Social Media and Communities

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

dotPhoto, a provider of photo, video, and multimedia applications, content, and services for wireless and Web users, has introduced a portfolio of wireless applications.

Posted Feb 21, 2006

LiveNote, Inc. unveiled its new technology for streaming live deposition media to any remote participant with a broadband Internet connection.

Posted Feb 21, 2006

fastmobile, a provider of mobile integrated messaging and content solutions, has announced a worldwide agreement with California Internet giant Yahoo!.

Posted Feb 17, 2006

Blurb Inc., a newly launched software and services company bringing book publishing to the masses, previewed its offering to put a professional press and global distribution in the hands of everyone.

Posted Feb 14, 2006

Prospero, a provider of community content management solutions, has announced Prospero Ratings and Reviews, a new hosted application for capturing, aggregating, and managing community members’ opinions and experiences on products or services.

Posted Feb 14, 2006

Airwide Solutions, a global provider of mobile infrastructure software, has announced Airtrends, a monitoring and intelligence tool that provides a view of mobile messaging traffic.

Posted Feb 14, 2006

Traction Software Inc., a developer of enterprise blog software for team collaboration, has announced that it has signed two new European resellers to distribute, integrate, and support Traction's enterprise blog solution, TeamPage.

Posted Feb 10, 2006

Talisma Corporation, a provider of customer interaction management solutions, has announced the immediate availability of Talisma Professional Edition for small and mid-sized companies and departments within large enterprises.

Posted Feb 10, 2006

iUpload has announced the general availability of the iUpload Customer Conversation System, an integrated platform for managing content developed by a diverse set of audiences.

Posted Feb 03, 2006

Google Inc. has announced the latest version of Google Toolbar and a new Google Toolbar for Enterprise.

Posted Jan 31, 2006

Jabber, Inc. has introduced version 5.0 of the Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) and an updated version of its desktop enterprise instant messaging (EIM) client, Jabber Messenger 3.2.

Posted Jan 27, 2006

Creative Weblogging Inc. has announced several additions to its blogging network bringing the total to 55 sites.

Posted Jan 24, 2006

FlashComs, a developer of flash based communications, has released Community Chat, a multi-room cross-platform Web chat application.

Posted Jan 20, 2006

iUpload has announced that its enterprise blogging solution is completely integrated with NetSuite's on-demand business application software.

Posted Jan 17, 2006

Gather.com, a place to find and share user-generated content online, has announced it has closed a second round of financing for $6.0 million.

Posted Jan 17, 2006

In essence, we can create, access, and share what we want, when and how we want it. Increasingly, we are taking charge of our content experiences. The content creation and distribution landscape will never be the same. While this newfound freedom of self-expression is both liberating and invigorating, we’re only beginning to understand what we can achieve when we use technology to create a network of ourselves.

Posted Jan 17, 2006

Creative Weblogging has announced the release of new interactivity tools for bloggers.

Posted Jan 13, 2006

At the local level, a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina can either stress libraries and schools or destroy them. While communities always seem to come together at trying times like these and find a way to go on, digital content now provides many organizations with a way to prepare for and contend with devastating events like these.

Posted Jan 13, 2006

Stereotypes simplify social situations. Old person wise, young person foolhardy; tall person better basketball player, guy with pocket-protector better with computers; and policeman good, robber bad (or vice versa, depending on your perspective). Imagine all the hard work you’d have to do if you sincerely evaluated every individual you encountered, well, individually. So stereotypes serve as shortcuts for the socially lazy. But as my grandma used to say, “Anything worth doing is hard.”

Posted Jan 11, 2006

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