Social Media and Communities

Optenet, a global IT security company and provider of content filtering solutions, announced the availability of HostSecure, a new solution that can analyze, detect, and report inappropriate user-generated material posted on organizations' websites, blogs, and wikis.

Posted Feb 24, 2009

Kentico Software, a web content management system vendor, announced the release of version 4.0 of Kentico CMS for ASP.NET.

Posted Feb 20, 2009

Twitter announced it has closed a third round of funding led by Benchmark and Institutional Venture Partners.

Posted Feb 20, 2009

It's no big news that social computing is mainstream—I recently learned that my grandmother is on Facebook—but just as Grandma is unsure how to make the most of her experience, most companies entering the fray are there out of some vague notion that it's what they are "supposed" to do. A few, though, are using wikis, blogs, forums, and other tools to creatively market to potential and existing clients—particularly useful as traditional marketing costs are steep and the recession may extend into 2010.

Posted Feb 11, 2009

On the speaking circuit, the most frequent question I get asked is around the ROI of social media use in marketing and communications. Often, ROI questions arise because marketers—who have spent their careers measuring the success of traditional efforts such as direct mail campaigns, trade show exhibits, and PR efforts—are now expected to effectively "deploy" social media.

Posted Feb 09, 2009

Bebo, a social media network, announced the launch of Bebo Open Mobile, a new global partnership program which will offer the mobile industry a suite of tools to provide their customers access to the Bebo social networking experience.

Posted Feb 06, 2009

RocketOn, Inc., a venture-funded startup, has announced the release of its virtual world platform that embeds virtual worlds on partner sites.

Posted Feb 06, 2009

Kluwer Law International announced the launch of KluwerArbitration Blog, a new international arbitration blog offering a forum for discussions on international arbitration, including private and public arbitrations.

Posted Feb 06, 2009

I monitor new web tools and resources on a number of internet sources, including AltSearchEngines.com and KillerStartUps.com. Both sites offer a fairly good sense of the web "solution" zeitgeist, and I am seeing a lot more applications that are focused on aggregating Web 2.0 contact. Sure, some of them are doomed, including, I suspect, the "resource that caters for those who are looking for love to hit them and end up ‘walking on air.'" But even that one indicates the perceived need for web solutions that help people stay connected.

Posted Feb 05, 2009

The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has quadrupled in the past four years, from 8% in 2005 to 35% now, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project's December 2008 tracking survey.

Posted Feb 03, 2009

Thomson Reuters announced the launch of Reuters Messaging (RM) Interchange, which allows Enterprise Instant Messaging (EIM) users to connect and communicate with colleagues and counterparts by using one link.

Posted Feb 03, 2009

SocialMedia Networks, a social media advertising network, announced that it has secured Series B financing of $6 million.

Posted Feb 03, 2009

Blogging has always been controversial, but the newest critique argues that you should pursue a leaner, sexier alternative: "microblogging." Microblogging can take many forms on the public internet or within the firewall. You can microblog most famously via Twitter "Tweets," Facebook status messages, or various other similar services.

Posted Feb 02, 2009

LivingSocial, a social discovery tool for reviewing, sharing, and organizing favorite things, has integrated with Facebook Connect. The company also launched a new TV shows category with content courtesy of Hulu, an online video service that offers TV shows, movies, and clips for free.

Posted Jan 30, 2009

2009 is seeing LinkedIn moving more rapidly to address enterprise social computing needs than Facebook, according to new research by independent analyst firm, CMS Watch.

Posted Jan 20, 2009

TweetDeck, which offers free software to help people organize their Twitter streams, has raised funds in a first round that could end up being as much as $500,000, according to reports.

Posted Jan 20, 2009

GigaTribe announced a public beta of GigaTribe Version 3, its free, community-based file-sharing software.

Posted Jan 06, 2009

Facebook has given in to the RIAA's demands that the Project Playlist application be removed for copyright violation.

Posted Dec 30, 2008

Extreme Networks, Inc. announced that it is making the InSite Software Developers Kit (SDK) developed for its modular operating system, ExtremeXOS, freely available for download.

Posted Dec 30, 2008

Digg announced that it has created Twitter feeds across several Digg topics.

Posted Dec 30, 2008

Bloggersmosaic, a blog promotion website, has launched a new application through Facebook to gain access to new blogger streams and networks.

Posted Dec 23, 2008

Tagged Inc., a social discovery site, announced the company has raised $5 million in venture debt.

Posted Dec 19, 2008

Facebook, a social networking site, is set to open a sales office in Paris as part of plans to grow across Europe, according to reports.

Posted Dec 16, 2008

Bebo, a social media network, launched "Social Inbox" which combines email, social networking, and media recommendations in one interface.

Posted Dec 12, 2008

LinkedIn, an online network for professionals, announced the release of its new search platform.

Posted Dec 12, 2008

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