Social Media and Communities

Passenger, the software-as-a-service company that enables brands and customers to collaborate within the social context of a private online community, has announced that it has secured $8.3 million in Series B funding led by Steamboat Ventures, a venture capital firm affiliated with The Walt Disney Company.

Posted Aug 10, 2007

Hearst Corporation has announced that it will acquire Kaboodle, Inc., a social shopping community where consumers discover, recommend and share products. Kaboodle , which will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hearst, will be managed by both Hearst Interactive Media and Hearst Magazines Digital Media unit.

Posted Aug 10, 2007

Insomnisoft, a Swedish internet solutions company, has released Jinity, a service where anyone can start their own Internet community website for free.

Posted Aug 07, 2007

Plaxo, a company that offers connection services to consumers, has unveiled its next-generation social network, Pulse.

Posted Aug 07, 2007

Zeop has launched software designed for webmasters to host a video sharing community website, allowing users to upload, share, view, and rate videos.

Posted Jul 31, 2007

The rise of interactive Web 2.0 technologies has changed user expectations relating to the immediacy and accessibility of content in context. Nearly every day there’s a press release touting a new tool or site that allows users to customize, modify, and mash up traditional forms of media to suit a specific function or need. And nowhere have the ramifications been felt more than in the traditional print publishing industry. Publishing isn't just a two-way street, though; content is coming and going in every direction and publishers are racing to keep up.

Posted Jul 31, 2007

Findings in a survey of public relations professionals and students conducted by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and Dow Jones & Company in concert with its Factiva suite of products, show that new communication technology has been widely accepted by the public relations profession.

Posted Jul 27, 2007

Broadcaster Inc. has released its free Social Video Network, a two--way interactive video and chat interface and community--building tool.

Posted Jul 27, 2007

Web Crossing, Inc has released International capabilities now included in webCrossing Neighbors 2, the company's private-label social network system. Multilingual Support Areas let webCrossing Neighbors administrators provide a multilingual experience

Posted Jul 27, 2007

The Daily Reel has released “ReeledIn,” a social network for online video content creators.

Posted Jul 24, 2007

Paltalk has launched Screening Rooms for Socialcasting. Socialcasting, as defined by Paltalk, brings together programming and video content with social networking and live interactive community.

Posted Jul 20, 2007

Blackboard Inc has announced that the full capabilities of the Blackboard Academic Suite are now available to clients who use the Blackboard Learning System.

Posted Jul 20, 2007

Scripps Networks, which produces lifestyle content, has acquired Recipezaar, a user-generated recipe and community site featuring more than 230,000 recipes.

Posted Jul 20, 2007

Freedom Interactive has announced a strategic arrangement with Pluck to allow its audience to share content and create communities of interest among Freedom’s network of news and information web sites.

Posted Jul 17, 2007

MyLifeBrand, a new social platform which allows users to aggregate and manage their favorite social networks, communities and friends, has announced today that they have allowed several niche social networks to integrate in to their social platform.

Posted Jul 17, 2007

Crackle, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company formerly known as Grouper, has announced the launch of its streaming entertainment network.

Posted Jul 17, 2007

Prior to YouTube making video commonplace on the web, you’d only see small forays into corporate video and usually these efforts were mundane and predictable—things like a broadcast of the CEO speech at the annual meeting. Well, okay, some people might watch, but unless the CEO makes a dramatic gaffe, a video like that is unlikely to go viral (develop pass-along value). However, I’m increasingly seeing effective forays into viral video marketing.

Posted Jul 17, 2007

Internet company, Ning has raised an investment round. To date, Ning has been mostly internally financed the company's founder and a small group investors.

Posted Jul 13, 2007

Alfresco Software Inc. has announced the available of download of Alfresco Community 2.1.

Posted Jul 06, 2007

Vyante Inc. has launched a Beta Version of its product, ChatterSpike.

Posted Jul 03, 2007

Spotplex Inc. has launched its new content aggregation service. Featuring a revamped user interface and new functionality for both contributors and consumers, Spotplex provides a ranking of content spanning a range of subjects.

Posted Jul 03, 2007

MySpace Founder Brad Greenspan has announced his partnership with BroadWebAsia, with video sites in China, Mofile.com and Hubotv.com.

Posted Jul 03, 2007

Frengo, a mobile social network, has announced the Buzz Platform, a tool for spontaneous web and mobile interaction among friend circles and broader communities.

Posted Jun 29, 2007

Web Crossing Inc. has announced WebCrossing Neighbors 2.0, with video support, new Neighbors Networks functionality, and more.

Posted Jun 19, 2007

ExtendMedia Corporation and KickApps Corporation have announced an integrated solution that allows digital media content distributors to add user-generated content and social networking features to their online video businesses.

Posted Jun 15, 2007

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