Social Media and Communities

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

RNK Telecom, a global telecommunications and high-tech services provider, has announced its new calling service, SubjectTalk.

Posted Mar 07, 2006

JotSpot has introduced its wiki application strategy and launched its first two wiki applications, JotSpot Class Reunion Planner and JotSpot Bug Reporter.

Posted Mar 07, 2006

Socialtext, a wiki company and provider of social software to enterprises, has announced a new pricing scheme based on its open-source commercial business model.

Posted Mar 03, 2006

BlogMedia, Inc., a privately-owned business since 1994, has continued the growth of its online services division and blog network by acquiring The Blog Herald from Duncan Riley.

Posted Mar 03, 2006

Long the bane of your inbox, spam has come to a blog near you. You may have already encountered a spam blog, though they often look exactly like the real thing: there’s an area at the end of each “post” for Comments, an Archived Blog section by month, a Recent Posts section, and some even include a BlogRoll so you can see who has viewed the blog. But that’s where the similarity to real blogs ends. The spam-esque content bears little resemblance to the insightful, edgy commentary associated with popular blogs. Spam blogs—or splogs—are comprised of the all-too-familiar content of spam email: porn links, mortgage offers, and drugs for sale.

Posted Mar 03, 2006

Sometime before the big Web bubble burst, a men’s media brand splashed itself online with an enormously ambitious content-rich portal. Prescient of the au courant mantra of “content, commerce, and community,” it innocently invited its beer-sodden, breast-gazing readership to participate in online forums. Well, within days all hell broke loose. The message base became a mosh pit as the readers extended the smirking, bawdy spirit of the host brand to misogynist extremes, making way-inappropriate comments about ex-girlfriends, models on the site, and women, generally. The site editors retreated quickly and simply shut the message boards down entirely within a few weeks.

Posted Mar 03, 2006

Esther Dyson, the opening keynote speaker at the 2006 Buying & Selling eContent conference, talks with EContent editor Michelle Manafy about the rise of user generated content and its potential impact on the digital content marketplace.

Posted Mar 01, 2006

iUpload has announced the integration of its Customer Conversation System with Microsoft's SharePoint, bringing enterprise blogging and wiki capabilities to SharePoint users.

Posted Feb 28, 2006

PRWeb, providers of Direct-to-Consumer press release distribution and a press release visibility company, has announced the availability of TrackBacks within press releases featured on the PRWeb newswire.

Posted Feb 24, 2006

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