Social Media and Communities

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

Scientists at University College Dublin (UCD) have developed a system intended to improve the helpfulness of online customer reviews, and have been awarded a distinguished paper award at the British Computer Society's annual Artificial Intelligence Conference for their efforts.

Posted Dec 22, 2009

OneForty, Inc., has raised $1.6 million in funding, according to an SEC filing.

Posted Dec 22, 2009

EPiServer has added an integrated ecommerce platform to its existing web content management and community platform.

Posted Dec 15, 2009

In response to the increasing use of Twitter by commercial users, the popular social networking site is beginning to experiment with some business-specific features.

Posted Dec 15, 2009

Social media developer LivingSocial released an app for the iPhone that gives users access to daily coupon offers based on participation, and allows restaurants and other stores to promote their business through LivingSocial's community.

Posted Dec 11, 2009

Blogtronix has announced a change to its pricing structure, anticipating the release of Blogtronix version 3.5 and Blogtronix Micro.

Posted Dec 08, 2009

The LinkedIn social network is now open for modification with the launch of the developer.linkedin.com website.

Posted Dec 01, 2009

Dow Jones & Co., Inc. has released two online tools geared toward streamlining business operations.

Posted Nov 24, 2009

Microsoft and LinkedIn announced that the upcoming Microsoft Office 2010 will feature integration between the LinkedIn professional social network and the Microsoft Outlook program, letting users manage LinkedIn connections and send messages directly from their Outlook inbox.

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Enterprise cloud computing company Salesforce.com unveiled Salesforce Chatter, a secure enterprise collaboration application and social development platform.

Posted Nov 20, 2009

Twitter is releasing, on a limited trial basis, a "retweet" button that allows users to forward tweets to their followers more easily.

Posted Nov 10, 2009

According to a study by Palo Alto Networks, the use of social networking and collaborative applications for business purposes has increased dramatically in the past 6 months.

Posted Nov 10, 2009

The creators of Peek, a mobile email device, are releasing a purpose-built device designed solely for use with Twitter.

Posted Nov 06, 2009

You would be hard pressed to find a company where the bulk of employees are not on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook—likely all three and possibly many more. As organizations begin to grasp how to make social media tools part of an effective business strategy, many are developing specific guidelines for how employees can use—or not use—social media, both in the workplace and at home. Some, though, are doing it more successfully than others; recently, The Washington Post garnered criticism when its social media policy, which many perceive as draconian, was released.

Posted Nov 06, 2009

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