Social Media and Communities

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

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

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