Social Media and Communities

Newstex, the Content on Demand company, announced NewsTwit, a new product that delivers Twitter content as a news feed to information providers and enterprise customers.

Posted May 20, 2008

Wetpaint, a social publisher, announced it has completed a $25 million round of Series C funding that brings the total investment in Wetpaint to approximately $40 million.

Posted May 20, 2008

AOL announced that it has completed its acquisition of Bebo, a social media network that will help form AOL's People Networks business unit.

Posted May 20, 2008

Alfresco Software, Inc. announced the release of Alfresco Enterprise 2.2, which is designed to power Web 2.0 properties and online communities.

Posted May 16, 2008

SlideShare, Inc., a community for sharing presentations, announced it has secured $3 million in series A funding, led by Venrock.

Posted May 16, 2008

Google Inc. announced a preview release of Google Friend Connect, a service designed to help website owners grow traffic by enabling any site to provide social features for its visitors.

Posted May 13, 2008

In recent weeks, Vignette, the Austin, Texas-based web content management solution provider, has unveiled a slew of new products aimed at making the company's offerings more personalized and more social.

Posted Apr 22, 2008

Longwood Software, developer of the TagTeam marketing materials management system, has introduced Discussions, a new TagTeam capability that supports collaboration, dialogue, and user-provided content across marketing and sales operations.

Posted Apr 22, 2008

Six Apart, a blogging software and services company, debuted a host of social media services that complement its technology offerings.

Posted Apr 22, 2008

With the rapid evolution of interactive Web 2.0technologies, corporate marketing departments are presented with challenges and opportunities. Thechallenges come from selecting the right tools for the intended audience and figuring out how to mesh the new technologies with traditional approaches.Opportunity derives from the inherent democratizationof online marketing.

Posted Apr 22, 2008

On March 26, Footnote.com introduced its Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial—a Web 2.0 way to make history new again by providing an online space for reflection and sharing.

Posted Apr 21, 2008

Collective Intellect, a social media analytics company helping businesses track, understand, and use social media, closed its second round of institutional funding by raising $6.6 million from venture capital firms led by Grotech Capital Group and including existing investors Appian Ventures and Croghan Investments and new investor Crawley Hatfield Capital, LP.

Posted Apr 18, 2008

WikiProteins, which went live in early spring, has adapted the ubiquitous Wikipedia model in an effort to aggregate biomedical information from a collection of databases and resources into a single portal.

Posted Apr 18, 2008

MPS Technologies', a company that provides technology-driven services for publishers and librarians, has upgraded its BookStore platform with features that address the new challenges the book industry now faces--as Web 2.0 revolutionizes the way publishers market books to their readers.

Posted Apr 11, 2008

USA Today announced the launch of a brand new instant message-based application.

Posted Apr 11, 2008

Xoopit has released Xoopit beta, a product that intends to bring the power of the social web to email by combining the benefits of social networks and media management within email environments.

Posted Apr 04, 2008

Loomia, a provider of personal recommendations and the SeenThis? social recommendations application, announced that it has closed $5 million in Series A funding.

Posted Apr 04, 2008

Last week, the Follett Corporation, a company that provides products and services to the educational marketplace, subscribed to Johnson's digital approach to learning by acquiring technology firm Fourteen40—thus expanding its digital content platform with the addition of CafeScribe.

Posted Apr 04, 2008

Adoption of social media tools in the business-to-business environment is still in early stages, as companies contend with issues of productivity, security, privacy, and content ownership related to enterprise social media usage. These issues may be worth tackling, however, as many believe that social media tools, properly designed and deployed, can pay off big in B2B environments.

Posted Apr 04, 2008

Federated Search now has an industry-specific, vendor-neutral research site: The Federated Search Blog.

Posted Apr 01, 2008

Glassdoor Inc., a social networking company focused on employment conditions in the workplace, has raised $3 million in Series B funding led by Benchmark Capital.

Posted Apr 01, 2008

Reality Digital, a provider of brand-focused social media solutions for businesses, announced the closing of $6.3 million in its Series B round of venture funding from OpenView Venture Partners.

Posted Apr 01, 2008

MySpace launched the MySpace Developer Platform in February, officially opening its network to outside developers.

Posted Apr 01, 2008

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) gave the digital content industry a dubious present last Christmas. At the same time the FTC approved a merger of Google with ad network and services provider DoubleClick, it also lobbed the issue of privacy back over the net for the companies to solve. At issue for the first time in a very public way is a topic I have been writing about in these columns since 2002: behavioral targeting (aka BT).

Posted Apr 01, 2008

Yahoo!, MySpace, and Google announced they have agreed to form the OpenSocial Foundation in an attempt to ensure the neutrality and longevity of OpenSocial as an open, community-governed specification for building social applications across the web.

Posted Mar 28, 2008

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