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 always seemed to be the underdog Twitter client to TweetDeck. But that looks like it could change now that Seesmic has acquired Ping.fm and with it the ability to instantly update over 50 different social networks at once.
If you've ever wanted all your information in one place, your lucky days are upon you. The stars have begun to align and Santa is delivering some early Christmas gifts, including Google's FeedBurner RSS feed that automatically publishes to Twitter, WordPress blogs that can be posted to and read from Twitter apps, and a new Facebook URL shortener.
Atex’s baby, Polopoly Web CMS (news, site), came around for round 9.14 last week. The highlight of the new version is the inclusion of widget plug-in framework, which aims to make tacking on third-party website components that much easier.
As we inch closer to 2010, resolutions and predictions for the New Year are not uncommon. Many companies are addressing hot topics with webinars or at conferences. Even the legal industry and the companies that serve them are making lists. Let’s take a look.
Today at the LeWeb conference here in Paris, Ryan Sarver, Twitter's Director of Platform made a series of four announcements, including the unveiling of Chirp — a developer focused conference that will take place in San Francisco in Spring 2010.
Not a lot of details were provided, but there is a festive event page up, which is similarly scant on the finer points. A hard date has not yet been announced, but from comments over at TechCrunch Ryan Carson of Casonified is said to be producing the event. Ryan is also behind the Future of Web Apps and the Future of Web Design events.
The other 3 announcements made by Sarver include:
The real time "fire hose" of data will be made available for all developer partners, not just the big boys like Google and Microsoft. This is a 2010 item.
Twitter developers will get a new, cozy home on the web. The new dev website will be designed to better facilitate individual productivity, company transparency and collaboration.
Developers using oAuth for access will soon get a 10x increase in the cap of requests per hour that they can make. Those using Basic Auth will need to move on as support for this will be phased out over the next 6 months.
What can we in the content and collaboration industry read from these and other themes at LeWeb?
I see two obvious items. First, the real time data expectations are going to affect what customers expect of content and collaboration technologies — non-real time is going to start appearing dated. Second, integration of data, sentiment and identity from services such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace is going to become increasingly seen as a standard requirement. Products which claim to be marketing suites will need to be pushing and pulling data in and out of the social fire hoses.
Google is so quick to fire out similar solutions after a rival has, we’re beginning to wonder if this is some sort of game they just play for fun. Maybe they have a stockpile of them somewhere, labeled and ready to go? Who knows. What we do know is that less than a day after Facebook announced their linkup with Facebook Connect and Yahoo, Google busted out with a trendy integration of its own.
If you use Google’s Friend Connect site, you now have the option to log in with your Google or Twitter credentials. This means you can login to any of the nine million sites that utilize Friend Connect and, if you have a Twitter account, can tweet new memberships with friends, interesting content etc., with just a click. See here:
Facebook has made a name for itself, and has managed to touch almost every corner of the Web with the Facebook Connect feature. That level of success mixed with a company as large as Yahoo is certainly a recipe for a favorable outcome, but Google and Twitter are giant giants as well. What we're seeing is a war for the Web, no doubt, but whose pool of power will reign supreme? It's hard to say.
Right now, the numbers tell us that the Facebook/Yahoo duo has the advantage, thanks to the social platform's massive amount of users (somewhere around 350 million). But then again, Twitter's simple mission took the Internet by storm, and is now so ubiquitous that it's odd to think there are people and companies out there that haven't signed up.
In any event, the battle for the throne will be an interesting one to watch.
CoreMedia is set to show off the latest version of their web content management system at the IMS 2009 this week.
They call it a fully integrated platform that combines core content management, social networking, enterprise integration and multi-touchpoint delivery. The Web CMS vendor will demonstrate two-way integration with social networking sites like Facebook and talk about the next generation of content management.
In addition to demonstrating their latest CMS, CoreMedia's Vice President Marketing, Rene Hermes, will also be talking about how customer engagement is becoming more challenging with the number of touchpoints available to reach and talk to customers. He will explain how a web content management system can be used to deliver web experiences that cross these touchpoints.
You can hear that talk on Wednesday, December 2 at 2:30 pm and also sit in on a few more including Modera, Telerik and TERMINALFOUR.
If you aren't able to attend IMS 2009, you can learn read about Hermes views on multi-touchpoint on the CoreMedia blog.
"With the EContent 100 list, we name the companies that we believe demonstrate continued leadership in the content industry, as well as those whose innovation foreshadows all that digital content has to offer," said Michelle Manafy, Editor-in-Chief of EContent Magazine.
As usual this year's lot includes a ton of familiar faces. As much as we'd love to cover everyone's viability in the market, we simply haven't the time, but here's a quickie on some of the names and categories that stood out:
It seems that Google Chrome is (still) slowly but surely moving in the frills direction. This spring Google announced the simple browser's first official extensions, and then in September they removed the developer flag, opening up the doors for higher volume participation.
This week it was announced on Google's blog that the Chromium team is officially accepting submissions from third-party developers. Big G provides information for writing an extension here, and once it's ready to go all a developer has to do is upload a zip file of the code and an icon for easy recognition. Descriptive information in the form of text and screenshots or YouTube videos is also welcome.
Once an extension is uploaded, Google takes care of packaging and signing, and if a developer wants to update their baby, all it requires is a new file uploaded to the gallery. Additionally, over the next few days Google plans to open up the gallery to a select group of testers in order to provide insights and bug reports.
And all of this is happening before the beta launch in hopes that things will be extra polished for the real release.
"We can't wait to share all the great extensions that you'll submit with all of Google Chrome's users," writes Lei Zhing of Google Chrome. And honestly? We're pretty curious ourselves. Let us know what you'd like cooked up, or check out what people are already asking for here.
Well guys, it’s safe to say that we’re finally in the clear.
For awhile there things looked pretty bad for Skype (news, site), as eBay and the platform’s original co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis battled it out over legal issues.
The whole sitch started looking up a couple weeks ago when the opposing sides finally came to an agreement, granting Skype ownership of critical software. The settlement opened up some doors, and last Thursday eBay sold a 70 percent stake in the company for somewhere around US$ 1.9 billion up front with another US$ 125 million on the way. The remaining 30 percent stays with eBay.
Zennstrom and Friis now have a substantial hold on their creation through Joltid, part of the investor group that purchased the large chunk from the auction king.
Among the relieved is Skype CEO Josh Silverman, who says, “You’ll see Skype become a lot more ubiquitous in a lot more places, both mobile devices as well as embedded devices,” he says, adding “expect to see us on a lot more platforms.”
Follow them here, and let's see how things fare in 2010.
This week Six Apart (news, site) launched their very own microblogging service to complement the burgeoning family of TypePad conversational media hubs. TypePad Micro aims not to compete, but to work in tandem with popular services like Twitter.
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