and events, wine, sports and travel.

MySpace Karaoke’s New Video Feature Lets You Lock Eyes With Your Listeners

  • October 15, 2008
  • MySpace Karaoke has a new video feature that allows users to now only hear but also see the singer. There are many options and jumping from place to place is very easy.

Facebook is So Launching a Digital Music Service

  • October 17, 2008
  • According to The New York Post, the social network is in talks with a number of existing players in the online music space regarding what the paper calls an “outsourcing deal.”

Action Links for Feed Stories

  • October 21, 2008
  • Today we're launching a new feature to add greater engagement to your Feed stories: action links. An action link is a call to action for the user to take within your application, directly from a Feed story.

Facebook Open Sources its Server Software

  • October 24, 2008
  • Facebook has decided to share some details about its system architecture and make public the source code that powers it. In a note posted by one of the company’s engineers, Facebook describes how it went about choosing its technology stack and ultimately arrived at the decision to build its own server – called Scribe – to make sure Facebook could scale to hundreds of millions of users.

LinkedIn Search: Finding that former colleague of yours just got easier

  • October 27, 2008
  • I’d like to announce today the launch of our new search platform, currently released to a small percentage of our LinkedIn users. 1. Unified search results 2. More powerful relevance algorithm 3. Redesigned search results page 4. In Common 5. Saved Searches 6. Views 7. Spell check 8. Type-ahead for connections

Announcing Applications on LinkedIn

  • October 28, 2008
  • This initial roll out features productivity applications that range from gathering information that professionals around you are generating to enhancing your abilities to collaborate and communicate more effectively. You’ll be able to work much more closely with your contacts on LinkedIn with tools such as file sharing, project management, business trips and many more.

LinkedIn Events Bring Conference Networking Online

  • November 7, 2008
  • LinkedIn has launched a new events feature, letting you know about upcoming conferences and other functions in your industry. Smartly, LinkedIn Events pulls information from sites like Eventbrite and then builds features around it as opposed to re-creating the wheel by asking users to build a new event database from scratch.

A Mobile Phone For Facebook Lovers

  • November 12, 2008
  • They say good things come in small packages. That certainly is true of the new INQ Social Mobile phone from INQ. The phone is based on Qualcomm's 6260 chipset and uses the Brew OS. The device's whole experience is optimized for a few web applications — Skype (obviously), Facebook, Google, instant messaging and other apps like

MySpace launches app for full-length shows

  • November 13, 2008
  • MySpace announced the domestic launch of the MySpace Primetime Application. It’s available free for users to embed on profiles and homepages with one click of the mouse. Once embedded, the app allows users to search for and watch premium content from Hulu and any of the +150 branded channels on MySpaceTV.

MySpace launches Blackberry application

  • November 14, 2008
  • MySpace has launched a new mobile application for BlackBerry smartphones. It will enable Blackberry users access to their MySpace profiles and will be similar to applications already available to iPhone and Android users.

Verifying Applications – a New Program Begins

  • November 17, 2008
  • We’re opening registration today for our Application Verification program — an optional new program designed to provide your applications with a way to stand out and reassure users that they will provide a good experience. Badges for verified applications will appear to users early next year, beginning in an application's About Page and the Application Directory. We'll do our part to help educate users to recognize the verification badge as a symbol for applications that are respectful, transparent and meet the guiding principles for trustworthiness.

Company profiles are now public

  • November 18, 2008
  • Starting this Thursday, we’ve made portions of our company profiles accessible to search engines–this way, when you search for ‘Houston medical device companies’ or ‘Open Geophysical’, you’ll now find information at your fingertips with LinkedIn company profiles in your search results.

Now your LinkedIn profile speaks Español, Français, & 41 more languages

  • November 19, 2008
  • Today we rolled out the ability to translate your existing LinkedIn profile into any of 41 languages. Once translated, your original profile remains unchanged, but members that prefer to use or search LinkedIn in a different language will see the translated version instead. So if you create a Spanish profile via the steps below, LinkedIn members using the site in Spanish will see your Spanish profile instead of your English one.

Improving Application Email

  • November 19, 2008
  • We've enhanced application email, letting you provide your users who've opted in to receive email from your application with a richer messaging experience. You can now incorporate a number of HTML tags so you can format your messages as you see fit.

Announcing LinkedIn’s New Search Platform

  • November 24, 2008
  • LinkedIn’s new search platform was fully released to over 31 million LinkedIn users. The new search platform at LinkedIn is redefining the way professionals go about finding talent, business partners, customers or a former colleague.

Note: These events are the same as the events listed on each individual main player's page. It is meant to be a tool to compare different strategies and technological advances across the different competitors from September through November of 2008. However, by no means is it a comprehensive list of everything they have done during that time.

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