Social Media and Communities

Sometrics, a company that specializes in making virtual currencies for video game worlds, has closed on a round of Series B funding with Steamboat Ventures.

Posted Oct 20, 2009

Online social media monitoring company Scout Labs, Inc, has closed a funding round that, according to an SEC filing, is worth upwards of $4 million.

Posted Oct 20, 2009

Springer launched TheNeuroNetwork.com, a free professional networking site specifically for the fields of neuroscience, neurology, psychology, and other related fields.

Posted Oct 16, 2009

The recent valuation of Twitter came in at approximately a billion dollars, according to news reports. It's a big figure based on a lot of other numbers: monthly visitors to the site, the daily number of tweets, repeat usage, and-most critically-the extraordinarily rapid rise of all those statistics in such a short time. The one thing we know for sure is Twitter's profit margin: zero.

Posted Oct 09, 2009

Socialcast, a provider of enterprise microblogging software, released Social Business Intelligence, a proprietary suite of deep analytics that gives insight into microblogging activity inside a company's existing Socialcast network

Posted Oct 09, 2009

MaYoMo (Map Your Moments), a video-centric social network for mobile citizen journalists, has announced the full version of its site.

Posted Oct 06, 2009

In early June 2009, General Motors declared bankruptcy and launched a new "re: invention" initiative to engage with the public and share the ways that the company would emerge leaner and prepared to succeed.

Posted Sep 30, 2009

For social network junkies-and companies that rely on sites such as Twitter and Facebook to interact with clients-Aug. 6 was a bleak day. A massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack targeting a single pro-Georgian blogger drastically slowed or stopped five major sites: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LiveJournal, and Fotki.

Posted Sep 30, 2009

Clarabridge, a developer of text mining software, has announced the release of Clarabridge Social Media Analysis (SMA).

Posted Sep 29, 2009

Twitter has completed a $100 million funding round, becoming the first American digital media company to collect such a sum in the past year and a half, the National Venture Capital Association reports.

Posted Sep 29, 2009

It's not news that magazines are anorexic, newspapers are dropping in droves, and industry leaders are calling for everything from forbidding the use of headlines for linking to putting up pay walls around anything and everything. It feels frantic, even desperate.

Posted Sep 28, 2009

CorteraTM has debuted Cortera Credit ExchangeTM, a new online service that blends business credit report data with user reviews and ratings from companies' business partners to provide more transparency into the payment and credit behavior of public and private businesses.

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Partnerpedia has announced that its Private Networks online partner community will be integrated with Twitter in order to allow content syndication and Business-to-Business social networking.

Posted Sep 25, 2009

PBworks has announced a Social Collaboration Update for PBworks Project Edition and Legal Edition.

Posted Sep 25, 2009

Mzinga announced that it has completed a round of financing, raising $10 million that it intends to use to strengthen its overall financial position and increase investments in sales and marketing.

Posted Sep 25, 2009

As SLA examines what info pros are valued for within their organizations, it has become clear that the value of info pros is our ability to provide strategic information when, where, and how it is needed. It's not what we know or what we do with what we have access to-it's that we can add value to the entire decision-making process.

Posted Sep 16, 2009

The Blob is back. Here comes that oozing, amorphous, alien life form known for swallowing everything in its path: AOL.

Posted Sep 15, 2009

Based on the online community software market's twofold growth in size in 2008, IDC is predicting that the U.S. online community software market will grow from $278.4 million in 2008 to $1.6 billion in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate of 41.8%.

Posted Sep 15, 2009

Can social software consistently bring real ROI?

Posted Sep 14, 2009

RightNow has signed a definitive agreement to acquire HiveLive, Inc., a social platform provider.

Posted Sep 11, 2009

We are living in the conversation age, where one-way communication is no longer enough. Savvy consumers with infinite choices across the web expect interaction and engagement, and those who can't deliver will find themselves at the end of the line. In this excerpt of the book 18 Rules of Community Engagement, the author delivers insights gained during 2 years of experimenting with a variety of approaches in community building.

Posted Sep 10, 2009

If you've ever wondered why Googling "healthy eating recipes" while sitting on the couch in your pajamas leads to an inbox jam-packed with emails from every health and diet website known to man, then I have two words for you: behavioral targeting.

Posted Sep 10, 2009

EContent editor Michelle Manafy interviews Charlene Li, co-author of Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies. They discuss leveraging social strategies in and outside organizations--and for search in particular. They also talk about Li's forthcoming book on Open Leadership and how understanding how open your organization should be (and achieving the right degree of openness) will determine its chances for success in the future.

Posted Sep 09, 2009

EContent editor Michelle Manafy interviews Charlene Li, co-author of Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies. They discuss leveraging social strategies in and outside organizations--and for search in particular. They also talk about Li's forthcoming book on Open Leadership and how understanding how open your organization should be (and achieving the right degree of openness) will determine its chances for success in the future.

Posted Sep 09, 2009

Yahoo! has introduced Meme, a Twitter-style microblogging service, the company's latest attempt at a social networking product.

Posted Sep 04, 2009

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