Social Media and Communities

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

Grouply has added a new set of customization and branding features to its service. The new features are aimed at small business owners and nonprofits to help augment their social media groups with web design elements and rich media.

Posted Mar 23, 2010

News aggregation service Newser announce the launch of Newser By Users, a new service that gives readers the tools to find, summarize, and post stories that reflect their specific interests.

Posted Mar 18, 2010

HootSuite released a version of its twitter client for Google's Android mobile platform. HootSuite also announced plans to acquire Swift App, the company behind the development of its Android client.

Posted Mar 18, 2010

A new research tool developed by Emory University researcher Julie Gazmararian aims to help healthcare professionals improve their health literacy programs.

Posted Mar 16, 2010

Content management software (CMS) provider pTools added new features to its CMS that allow users to update Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media sites through the CMS interface itself.

Posted Mar 16, 2010

Thing Labs, Inc., the company behind Twitter and Facebook reader Brizzly, introduced a new feature called Brizzly Guide.

Posted Mar 16, 2010

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

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