Remember that time Apple tried to make a social network totally based on music and called it Ping? You're not alone: most people don't. But they did, and we predicted it would fail. That social network is shutting down as of September 30.
That didn't take long. We're on day two of Apple's Ping and it's already showing the telltale signs of a social network being dirtied up. It doesn't take long for prospectors to spot a potential gold mine, and by "prospectors," of course, I mean no good dirty spammers.
Call me a cynic, but I can't imagine that Apple's new, ambitious social network Ping is going to take off. Built into iTunes and the iTunes Store iPhone app, it's designed to let you share what music you're enjoying with your friends while also following your favorite musicians.
Well now, this is pretty big: iTunes 10 is getting its own mini social network called "Ping," and will toss in crazy features such as friend lists, social music discovery, concert listings, artists' pages and more.
I have a couple of friends who send out hundreds Tweets or Facebook updates every day. You probably know the type, the ones who think you really want to know every time they're crossing the road, or taking the dog...