Welcome to the Daily 5, our lighthearted look at the business news that amuses us.
Yesterday, social-networking superstar Facebook held its developer conference in San Francisco. To commemorate the event and the introduction of Facebook Connect -- a single sign-in system that's roughly equivalent to Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT ) Passport, but for the social Web -- we take a closer look at social networking generally, and the digital heroin known as Twitter specifically.
Here are five signs that you might be addicted to this (ahem) "micro-blogging" service. Drumroll, please:
5. Your doctor prescribes a daily diet of triple-shot espresso as a relaxant.
4. You actually know a guy named darthvader.
3. Latest entry: "flushing."
2. You binge on Facebook (or MySpace, or LinkedIn) every time Twitter suffers an outage.
And the No. 1 sign that you're addicted to Twitter ... You just changed your middle name to @.
The book on Facebook
Twitter may be extreme, but as a concept, social networking is pure Web -- born of the network effects model that eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY ) pioneered. To us, it's a business tool in the making.
Think about it: There's a thin line between Blue Nile (Nasdaq: NILE ) , The Knot (Nasdaq: KNOT ) , and LoopNet (Nasdaq: LOOP ) and Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. Every one of them is social in some form. MySpace unites music fans; Blue Nile unites the soon-to-be-betrothed. And the big money is betting on both.
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