Social Media and Communities

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, 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, 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, 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

XING announced the acquisition of amiando, a Munich-based provider of online event management and ticketing services in Europe. The company has organized and processed some 100,000 events through its platform since 2009. The acquisition price comprises a number of components. XING AG will initially pay EUR 5.1 million, followed by an additional payment of up to EUR 5.25 million on March 31, 2013, if various conditions are met.

Posted Dec 14, 2010

Copia book clubs have gone virtual, allowing members to read each others thoughts in the margins of their ebooks and to create discussions online about the books they are reading. Readers can share thoughts, highlight important or moving passages, recommend books, and engage with their peers and community in a digital manner.

Posted Dec 09, 2010

LivingSocial announced a $175 million investment from Amazon, as well as an additional $8 million investment from Lightspeed Venture Partners. According to the company, LivingSocial will use this investment to maintain its worldwide growth efforts and overall business growth.

Posted Dec 07, 2010

LinkedIn is adding a share button, which lets publishers more easily spread their content on the service and helps users share content with a professional network. Publishers will be able to choose from between three varieties of share buttons, two of which include a counter to track its popularity.

Posted Dec 02, 2010

Gnip and Twitter have partnered to make Twitter data commercially available through Gnip's Social Media API. Through this partnership, Twitter will sublicense access to public tweets, which Gnip reports is in response to the demand for better monitoring and analytics tools aimed at Twitter.

Posted Nov 22, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti. Michael Jackson died. Social media the new buzz for business. Have you heard about these? Or do you currently reside under a rock? Okay, these things don't share the same importance, but there was no avoiding these news items in the past year or so. Given my better known name, Social Steve, I guess it is pretty obvious which one of these headlines I'll be looking at here.

Posted Nov 22, 2010

Who you know has pretty much always been as important as what you know in business. Today it is not only important; it is essential and highly visible. Your network will help you get a job, advance within your profession, and solve day-to-day dilemmas. In fact, on a personal level, your social network may make or break you in any of these situations. However, the social network is no longer something that affects us only on a personal scale. Today, organizations that do not grasp the importance of social interaction risk their viability.

Posted Nov 22, 2010

Yahoo! launched the Yahoo! Contributor Network, a platform for people to publish creative content. Based on Yahoo!'s Associated Content service, the company reports that this new platform will showcase contributions from more than 400,000 writers, photographers, and videographers.

Posted Nov 18, 2010

On Monday, Facebook revealed the details of its rumored "Project Titan," a communication project that was speculated to be a rival to Google's popular Gmail service. The service, which will exist within Facebook itself and give users the option to acquire a email address, seeks to combine several different forms of communication into one interface, including SMS, email, and instant messaging.

Posted Nov 16, 2010

GroupMe, a New York-based company that is developing a group texting system for cell phones, completed a $9 million funding round led by Khosla Ventures. Previous investors First Round Capital, Betaworks, Lerer Ventures, and SV Angel also participated in this round.

Posted Nov 11, 2010