Social Media and Communities

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

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

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