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Google’s new +1 button lets friends tune each other’s search results, but so far the company has few connections to draw on.
The company has many social projects, but may struggle to improve on Facebook.
Experts weigh in on whether the concept would be a hit with users.
Web 2.0–the dream of the user-built, user-centered, user-run Internet–has delivered on just about every promise except profit. Will its most prominent example, social networking, ever make any money?
Trying to match Google’s immense index of the Web would be very costly—but Facebook could instead build search on top of the data we’ve already given it.
For many, the new service offers the chance to press “reset on Facebook.”
Microsoft’s Danah Boyd on social networking.
The data entered by millions of social-network users could be turned into revealing infographics.
Facebook should give Microsoft an edge against search rival Google.
Companies face challenges mining social ties.