SOCIAL NETWORK NOTIFICATIONS FOR EXTERNAL UPDATES In embodiments, various technologies for notifying users of a social network service of updates to services external to the social network service by members of the social network are described. An indication that a member of a social network service made an update to an external service can be received. Then, at least one additional member associated with the member in the social network service can be notified of the update to the external service. The external service may include typical web services, such as a blogging service, a video sharing service, or a photo sharing service. SOCIAL NETWORK REWARDS Social network reward techniques are described. In an implementation, a method implemented by at least one computing device includes obtaining data that describes users’ interaction with a social network service and determining influence of one or more said users on other said users via ...

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(Blue is Microsoft influence, green is Google) Techcrunch has an interesting article on the implication of the Skype deal on the balance of power in the social network universe and it turns out it certainly tips the game into Microsoft’s favour. Skype with 663 million registered users outnumber Facebook, and of course Microsoft does have it fingers in the 629 million user Facebook pie.  Ad to this the 364 million active Hotmail users and the 330 million Windows Live users (not shown in the graphic above) is is clear Microsoft has a massive presence, and much more significant than Google’s 193 million Gmail users and 10 million Google Latitude users.  Does anyone even still use Buzz? With the expiration of the DOJ supervision Microsoft can finally bring all these internet communities home to thick clients on Windows (Live Messenger is already the most use Facebook chat client for example) and ...

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