Tag: Web 2.0


Angels & Airwaves: Changing The Music Industry Through Social Media

Angels & Airwaves, the band, led by front man Tom DeLonge (of blink-182 fame) is on the forefront of revolutionizing the music industry.  According to DeLonge, he wants to change the way music is made, marketed and delivered.  And he is definitely on the right track.  On the release of their second album (I-Empire) back in November 2007, DeLonge launched his band’s new website which is called Modlife.  Modlife is a subscription based social network, but includes perks which you will not find in other social networks such as MySpace or Facebook such as the ability to interact with the band via chat rooms (modblast) and live video casts (modcams).  Additional content such as band podcasts, blogs, and exclusive video and photo content is also available.

Since the launch of Modlife, DeLonge has brought in a number of bands to the site and providing each new band with the same feature capabilities (chat rooms, live video casts, exclusive content).  Which leads us to the question – will Modlife turn into the one stop shop for bands who want to interact and communicate with their fans?  It very well could be and I would bet that is what Tom DeLonge has in mind.  Perhaps even going as far as Modlife sponsored tours is a possibility.

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TechCrunch’s Super Secret Spy Subdomain

Earlier today, TechCrunch Co-editor, Erick Schonfeld made a blog post about his issues with Firefox 3.5.  However, in that blog post, he posted a screenshot (see below) which included a tab labeled “TechCrunch Spy”.  Purposely or not, it stirred some discussion in the comments.  Thinking it would be too obvious (I tried it anyway), and I typed spy.techcrunch.com into my address bar, and sure enough, a password protected web page appeared.  So what is this TechCrunch Spy?

I have a couple of guesses (both speculative – right after the jump)

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Digg’s New Dupe Detection Fails

Today, Digg launched their new dupe detection system.  However, there is one slight problem – it doesn’t seem to be working.  As you can see in the screen shot below there are two stories on the Digg front page covering the exact same topic – the new dupe detection system.  Ironic isn’t it?


So is it really working? Are the kinks fully worked out? Apparently not. The first story listed (which isn’t from the Digg blog itself) was submitted approximately 8 minutes before the Digg blog article but did not hit the front page first. Is Digg just playing favorites here or is the system not working?

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