Bebo agrees advertising deal with Yahoo! for UK and Ireland advertising

Online social networking service Bebo and web corporation Yahoo! have announced an exclusive multi-year advertising deal whereby Yahoo! will manage both banner and video ads for Bebo in the UK and Ireland (1, 2).

Bebo is the most popular social networking site in the UK and Ireland, and had 10,655,000 visitors from the UK and 650,000 visitors from Ireland in July 2007 (according to recent ComScore statistics).

It is unknown at this point if Irish company Generator, who currently manage Bebo’s Irish advertising campaigns, will continue to sell ads for Bebo in Ireland.

Call opens for BlogTalk 2008, the social software conference

BlogTalk 2008, the 5th International Conference on Social Software, has today published its call for proposals for the event which will be held in Cork, Ireland on the 3rd and 4th of March next year.

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The event is being chaired / co-chaired by Thomas N. Burg, founder of BlogTalk and a social software expert, Jan Schmidt, co-organiser of the previous BlogTalk event and now a senior researcher at the Hans Bredow Institute, yours truly, and Tom Raftery, social media consultant, blogger and podcaster.

BlogTalk 2008 will be of interest to developers, practitioners and academics, and aims to provide a cross-disciplinary forum for the discussion of social software ideas, visions, prototypes and use cases.

Previous events in the series were BlogTalk Vienna, BlogTalk 2.0, BlogTalk Down Under, and BlogTalk Reloaded, and featured prominent speakers such as David Weinberger, Rebecca Blood, Mark Bernstein, Mena and Ben Trott, Matt Mullenweg, Suw Charman and Danah Boyd.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, send an e-mail to blogtalk2008@gmail.com.

Facebook’s UK visitor count jumps by 366% in six months

The social networking site Facebook increased its total unique visitors in the UK by 366% in the six months from January 2007 to July 2007, according to figures from ComScore. During the same timeframe, the other top 10 social media sites operating in the UK increased their numbers of unique visitors by between 25 and 63%.

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The figures show that the popular US site Facebook had 7.6 million UK visitors in July, compared with 1.6 million in January. Bebo‘s visitors increased by 63%, MySpace‘s by 25% and Google’s Blogger property showed an increase of 30% during this period.

Other fast growers (with over 75% increases) in the top 100 UK social media sites during this period include Gottabet (up by 1539%), Fanpop (up 595%), AGLOCO (442%), Zimbio (387%), OUOU (322%), Technorati (203%), Gaia Online (177%), MOG (172%), IMEEM (131%), LinkedIn (123%), SoundPedia (106%), Buzznet (103%), boards.ie (87%), del.icio.us (84%), orkut (83%), WeWin (79%), and Roiworld (77%), and Multiply (75%).

(Thanks to Damien Mulley for his help with the figures.)

Welcome to Technology Voice…

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Technology Voice is a new news site that aims to bring you the latest views, reviews and interviews from the world of social media and social software. We are coming from a European perspective, but we will provide global coverage of social media developments.

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