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Social Media Minute: Social to Rule the Enterprise, Unless Spam and Malware Win Out

Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:

  • Gartner Says Social Will Rule The Enterprise
  • Twitter Use Growing Fast in the U.K.
  • Watch Out For Social Networking Spam and Malware
  • Facebook: Our Users Are Aware of Privacy Settings

Whispurr Offers Simple Social Networking in 300 Characters

Whispurr Offers Simple Social Networking in 300 Characters

Looks like Twitter (news, site) and its 140 character limit was not enough. Another upcoming social site/micro-post vendor called Whispurr wants you to expand your character limit horizons, while keeping it simple.

Google Social Search Steps into Beta, Challenges Facebook?

Google has challenged popular networks like Facebook and further blurred the line between social networking and search by graduating their Social Search tool to beta for all Google users.  

Social Media Minute: The Rise of Mobile Social Networking, The Decline of Active Twitterers

Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:

  • Facebook Name Largest Mobile Social Network, With Twitter On Its Heels
  • Very Few Use Their Mobile To Browse the Internet
  • Social Networking Use Up 82%
  • The Typical Twitter User Isn't Very Active

Kyte Revamps, Offers Fully Loaded Video Management

Kyte Revamps, Offers Fully Loaded Video Management Though Kyte (news, site) originally launched as a consumer-focused video product, the company has been aggressively expanding their services for their Tier 1 clients. Hoping to become an online video platform provider to reckon with, today’s release of Kyte Console 2.0 offers improved content management as well as some nifty new features.  

Yuuguu Offers Instant Conferencing, Chat and Meetings in One

yuuguu_logo_2010.jpgBritish software company Yuuguu hits the market with a messaging platform for all seasons offering a range of collaboration and communication tools.

Seesmic Look: Social Media Marketing with Twitter

Seesmic Look: Twitter Gets a Makeover, Goes MainstreamSick of TweetDeck, Twhirl or Twitterific? Of alliterative Twitter clients? Then maybe Seesmic (news, site) has what you’re looking for. The new Seesmic Look is for the Twitter user in need of a simple, sleek solution (sorry).  

Social Media Minute: Social Media Popularity Rises, IE Declared Unsafe

Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:

  • ICQ Launches New Client With Real time Features
  • Study: Social Networks Not Keeping Students Up At Night
  • Majority Of Internet Users Use Social Media
  • Internet Explorer Declared Unsafe By Germany, France

Twitter Takes on Facebook Connect With New Tools for Website Integration

Twitter Takes on Facebook Connect With New Tools for Website Integration Why waste all that time creating an account on a website when you can login with one click of your mouse? Such is the beauty of Facebook Connect. And, if we’re lucky, soon the same will go for Twitter (news, site) as well.

Word on the street is that the microblogging champs are planning to release a set of tools that will enable third party websites to integrate Twitter features directly into their websites and services.

Not to be mistaken for Twitter’s Simply Buttons with a new look (the buttons let users on third party sites sign into Twitter), the new features will reportedly allow websites to authenticate users, pull data and publish it back to Twitter. Though it’s true that all these functionalities currently exist, they’re not wrapped in the neat little package that Facebook Connect offers.

Facebook Connect has gained massive popularity since its release in 2008, currently extending to 80,000 websites with a monthly 60 million users. And let’s not forget a recent and fairly significant move from Myspace. Once thought to be the king of social networks, the site bowed pretty low when it integrated Facebook Connect into its Fan Video service last week.

Will Twitter’s upcoming tools catch on? Towards the end of 2009 our fine feathered friend saw an unexpected leveling out in their growth rate, causing many to wonder the site would do next. Perhaps these connectivity tools are one their tricks for an explosive 2010. 

The End of an Era: Myspace Implements Facebook Connect

The End of an Era: Myspace Implements Facebook ConnectOnce upon a time Myspace was the king of social networking and everyone in the land worshipped it for its profile customizability and infamous Top 8 function.

Facebook has long since usurped the throne when it comes to growth and overall number of users, but rather than be bitter it appears Myspace is adopting a familiar adage: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

What we’re talking about of course is Myspace’s recent decision to implement Facebook Connect on its Fan Video service. The service (if it’s not blocked in your region) allows a user to mashup eight music videos. Once a mashup is complete they can utilize the implementation for sharing their Myspace creations directly with Facebook friends.

The idea is that by bringing media from Myspace—now primarily known for music and video—back to Facebook, which continuously lacks in both areas, Myspace will be able to leverage their content and expose it to millions that may not have seen it otherwise. It’s a pretty anticlimactic development if you’re blocked from using Fan Video, but it speaks volumes about who’s who in social networking.

Finally, now partners rather than enemies, it will be interesting to see how Myspace's commitment to using Facebook's technology will continue to play out in 2010.

Sentiment Tracking Firm Raises $22 Mil 3rd Round

Sentiment Tracking Firm Raises $22 Mil 3rd RoundThere’s reason to believe in social media monitoring startup Visible Technologies (news, site). The company recently raised US$ 22 million in Series C funding, totaling their pot to a nice US$ 34 million. The dollars came from Investor Growth Capital, while previous backers Centurion Holdings, Ignition Partners, In-Q-Tel and WPP, also participated.

Social Media Minute: Privacy is in the Past, What Twitter Users Tweet About

Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:

  • Mark Zuckerberg Says Privacy Is In The Past
  • Social Networks Help Raise Money for Haiti
  • Facebook Now Allows You To Comment Via Email
  • Exploring Tweets: What Twitter Users Talk About

Mzinga Adds Social Video via Kaltura Partnership

Kaltura open source video platformKaltura's online video platform is going more places as of today. Mzinga (news, site) has integrated Kaltura's enterprise video solution into their OmniSocialTM social software platform.

Google's Open Web Momentum, Boosted by Chris Messina?

Everyone knows that there are idealists, and there are pragmatists, and the two don't mix. Right? Well, the world is rarely that black and white. Want proof? A key name in the history of open source and the open web has just gone to work for a company-devouring corporation.

Movable Type 5 Released, Adds Versioning, Better Management

Movable Type 5 Comes Out to Play, Brings Version TrackingWe’re about a week into the New Year, but don’t cork up those bottles just yet. At long last, Six Apart (news, site) has released Movable Type 5. The new version is being called “a great milestone in the 8 years of Movable Type history” by its team, and MT users are more than happy to welcome some long-awaited features — features which we say take this project one step closer being a full-fledged Web CMS.  

Jive Gets Social Media Monitoring via Filtrbox Acquisition

Jive Acquires FiltrBox for Social Media MonitoringThe start of 2010 is bring news of acquisitions left and right in the social media world. Not to be left out, Jive Software (news, site) adds their name to the list of acquirers picking up social media monitoring provider Filtrbox.


Social Media Minute: Facebook Crowd-Sources Content Policing, Social Acquisitions Galore

Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:

  • Facebook Asks Users To Point Out Inappropriate Content
  • Seesmic Buys for Status Aggregation
  • Social Networking Sites Prime Targets for Cybercrimminals
  • Critical Path Buys Up Shozu

Mobile Social Media Provider ShoZu Acquired by Critical Path

shozu_logo_2010.jpg Social Media is a hot ticket for VCs. ShoZu alone picked up US$ 25 million total in funding from investors since its inception. That investment has paid off as ShoZu gets acquired by Critical Path, a provider of messaging services and software.

Seesmic Acquires; Keep All Your Social Networks Updated

seesmic_logo_2010.jpg Seesmic always seemed to be the underdog Twitter client to TweetDeck. But that looks like it could change now that Seesmic has acquired and with it the ability to instantly update over 50 different social networks at once.

Social Media Minute: Bing Goes iPhone, Microsoft Gets Called Out

Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:

  • Bing Joins iPhone App Store Ranks With New App
  • Twitter Begins Trials of Business-focused Features
  • Microsoft Pulls Micro-Blogging Product In China
  • Coming Soon: Reply To Facebook Messages Via Email