Social Media and Communities

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

JackBe sought a solution that would help consumers have a good user experience with its new product, which was part of the emerging mashup market segment. The company chose to work with Acquia Drupal to launch a community in order to meet the needs of inquiring customers, as well as to give them a gentle and productive introduction to mashups in general and JackBe's solution in particular.

Posted Nov 04, 2009

Social networking is making significant inroads into the business practices of major organizations, not the least of which is improving customer support. Companies are using social media as a tool to allow customers to engage with each other to get their technical and customer service questions answered—impacting traffic to existing customer service and help desk functions and, even more importantly, improving service and cementing relationships in the process.

Posted Nov 04, 2009

The Omaha World-Herald Co. has purchased WikiCity, a community-based social website that provides localized information on events, places, and people in 22,000 U.S. towns.

Posted Nov 03, 2009

Spanish-language media company Univision Media, owners of the Univision television network, partnered with the makers of social web browser Flock to release a customized version of the Flock browser tailored to Univision's portal.

Posted Oct 30, 2009

Open Source microblogging developer StatusNet secured $875,000 in a round of financing that included venture capital groups Montreal Start Up and iNovia Capital, as well as angel investor Oleg Tscheltzoff.

Posted Oct 30, 2009

Indiana University has received more than $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to collaborate on a $12.2 million, seven-university project designed to network researchers around the country.

Posted Oct 27, 2009

Knexus has raised the curtain on its latest integrated social media and rapid learning platform.

Posted Oct 27, 2009

It goes without saying that an online presence is essential for the success of almost any modern media company, whether it's a local institution like a radio or television station or a national brand. Unfortunately, the bewildering array of standards, technologies, and platforms available for content management makes establishing a solid foothold in the digital arena as daunting as it is valuable. With the Oct. 27 release of Spotlight, a video hosting and management platform with social media features, developer Reality Digital is hoping to remove some of that confusion.

Posted Oct 27, 2009

Social software developer Blogtronix announced plans to unveil Blurt It, its upcoming micro-social search platform, at next month's Web 2.0 Expo in New York.

Posted Oct 23, 2009

Google announced that it reached an agreement with Twitter to index the content of its social media site, hours after Microsoft announced similar capability in its Bing search engine.

Posted Oct 23, 2009

Social media analysis company Visible Technologies announced that it will partner with In-Q-Tel, a strategic investment firm launched by the CIA that exists to develop technologies in support of the U.S. intelligence community.

Posted Oct 23, 2009

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

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