Social Media and Communities

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 HVAC-Talk.com, 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

Industrious Kid has secured $6 million in Series A financing from a group of undisclosed individuals.

Posted Mar 24, 2006

DigitalContainers Inc. has announced that it received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its “Delivering Electronic Content" technology.

Posted Mar 21, 2006

Bytescout has announced the official release of Post2Blog, a desktop editor for blogs.

Posted Mar 17, 2006

A new software product from Exsys Inc. is designed to give Web designers and marketing professionals a way to integrate the product knowledge of a salesperson into ecommerce sites.

Posted Mar 17, 2006

vMix, an online community for the distribution of video content, has announced it has secured its first round of private equity funding from Mission Ventures and Enterprise Partners Venture Capital (EPVC).

Posted Mar 17, 2006

Tim O'Reilly, a keynote speaker at the 2006 Buying & Selling eContent conference, talks with EContent editor Michelle Manafy about how digital content publishers can leverage user generated content.

Posted Mar 14, 2006

Creative Weblogging Inc., a blog media network, has announced the launch of 5 more sites, bringing its total to more than 60.

Posted Mar 14, 2006

PreFound.com has introduced site improvements designed to give users the ability to manually post tagged links, access RSS feeds from topic experts and keywords, and import existing links from other sites.

Posted Mar 14, 2006

Newstex, provider of Content On Demand, has announced a new strategic relationship with AFX News Ltd., a European financial news agency.

Posted Mar 14, 2006

It’s been fascinating to both observe and participate in the debate about blogs and wikis in the enterprise. Just like the hand-wringing over personal computers entering the workplace in the 1980s and echoing the Web and email debates of the 1990s, enterprise IT executives and content professionals seem to be getting their collective knickers in a twist about blogs and wikis these days. Remember when executives believed email might “expose a corporation to its secrets being revealed to the outside world”? How about when information professionals worried about employees freely using the public Internet and all of its (gasp!) “unverified information”?

Posted Mar 13, 2006

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