Social networking has opened up amazing new ways to let users share their favorite stuff with their friends, while allowing marketers to see the flow of ideas around a particular online ecosystem. So it’s not surprising that for more than a year, [rumors swirled that Apple was working on some sort of home-grown social network that tied into iTunes][9to5Mac].
I just don’t think we were expecting that when it finally came out this month, we’d be staring at [iTunes Ping].
To say that I’m disappointed in Apple would be putting it mildly. In its current state, Ping is at best a beta product.