Liz Gannes

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Bebo–Still Big in the U.K.!–Redesigns

Bebo, the social network bought and sold by AOL, still has 10 million monthly unique visitors, with an average user age of 17 and lots of them in the U.K..

Tonight the Criterion Capital Partners-owned site is launching a redesign, with massive innovations like “Emotion Markers to mark a feed item as Cool, Funny, Sorry, or OMG; replacing those boring and vague ‘likes’ you might be used to on other services,” as well as overlay boxes that replace additional page views when navigating the site, and improved feeds and notifications.

What’s different about Bebo? Primarily, its customizable skins and designs, and its restricted default privacy settings, both catering to its younger user demographic. It also has a deal in the U.K. to offset mobile data charges, which as you can imagine is quite endearing.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald