Social Media and Communities

Calcey Technologies, the company behind social media monitoring tool Xaffo, announced two new updates for the program. The first update helps businesses obtain more brand-centric social media analytics allowing users to create brand names within Xaffo to manage web and social media properties under that brand.

Posted Aug 13, 2012

WRAPmail, a provider of branded email delivery and marketing platform, announced it has partnered up with Market Leverage Digital Agency. WRAPmail will use Market Leverage to launch social media marketing campaigns in an effort to expand the company's business base to social sites. Market Leverage will be able to use the company's tracking ability to measure effectiveness of the marketing campaigns.

Posted Aug 13, 2012

The Huffington Post Media Group announced the launch of HuffPost Live, the site's live streaming network. Starting today, anyone with a smartphone, a tablet, or a webcam has the chance to join the conversation happening on HuffPost Live.Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group said in a press release, "The news is no longer about a few people telling everyone else what happened - it's about everyone telling everyone what's happening right now. And now. And now... This shift from presentation to participation is what fuels HuffPost Live."

Posted Aug 13, 2012

Since Facebook became a publicly traded company, one big issue investors have had concerns about revolved around making money off the mobile version of the company's site. According to Computer World, Facebook will be testing a new ad system for the mobile site and requesting app developers to assist with the beta test.

Posted Aug 09, 2012

Social media company, LinkedIn, released its second quarter earnings last week and the company's revenue numbers were up, according to Business Insider. LinkedIn took in a total of $228 million in revenue, compared to $121 million during the same quarter last year. The advertising revenue grew from $38 million during the second quarter of 2011 to $63 million during the second quarter of 2012.

Posted Aug 08, 2012

RteamKZ announced the company has launched a more advanced website search tool for the company's search website, PDF Search Books, to make the process of searching for ebooks quicker. The company saw the need to improve the search feature with the number of ebook offerings growing as well as an expanded customer base.

Posted Aug 08, 2012

The New York Police Department plans to subpoena Twitter to release the name and information of the user who threatened to attack a New York theater. According to ABC News, the user wrote how he or she would attack the theater in a similar manner to how James Holmes killed 12 people during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises. While the NYPD had asked Twitter to hand over the information, the social media company has so far refused.

Posted Aug 08, 2012

Vodka maker, Smirnoff, faced an advertising complaint in Australia after users left comments on the company's Facebook page that depicted "obscenity, sexism, racism, and depictions of irresponsible drinking." The complaint was put before the Advertising Standards Board (ASB), Australia's governing body which ensures advertisers to ensure that ads are truthful and respectful.

Posted Aug 08, 2012

Amazon announced the company has released its first game for Facebook called Living Classics, according to Forbes. The game will feature characters from classic literature and is free to play. Amazon believes its users will enjoy the social aspect of it.

Posted Aug 07, 2012

Finland-based company Fluid Interaction announced the release of a new app called twheel. With this app, iPhone users will be able to change the interface to be visualized as a rotating wheel, offering a game-like interface for Twitter. The app will display the most relevant data with visual pop-outs such as colors and form deviations.

Posted Aug 07, 2012

Brooklyn based Huge, Inc. announced the launch of a new platform for authors to connect with fans called Togather. According to The Next Web, authors using Togather will have the opportunity to book talks, signings, and lectures based on demand set by fans. Authors will let the public know when they are available to talk and users will propose an event.

Posted Aug 06, 2012

While criticism of Olympic coverage is nothing new, UK journalist Guy Adams has been especially hard on NBC's coverage and used Twitter as the outlet. In one tweet, Adams posted the corporate email address of Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics, so followers could email him with their displeasure. Adams later found that his Twitter account had been suspended.

Posted Aug 02, 2012

Digital marketing software company, Kenshoo, announced new impression-level measurement capabilities through its Kenshoo Social program across Facebook Premium and marketplace ads. With this new innovation, the company says the impression-level measurements will help marketers determine the full impact of Facebook ads on consumers.

Posted Jul 31, 2012

Facebook's Q2 earnings report, which was detailed in a presentation today, was strong -- more than most companies could dream of -- but that didn't satisfy Wall Street. The company earned $992 million in ad revenue (a 28% increase), and is somehow still growing its user base, which is up to 955 million monthly active users. Still, the company reported a quarterly loss of $157 million. Overall, though, revenue exceeded expectations at $1.18 billion.

Posted Jul 26, 2012

The other day, a former colleague was walking me through the introductory Power Point slides he uses to pitch his firm's social media marketing services and the first slide read something like "social media is content, technology and eyeballs." Naturally I balked at such an assertion. What about communities and social networks? "Content, technology and eyeballs" actually describes all visual communications media - from print to TV to digital. It doesn't explain what makes social media so different from other communications media or why it's especially challenging to harness for brand marketing objectives.

Posted Jul 26, 2012

QuestBack, an enterprise feedback management and social CRM company, announced the debut of Listen & Act, a social engagement tool allowing organizations to turn social media messages into actionable dialog. With Listen & Act, the company says businesses will be able to go through social media messages, view levels of influence, and utilize engagement tools to create unique experiences for customers.

Posted Jul 25, 2012

The June 2012 Triton Webcast Metrics report was released and it shows that the audience for internet radio service Pandora is growing. According to PR Newswire, Pandora had a weekly cumulative audience increase of 6% from March of 2012 to June 2012 in the adult 18-49 demographic. With the amount of total listeners in that demographic, it ranks Pandora as the largest radio network in the US.

Posted Jul 23, 2012

Scope eKnowledgeCenter announced the newest version of ConSCIse, which generates abstracts and keywords for scholarly literature. According to the company, ConSCIse has the ability to extract keywords from the document based on sophisticated statistical linguistic rules and will then take sentences from the document to form the abstract.

Posted Jul 19, 2012

Audingo, a social media company that allows users to interact with celebrity personalities and organizations, announced it has acquired $3 million in angel funding. With this funding, the company will begin its next phase of development which will expand the platform nationwide. Currently, Audingo is in a pilot plan where the service allowed users to interact with a limited number of celebrity personalities and organizations but the company will be looking to expand its reach.

Posted Jul 18, 2012

Cloud-based sales company, SAVO Group, announced the arrival of SAVO TeamsTM, a purpose-built social collaboration app specifically developed for the social behaviors of sellers. The company believes with this new app, companies will be able to accelerate sales cycles and also increase win rates.

Posted Jul 17, 2012

LinkedIn announced the debut of two new features for the company's social news product, LinkedIn Today. According to the company's blog, the first new feature will allow users to "like" and comment on news articles. With this feature, LinkedIn believes it will allow "professionals to engage and create a dialogue around the news headlines that matter the most to them." The company says this will give users in the industry a way to continue a conversation with other professionals in that industry.

Posted Jul 16, 2012

A new social website targeting the fashion community, Chicisimo, made its official launch on July 11, 2012. The goal of the site is for fashionistas from around the globe to come together, share fashion ideas and connect with their favorite clothing brands. Users will be able to upload photos, provide feedback to other users on outfits, and earn "flowers" or virtual awards.

Posted Jul 11, 2012

In an effort to be more open about how user information is shared, Twitter announced the company's first Twitter Transparency Report. According to the company's blog, "the primary goal of this report is to shed more light on: government requests received for user information, government requests received to withhold content, and DMCA takedown notices received from copyright holders."

Posted Jul 03, 2012

Looking to enhance the interactive experience for users, Twitter announced the launch of Twitter cards on the company's blog. Twitter is looking to give "developers and publishers a way to tell richer stories on Twitter, directly within Tweets and drive traffic back to their sites." Twitter cards are a snap shot of a news article that gives a headline, the first few lines and a picture, along with a tweet.

Posted Jul 02, 2012

There is no doubt that the folks over at Flipboard have created a great product and business model for themselves and their investors. It's really almost as simple as the Google model. Create a technology that grabs "other people's content" and assemble it in a new way that the consumer desires and then monetize the heck out of it. Do all of this in the name of a noble mission to truly help provide the content providers with a new way to drive sales and profits and give consumers/readers what they want. This is magical from a P&L standpoint because companies like Google and Flipboard have no content or editorial costs in their business model. Use third party free content and make huge money in the assembly and showcasing of this content.

Posted Jun 29, 2012