Social Media and Communities

Forbes.com announced the creation of a Business and Finance Blog Network, comprised of a community of pre-screened business and financial blogs.

Posted Mar 25, 2008

Officially launched this month, Northern Light Search provides access to thoroughly vetted business and industry news from thousands of hand-selected business news sites, leading business publications, industry authority blogs, regional newspapers, and national news sources.

Posted Mar 25, 2008

Back in ancient times when the Earth’s crust had not fully hardened and bulletin board services (BBSs) were bleeding edge, I got hooked on The Well, a vibrant BBS with an unusual premise—no anonymous users. Subscribers had a persistent username, and, in fact, people were encouraged to meet face-to-face, in order to connect each username with a real person. The idea was to encourage deep conversations and to eliminate at least some of the trolling and flamefests that erupt in some virtual communities. A corollary to the principle of no anonymous postings was “you own your own words” (or YOYOW in Well-ese); you are responsible for what you say, and no one can port your words outside the discussion where you posted them.

Posted Mar 25, 2008

AOL announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Bebo, a global social media network.

Posted Mar 21, 2008

CBS Television Stations announced the launch of the CBS Local Ad Network, a partnership between CBS's television stations and local bloggers and social media websites.

Posted Mar 18, 2008

Collexis Holdings, Inc. announced website enhancements to BioMedExperts.com, an online social network that promotes global collaborative medical research and development.

Posted Mar 18, 2008

ShareThis, an online sharing company, has raised a $15 million round led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) to support the rapid adoption and usage of its sharing service.

Posted Mar 18, 2008

CrossRef, a publisher linking service, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Sermo, an online physician community.

Posted Mar 11, 2008

The Ladies Who Launch team views social and online networking as a necessary component for business today. However, unlike many social networking sites, this one relies on paid membership to sustain its business model. The benefit of a paid membership, according to site co-founders Victoria Colligan and Beth Schoenfeld, is that it helps ensure an elite and quality-controlled social networking site.

Posted Mar 10, 2008

LocaModa Inc., a social connectivity company, introduced social connectivity to its interactive Out-of-Home platform.

Posted Mar 07, 2008

The Financial Times has launched an exclusive Facebook application to enable graduate and undergraduate students to receive free subscriptions to FT.com as well as share the offer with their peers.

Posted Mar 07, 2008

Sosius, a provider of online collaboration and business social networking, announced the release of its free API--OpenSosius--which intends to allow third parties to integrate their productivity applications or build custom online and desktop applications into the core Sosius platform.

Posted Mar 07, 2008

Demand Media, Inc., a social media company, announced that it has acquired Pluck Corporation, a provider of social media tools and technologies.

Posted Mar 07, 2008

Acquia, an open source software company providing products and services for the Drupal social publishing system, has provided new details on plans to deliver a commercially supported distribution and value-added network services based on the Drupal open source social publishing system.

Posted Mar 04, 2008

NewsGator announced several new Social Sites features that are intended to add advanced social network and community capabilities to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Posted Mar 04, 2008

Mzinga, a provider of workplace community solutions, announced it has acquired Prospero Technologies, a provider of customer community solutions.

Posted Mar 04, 2008

Twing.com, a property of Accoona Corp., is a free service that aims to help users search for opinions, information, and conversations that match their particular interest—however obscure that particular interest may be.

Posted Mar 03, 2008

ONEsite Inc., a provider of enterprise community and social networking software, announced the completion of its acquisition of Social Platform LLC.

Posted Feb 29, 2008

Radar Networks, the company behind Twine, one of the first mainstream applications of the semantic web, announced that the company has secured $13 million in a series B round of venture capital.

Posted Feb 26, 2008

kluster launched its free public beta. kluster is a web-based platform that enables communities to collaborate and decide.

Posted Feb 22, 2008

Humans, by nature, are social beings. Teenagers, by nature, are social machines. The advent of online social networking giants Facebook and MySpace—among others—has reshaped the face of a mainstay within teenage culture: socializing. A new study released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, "Teens and Social Media," shows that teens today are more connected than ever, and with the help of the web, they will become even more intertwined.

Posted Feb 22, 2008

Hoover's, Inc. announced the official launch of Hoover's Connect--a business networking tool that helps users get introduced to and establish relationships with targeted prospects.

Posted Feb 01, 2008

Outside.in, a web service for sharing and exploring information about neighborhoods, announced a partnership with washingtonpost.com to provide an interactive "Buzz Map" for the website's local blog directory, a destination for the latest regional news, information, and opinions from local area bloggers.

Posted Jan 29, 2008

LinkedIn Corporation, an online professional network, announced its expansion into the European market.

Posted Jan 25, 2008

Google’s recent surprise entry into social networking has kicked off a land rush that has developers scrambling for real-estate and first-mover status in a massive, largely untapped, and previously closed-off market.

Posted Jan 25, 2008

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