Social Media and Communities

I have had an opportunity to casually explore the attitudes of hundreds of large and small companies whose employees attend my New Rules of Marketing seminars and keynote speeches. Through my process of very unscientific questioning, I estimate that more than 25% of companies block employee access to YouTube, Facebook, and other social networking sites.

Posted Oct 06, 2008

Altarama Information Systems announced the availability of RefChatter, a new module that joins RefTracker, DeskStats, VRLplus, and SMSreference in the Altarama suite of integrated products for managing online and personal reference services in libraries.

Posted Oct 03, 2008

Sugar Inc., an online media company, is launching a free blogging platform called OnSugar.

Posted Sep 23, 2008

IBM and iEnterprises announced the integration of iEnterprises' customer relationship management (CRM) software, iExtensions CRM, with IBM's social networking platform, Lotus Connections.

Posted Sep 19, 2008

Pringo, a provider of online communities, launched the beta version of Pringo 3.0, a non-hosted social networking platform.

Posted Sep 19, 2008

WEbook.com, an online platform, announced the company has closed more than $5 million in funding.

Posted Sep 19, 2008

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

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