Facebook Roundup: Le Web, RockYou, Gowalla and More

StribeStartups Present Facebook Integrations at Le Web – European startups Stribe and Tigerlily won first and second places, respectively, at the Le Web startup competition in Paris on December 10.


Stribe lets you add social networking features to web pages, and includes Facebook Connect integration to help kick-start communities. Tigerlily is a tool set that includes contest and quiz widgets to customize a Facebook page, targeted to media companies and large corporations via free and pro versions.

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RockYou Makes Staff Changes —  In an effort to boost its focus on brands at the Facebook app developer and ad network, RockYou made some management changes this week, shifting sales chief Lisa Marino to CFO while executives Ro Choy and Mihir Shah left the company to pursue other social media avenues.

The third-largest publisher on Facebook, RockYou has 52 million monthly active users in the U.S. for such apps as RockYou Live and MyGifts, with a total of 215 million worldwide users.

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Broadcast Your Facebook LocationGowalla has released Mobcast, an iPhone app that allows you to broadcast your location to all or chosen Facebook friends. While the app can constantly broadcast your location to friends, like Google Latitude, but must remain open to do so.

Florida Lawyers and Judges Can’t Be Facebook Friends – News broke this week of a ruling regarding judges’ use of Facebook by the judicial ethics advisory committee of the Florida Supreme Court. The committee ruled that it would “convey the impression” that lawyers who appear before judges were in a special position to influence a judge if the two were friends on Facebook.

Although, the ruling did say judges could post material on their social networking sites, for personal or electoral reasons, as long as it didn’t violate the state’s code of judicial conduct. More on this later.

Friendster bought by MOL Global Pte. Ltd. —  an affiliate of MOL AccessPortal Berhad of Kuala Lumpur , the compan agreed to acquire the social networking site this past week.

The two partnered in October to create Friendster Wallet and a payments platform enabling micro-spending for the 115 million Friendster users and under the new deal the operations of both companies will combine to create Asia’s largest content, distribution and commerce network.

MOL operates and develops and operates payment systems in more than 75 countries worldwide with more than 500,000 payment channels, over 4.5 million transactions per month that process upwards of $200 million dollars a year, according to the company’s web site.