While on legal matters, there has been an interesting development in the world of Social Media. Facebook has secured a patent related to ‘streaming feeds’, the means by which many social media sites disseminate content. Should Facebook decide to challenge other users of streaming feeds we can prepare ourselves for an interesting time in the Twittersphere in more ways than one.
Of course, in reality patents tend to be used by competitors as bargaining chips rather than roadblocks. So, as the social media giants jostle for position and attempt to fend off the mass of newcomers, we are probably witnessing the beginning of yet another shift in the balance of the Internet.