Social Media and Communities

Elsevier Engineering Information has announced that Engineering Village 2, a Web discovery platform for engineering research, is now offering custom RSS feeds for users seeking premium engineering content.

Posted Jul 22, 2005

KnowNow Inc., a provider of event-driven integration solutions, has announced the availability of its KnowNow 3 Enterprise Syndication Solution, a scaleable enterprise RSS aggregator that delivers relevant and actionable communications to desktops without polling or client-side software installation.

Posted Jul 12, 2005

iUpload, a content management and corporate blogging solution provider, has announced an integration between blogs and Google Maps by adding Google Maps support to its iUpload Perspectives solution.

Posted Jul 08, 2005

Tribe.net, a free online destination that is designed to help local people connect with each other based on shared interests, has introduced "open profiles," a technology intended to make managing your personal profile on the Internet easier than ever before.

Posted Jun 24, 2005

Laplink has released ShareDirect 1.3, an application that is designed to allow users to connect folders between any number of PCs and share files of any size or type directly.

Posted Jun 17, 2005

When Ourmedia.org launched this past March, it provided a free space for creators of all types of content—including video, audio, and the written word—to distribute their content. Perhaps more importantly, however, it stepped in to fill an emerging need for a forum in which to discuss the best ways to create, produce, and distribute content.

Posted Jun 09, 2005

Citizen Journalism provides a place for people to celebrate the ordinary victories in their lives, a forum for discussing local political issues, coverage that specifically suits its local readership, and a way to connect people to one another—all things found wanting in a world dominated by big media monopolies. This budding phenomenon supports the community along with a new journalistic business model. Ron miller

Posted Jun 07, 2005

This year, SLA heads to Toronto for its annual conference—and several Information Today, Inc. editors and writers will be there, ready to enjoy the city and blog the conference for the second year in a row.

Posted Jun 03, 2005

FirstStop WebSearch, LLC has announced the addition of a "Social Bookmarks" search category within FirstStop WebSearch, its meta-search engine software product.

Posted May 31, 2005

PubSub has announced the launch of Structured Blogging, a foundation that provides a means to include tags in Web pages and blog postings that identify structured data as rich data, rather than simple text.

Posted May 20, 2005

Five Across, Inc. has extended its technology to enable the creation of multi-page Web sites. Available immediately, the hosted service, Bubbler, provides page navigation that is generated automatically; updates text and pages in real time; provides drag-and-drop photo, audio, and video sharing; and has a group model that provides wiki-like collaboration for authorized users.

Posted May 20, 2005

America Online, Inc. has announced the public availability of AOL Journals on AIM.com for users of the AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service. AOL Journals is the company's blogging tool that enables users to set up public or private online Journals.

Posted May 10, 2005

Beliefnet, Inc., a multi-faith spirituality media company and online community, has announced the launch of "Blog Heaven--where faith blogs go when they’re good". Blog Heaven is an area on the Beliefnet Web site where faith, political, and spiritual blogs are aggregated and continuously updated, creating a "one-stop-shopping" environment for blog enthusiasts.

Posted May 03, 2005

A free public service network has been launched in an effort to give users worldwide access to public television and radio programming, movies, podcasts, and video blogs, while protecting the producers' copyrights. Open Media Network (OMN) was founded by Mike Homer (formerly of Netscape) and includes Marc Andreessen as an advisor and board member.

Posted Apr 29, 2005

Userplane, a provider of live community software, has announced the deployment of its instant messaging solution, Userplane Webmessenger, on the social networking site Friendster. Userplane’s Webmessenger is intended to enable Friendster members to communicate with each other in online conversations through Web-based one-on-one text conversations.

Posted Apr 26, 2005

21Publish, developer of turnkey solutions for branded blog communities, has announced the availability of an updated version of its product and new entry level pricing today. The company now offers a free entry level service targeted at communities, clubs, colleges, commercial Web sites, or enterprises in order to allow them to create a free multi-user community with blogs for up to 100 members with 2MB of Web space for each blog.

Posted Apr 22, 2005

HighBeam Research has announced a suite of blogging tools designed to offer bloggers a more trustworthy voice and blog readers access to its content collection. HighBeam Research Blog Enhancer is intended to help bloggers to improve their blogs by facilitating the process of incorporating content from the HighBeam Research Engine's collection of articles (many of which are not typically found on the Web), including those from newspaper, magazine, book, journal, and transcript publishers.

Posted Apr 15, 2005

The MSN network of Internet services has launched the latest versions of MSN Messenger and MSN Spaces. Integration among MSN Messenger, MSN Spaces, and other MSN network services, including MSN Search, is expected to give people a more flexible way to connect with others through instant messaging, blogging, and sharing music lists and photos.

Posted Apr 12, 2005

Six Apart, a provider of weblogging software and services, and Adobe collaborated to build a set of visual tools that lets designers create and update Movable Type and TypePad templates right from the GoLive design environment.

Posted Apr 08, 2005

With all the political blog hype during the 2004 election cycle, many observers missed the quieter emergence of blogs in the business world. My guess is that we're just getting going here and that business blogs will grow rapidly in numbers and importance. I'd predict that before long blogs will displace many existing KM technologies for information sharing inside businesses as well as communication tools used by organizations to reach external audiences.

Posted Mar 22, 2005

Yahoo! has announced a new service, Yahoo! 360, set to launch as an invitation-only beta on March 29th. The service is intended to offer users integrated experience, bringing together communications, content, and community services such as Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Photos, Yahoo! Local, LAUNCHcast Music and Yahoo! Groups with new services like blogs, moblogging, and other sharing tools for recommending favorite movies, restaurants, music, and more.

Posted Mar 18, 2005

DemsTV.com, a new Web Video Show produced by and featuring Democratic bloggers, consultants, and activists, has launched. The inaugural program features Democratic pollster and MSNBC regular Margie Omero; pundit and Fox News Channel regular Sascha Burns; AMERICABlog.com's John Aravosis; screenwriter and lawyer Erik Huey; and Rock the Vote's Justin Paschal.

Posted Mar 11, 2005

SilkRoad technology, inc., a provider of enterprise-class content management and collaboration software, has introduced its new Silkware platform, which is designed to bring together a feature-rich audio and video blogging application and an assortment of communication and collaboration tools on one common platform.

Posted Mar 08, 2005

PM Solutions, a provider of project management consulting, training, and research, has announced that the latest version of its Web-enabled Project Management Community of Practice (PMCOP) methodology solution, which aligns with the latest industry standards contained within the Project Management Institute's Guide. The PMCOP is intended to provide Global 2000 organizations with a single source for hundreds of forms, templates, practices, and guidelines that can be applied immediately to improve project execution and operational efficiency.

Posted Mar 01, 2005

Sharing best practice knowledge is one of the stated goals of a “community of practice,” an increasingly used content industry buzz phrase. McKinsey & Co. defines a community of practice as “a group of professionals, informally bound to one another through exposure to a common class of problems, common pursuit of solutions, and thereby themselves embodying a store of knowledge.” But even if a small community agrees on a particular best practice, where is the motivation for them to share their knowledge with one another and the wider industry?

Posted Feb 24, 2005

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