Social Media and Communities

LinkedIn launched Company Pages, a service designed to help businesses of all sizes attract new customers using professional product and service recommendations. Company Pages help showcase standout products and services on LinkedIn. By making it easy for customers and employees to become brand ambassadors, Company Pages can help a business expand itself through word-of-mouth.

Posted Nov 04, 2010

NewsGator introduced a new software module for its social computing suite, designed to improve information sharing and business results. News Stream for Social Sites 2010 is an optional extension to NewsGator Social Sites 2010 designed to help paid users more effectively collaborate with colleagues.

Posted Nov 04, 2010

Deep Web Technologies entered into a partnership with TechKnowledge, through which Deep Web's core federated search engine will be integrated with TechKnowledge's eLibrary Portal management products. TechKnowledge, based in Dubai, specializes in designing electronic content software for corporate libraries, hospitals, and government agencies.

Posted Nov 02, 2010

Demand Media, Inc., announced that, in a bid to enhance its community moderation offerings, it is releasing a Moderation Services suite in addition to a dedicated Moderation Manager tool. Moderation Services is available now, while Moderation Manager is expected to be made available later this fall.

Posted Nov 02, 2010

HiSoftware Inc., a provider of web content and social computing compliance solutions, released HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff version 4.0, the company's enterprise compliance automation solution. Version 4.0 includes a new compliance performance management console consisting of a scorecard, reports and dashboards; an API for enterprise system integration; and the addition of several out-of-box compliance checkpoints for privacy (HIPAA), accessibility (Section 508, HIPAA), and search engine optimization (SEO).

Posted Oct 28, 2010

Social search is still so new, it can sometimes be hard to get experts to agree on what it is or, more importantly, what it has the potential to be. As even major search engines such as Google and Yahoo! offer social search results and new specialized tools pop up, the face of search may just be changing forever.

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Moreover Technologies, an organization specializing in media aggregation, released Newsdesk 4, a real-time news discovery and sharing service. The product gives users access to a unified portal of millions of daily news articles and other content, with the ability to refine results using multi-faceted search filters.

Posted Oct 26, 2010

Socialcast, a company that develops software to tie together people, information, and applications across the enterprise, announced the immediate availability of Socialcast Reach, an extension to the core Socialcast enterprise microblogging platform. Reach provides in-context views of relevant conversations across critical business systems such as SharePoint, Intranets, ERP, and CRM systems.

Posted Oct 21, 2010

Social shopping site LivingSocial announced the acquisition of social adventure company Urban Escapes. Through the acquisition, LivingSocial will begin offering its 10 million subscribers a host of diverse urban adventures and experiences, produced by a team of on-the-ground experts.

Posted Oct 21, 2010

XING released new iPhone and BlackBerry apps, both of which are now available for free download from their respective mobile app stores. The iPhone app, in particular, now sports an upgraded interface and a number of new features.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

Sharethrough recently closed a Series A equity financing round at $5 million. The round was led by North Bridge Venture Partners and Floodgate.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

United Business Media Ltd. (UBM) acquired OBGYN.net and related properties and assets from Medispeciality.com, Inc. for a total of $0.8 million. This acquisition expands UBM's network of sites aimed at medical professionals and gives the organization access to an audience of online healthcare readers, which UBM reports are in-demand for advertisers.

Posted Oct 19, 2010

The personal nature of the mobile phone, the form factor of the mobile device (small keypad, tiny screen), and the obvious shortcomings of PageRank algorithms play in favor of a new approach to mobile search that puts people back in the equation.

Posted Oct 13, 2010

For almost as long as there have been books, there have been authors trying to get their manuscripts in front of an acquisitions editor. Today, there are many roads that can lead writers to professional publication. While the destination is often the same, new routes are emerging all the time.

Posted Oct 13, 2010

I recently updated the portrait I use on my blog, website, and social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter. Updating my photo got me to thinking about how essential the choice of image is in social media circles. It's amazing how much you can discern about people simply by glancing at the image they choose to represent their online persona. The photo you choose to represent you says a great deal about who you are.

Posted Oct 08, 2010

Attensity, a developer of customer experience management software applications, announced Attensity Respond for Social Media. Attensity Respond for Social Media extends the value of Attensity's platform for social media monitoring and measurement, Attensity360.

Posted Oct 07, 2010

EPiServer launched its EPiServer MobileCenter App for Apple's iPhone and iPad mobile devices. The app is essentially a mobile version EPiServer OnlineCenter designed to give web developers, interactive marketers, and content publishers greater control over their online properties.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Given the rise of social media and socially mediated everything-from sales to customer communication-it might seem rather obvious that content consumers want to interact with information and those who produce it. However, as an old school content producer who still produces print publications, I am painfully aware of a "digital divide" that exists between the way we conceive of content for print and the way it wants to be consumed digitally.

Posted Oct 01, 2010

On September 28, AOL announced the acquisition of two potentially major sources of content for the company, the TechCrunch network of news and information sites and 5min Media, which owns and maintains the web's largest video syndication network. The company also announced its acquisition of Thing Labs, makers of social media tool Brizzly.

Posted Oct 01, 2010

CloudCenter LLC announced the availability of Rainmaker on the Google Apps marketplace. Rainmaker allows Google Apps users to share contacts within a domain, while simultaneously populating Google Contacts(TM) with social data from LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Users can also enhance and share their current contact information using integration with Google Contacts.

Posted Sep 16, 2010

XING released plans to launch a major new media push this fall, in conjunction with the announcement of a handful of new features for its social business platform. Along with a newly revamped design, XING plans to add a number of major enhancements, including improved navigation options and expanded mobile functionality.

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Twitter announced that it would be rolling out a handful of new features and capabilities for its social messaging service. The company will be introducing a new version of the site that features a cleaner timeline and a richer details pane to provide information on individual Tweets, along with the ability to scroll through an unlimited number of Tweets without having to select "More."

Posted Sep 16, 2010

Alterian, a developer of customer engagement technology and solutions, announced the acquisition of Intrepid, an international market research and social media analytics consultant firm. Intrepid is a consulting business with a heavy focus on insights from social media data, which allows social media to be integrated as a core element of mainstream marketing.

Posted Sep 02, 2010

AOL is purchasing locational social networking service Rally Up for an undisclosed amount. Rally Up, which was founded in 2009, develops mobile applications for the iPad and iPhone that allow users to check in to various locations, send messages, and locate friends. The service features a friend feed that lets users share their location or upload text and photos. The service also features integration with Facebook.

Posted Sep 02, 2010

Inmagic released the latest version of Inmagic Presto, an application that enables non-technical business users to create and manage KnowledgeNets, Social Knowledge Networks (SKN) that are tied to a specific business objective. The new version includes enhanced functionality and new features, including discussion forums that facilitate topic-specific collaboration, extended single sign-on (SSO) third-party authentication, and optimization for enterprise installations.

Posted Aug 26, 2010

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