Social Media and Communities

In the wake of the Kathy Sierra incident—in which a female technology blogger received misogynistic hate comments on her Creating Passionate Users blog, and elsewhere on the internet, that eventually escalated to death threats—publisher Tim O'Reilly has proposed a blogger code of conduct to address issues of incivility, misogyny, and racism in blogs.

Posted Apr 18, 2007

Sometimes my personal interests coincide with my professional life. Not often, thank goodness, or I’d probably spend my days working as a reference librarian in Second Life (otherwise known as The New Crack).

Posted Apr 06, 2007

FunkySexyCool, a mobile social networking community, is using Bango's global mobile web platform to capture the global market.

Posted Apr 03, 2007

Topix, a news community on the web, has unveiled a new site that gives its community of millions the power to find, report, and edit local news.

Posted Apr 03, 2007

FreePint, an online community of 70,000 practitioners around the world who find, use, manage, and share work-related information, has announced it will provide portfolios of product reviews, news analysis, and user feedback in its Company Portfolio Series, published under FreePint FUMSI Reports.

Posted Apr 03, 2007

Involving the users, and integrating their content, requires deeper engagement and the right tools. Building and improving social networks to meet the needs of diverse communities is no small task. Fortunately, the maturing of technology and business models has spawned a new generation of enablers to help get users to join in.

Posted Mar 30, 2007

KickApps Corporation has launched KickApps Version 2.0, a hosted platform designed to add social media experiences to any website.

Posted Mar 27, 2007

News Corporation and NBC Universal will launch an internet video distribution network with content from television and film.

Posted Mar 27, 2007

Industrious Kid, creator of ‘tween social-networking site Imbee.com, has attracted an investment from Steamboat Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company.

Posted Mar 27, 2007

Congoo, a free information network, has launched News Circles, a platform where users can select from hundreds of news categories to build and share custom news portals.

Posted Mar 23, 2007

NewsGator Technologies helps Edelman tap the power of social media to enhance its public relations practice.

Posted Mar 22, 2007

Virtual Universe, a provider of social networking services, infrastructure, and content to companies and consumers has become a member of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), joining internet, IT, mobile, and media organizations in the fight to minimize the availability of potentially illegal internet content.

Posted Mar 20, 2007

CommonTime, a provider of secure wireless email exclusively for enterprises running Lotus Notes, has announced that it's mSuite software, will be compatible with the latest Microsoft PDA and Smartphone operating system.

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Reality Digital, a provider of media sharing and social community solutions for businesses, has introduced the integration of its digital media hosting platform, Reality Digital Opus, and Google Maps, a location identification tool.

Posted Mar 20, 2007

Given the emergence of two wildly popular online communities—MySpace and Facebook—and new social networks springing up every month, it’s a tall task for parents to determine which sites their kids are logged onto, what information they’re sharing, and with whom.

Posted Mar 16, 2007

As a marketer and communicator, I’m fascinated with what companies are doing in Second Life, the 3D online world entirely built and owned by its nearly two million residents. The Second Life economy is built on the Linden dollar in which millions of U.S. dollars (at the current exchange rate) change hands each month. But just as in other social networking sites (like MySpace and Facebook), marketers and communicators who participate are viewed with contempt

Posted Mar 08, 2007

Cisco Systems has completed the purchase of select assets of privately-held Utah Street Networks, Inc., the operator of the social networking site Tribe.net.

Posted Mar 06, 2007

Sybase iAnywhere has added mobile instant messaging and presence capabilities to its Information Anywhere suite.

Posted Mar 06, 2007

Brainband Technology Services, a technical services company offering internet-related solutions, has announced it will launch Blogfusion version 5.0, software designed to build blog communities.

Posted Feb 20, 2007

A majority of Americans (55%) in an online survey said bloggers are important to the future of American journalism and 74% said citizen journalism will play a vital role, according to a new WE Media/Zogby Interactive poll.

Posted Feb 16, 2007

Odiogo has announced the launch of a Web 2.0 application designed to enable text content providers to create new audio media.

Posted Jan 30, 2007

Critical Path, Inc., a provider of messaging software and services, has unveiled Contact-Centric Communications--a new Memova Messaging solution designed for the broadband service provider market.

Posted Jan 26, 2007

LinkedIn, a business network, has launched LinkedIn Answers, an answers service that leverages the user’s professional network to receive business-related advice.

Posted Jan 19, 2007

PR Newswire, a provider of commercial news distribution, and Technorati, a source for citizen media, have announced that readers of press releases can track online conversations in the blogosphere directly from press releases on www.prnewswire.com.

Posted Jan 19, 2007

Jabber, Inc. has announced that the Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) has been integrated with the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace conferencing solution, designed to allow customers to launch integrated voice, video, and web conferences from the Jabber Messenger client.

Posted Jan 12, 2007

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