Social Media and Communities

Guardian News & Media released a WordPress plugin that lets bloggers republish content from on their own sites free of chage. The Guardian news feed plug-in, which was developed using the Guardian's award-winning Open Platform, is the first full-article news feed plug-in to be released by a major publisher.

Posted Jul 08, 2010

A recent comScore survey found that nearly a third of mobile social users used their phones for social networking to the exclusion of all other mobile content. Yet most smartphones go far beyond social networking, offering up secondary features that drive price tags ever upwards. Now, Microsoft and Nokia are bringing to market a series of "social phones" that try to keep the networking but ditch the sticker shock.

Posted Jul 05, 2010

That Facebook is no longer just a way for college students to list their favorite bands is not news to anyone. Businesspeople, politicians, corporations, and civic organizations are setting up profiles and using them as important parts of their marketing and networking campaigns. Dyyno, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based video distribution company, is looking to capitalize on these trends with a new Facebook app designed to integrate a user's online broadcasting efforts into a Facebook profile.

Posted Jul 02, 2010

On May 4, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google planned to begin selling ebooks in June or July with the introduction of the Google Editions. However, in an already crowded and chaotic ebook market, one has to wonder where Google will fit in.

Posted Jul 02, 2010

Local group shopping site LivingSocial announced that it is beginning to expand LivingSocial Deals to an international audience with the opening of its London office and, in the near future, support for the service throughout London's major metropolitan areas. The move was prompted in part by the $44 million in venture funding the company has accumulated this year.

Posted Jul 01, 2010

Socialtext announced a major upgrade to SocialPoint, the connector that lets customers integrate its software platform with Microsoft SharePoint. According to the company, SocialPoint now allows information from SharePoint events to flow directly into the Socialtext activity stream, while also adding rich metadata related to the SharePoint events.

Posted Jul 01, 2010

Locational social networking service Foursquare announced the completion of a round of Series B funding that netted the company $20 million, thanks to participation from Union Square Ventures, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, and new partner Andreessen Horowitz.

Posted Jul 01, 2010

Mzinga announced the general availability of the latest release of its flagship social software suite, OmniSocial. The social software, services, and analytics provider promises new features with the latest version of OmniSocial.

Posted Jun 29, 2010

LinkedIn added several new features and a new interface to its LinkedIn groups, marking the first major update to that aspect of the service since it was rolled out in 2008. In addition to the interface redesign, features include improved browsing, and more intuitive discussion organization.

Posted Jun 24, 2010

CDC Software Corporation announced the availability of CDC Pivotal Social CRM 6.0, the latest version of its customer relationship management (CRM) application. CDC Pivotal Social CRM is designed to help companies identify leads, gather sales intelligence, and improve customer service through social media.

Posted Jun 22, 2010

According to a survey conducted by the Special Libraries Association and Dow Jones, 41% of researchers believe that business decisions based on poor information from the internet are becoming a major problem. The survey concluded that this can lead to negative decisions and missed business opportunities.

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Ingram's Lightning Source Inc. announced an expansion of its work with PediaPress, an organization that provides users with tools to create customized books from wiki content. According to the agreement, Lightning Source will support the PediaPress Create a Book custom book feature on the English language Wikipedia site with book manufacturing and distribution.

Posted Jun 10, 2010

From the dawn of time, man has felt the need to express his feelings by means of communication. Millenniums ago, cavemen shared stories around the fire. But as man evolved, so did his methods of thinking and responding to his society. Now, as marketers face an audience craving viral information, they too must adapt. Conquest Research & Consultancy Ltd., a brand and product research agency, is hoping to help marketing departments with this dilemma.

Posted Jun 09, 2010

Have you ever lain awake at night, wishing for an online forum to debate the merits of Ben Jonson vis-à-vis Christopher Marlowe? If so, ProQuest has the answer to your prayers.

Posted Jun 08, 2010

IT services provider Sogeti announced the debut of the company's new global Mobile Solutions Lab (MSL). The MSL's first round of apps, now available, are now being delivered for free.

Posted Jun 08, 2010

Open Text Corporation, a provider of ECM software, announced an expanded family of social media offerings that will enable businesses to securely apply the value of social media to solve core business challenges, such as improving customer engagement or promoting team productivity.

Posted Jun 03, 2010

San Mateo-based startup Sharegrove announced that it has been acquired by social networking giant Facebook. Sharegrove is a group chatting client that provides a way for online friends to have private conversations through the web, including sharing of websites and various forms of multimedia. It also featured built-in search functions and Facebook friends list interconnectivity.

Posted Jun 03, 2010

Granicus, a provider of transparency, efficiency, and citizen participation solutions for government, announced the release of the Granicus Open Platform. The new offering hits the market with five new application suites that can be added to Open Platform to streamline government transparency initiatives and stimulate citizen engagement.

Posted Jun 01, 2010

Two-thirds of companies have some sort of social media presence, up from 11% in 2007, according to a report from software security company Clearswift. The report is based on a survey, conducted in January and February 2010, of 1,629 managers and employees in the U.K., the U.S., Germany, and Australia.

Posted May 25, 2010

Online studying social network Grockit completed a $7 million round of funding led by Atlas Venture. Existing investors Benchmark Capital and Integral Capital Partners also participated.

Posted May 18, 2010

Huddle announced that it closed a $10.2 million Series B round of funding led by Matrix Partners, with existing investors Eden Ventures and Huddle chairman Charles McGregor also on the list of participants. Huddle is a cloud computing and collaboration company that counts Procter & Gamble, Disney, and HTC among its customers.

Posted May 18, 2010

A new partnership between INgage Networks and Michigan State University is looking to strengthen the ties between social media research and business practice, bringing innovation from the classroom to the boardroom.

Posted May 13, 2010

Agora Technology, a Houston-based business group, announced the purchase of two webistes, TweepML and Qwitter, that provide external services on Twitter that are not available on the microblogging site's main page. TweepML is an extensible, open standard format that allows users to manage, share, and follow groups of Twitter users.

Posted May 11, 2010

Grouply announced its Grouply on Facebook application, an app that leverages the Facebook Like button to provide personalized, real-time recommendations of relevant Yahoo! Groups, Google Groups, and Grouply Groups to Facebook's 400 million active users.

Posted May 04, 2010

The Washington Post announced the launch of Network News, which integrates Facebook to create a more personalized and social experience for users on The Washington Post's website. Readers can now sign in to the paper's website and use the "like" button to indicate interest in an article and view recommendations from friends.

Posted Apr 27, 2010