Social Media and Communities

Social media often gets a bad rap as the place where self-involved people go to bore their friends-and sometimes complete strangers--with the mundane details of their day, but recently it helped me save my dog's life.

Posted Jan 22, 2013

TEMIS, a provider of semantic content enrichment solutions, is announced the Luxid Community Platform will be going into open beta this month. The Luxid Community Platform is an online collaboration platform where semantic content enrichment practitioners can meet their peers, exchange best practices, share information extraction components, and accelerate their projects. TEMIS will unveil the Luxid Community Platform in four dedicated events in New York, Berlin, Paris, and London starting January 29, where TEMIS customers and partners will be invited to join the platform and help further shape its directions.

Posted Jan 17, 2013

Nimble, a social relationship management platform, announced a new set of business productivity apps -- including Zapier, FreshDesk and Import2 -- has been added to the growing Nimble Apps Marketplace. Nimble empowers business teams to collectively engage with customers and turn social conversations into business opportunities with its simple web-based solution.

Posted Jan 17, 2013

Facebook put speculators out of their misery nearly a week after inviting members of the press to "come see what we're building" by finally letting everyone in on the secret at today's event. And as it turns out, some of the prognosticators turned out to be right: it's a search engine.

Posted Jan 15, 2013

The rumor mill is in overdrive thanks to a vague invitation from Facebook to reporters to "come see what we're building." The invite went out on Tuesday, and stocks started to rise on Wednesday while speculation ran wild. The event isn't scheduled until January 15, giving the media plenty of time to guess just what it is that Facebook is building -- and unlike an Apple event, it seems that no one actually knows what will be revealed.

Posted Jan 10, 2013

The explosion of digital media launched after the first internet bubble burst ten years ago has given rise to a vast and intricate landscape of technologies each promising to simplify the increasingly complex and fragmented tasks involved in digital marketing. The number of companies in this space is staggering. LUMA Partners has famously mapped technology vendor markets for display, mobile, search, social, and video. Forbes contributor Feinleib recently traced a map of the Big Data market.

Posted Jan 10, 2013

If you live in New Zealand you may have noticed some changes to your Facebook page. According to The Next Web, Facebook is trying out a new single-column design for the much-maligned Timeline. TNW says the new layout has status updates, and other activity appearing only in the left-hand column while the right side of your page is static, which is a small change that many people may not even notice.

Posted Jan 08, 2013

The ability to build online networks has been boosted significantly by social media sites that deliver literally millions of potential prospects to content providers hoping to grow an audience. These sites vastly expedite the process of gaining online momentum requiring much less time and expense than what was required prior to the days of Web 2.0.

Posted Jan 07, 2013

Before I begin this column, you should know that I never play the lottery. In late November 2012, though, I found myself in line with a dozen other people getting ready to purchase a ticket for the Powerball drawing. After all, the jackpot was over $500 million at that point. Forking over a few dollars for the possibility of winning a few hundred million was just too tempting.

Posted Jan 01, 2013

While without a doubt the internet has made it easier to search for jobs-from such general job-seeking sites as Monster.com to more specialized ones such as JournalismJobs.com-it has also, in some cases, made it more difficult for someone to get hired. According to a survey released in April by CareerBuilder, LLC, nearly 2 in 5 companies use social networking sites to research job candidates. And a March survey from Eurocom Worldwide shows that 1 in 5 technology industry executives admit to rejecting an applicant based on his or her social media profile.

Posted Dec 31, 2012

Beginning in 2009 with the massive election protests in Iran, media pundits in the West began heralding a new era of political activism in which young pro-democracy advocates harnessed the power of social media to organize spontaneously to overthrow their oppressors. Aided by western journalists, the term "Twitter Revolution" entered the popular lexicon to refer to the mass demonstrations and uprisings in Iran, Tunisia and Egypt during the period from 2009-2011. In his celebratory piece, "The Revolution Will Be Twittered", the prominent British political commentator Andrew Sullivan declared, "You cannot stop people any longer ... They can bypass your established media; they can broadcast to one another; they can organize as never before."

Posted Dec 27, 2012

If Instagram has you feeling like a professional photographer the news tweaks to its terms of service may have you concerned about your intellectual property. Starting January 16, 2013, the photosharing app will share data with Facebook. How will your data - and your photos - be used?

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Early adopters. In the digital age, they're people like you and me-folks who are among the first to see the possibilities of the "next best thing." We sign up for the latest services, test cutting-edge approaches, and try newfangled electronic devices. If we like what we see, we often become unofficial evangelists, helping to spread the gospel of the "next best thing."

Posted Dec 18, 2012

Liferay, Inc., provider of an enterprise-class, open source portal, announced the launch of Social Office 2.0 Enterprise Edition (EE), the newest version of Liferay's social collaboration solution for enterprise teams. Social Office 2.0 EE, the newest app available in Liferay Marketplace, equips users with a means to collaborate with teams in their business units and to build a social network within their enterprise.

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Ping.it, an Oslo-based web startup, introduces an alternative to information overload and mass content sharing. The new technology lets people send "pings" - relevant content recommendations - straight to designated recipients instead of sharing to a public stream, as in traditional social networks. And unlike e-mail accounts, the Ping.it inbox has no address that can be reached by unsolicited content.

Posted Dec 13, 2012

Last week, Instagram made waves when it pulled its Twitter integration. Now Twitter has introduced its Instagram-like photo editing tools. The tools are available on iPhones and Android devices.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

According to one Huffington Post writer, Facebook's 1 billion user figures may be vastly overstated. Janet Tavakoli says that due to duplicate accounts, straight out fakes, and identity fraud, she estimates the social media giant's use base to be more around the 500 million mark.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Nimble, a social relationship management pioneer now integrates with HootSuite, makers of a social media management system. Now users can connect social media best practices to Social CRM capabilities, such as identifying, connecting and nurturing prospects; businesses can finally "close the loop" on social selling and customer engagement.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

My grandmother used to say three things changed the world after World War II: the atom bomb, the birth control pill, and television. The atom bomb because people recognized that entire countrysides could be devastated in a matter of seconds; the pill because women could control their fertility; and television because people could watch the news unfold in real time. It wasn't just her either: It seems that most historians agree with this premise.

Posted Dec 11, 2012

Wondering why the picture you just took of your lunch and promptly Instagram'd isn't displaying properly on you Twitter feed? Well, according to The New York Times it isn't just a glitch. Instagram - and by extension, Facebook - disabled the ability for photos to display properly on the Twitter site and applications.

Posted Dec 05, 2012

Another potential Facebook competitor has entered the fray. Socl, Microsoft's offering to the social network market, is now in open-beta after originally launching in May. At first glance, it certainly looks different than Facebook, Twitte, or Google+. But it is reminiscent of the visual-heavy Pinterest. But Microsoft describes Socl a bit differently:

Posted Dec 05, 2012

By all measures, 2012 was a boom year for social media. From big acquisitions and huge IPOs to increasing engagement on every screen, social media was omnipresent-growing bigger at every turn.

Posted Dec 03, 2012

Breaking up is hard to do, which may be why Facebook and Zynga have simply opted to "see other people" rather than break off their relationship all together. On November 29, the two companies made regulatory filings that detailed changes to the partnership that has made virtual farming all the rage. In 2010 the companies signed a five year agreement, but they are now cutting it short.

Posted Nov 30, 2012

For every brave soul that posts a comment on a website or blog there are likely hundreds of others simply lurking in the background. Content providers crave interaction and want to encourage discussion, yet many find themselves faced with a dearth of comments, save for perhaps those spammy postings that pop up every once in a while. What can they do?

Posted Nov 30, 2012

"Cyber Monday" may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean America is done with its online holiday shopping. In fact, a recent LivePerson survey found that 63% of shoppers plan to do 50% or more of their holiday shopping online. And this holiday season retailers have relatively new tool at their disposal with sites like the wildly-popular Pinterest.

Posted Nov 28, 2012

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