Social Media and Communities

Powered, Inc., has released version 10.1 of its social networking platform.

Posted Sep 04, 2009

Local news company Examiner.com has acquired participatory news network NowPublic.

Posted Sep 04, 2009

I'd like to be bold and boil down thousands of conversations I've had over the past 10 years as well as about 5 years of After Thought columns into one word: attention.Entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business owners want people to pay attention to their companies. Marketers, PR pros, advertisers, and salespeople are on the payroll for one reason: to generate attention. Truth be told, the editor of this magazine, Michelle Manafy, my contributing editor colleagues, and I all want you to pay attention to us.

Posted Sep 03, 2009

I just got busted for referencing a '60s Charlton Heston movie. OK, I get nostalgic. So when I heard an interview in which someone referred to "slugs" in the context of journalism, I felt like I was taking another joyride in the Wayback Machine: Could slugs be alive and well in contemporary journalism?

Posted Sep 02, 2009

Everybody is doing it: "tweeting," that is. Yet like so many other things that are all the rage, Twitter has a bit of a dark side. No, I'm not talking about users who detail their entire day via the microblogging site. Recently, concerns about hacking and "maltweets" have plagued users of the popular free social networking site and others.

Posted Sep 01, 2009

Many businesses budget tens of thousands of dollars a month, or more, for public relations programs but ignore the most effective PR resource in a company's arsenal: its own web site. You have well designed web pages for your customers - you need well-designed web pages for the press as well. Your online pressroom markets your company to the media 24/7. Think about how powerful it is when an editor spotlights your company as the leader in your space or as the source of information regarding a particular technology, product, or industry initiative. But an essential part of getting that kind of coverage requires having a user-friendly press page. What happens when a writer or an editor comes to your site; can she quickly and easily find what she is searching for, or does she move on to one of your competitors to get the needed information?

Posted Sep 01, 2009

The Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has received a $500,000 grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to expand its work bringing free educational content to everyone on the planet.

Posted Aug 25, 2009

Distributed social media company Demand Media and CoverItLive, a live social event software company, have announced a strategic partnership to offer CoverItLive's programming tools to the hundreds of brands and publishers that make up Demand Media's customer base.

Posted Aug 21, 2009

ReallyWho.com has released an eponymous online identity verification service that has brought the public records identity verification technology used by financial institutions to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media websites.

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Web development and content management platform Platforminc has released its Mobile Blogging Tool, which enables users to add text, video, and photos to existing articles and blog entries.

Posted Aug 21, 2009

Demand Media, a provider in distributed social media, announced the availability of Twitter functionality within the company's Pluck social media platform.

Posted Aug 18, 2009

Zendesk announced that it has secured $6 million in series B venture funding.

Posted Aug 18, 2009

Torrance, Calif.-based company RateVoice has launched a new customer rating and review system aimed at making the online review process easier and more affordable for ecommerce businesses.

Posted Aug 14, 2009

Facebook has reached a deal to acquire FriendFeed, a service for sharing online.

Posted Aug 14, 2009

In a new study, user-experience research firm Nielsen Norman Group found that many of the most successful social media initiatives on company intranets start as underground, grassroots efforts led by front-line workers, and which later are officially sanctioned by the enterprise.

Posted Aug 11, 2009

The U.S. Marine Corps has banned social networking sites from its computer network, citing data security risks and the possibility of information leaks.

Posted Aug 07, 2009

Government visionaries filled the The Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the first Open Government & Innovations (OGI) Conference, held July 21-22. Many came from agencies using social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies in new and exciting ways, but there were many more "enthusiasts" who weren't yet allowed to use those same technologies, hoping to hear change will come.

Posted Aug 04, 2009

San Francisco-based RocketOn, Inc. has taken Blerp from alpha to beta with the launch of plug-ins for both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Posted Jul 31, 2009

Twitter is launching Twitter 101, a site designed to share "interesting findings, best practices, steps for getting started, and case studies."

Posted Jul 28, 2009

The XING Partner Ecosystem's new application platform is now available.

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Livestream, with the launch of Twitcam.com, became the first company to offer live streaming video on Twitter.

Posted Jul 24, 2009

SiteJabber, a service that lets consumers review online businesses and Web sites, launched from beta with several new features, including Facebook Connect implementation and the ability to request reviews from the SiteJabber community.

Posted Jul 24, 2009

Alacra announced the addition of two new social media features to its free Alacra Pulse site.

Posted Jul 24, 2009

The National institutes of Health (NIH) and Wikimedia, the nonprofit that runs Wikipedia.org, have collaborated in an effort to increase the availability and quality of health information.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

XING, a European online business network, introduced two new networking capabilities for premium members: file attachment uploads and automatic birthday reminders.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

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