Social Media and Communities

Video-based online community Paltalk has bought back all of its remaining shares from investor Softbank Capital Partners, marking the conclusion of the venture capital firm's investment and exit strategy.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Constructive, a provider of online partner community solutions and creator of Partnerpedia, announced that Yaletown Venture Partners has taken an investment position in the company, and three more industry executives are being added to the Constructive board of directors.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Alterian, an international integrated marketing platform provider, acquired Techrigy, Inc., a developer of social media monitoring and analytics software.

Posted Jul 17, 2009

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a partial response to the first artificial satellite launched by the Soviet Union. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NASA currently focuses on four research categories: aeronautics, exploration systems, science, and space operations. Recently celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2008, NASA continues to be a leader in scientific research, declaring its mission "to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research."

Posted Jul 17, 2009

Collective Intellect, a provider of social media monitoring services for businesses, has raised $3.1 million in funding, according to an SEC filing.

Posted Jul 14, 2009

CoTweet announced it has raised $1.1M in venture funding from a group of investors including Baseline Ventures, Founders Fund, First Round Capital, SV Angel, Maples Investments and Freestyle Capital.

Posted Jul 14, 2009

If you use email, you've probably managed to embarrass yourself by hitting "reply all" and broadcasting what was supposed to be a private email to the masses. You are not alone; email blunders have become almost as ubiquitous as the use of email itself. With this in mind, Proofpoint, Inc., a provider of unified email security, archiving, and data loss prevention solutions, says it's time to take email security seriously, as mishaps are not just embarrassing—they are potentially damaging.

Posted Jul 13, 2009

Zensify Ltd. announced that its lifestreaming application for iPhone and iPod touch left beta status and is available at the Apple iTunes store.

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Yahoo!, Inc. announced Search Pad beta, a Yahoo! Search feature that lets people capture, organize, save, and share information they find while researching online.

Posted Jul 10, 2009

Joost, an online video startup, announced that along with Joost.com, it will focus on providing white label online video platforms for media companies, including cable and satellite providers, broadcasters and video aggregators.

Posted Jul 07, 2009

Acquia, Inc., an open source software company that integrates with Drupal, the Social Publishing platform that combines content and community, has announced the general availability of Acquia Search, a hosted Acquia Network service which can be installed as a module on any Drupal 6 website.

Posted Jul 07, 2009

Do-it-yourself social network platform GROU.PS has raised $1 million in the second tranche of its first round of funding.

Posted Jun 30, 2009

Posterous, a startup that allows users to blog via email, has purchased Slinkset, which lets users set up Digg-like social news sites.

Posted Jun 30, 2009

thisMoment, a platform for people to save and share their life's moments, announced agreements with media companies in conjunction with the site's public launch.

Posted Jun 26, 2009

Organizations from the global identity and internet communities announced the launch of Kantara Initiative, a new organization formed to solve the interoperability challenges that exist among identity-enabled enterprise, Web 2.0, and web-based applications and services.

Posted Jun 23, 2009

Extensions, Inc., a social networking development company, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Newswire.Net, Inc. has launched its Social Network News Agency.

Posted Jun 23, 2009

Socialcast, a provider of on-demand social software for business communication, announced that its basic service, including corporate administration features, is available to companies at no charge for an unlimited number of employees and guest users.

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Constructive, a provider of online partner community solutions, announced the availability of Partnerpedia Private Networks, which enables companies to create a privately branded online community for its network of channel and solution partners.

Posted Jun 19, 2009

Social networking for the enterprise is booming. The sector is unquestionably adding revenues for new providers, adding jobs at old companies, and adding profits throughout the industry. In a wave that seemed to begin in earnest just 18 months ago, enterprises now embrace these tools to achieve better (and less expensive) results across most major business functions despite fears over losing control of company secrets.

Posted Jun 15, 2009

Momail, a provider of consumer email services for mobile devices, launched Twitter support for its mobile email.

Posted Jun 12, 2009

In a January memorandum titled "Transparency and Open Government" (http://tinyurl.com/openg), President Barack Obama called for greater transparency in making information available online as well as more citizen participation in federal websites. Experience from the private sector suggests that executing on a strategy of greater transparency combined with public participation will be difficult. Technology vendors talk a good game about offering a unified solution to this challenge, but their architectures have not caught up with their marketing here.

Posted Jun 10, 2009

Purewire, Inc., a SaaS-based secure web gateway vendor, announced the launch of TweetGrade.

Posted Jun 09, 2009

When I was invited to speak on mobile search, advertising, and SEO at ThinkMobile, a new mobile industry conference in New York this March, I expected it (like the majority of mobile events I have attended over the last months) to focus on technology issues first and the potential impact on how we live and work second.

Posted Jun 08, 2009

Lithium Technologies, a provider of on-demand customer community solutions for the enterprise, announced that it has acquired Keibi Technologies, Inc., an automated content discovery, analysis, and moderation for online communities.

Posted Jun 05, 2009

I am now living through the third wave of arguments for fee-based digital content models in the decade and a half I have covered the internet publishing world. The inevitable response to the dual forces of recessionary ad decline and the more tectonic and irreversible shift to digital has been: "Make 'em pay." Almost everyone on the consumer side of the fence is talking about "hybrid" models and "pay areas." It is hard to listen to such a conversation without someone dropping "the iTunes precedent" as an argument that both micropayment mechanisms and consumer attitudes have turned the corner on this issue. People are ready to underwrite the costly content industry. They see the ugly alternative (bad or shallow content), and they are more willing to put a cash value on digital media now.

Posted Jun 03, 2009

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