Social Media and Communities

Google Inc. has agreed to acquire YouTube, a consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos through a web experience, for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction.

Posted Oct 10, 2006

Fotolog, a social networking site, has announced that it has raised $4 million in Series C funding from BV Capital and 3i.

Posted Oct 06, 2006

Dada USA Inc., a wholly owned New York-based subsidiary of Dada S.p.A, has launched its social networking and entertainment community for the U.S. market.

Posted Sep 29, 2006

Emerging forms of online collaboration and social networking foreshadow an always-connected future and the biggest change in communication in a century. They may be about accelerating individual careers now, but tools and solutions are coming online that will connect people based on their knowledge and talents, to unleash innovation and create new forms of content.

Posted Sep 25, 2006

iUpload, a provider of blogging solutions for enterprises and publishers, has announced the newest version of its Customer Conversation System, a blogging platform for enterprises and publishers designed to enable internet-based communities to improve communications.

Posted Sep 22, 2006

Jabber, Inc. and Eyeball Networks have announced a partnership to deliver a solution for presence-enabling client-server Internet Protocol (IP) telephony based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP).

Posted Sep 15, 2006

Most of the media is breathless about Web 2.0. While we’ve dipped our toes into the hyperbolic floodwaters here at EContent, our reporting has mostly been of specific applications, rather than a lot of the rah-rah coverage I’ve read in a number of mainstream and technology publications.

Posted Aug 29, 2006

Friendster Inc., a social-networking company, has announced its $10 million in venture capital funding.

Posted Aug 22, 2006

MindTouch, a provider of wiki solutions, has announced its partnership with entrepreneur John Gotts to launch Wiki.com, an online destination for consumers to learn about, create, and share wiki sites.

Posted Aug 15, 2006

Feedtext Inc., a web and mobile entertainment company that develops consumer and business applications for media companies and wireless carriers in North America and offers services such as chat, community applications, interactive TV applications, and mobile entertainment storefronts, has announced SMSJock, a web-based application tool.

Posted Aug 15, 2006

AOL has announced that it has acquired LA-based Web IM and chat firm Userplane.

Posted Aug 15, 2006

Group Members Only has announced a MySpace type social networking technology to help corporations solve issues related to collaboration, innovation, communication, and networking between employees, customers, vendors, and partners.

Posted Aug 04, 2006

WildVoice, an online community for users interested in creating, personalizing, publishing, and sharing podcasts and other media, has introduced the ‘Shout’ web-based recorder.

Posted Jul 21, 2006

KickApps Corporation, a provider of user-generated content and social networking solution to media, content, and corporate websites, has released user-generated video and social networking functionality on its web pages.

Posted Jul 14, 2006

eSnips, the site where members can share digital content showcasing their talents, interests, hobbies, and creative work has announced support for ecommerce transactions.

Posted Jul 11, 2006

digg, Inc., a web community that enables an internet audience to prioritize news and content, has announced the rollout of new features and functionality for the digg.com website, including the ability for users to prioritize content in new subject areas, such as World and Business, Entertainment, Science, and Gaming.

Posted Jun 30, 2006

TalkShoe has developed a website for user-generated live and recorded voice.

Posted Jun 27, 2006

Web Crossing, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of WebCrossing Neighbors, its new private-label online social network solution.

Posted Jun 23, 2006

JotSpot, an application wiki company, has announced that it is teaming up with eBay to power the new eBay Wiki site.

Posted Jun 20, 2006

Nielsen BuzzMetrics, an aggregator of online consumer-generated content and word of mouth, has announced that TechRepublic, an online community for IT professionals and a property of CNET Networks, Inc., will use a series of publisher applications by BuzzMetrics that provide “buzz” data on up to 100 software and hardware products on the market.

Posted Jun 20, 2006

Spymac, a Macintosh community with over 1 million members, has announced Spymac Galleries, a photo and video community that lets users post photos, movies, and music online for free and then discuss photos, music, videos, gossip, news, etc. online with friends and other Spymac members.

Posted Jun 16, 2006

Parents are between a rock and a hard place: they want to encourage their children to be creative individuals—and blogging offers an excellent opportunity to learn to express thoughts and feelings—however, they must balance this against the risk of exposure to Internet predators. Jeanette Symons, founder of San Francisco Bay Area-based Industrious Kid, thinks blogging is worth the risk, but believes that risk can be mitigated by limiting social networking to a familiar community. She put $6 million from private investments into development of imbee.com, a blogging site for children ages 8 to 14 years olds.

Posted Jun 12, 2006

LiveNote, Inc. officially released its Internet Realtime product family, re-branded LiveNote Stream.

Posted Jun 09, 2006

Jabber, Inc. has announced that Koncept International, Inc., a designer and developer of VoIP technologies including VoIP telephone sets, gateways, softphones with a fully integrated softswitch, billing, and Operations Support Systems (OSS) platforms with worldwide call termination, has chosen the Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) as the basis of the advanced presence and messaging capabilities it plans to integrate with Koncept’s products and softswitch platform.

Posted Jun 02, 2006

A judgment entered in December against bloggers, alleging that they illicitly disclosed trade secrets from Apple Computer, Inc., online, may have free speech implications for all online publishers. “This is not the usual, run-of-the-mill trade secrets case,” according to Karna Berg, an intellectual property attorney with Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, in reference to Apple v. Does. The case is now on appeal with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the online civil rights group handling the defense.

Posted May 24, 2006

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