Social Media and Communities

San Mateo-based startup Sharegrove announced that it has been acquired by social networking giant Facebook. Sharegrove is a group chatting client that provides a way for online friends to have private conversations through the web, including sharing of websites and various forms of multimedia. It also featured built-in search functions and Facebook friends list interconnectivity.

Posted Jun 03, 2010

Granicus, a provider of transparency, efficiency, and citizen participation solutions for government, announced the release of the Granicus Open Platform. The new offering hits the market with five new application suites that can be added to Open Platform to streamline government transparency initiatives and stimulate citizen engagement.

Posted Jun 01, 2010

Two-thirds of companies have some sort of social media presence, up from 11% in 2007, according to a report from software security company Clearswift. The report is based on a survey, conducted in January and February 2010, of 1,629 managers and employees in the U.K., the U.S., Germany, and Australia.

Posted May 25, 2010

Online studying social network Grockit completed a $7 million round of funding led by Atlas Venture. Existing investors Benchmark Capital and Integral Capital Partners also participated.

Posted May 18, 2010

Huddle announced that it closed a $10.2 million Series B round of funding led by Matrix Partners, with existing investors Eden Ventures and Huddle chairman Charles McGregor also on the list of participants. Huddle is a cloud computing and collaboration company that counts Procter & Gamble, Disney, and HTC among its customers.

Posted May 18, 2010

A new partnership between INgage Networks and Michigan State University is looking to strengthen the ties between social media research and business practice, bringing innovation from the classroom to the boardroom.

Posted May 13, 2010

Agora Technology, a Houston-based business group, announced the purchase of two webistes, TweepML and Qwitter, that provide external services on Twitter that are not available on the microblogging site's main page. TweepML is an extensible, open standard format that allows users to manage, share, and follow groups of Twitter users.

Posted May 11, 2010

Grouply announced its Grouply on Facebook application, an app that leverages the Facebook Like button to provide personalized, real-time recommendations of relevant Yahoo! Groups, Google Groups, and Grouply Groups to Facebook's 400 million active users.

Posted May 04, 2010

The Washington Post announced the launch of Network News, which integrates Facebook to create a more personalized and social experience for users on The Washington Post's website. Readers can now sign in to the paper's website and use the "like" button to indicate interest in an article and view recommendations from friends.

Posted Apr 27, 2010

Microblogging giant Twitter announced the acquisition of a startup called Cloudhopper that specializes in connecting SMS carrier systems. Cloudhopper had already been partnering with Twitter for the previous 8 months.

Posted Apr 27, 2010

Enterprise cloud computing company entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Jigsaw, a cloud data services company. The combination of Jigsaw and will allow companies to find, purchase, and manage data that is integrated with their CRM apps.

Posted Apr 27, 2010

BLiNQ Media, a social engagement advertising company, announced the beta version of BLiNQ Ad Manager (BAM), a new technology designed to make it easier for big brands to deliver break-through results in social networks. Built on the Facebook Ads API, the technology provides brand marketers and agencies with the ability to manage Facebook social ad campaigns.

Posted Apr 22, 2010

Alfresco Software announced the immediate availability of Alfresco Community Edition 3.3 for download. This release includes integrations with IBM Lotus Social software and a preview of an upcoming Google Docs integration.

Posted Apr 20, 2010

Spredfast, an Austin, Texas-based enterprise social media management system, netted $1.6 million in funding from Austin Ventures. Funds from the Series A round will go toward building the Spredfast brand and business development.

Posted Apr 20, 2010

The Library of Congress will store archived copies of every public Tweet ever sent, beginning with the company's founding in March 2006. The archives will be stored digitally with the intention of preserving Tweets related to important historical events.

Posted Apr 15, 2010

FatWire Software announced two new products, FatWire Community Server and FatWire Gadget Server. These products enable organizations to create personalized and interactive websites for marketing and social networking purposes.

Posted Apr 14, 2010

The percentage of Americans age 12 and older who have a profile on one or more social networking Web sites has reached almost half (48 percent) of the population in 2010, according to the new national survey from Arbitron Inc. and Edison Research, "The Infinite Dial 2010: Digital Platforms and the Future of Radio." This is almost double the level from two years ago (24 percent in 2008).

Posted Apr 13, 2010

TweetUp, Inc., announced a new Twitter marketplace designed to showcase the world's best tweeters and enable them to grow a following. TweetUp is a patent-pending platform that combines the popularity, relevance, and influence of tweets and tweeters with a bid-based marketplace.

Posted Apr 13, 2010

Twitter announced the acquisition of Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. According to the company, Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and released for free through the iTunes AppStore.

Posted Apr 13, 2010

While the U.S. military saw the potential that social networking tools held, its privacy concerns surpassed those of even the most secretive company. After all, broadcasting the status of your top-secret project to a LinkedIn network could have truly disastrous consequences. So when the DoD started thinking about how it could use these Web 2.0 tools to enable communication within the military community, it was that clear that widely used public-facing tools were not going to work for its unique needs.

Posted Apr 09, 2010

Springshare, a Web 2.0 library app developer, announced the addition of an SMS Reference module to its LibAnswers platform. The module enables libraries to receive texted reference questions from their customers, adding text messaging to the other mediums supported by LibAnswers, such as Twitter and the web.

Posted Apr 08, 2010

Facebook acquired the assets of online photo sharing site Divvyshot. As a result, the company will be shutting down as the management team and staff move to Facebook's engineering team to work on Facebook Photos.

Posted Apr 06, 2010

We're living a communications revolution: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Skype, Google Wave, LinkedIn, blogs, forums, chat rooms, wikis. With the explosion of new ways for people to communicate comes debate within companies about how they should be encouraging (or restricting) what employees may use at work. Should there be restrictive use of new forms of communication or should it be used freely?

Posted Apr 05, 2010

The privacy bar keeps moving, and we need to closely monitor these changing mores as we do business. However, it appears that the notion of privacy has not been abandoned altogether.

Posted Apr 05, 2010

LinkedIn announced the launch of the LinkedIn application for BlackBerry smartphones through its website and on BlackBerry App World. The application complements LinkedIn's other mobile offerings for the iPhone and Palm Pre, giving users more choices on how to use LinkedIn away from their offices and computers.

Posted Apr 01, 2010