Web Crossing Inc. has announced WebCrossing Neighbors 2.0, with video support, new Neighbors Networks functionality, and more. New video support in version 2.0 is designed to allow WebCrossing Neighbors administrators to create a video repository for their members on site, or to integrate with an external video repository service. A new feature set for Neighbors Networks allows members to discover and network with others of like mind or shared interests. A new business card member option allows visiting members to participate in online conversations with an abbreviated profile instead of a personal space with content.
Companies and organizations can let members post video content using one of two new video options. WebCrossing Neighbors 2.0 administrators can create integrated video spaces on the system in which members upload, manage, and publish their own videos. Alternatively, administrators can provide video through integration with the Photobucket service, where members can upload and manage their videos, and then embed an HTML link to their Photobucket video within their journals, discussions, and groups. WebCrossing Neighbors 2.0 introduces a set of features for new Neighbors Networks. A Neighbors Network consists of a subset of members who are on the same WebCrossing Neighbors social network site who have something in common. Neighbors Networks gives members a way to streamline their social network experience and meet people with whom they already share an interest. Neighbors Networks can be created around commonalities such as geographical region, vocation, avocation, etc. Neighbors Networks provide instant connection with other members, distributed email to other Neighbors Networks members, calendars shared by other network members, the ability to read and post to community forums using email, automatic welcome and help email, and more.
WebCrossing Neighbors 2.0 also introduces a new subscriptions manager feature designed to allow members to change their own subscriptions, with more refined detail for how they want to be notified of activity in journals, community discussions, or Neighbors Networks. A new "digest" option has been added, letting members choose to receive a daily digest of activity in their space, friends' spaces, and community groups. A new bookmarks feature lets members mark a place of interest to visit later. New support for Google AdSense lets sites add text-based advertising, which is relevant to the proximate content. WebCrossing Neighbors IM and Chat support Unicode (UTF-8) so that members can use two-byte non-Roman languages, such as Japanese. WebCrossing Neighbors is available immediately as a server hosted package for maximum uptime, priced based on traffic and member storage capacity starting at $195/month.