Social Media and Communities

Ask Jeeves, Inc., a provider of information retrieval technologies, brands, and Internet advertising services, has acquired Trustic, Inc., the company that owns and operates Bloglines. Bloglines is a free online service for searching, subscribing, publishing, and sharing RSS feeds, blogs, and rich Web content. Bloglines will continue to operate uninterrupted as an independent brand in the Ask Jeeves portfolio and retain its name and unique URL: www.bloglines.com.

Posted Feb 08, 2005

Penn Media has announced that it will publish fifty of its flagship owned and operated ezines as blogs. The company has contracted with Pheedo, Inc. to guide them through the evolution and provide RSS and Weblog advertising services. Penn Media plans to continue publishing the ezines and run them concurrently, but allow readers to communicate with each other through the blog.

Posted Feb 04, 2005

iUpload, a content management and corporate blogging solution provider, has announced a partnership with Pheedo, a company that offers a set of tools to create, promote, analyze, and optimize advertising in their weblogs and content feeds.

Posted Jan 25, 2005

Cymfony, Inc., a provider of automated media measurement, market research, and business intelligence, has announced the launch of Digital Consumer Insight to help companies understand digital influencers.

Posted Jan 25, 2005

The Gilbane Report has announced that it has made all Gilbane Reports available free of charge, and that there will no longer be a charge for subscriptions. The Gilbane Report also announced the launch of a new Weblog that will be authored by Gilbane analysts and consultants.

Posted Jan 11, 2005

Six Apart, makers of the Movable Type publishing platform and TypePad personal weblogging service, has acquired Danga Interactive, Inc., the operators of the LiveJournal service, for an undisclosed amount of stock and cash.

Posted Jan 11, 2005

BURST! Media, a provider of Internet advertising services, has begun to sell advertising on more than 20 blogs in its 2,000+ site network.

Posted Jan 04, 2005

Bacon's Information, Inc., a provider of media research, distribution, monitoring, and evaluation services for public relations, marketing, and corporate communications professionals, has announced the acquisition of Delahaye Medialink. Bacon's has also announced that it will now monitor online news blogs.

Posted Jan 04, 2005

Userplane has introduced the Userplane AV Blogger, a free service that is designed to enable virtually anyone to create audio/visual recorded messages for use in blogs, Web sites, and email.

Posted Dec 17, 2004

The MSN network of Internet services has introduced updates to its free communication services in an effort to make email, instant messaging, and online sharing easier and more personal for consumers.

Posted Dec 07, 2004

Bloglines, a free online service for searching, subscribing, publishing, and sharing news feeds, blogs, and rich Web content has unveiled an internationalized Web site that allows people who speak Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish to join and navigate the Bloglines service in their native languages.

Posted Dec 07, 2004

Google Inc. has launched the next generation Google Groups on the 'Groups' link of the Google home page.

Posted Dec 07, 2004

HighBeam Research, Inc. has partnered with blogger Christopher Locke in an effort to help the company develop a new resource for bloggers and aspiring bloggers.

Posted Dec 03, 2004

We are accustomed to looking for a brand name but, clearly, a number of info pros are still reluctant to put our seal of approval on an emerging reference source.

Posted Dec 01, 2004

CyberAlert, Inc., a media monitoring company, has announced the launch of BlogSquirrel, a service that is designed to enable businesses to efficiently monitor the contents of over 100,000 blogs.

Posted Nov 12, 2004

You may have heard me drone on that people will pay for content that facilitates connecting to others. Well that same principle is now being played out in another content area: online gaming.

Posted Nov 10, 2004

The overriding goal of implementing CM, CRM, KM, BPM, and collaboration technologies is to make enterprise employees operate more efficiently, but sometimes in spite of all these databases and information repositories and graphical front-ends, business needs to get done with good old-fashioned, one-to-one human communication. But do how do you make the connection? Somewhere in the organization is someone who has an answer, if only you knew who that person is or even how to look for him/her. The answer may lie in a growing niche market known as Expert Locator software.

Posted Oct 27, 2004

I can only imagine how my teenage years would have been different—but probably no less misspent—had there been online social networking systems like Friendster or orkut.

Posted Oct 27, 2004

Traction Software, Inc, an enterprise Weblog software provider, has announced Traction TeamPage and Traction Communicator Release 3.5.

Posted Oct 26, 2004

Ah, the coveted 18-24 year-old voter. Every election year, the public is assaulted with statistics on the apathy of youth, and experts and political pundits debate how to get the demographic registered and voting. MTV and Rock the Vote want to make it cool to vote, and, this election year, they have the very specific goal of getting 20 million 18-24 year olds to the voting booths.

Posted Oct 26, 2004

Transvector has released BlogFlix, an online service that creates and delivers videos for blog entries.

Posted Oct 22, 2004

In the world of politics, voters are taking advantage of the Web to track the progress of their favorite candidates, monitor what the other side is up to, and support causes they believe in.

Posted Oct 08, 2004

In February 2004 several CM experts were invited to present a one-day workshop on CM for Information Architects at the IA Summit sponsored by AIfIA and ASIS&T in Austin, TX. The CM professional in attendance were quite envious of AIfIA (the Asilomar Institute of Information Architecture, an international community of practice created by Lou Rosenfeld, Christina Wodtke, and other IA luminaries. So we asked Rosenfeld and Peter Morville to help us create a similar community for CM.

Posted Oct 05, 2004

Setting up the technology for major events means creating the infrastructure equivalent of a temporary city. At the Democratic National Convention held in Boston’s Fleet Center July 26-29, more than a year of planning culminated with Verizon, the main contractor, employing 200 people for several months to install 4,000 miles of cabling to support convention organizers, the real-time econtent requirements of the media, and the massive security operations.

Posted Sep 29, 2004

O'Reilly has unveiled a Digital Media Web site, designed to bring digital media users together.

Posted Sep 17, 2004

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