Microsoft, an investor in Facebook, is to begin testing their own version of the wildly successful social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace.
Called Microsoft Vine, the company plans to charge subscription fees in an attempt to make sites such as these viable for profit.
To compensate for the fees, Microsoft will allow public officials to interact with the general public. City officials from Seattle are already willing to participate. Microsoft also said they would offer a free version of the service.