Social Media and Communities

Visible Technologies, a provider of social intelligence solutions, obtained an investment totaling $6 million, making a total of $45 million of funding secured to date from Investor Growth Capital (IGC), Centurion Holdings, Ignition Partners, In-Q-Tell, and WPP. The funding will reportedly be used to enhance sales and grow the company's international footprint, as social media used by businesses becomes increasingly popular.

Posted Apr 05, 2011

Online reference service Credo Reference is launching a new online community called Libraries Thriving, which provides a space dedicated to communicating the value of libraries and their ability to impact the learning moment. Libraries Thriving helps focus collaboration on the innovative use of e-resources and is free to all members of the educational community, including librarians, educators, researchers, publishers and library vendors.

Posted Mar 31, 2011

CRM vendor Salesforce.com announced that it will be acquiring social media tool developer Radian6 for $340 million, representing $276 million in cash up-front as well as $50 million in stock. $4 million in cash will also go to the founders of Radian6, subject to conditions over the next 2 years. The deal is expected to close by July 31.

Posted Mar 31, 2011

In the past few years, social media has taken the marketing world by storm. The use of networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as advertising tools is transforming the way some companies do business and opening up new horizons in direct marketing, lead generation, and promotion. Social media, however, can also be a tricky business, with social media ROI being difficult to gauge and tie into other more traditional marketing efforts.

Posted Mar 30, 2011

Alfresco Software partnered with Jive Software to combine breed content management and social business software for customers. The two companies are collaborating with Jive consulting partner SolutionSet to create an Alfresco-Jive connector that delivers enterprise-class repository functionality to Jive content while enabling Alfresco content to act as native Jive content.

Posted Mar 29, 2011

The Meltwater Group, a social media and news monitoring company, announced the acquisition of social CRM software JitterJam. The companies plan to focus on creating tools for tracking and engaging customers for marketing, communications, and advertising professionals. The purchase was made for $6 million, and per the terms of the agreement all of JitterJam's employees will be joining Meltwater.

Posted Mar 24, 2011

FaceItPages has unveiled more than 10 new features, giving users additional control over the design of their Facebook pages. FaceItPages, which offers customizable templates for Facebook business pages, routinely adds applications that let businesses manage the branding and look of their content on Facebook, allowing them to create a more personalized, and customer-oriented experience.

Posted Mar 15, 2011

PeerIndex introduced PeerIndex Groups, a way to keep track of groups of people on PeerIndex, which measures a person's online social capital by indexing multiple social platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Quora. The new groups allow users to curate a group of people and easily keep a track of their individual PeerIndexes, along with other metrics.

Posted Mar 10, 2011

AT&T will join many other daily deal sites by offering discounts of the day on its YP.com website. AT&T hopes to be able to leverage its extensive local advertising business to gain prominence among sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. More than 23 million people visit YP.com each month, and AT&T's ad revenue totaled more than $1 billion last year.

Posted Mar 08, 2011

Visible Technologies has enhanced its Visible Intelligence platform, enabling businesses to make more accurate decisions based on data gathered from social media. According to Kelly Pennock, the CEO of Visible Technologies, the new platform "aggregates social media content...enhances it with business focused analytics, and then enables its distribution."

Posted Mar 01, 2011

Socialtext has announced an updated release of its social software platform that focuses on connecting employees with the relevant colleagues, information and systems that drive their business. It aims to deliver analytics that assist IT departments in managing the platform, in addition to an intranet infrastructure that promotes the sharing of information. Employees can use the software to communicate, access content and rich media, and create a personalized intranet homepage called a dashboard.

Posted Mar 01, 2011

DotNetNuke Corp. has acquired Active Modules, one of the providers of ecommerce and social collaboration solutions for the DotNetNuke platform, in order to increase the functionality of DotNetNuke. The acquisition will provide more features to current DotNetNuke users, including the Active Forums, Active Social, and Active Purchase modules.

Posted Mar 01, 2011

All these fancy new communications tools-the telephone in particular-are disruptive and unsettling. Why would anyone want to use the telephone to communicate with clients or customers? That is what letters are for. We do business with our customers like it's been done successfully since our founding. Just tell them to come to our establishment and meet with us directly. Plenty of free sarsaparilla, so come on down! Beginning today, our new companywide policy banning telephones at work will be introduced.

Posted Feb 24, 2011

Social search firm Greplin announced the completion of a $4 million fund-raising round through Sequoia Capital and Peter Chane. Greplin helps users index and search online social media and communication tools, including Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter. Users can authorize the tool to access their accounts, then conduct searches across them.

Posted Feb 17, 2011

TweetDeck, a popular third-party Twitter client, has been purchased by UberMedia-the owner of Echofon, Twidroyd, and UberTwitter, according to TechCrunch.

Posted Feb 15, 2011

Our Energy Policy sought a way to develop a collaborative community around one lengthy document. Bill Squadron, president of OurEnergyPolicy.org, describes the situation by saying, "What we needed to do was find a platform where we could place a proposition in front of a large group of knowledgeable participants in the energy field," to democratize the policymaking process.

Posted Feb 10, 2011

In the emerging real-time business environment, where public discourse is no longer dictated by the mass media, size is no longer a decisive advantage. Speed and agility win.

Posted Jan 28, 2011

Queplix Corp. introduced its new Application Software Blades, integrating three major social media sites with its content. Companies can capture information from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google contacts to link it with corporate data.

Posted Jan 18, 2011

Techlightenment, a U.K.-based provider of social media marketing tools, has been acquired by Experian, the global information services company.

Posted Jan 18, 2011

FuzeDigital announced the release of Fuze SuiteTM 8.0, a platform that silos online communities, customer care technologies, and knowledge base content, and also include a social business platform. The platform is designed to support and engage knowledge sharing among various aspects of a company, including customers, web visitors, staff, and partners.

Posted Jan 13, 2011

Hoover's, Inc. has signed an agreement with LinkedIn to integrate elements of LinkedIn's functionality into Hoover's online business information platform. Hoover's customers will be able leverage existing connections within the Hoover's workflow.

Posted Jan 11, 2011

Twitter announced that it was acquiring the team that developed Fluther, a social question and answer website. The company is bringing aboard four engineers and a designer from the popular site, including Fluther's founders. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted Jan 04, 2011

USA TODAY announced the acquisition of Reviewed.com, a group of 12 product-review websites that provide comprehensive reviews for technology products such as digital cameras, camcorders and high definition televisions. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Company management will continue in their current roles and the company will remain in Boston, Mass.

Posted Jan 04, 2011

AOL has agreed to acquire about.me, Inc., a product that allows people to create a single personal profile page that presents their online identities together in one place, to simplify the social experience across the web. This includes profiles on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, email, personal blogs and more.

Posted Dec 21, 2010

TIME magazine named Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg its 2010 Person of the Year. At 26, he is the youngest since Charles Lindbergh was named in 1927 at the age of 25.

Posted Dec 16, 2010

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