Reporters' Roundtable: New social network battle lines

It's been a big two weeks in social networking. Google+ launched, MySpace got sold, and Facebook launched video chat. To discuss the new landscape, Rafe Needleman talks with Inside Facebook's Josh Constine and MIT Tech Review's Erica Naone.

It's been a big two weeks in social networking. Let's recap:

On June 28, Google launched Google+ , the social network with circles and group video chat.

On July 1, News Corp. sold Myspace to Specific Media and Justin Timberlake .

Also on July 1, Zynga filed to go public .

On July 6, Facebook added Skype-powered video calling and group text chat.

Twitter hasn't been in the news in as big a way, but on July 5, Twitter bought the social analysis company BackType , which is relevant to this discussion

Has the social network landscape changed? Is Google+ that big a deal? What does it all mean?

Our guests today to discuss the redrawn battle lines in social networking are, here in the studio, Josh Constine, lead writer of Inside Facebook. And via Skype, Erica Naone, the social-media editor at MIT Tech Review.

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Some of our discussion points

Let's lay out the social landscape circa 30 days ago.

What's changed? What's the most important change?

Why do the geeks love Google+ so much?

What did Google+ get from Facebook? What did it learn? What took Google so long?

Why did people yawn at the Facebook video announcment?

How important is video to social networking?

Should Facebook be worried?

Discuss the role and importance of Skype

How does Twitter's position change?

Where do Microsoft and Apple play in social networking?

Could Facebook be the next MySpace?

Wrap-up
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