Friend discovery: the next big trend in social

Facebook has become the undisputed king of social networking, serving almost 1 billion active users and valued at over $100 billion. Even with this incredible rise, Mark Zuckerberg and many others believe we’re still at the beginning of the social revolution online.

Sonar’s “Here-Now” social network shows Highlight how people discovery is really done

When it launched, the free Sonar app tapped Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare data to see how you were connected to people checked into specific locations. Today, Sonar is adding a slew of new features to build on its promising start, including “Sonar Presence,” which allows the app to run in the background and automatically alert you of interesting people nearby, and “Sonar Status,” which acts like a tweet just for friends nearby.

2012: The year of the App-ocalypse?

In the past week, two high-profile mobile apps were effectively shut down and acquired – Hipster by Aol and Oink by Google. Both had big PR buildups, rave reviews from the tech press, and strong usage from the digerati.