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Orbius, a provider of social marketing solutions, announced the release of a community platform.

Posted Nov 04, 2008

RockYou, a creator and distributor of applications on the social web, announced an additional $17M in investments from Softbank, the leading shareholder of Yahoo! Japan, and SK Telecom Ventures, the venture capital arm of SK Telecom.

Posted Nov 04, 2008

Central Desktop, the web-based social technology platform for business teams, announced the release of its content rich Customer Network.

Posted Oct 31, 2008

Huddle.net has announced a team collaboration and project management application for the LinkedIn business social network.

Posted Oct 31, 2008

Yahoo launched a unified profile feature that lets users access their various social media personas across the web.

Posted Oct 21, 2008

Near-Time, an Enterprise 2.0 hosted collaboration service, announced the availability of social networking functionality for the Near-Time platform including a member interest engine, community level dashboard, and advanced search facilities.

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Technorati, a provider of blog search technology, announced the acquisition of AdEngage, an online advertising network and platform.

Posted Oct 17, 2008

PollDaddy, a provider of polling and survey widgets, has been acquired by Automattic.

Posted Oct 17, 2008

Recently, I needed to find a house to rent for my folks. I decided to see what I could do online ahead of time. Using the Street View in Google Maps, I could virtually cruise the neighborhood: I could drive up and down the street, look at the neighboring houses, and get a sense of whether this was a place for my parents or one that was better suited for students or folks who keep their cars up on blocks.

Posted Oct 17, 2008

While web marketers have long been tracking the growing influence of online consumer reviews, the influence of these reviews has reached a tipping point and the time is right for companies of all kinds to take a closer look.

Posted Oct 15, 2008

CollegeWikis, a student-run web messaging and information platform, raised $2 million in series A funding.

Posted Oct 14, 2008

It seems that everyone is blogging these days. However, despite the proliferation of blogs that range from diaries and niche subjects to celebrity, corporate, and expertly written blogs, some publishers are still hesitant to add blogging to the mix. The web has opened up a world of communication to people across the globe, but the new culture of user-generated content can mean a lot of things to those in the publishing industry, good and bad.

Posted Oct 10, 2008

Yuuguu announced the integration of the Google Talk Instant Messaging (IM) network into its real-time collaboration and web conferencing service.

Posted Oct 10, 2008

I can sing the alphabet backward. I learned it as a child and it sticks with me, just like its more popular cousin, the alphabet song. In his keynote at Enterprise Search Summit West, held Sept. 23-24 in San Jose, Calif., Gene Smith said that social discovery isn't new. It's been around a lot longer than I've known any alphabet songs—not to mention the web, much less its 2.0 iteration.

Posted Oct 10, 2008

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced the release of content redesigns for six additional clients on AIP's Scitation online publishing platform.

Posted Oct 07, 2008

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

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