Social Media and Communities

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 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, 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

Face it: face time remains the most valuable way to forge relationships. While the Web makes it possible to find almost anyone, nothing compares to shoulder bumping and elbow rubbing when you want to make useful business connections. That’s why networking remains the most compelling reason to attend the Buying and Selling eContent conference. Not only is the show a content-biz Who’s Who, almost every aspect of it is designed to provide networking opportunities. In fact, sometimes the actual conference sessions feel like they get in the way of why everyone is really there.

Posted May 23, 2006

Pando Networks Inc., creators of a peer-to-peer distribution solution for the private transport of consumers' digital media, has announced the completion of $7 million in financing led by Intel Capital.

Posted May 19, 2006

Jabber, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of JabberNow 1.1, an upgrade of the enterprise instant messaging (EIM) appliance which Jabber, Inc. launched in late 2005.

Posted May 12, 2006

NewsGator Technologies, Inc., a RSS platform company, and iUpload, a provider of enterprise blogging, have announced a new partnership enabling publishers, corporations, and other organizations seeking to use social media technologies to build communities, and allow users to create, capture, and share information.

Posted May 09, 2006

Microsoft Corp. has announced the spinout of a new social networking technology, developed by Microsoft Research, to create a new Silicon Valley startup, Wallop Inc.

Posted Apr 28, 2006

Penton Media, Inc. has announced that it acquired, an online community and discussion forum operated by BuildCentral, Inc., of Chicago.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

“The next generation was born digital,” according R.J. Pittman, CEO, president, director, and co-founder of Groxis, Inc., who gave the opening keynote at the 2006 annual NFAIS Conference in Philadelphia. The “next generation,” he describes, was raised communicating through cell phone, either voice or text messaging.

Posted Apr 21, 2006

fastmobile, a provider of mobile integrated messaging and content solutions, has announced that it is working with BT to provide the technology that will power the carrier's mobile services.

Posted Apr 18, 2006

SiteKreator, a Web2.0 solution for building and maintaining an interactive online presence, has announced public beta of its new SiteKreator Business Edition for entrepreneurs, small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and independent professionals.

Posted Apr 18, 2006

Eyespot Corp. has announced the availability of the beta version of an online video editing and remixing community, where consumers can upload, edit, mix together, and share video clips, audio files or photos in one place online.

Posted Apr 11, 2006

In our dynamic industry, new companies form all the time. Start-ups in the content technology business as well as online publishing ventures appear at such a rapid clip that it is difficult to keep up. Imagine what it’s like for the executives of a new company in this business to get their brainchild noticed in a crowded field. A typical launch involves months of planning, lots of hard work, and often a substantial budget for PR, analyst relations, and advertising I found it remarkable, then, that a new company called Squidoo was successfully launched in late 2005 without any of the traditional marketing and PR techniques.

Posted Apr 09, 2006

In an age when whole lives are lived online, people not only create content, they're building their own infrastructure for making it easier to find. The term folksonomy was coined to name the growing phenomenon of users generating metadata by tagging pieces of digital information with their own searchable keywords, a phenomenon picking up steam all over the Web.

Posted Apr 03, 2006

Six Apart, a provider of blogging software and services for individuals and businesses, has launched a new, open widget initiative to expand choice and functionality for TypePad subscribers and readers.

Posted Mar 31, 2006

WebJunction, an online community dedicated to supporting the library management and computing needs of library staff, has named members of its E-Learning Advisory Committee.

Posted Mar 28, 2006

Google has launched Google Finance Beta, a way for users to search for and find financial information about public and private companies, as well as mutual funds.

Posted Mar 24, 2006