Social Media and Communities

Social commerce company LivingSocial has closed a $25 million funding round. Investors included U.S. Venture Partners, Grotech Ventures, and Steve Case's Revolution, LLC.

Posted Mar 16, 2010

StatusNet Inc. has launched the StatusNet Cloud Service for public beta.

Posted Mar 11, 2010

Collaboration and communication suite HyperOffice initiated the beta phase of development for its upcoming HyperSynch service, a utility that allows users to ‘push' settings, contacts, and projects between desktop and numerous types of mobile device, including iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile phones.

Posted Mar 11, 2010

From I'm-not-a-crook crooks to the financial thievery of the first decade of this century, the trust between the big institution and the people it purports to serve has eroded. Trust today is a big issue. Earning it—and keeping it—is the Holy Grail of achievement. If you win trust, you gain entry into someone's mind, values, passions, and even their checkbook.

Posted Mar 11, 2010

At the end of 2009, Google announced that (finally) real-time results will be included in Google web search. This means that live updates from sites such as Twitter and FriendFeed, as well as headlines from news and blog posts, will appear within Google search results mere seconds after posting.

Posted Mar 11, 2010

An emerging branch of environmentalism, armed with startup attitude and the analytical framework of behavioral economics, is positing that given the right combination of information, social pressure, and incentives, behavior can be influenced in an environmentally beneficial way. One element of this strategy involves social media, which can exert positive social pressure.

Posted Mar 08, 2010

Today, the influence of our peers has taken on a new guise, through the infinitely expanded sphere of community online. While we are all socially motivated to one extent or another, today, the role of social life extends well beyond the lunchroom, and it is profoundly impacting every aspect of business.

Posted Mar 08, 2010

White-label video publisher thePlatform announced a new social media player at the TV of Tomorrow 2010 show earlier this week in San Francisco.

Posted Mar 05, 2010

Attensity Group announced Attensity Analyze for VoC Community Advantage, the newest product offering in Attensity's Voice of the Customer (VoC) application suite.

Posted Mar 02, 2010

Google has acquired Picnik, an online photo editing site that allows users to edit, share, and print images using any internet browser on any computer platform.

Posted Mar 02, 2010

Google added a host of social networking-oriented features to its free Gmail email service.

Posted Feb 12, 2010

While tempting, it would be a mistake to write off the dire state of the news business as simply a reflection of the general decline in print readership since the rise of the internet or as just another casualty of the recession. The problems run deeper. And to make things worse, the newspaper industry finds itself in this sorry state just as a new generation enters the work force-one with less connection to traditional news media than ever before.

Posted Feb 05, 2010

I used to differentiate between the Old School of Research and the New School whereby one started a research project. Old School info pros like me still catch ourselves framing a research project around what databases we subscribe to. New School info pros head directly to the web.

Posted Feb 03, 2010

In the spring of 2009, Anne Zafian, VP, deputy publisher, children's books, says Simon & Schuster found itself with a "bestselling paranormal young adult series, The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare, whose sales we wanted to support and grow into the summer and beyond." More important, Zafian had a specific target audience in mind: "This is a paranormal series with lots of crossover appeal to adults, and we wanted to specifically target that crossover audience and to incrementally build Cassandra's audience."

Posted Jan 29, 2010

Professional networking site LinkedIn announced a number of new features and updates designed to make it easier to manage connections on the site.

Posted Jan 29, 2010

ProQuest has unveiled a new social network designed to connect researchers, scholars, librarians, and students in the atmospheric science community.

Posted Jan 26, 2010

In September, The Washington Post's senior editor Milton Coleman published guidelines to the paper's staff members about their activities on the internet-while on and off the job. His email to staff said, in part: "Social networks ... can be valuable tools in gathering and disseminating news and information. They also create some potential hazards we need to recognize. When using social networking tools for reporting or for our personal lives, we must remember that Washington Post journalists are always Washington Post journalists." It was the "or for our personal lives" part that created a firestorm for The Washington Post. But its concern about what its staff members-particularly reporters-are saying online is understandable.

Posted Jan 22, 2010

Tara Hunt is on to something when, in her book The Whuffie Factor, she says that today Andy Warhol's saying "everyone will be famous for 15 minutes" has changed to "everyone will be famous to 15 people."

Posted Jan 20, 2010

With the first decade of the new millennium coming to a close, the Webby Awards announced the 10 most influential internet moments of the decade on Nov. 18-finding the websites, technological advancements, and more that have transformed not only the way we live but also the world around us.

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Qualifying the value of something such as "community" is no easy task: What exactly is an online community worth? And how do you measure its effectiveness or know for certain that you are getting a return on your investment when you allocate resources for this purpose?

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Social media developer Mzinga announced a partnership with Kaltura, developer of an open source online video platform.

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Social networking giant Facebook announced the introduction of a program to aid graduate students through a series of academic fellowships in specific fields.

Posted Jan 15, 2010

Visible Technologies, a provider of social media monitoring platforms, announced that it has secured $22 million in a round of funding led by Investor Growth Capital, an arm of Norwegian investment firm Investor AB.

Posted Jan 15, 2010

HootSuite, creator of a popular Twitter client, has raised $1.9 million in funding, according to an SEC filing.

Posted Jan 12, 2010

Social media developer Jive Software announced the acquisition of privately-held, social media monitoring firm Filtrbox.

Posted Jan 08, 2010

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