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28 February 2008

B2B social network LinkedIn add status updates

B2B social network LinkedIn add status updatesIn early December 2007, B2B social networking site LinkedIn announced that it would be upgrading numerous aspects of their site, which included a new homepage and the introduction of an application platform.The new LinkedIn homepage, which went live today, includes a new dimension to the LinkedIn service; being a “status” feature which is akin t...

27 February 2008

UK social networking site acquired by Symbios’ 3BILL

UK social networking site acquired by Symbios’ 3BILLMobile billing provider 3BILL has announced the acquisition of social networking site, Profile Heaven.  The terms of the deal were not disclosed.The UK based social networking site aimed at 15-24 year olds was purchased for an undisclosed sum and will be re-branded and upgraded in the coming months in an attempt to grow the user-base.Martin...

25 February 2008

B2B social network LinkedIn users to connect on mobile

B2B social network LinkedIn users to connect on mobileLinkedIn, the popular business to business (B2B) social networking site has today announced its progression to mobile.LinkedIn users will now be able to network with the other 19 million users from their mobile phone, including iPhone’s and Blackberry’s.  Dan Nye, LinkedIn’s chief executive officer comments, “Let’s face it, every profession...

22 February 2008

Social bookmarking service Digg to broadcast live on Ustream.TV

Social bookmarking service Digg to broadcast live on Ustream.TVLive video broadcasting platform, Ustream.TV has announced that it will be providing a live streaming service to social bookmarking site, Digg.Digg, who will be hosting their first ‘Town Hall Meeting’ on Monday 25th of February, will be utilising the live broadcasting technology to communicate with users on what’s happening at Digg, answer user ...

21 February 2008

Media search platform to power search for growing social network

Media search platform to power search for growing social networkWhite label video and image search engine Pixsy has today announced a partnership with growing social network, PerfSpot.The partnership will see Pixsy power image search for PerfSpot’s eight million strong member base - where they take over from multimedia Truveo.Chief executive officer of PerfSpot, Hart Cunningham comments, “The Pixsy Image Sea...

21 February 2008

New white label social media monitoring platform launches

New white label social media monitoring platform launchesSocial media monitoring platform, Ripple6 has today announced the launch of their new white label platform.  Ripple6’s technology will allow publishers and marketers to embed a word-of-mouth analytics tool into their existing or newly formed social networking sites to ‘measure the flow of content and messages across communities.’  The ...

21 February 2008

Family Tree application launches on Bebo with $1.5m funding

Family Tree application launches on Bebo with $1.5m fundingFamilybuilder, a New York based software company has today announced the launch of their family tree building application on Bebo and already has over 10,000 users.The ‘Family Tree’ application launched on popular social utility Facebook in June of last year, and has so far surpassed 7 million subscribers, with the company expecting to reach 8 m...

20 February 2008

New social network for the entertainment industry

New social network for the entertainment industryA new social networking site for people working in the entertainment industry has launched today.  The Biz is a joint collaboration between entertainment resource Variety, and online career network Jobster.Entertainment professionals who join The Biz will have the ability to network with peers, promote products, exchange ideas and search fo...

20 February 2008

New ad distribution network to target teens on social networks

New ad distribution network to target teens on social networksYouth entertainment company GoFish has released a new ad distribution network to connect advertisers with the hard to reach youth market.Through the GoFish Network, advertisers will have the ability to reach 6-17 year olds through entertainment sites such as Miniclip, Cartoon Doll Emporium, Piczo and virtual world, Whyville.GoFish’s executive ch...

20 February 2008

Disney to focus on virtual worlds, social networks and online games

Disney to focus on virtual worlds, social networks and online gamesWalt Disney has made a commitment to better focus on kids and families online through a new team called Disney Online Studios.The new team, who are part of Disney Online will be launching a broad range of games, virtual worlds and online communities some of which will feature original Disney characters and stories, in addition to original conten...

18 February 2008

Second Life Residents to access their virtual world on mobile

Second Life Residents to access their virtual world on mobileArguably the world’s most popular virtual world, Second Life, will be soon be available to users on their mobile phone – providing they have a 3G (third generation) handset.Second Life on mobile is possible through a strategic partnership with Vollee, a specialist mobile gaming company and their mobile games streaming technology.Vollee’s chief e...

15 February 2008

Mobile social network pushes services in to Germany and Spain

Mobile social network pushes services in to Germany and SpainMobile social networking service, Mobango has today announced the deployment of localised versions in both German and Spanish.Mobango allows users to publish, convert and share user generated content from their mobile phone.  Mobango founder and chief executive officer, Fabio Pezzotti says that the launch in the German and Spanish markets i...

15 February 2008

Driver for BMW Formula 1 team adds social media to website

Driver for BMW Formula 1 team adds social media to websiteBMW Sauber's new Formula 1 test driver, Marko Asmer has announced the upgrade of his official website.Estonian born and based Asmer was announced as an official test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 team last week, where he joins a driving quartet including German Nick Heidfeld, Polish Robert Kubica and Austrian Christian Klien.The upgrade of MarkoA...

14 February 2008

Video-on-demand portal acquire online rap and hip hop community

Video-on-demand portal acquire online rap and hip hop communityVideo-on-demand portal, audiotube has today announced their acquisition of urban music community, Big Music Board.Big Music Board, which was established in 2003 and currently has over seven thousand members, was purchased by audiotube for an undisclosed sum. Although the announcement did not include details of how the two social networks will be...

14 February 2008

New social network for shoe-obsessed women

New social network for shoe-obsessed womenA new online community for shoe-obsessed women everywhere has launched today.Shoetube.tv, owned by US new media company Powderhouse Productions, features video, user-generated-content (UGC), photos and sponsor-created content in addition to blogs, forums and articles on shoe fashion and trends. Shoetube.tv says, “Shoetube.tv steps down the runwa...

14 February 2008

New online video platform allows publishers to monetise UGC

New online video platform allows publishers to monetise UGCInteractive media company Overlay.TV has released a new video platform that makes video customisable, interactive and easily monetised.The Overlay.TV platform enables every-day video publishers to place ‘overlays’ (be it text, pictures or animations) anywhere on the video.  Overlays can be turned on or off by the user, but when clicked on w...

13 February 2008

KickApps release social networking platform for consumers

KickApps release social networking platform for consumersKickApps, the US based social media platform, today announced that they have grown substantially over the last year, and claim that this now places them as “the platform of choice” for media companies and publishers.With the announcement of growth, the company have launched Yuku, a consumer orientated platform that allows every-day users to crea...

13 February 2008

Hip Hop star Fat Joe runs social media campaign to promote single

Hip Hop star Fat Joe runs social media campaign to promote singleImperial Records, the label of Hip Hop star Fat Joe has announced a new social media campaign to promote Fat Joe’s new single, ‘300 Brolic’ from The Elephant in the Room album.The campaign, which will run on social media platform Votigo, makes a call for the artists fans to create videos for ‘300 Brolic lip-syncing, dancing, directing or coverin...

13 February 2008

Social networking site Bebo expands mobile availability

Social networking site Bebo expands mobile availability The UK’s most popular social networking site, Bebo announced a partnership today that allows Beboers to access the site on their mobile phone.The partnership with Intercasting Corporation provides Bebo to Intercasting’s mobile social networking platform, ANTHEM.  Through ANTHEM, Bebo users will be able view photos, send and receive messages...

12 February 2008

Popularity for instant messenger on social utility Facebook grows

Popularity for instant messenger on social utility Facebook growsIn less than 30 days, Facebook users have sent over one million messages to each other in real-time conversation with thanks to a month old instant messenger application.Through the Social.IM application, users are able to have a live written conversation with friends, colleagues and family just as they might through traditional instant messenge...

08 February 2008

Facebook take long-awaited steps into internationalisation

Facebook take long-awaited steps into internationalisationFacebook is now available in Spanish as the social utility makes its first step in internationalising the site.  With the announcement also came the news that the site will also be translated into French and German within the coming weeks.Thanks to 1500 existing Spanish speaking members who translated the site, current users can change thei...

06 February 2008

New social networking software to connect apple iPod Touch and iPhone users

New social networking software to connect apple iPod Touch and iPhone usersNew software by a technology company in the United States connects apple iPod Touch and iPhone users when they are in a iFob hotspot.ICloseBy say their software iFob “brings the reality” back to social networking by automatically picking up the signal of another user and sending you their profile and vice versa.  iFob is free to download on...

06 February 2008

Facebook application notifications to change based on application popularity

Facebook application notifications to change based on application popularityFrom next week, the number of notifications that each Facebook application is able to send to application users will be determined by the popularity of the application.Due to complaints from Facebook users regarding the number of notifications they received in their News-Feed and Mini-Feed, Facebook restricted the amount of notifications that a ...

06 February 2008

VideoEgg host forum to discuss digital marketing engagement

VideoEgg host forum to discuss digital marketing engagementVideo ad network, VideoEgg announced its holding a one day forum to discuss digital marketing.The Engagement Debate ’08 will bring together digital marketing experts from a range of high profile companies including Universal McCann, Fox Interactive Media, TBWA, Ogilvy and Quantcast.Ian Schafer, CEO of media planning agency Deep Focus says, “The ...

05 February 2008

Online TV series for teens sees early success

Online TV series for teens sees early successBeActive, the creators of new online TV series for Portugal has reported that the new series is receiving more than 50,000 views every day.Flatmates, made for the 18-25 year old market, follows the story of three young college students from different walks of life in Portugal who are trying to find themselves, get to know each other and get thro...

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