Social Media and Communities

Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves in the digital dreams business. We fantasize so extravagantly about the future shape of a technology that we miss some of its more relevant and mundane uses here and now. Take virtual worlds. Environments such as Second Life promised online immersion where realistic avatars moved through 3D space and ultimately enhanced everything from the media viewing experience to shopping.

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Webjam announced the launch of its Branded Services, which enable businesses and organizations to give their audience, members, or clients the ability to create their own social networks within a branded environment.

Posted Sep 16, 2008

Vialect, a provider of business collaboration and social-networking software, announced the release of Noodle, formerly known as IntraNet.

Posted Sep 16, 2008

Google has bought Korea-based blogging software provider TNC.

Posted Sep 16, 2008

Yammer, a micro-blogging tool for enterprises, launched at the TechCrunch50 conference.

Posted Sep 12, 2008

Lookery, an advertising and user-targeting network operating on or around social networks, raised $2.25 million in funding.

Posted Sep 09, 2008

HarperCollins, the book publishing company, is launching its books social networking site called authonomy.

Posted Sep 05, 2008

Swets, a subscription services company, announced the launch of SwetsWise Community, a collaboration service for customers that allows them to share practices for the usage of SwetsWise functionalities.

Posted Sep 05, 2008

I have been on the road for much of the last few months, and I have begun to dream of the day when I could appear virtually for some of my workshops and presentations. While it doesn't yet engage me enough for me to consider it my second life, I think of Second Life as a crude example of what the internet will soon become.

Posted Sep 04, 2008

360Hubs, a developer of turnkey Web 2.0 business collaboration software, announced that it has developed and taken an equity position in OffsetX.com, a network of social action and entertainment web sites.

Posted Aug 29, 2008

Technorati, provider of blog search technology, announced the acquisition of Blogcritics.org, an online community of bloggers and a full service news and reviews source.

Posted Aug 29, 2008

There may be an ocean between them, but the U.S. and the U.K. are on the same wavelength when it comes to Enterprise 2.0 tools. These tools are increasingly in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. Recently, Trampoline Sytems—a London-based provider of social networking software—released research echoing these sentiments; of 111 businesses surveyed in the U.K. and U.S., 84% said that social networking would help with sharing knowledge and expertise across the organization.

Posted Aug 28, 2008

Digg is launching a new program called "Digg Dialogg." The goal of the program is to give the Digg community an opportunity to pose questions to some of the individuals and leaders of the moment.

Posted Aug 26, 2008

In a world of social media and online conversations, an increasing number of voices can be heard, and word certainly travels fast. Unfortunately, that word isn't always complimentary. Yet, many companies have no idea what negative information is being circulated and possibly eating away at their businesses and the reputations they have worked so hard to build.

Posted Aug 25, 2008

NewsGator Technologies, Inc. announced that it has partnered with National Geographic, the multimedia division of National Geographic Ventures, to create, host, and track a series of dynamic widgets.

Posted Aug 22, 2008

Six Apart, the blogging software and services company, announced the availability of Movable Type 4.2 and with it the debut of Movable Type Pro (MT Pro), a product that combines Movable Type's advanced blogging tools and content management system with social networking features.

Posted Aug 22, 2008

For more than 70 years, Disney has been engaging children and adults alike with clean, wholesome entertainment. Now, as the world of online content and media expands, Disney.com is following suit, implementing new features to bring the familiar aspects of the Disney brand to web users. To further achieve this goal, in late August, Disney Family.com will launch a free social network designed particularly for parents and family called Disney Family.com Community.

Posted Aug 22, 2008

AOL has agreed to acquire Socialthing!, a social media aggregation tool.

Posted Aug 19, 2008

The techniques that lead to marketing success online are dramatically different than traditional marketing taught in school or that you've likely learned on the job. In fact, to succeed with web marketing, your existing knowledge about advertising and public relations will be counterproductive.

Posted Aug 18, 2008

WebJunction, the online learning community for librarians and library staff, has launched a new social and learning experience in collaboration with partners in 15 state libraries.

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Ripple6, provider of social media services to enterprise class marketers and web publishers, announced the launch of its Syndicated Brand Blogs service, an evolution of RSS which offers marketers a new avenue to interact with their audiences across the internet.

Posted Aug 15, 2008

Lawriter, LLC, a subsidiary of Collexis Holdings Inc., announced the development of a professional social network exclusively for law students.

Posted Aug 12, 2008

Lulu, a marketplace for individual, educational, and corporate authors and publishers to bring their books directly to market, announced an alliance with weRead, the social networking application where readers can discover and recommend books to their friends.

Posted Aug 12, 2008

Podclass, Inc. announces Podclass Web Services (PWS), an application programming interface to enable online courses to be accessed from within Facebook and other social networking sites.

Posted Aug 08, 2008

British Sky Broadcasting (Sky) is working with Pluck, provider of social media capabilities to publishers, brands, and retailers, to embed an array of social media tools across its range of digital media properties.

Posted Aug 01, 2008

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