FaceBook Cool App: My Hebrew Name

We know that facebook just got a big investment from Microsoft see here:

Microsoft will take a $240 million equity stake in Facebook during its next round of financing, valuing the company at a whopping $15 billion.

Why? because facebook is the first operating system that allow ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) to write applicaitons that use social context. Here is one example that made me smile.
Hebrew Names. Allow you to simply send your name and get a picture of your Hebrew name. Try it.

MetaverseLabs to Participate in IBM led Interoperability Alliance

From Virtual Worlds News (see full item)

After all the about IBM’s secrecy surrounding the meeting

it organized to set standards for virtual worlds, Emerging Technology and Standards Senior Technical Staff Member Peter Haggar wanted to set the record straight. Haggar was one of the leaders at IBM for the summit and helped organize it from the beginning. That makes him the target for some of the ire over perceived exclusions from the conversation. But that was never the intent. “The meeting was definitely a kick the tires type meeting to see if the idea of interoperability had legs,” Haggar explained. “The invite list, there were companies and organizations that you could say we should have invited. But we didn’t because we couldn’t include everyone. And we didn’t think we could have a productive meeting with 300 people there. We wanted a small meeting with key members and a broad representation of the industry. Now that we’ve had the meeting and are moving forward, we are in the process of creating, probably the best word is an alliance among the industry to start looking at it and figuring out what the best standards will be. That will be open to everyone.” After all the about IBM’s secrecy surrounding the meeting it organized to set standards for virtual worlds, Emerging Technology and Standards Senior Technical Staff Member Peter Haggar wanted to set the record straight. Haggar was one of the leaders at IBM for the summit and helped organize it from the beginning. That makes him the target for some of the ire over perceived exclusions from the conversation. But that was never the intent. “The meeting was definitely a kick the tires type meeting to see if the idea of interoperability had legs,” Haggar explained. “The invite list, there were companies and organizations that you could say we should have invited. But we didn’t because we couldn’t include everyone. And we didn’t think we could have a productive meeting with 300 people there. We wanted a small meeting with key members and a broad representation of the industry. Now that we’ve had the meeting and are moving forward, we are in the process of creating, probably the best word is an alliance among the industry to start looking at it and figuring out what the best standards will be. That will be open to everyone.” More info.

IBM TV — Archive Episode — Adventures in Second Life

http://youtube.com/v/Hj5RFGPbnl8

Meet Joe Washington’s avatar and find out how IBM software is bringing social computing capabilities like Second Life and MySpace to the business world. Get the latest on the IBM Impact 2007 event and IBM Rational Software Development Conference. Tune into better quality management for software delivery and a lot more. See more at: http://www.ibm.com/software/info/ibmtv

Note: this is an interesting use of the metaverse that connect real products, services, etc. You will get a review of some new products, and how to learn about them, almost mainstream use.