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31 July 2008

Business referral network Passitto.com announces integration with LinkedIn

Business referral network Passitto.com announces integration with LinkedIn Online business referral community Passitto.com has announced its integration with professional networking website LinkedIn.  The two platforms are now connected through several new applications, with the potential to expand the viral range of Passitto’s word-of-mouth referral and leads system to all LinkedIn users. The new functi...

31 July 2008

Content sharing platform Drop.io to integrate with Twitter

Content sharing platform Drop.io to integrate with Twitter Private content sharing enabler Drop.io has announced a new version of its applications suite, timed to coincide with the package’s integration with social networking and micro-blogging platform Twitter. Twitter users will now benefit from ‘real-time’ sharing of files previously uploaded to online sharing points (called a ‘drop’) throu...

31 July 2008

YouTube announces separation of language and locality personalisation options

YouTube announces separation of language and locality personalisation optionsGoogle-owned popular video sharing site YouTube has announced the addition of a new functionality that will allow for further personalisation of user experience on the platform.  Following up on the opening last year in different parts of the world of local sites tailored to specific national communities, YouTube has now separated langu...

31 July 2008

YouTube buys video editing applications provider Omnisio for $15 million

YouTube buys video editing applications provider Omnisio for $15 million Omnisio, a provider of online video customisation technology, has been bought by Google-owned YouTube.  The mind-child of three young Australians, it offers a panel of options for personalising video content found on video sharing sites such as YouTube or daily motion. The applications on offer enable cut out the sequences that re...

30 July 2008

Whrrl announces new social game and discovery application for Facebook

Whrrl announces new social game and discovery application for FacebookMobile social network service Whrrl has released a new social discovery application for Facebook.  Christened “Been Here? Like it or Not?”, it presents itself as an interactive game in which users compete to show their friends that they are the most clued-up as to where the best venues are in their locality and beyond. First tim...

30 July 2008

The Blue Cross launch Talking Pets viral campaign for its All About Pets social network

The Blue Cross launch Talking Pets viral campaign for its All About Pets social network The strong love the British feel for their animals is one of the nation’s many idiosyncrasies.  According to a survey conducted by pet charity The Blue Cross, 97% of pet owners take it as far as routinely chatting to their companions.  This finding has inspired the organisation to launch an innovative viral campaign based on a q...

30 July 2008

Social media platform Moblyng enables user generated content on mobile

Social media platform Moblyng enables user generated content on mobile Mobile social media solutions provider Moblyng announced today the expansion of its website’s mobile component m.moblyng.com, enabling users to directly access rich media content such as videos, slide shows and photos hosted on popular social media sites such as MySpace or YouTube. The new functionality will take its place alongsi...

30 July 2008

Journalism workshop to empower bloggers at BlogWorld & New Media Expo

Journalism workshop to empower bloggers at BlogWorld & New Media Expo As the use of social media spreads, private individuals are increasingly concerned with giving a professional feel to the online content they create.  The organisers of the upcoming BlogWorld & New Media Expo, a tradeshow, conference and media event dedicated to promoting the dynamic industry of blogging and new media, have dec...

29 July 2008

LiveWorld delivers key-in-hand social website development tool LiveAPI 2.0

LiveWorld delivers key-in-hand social website development tool LiveAPI 2.0Social media marketing agency LiveWorld, Inc. has launched a new range of application program interfaces (APIs) for its social network platform.  Christened LiveAPI 2.0, the new offering is designed as a tool for independent agencies as well as corporate development teams who wish to plan, construct, maintain and fine-tune branded socia...

29 July 2008

Volantis Storefront drives viral marketing to mobiles through Facebook platform

Volantis Storefront drives viral marketing to mobiles through Facebook platform Announced today, the latest version of the Volantis Storefront mobile commerce product aims to enable promoters to reach out to consumers accessing Facebook through their mobile handset, providing them with a new tool for leveraging the marketing potential of mobile social networks. The ability to access their favourite social netwo...

29 July 2008

Pluck social media tools to drive BSkyB online networking platform

Pluck social media tools to drive BSkyB online networking platform As from september, British Sky Broadcasting (Sky)’s Sky Community platform will be supporting a new range of social media tools from Pluck, a provider of of social media capabilities to publishers, brands and retailers. The new functionality incorporates cross-site user profiling that is intended to enable seamless navigation betwee...

28 July 2008

3jane relaunches music social network Makeoutclub

3jane relaunches music social network Makeoutclub Media design and services firm 3jane has announced the relaunching of Makeoutclub (MOC), a pioneering social networking platform that since its foundation eight years ago has been a meeting place for the underground music community.  The new version showcases several original functionalities that aim to offer hardcore, emo and indi...

28 July 2008

Mobile social network GyPSii delivers lifestyle application

Mobile social network GyPSii delivers lifestyle application Geo-mobility social networking platform GeoSentric Oyj (GyPSii) has announced an agreement whereby it will be providing technology, products, worldwide data centre infrastructure, and GyPSii branding rights on a worldwide non-exclusive basis for a number of hand-held devices manufactured by international technology giant Samsung. ...

28 July 2008

UAN.ME launched to promote new "Social Bookmarketing" concept

UAN.ME launched to promote new "Social Bookmarketing" concept Announced today, a website called UAN.ME aims to reconcile social bookmarking with online marketing.  Built on the new DOT ME top level domain (TLD), the platform calls this deliberately liberal approach "Social Bookmarketing". In concrete terms, UAN.ME is an online venue that allows search engine optimization (SEO) firms and inte...

25 July 2008

New NetKnot claims it will take social networking one step further

New NetKnot claims it will take social networking one step furtherA new website announced today claims to embody the next stage of development from classic social networking platforms, in the shape of a fully integrated “Lifestyle Management System” Netkot. The press release announcing the launching endeavours to make explicit the innovative character of the offering by listing a number of original fea...

25 July 2008

New social network mychillpill launches for “the unbalanced”

New social network mychillpill launches for “the unbalanced”A new online networking platform was launched today to the rallying call of, "We've Got Issues - Social Networking for the Unbalanced."  Geared towards those whose mental health, basic character or mere current state of mind is a hindrance to their social life, mychillpill.com aims to provide a venue where such problems can be freely ad...

24 July 2008

Trails.com relaunch brings Pluck social media tools to outdoor sports community

Trails.com relaunch brings Pluck social media tools to outdoor sports community Popular outdoor lifestyle network Trails.com was relaunched today, introducing a variety of new features.  Announced by Trails.com’s parent company Demand Media, the new version aims The applications on offer include interactive “Browse by Map” feature to help users plan their treks in advance, trail summaries, trail photos, tra...

24 July 2008

Affiliate social marketing platform Offergrapevine reports early success

Affiliate social marketing platform Offergrapevine reports early success In the first five days of its pre-launch campaign, a new website combining social networking and affiliate marketing has gained over 10,000 members.  Built around a “one-click” affiliate networking tool that enables individual users to quickly build a large personal buying network (or “grapevine”), OfferGrapevine.com is alleged to o...

24 July 2008

myartspace.com announces UGC contest for valuable arts scholarship prizes

myartspace.com announces UGC contest for valuable arts scholarship prizesTo those still under the impression that user generated content (UGC) typically consists in little more than happy snaps and home videos, a contest announced today by online artist community myartspace.com may come as a revelation of user-created media’s more sophisticated side.The competition presents itself as a scholarship program for arts st...

23 July 2008

Social networking site checkMD aims to drive healthcare reform

Social networking site checkMD aims to drive healthcare reform Announced today, a new social network centred on healthcare aims to help solve healthcare problems on two levels at once by linking the concrete medical difficulties faced by United States’ citizens to those affecting the national healthcare system that is supposed to address them.  To this end, CheckMD endeavours to provide a resou...

23 July 2008

AOL’s Platform-A announces Goowy widget-based advertising tool at no extra charge

AOL’s Platform-A announces Goowy widget-based advertising tool at no extra chargeAOL’s digital advertising arm Platform-A announced today the addition of AOL subsidiary Goowy’s widget creation and management service to its advertisement distribution offer.  By putting together creation, syndication and measurement tools into a single package, the new feature aims to provide a key-in-hand solution for implementing w...

23 July 2008

Association of Virtual Worlds launches closed beta online headquarters

Association of Virtual Worlds launches closed beta online headquarters The Association of Virtual Worlds (AVW), a worldwide professional association for the fast expanding virtual worlds industry, has announced the opening on an invitation-only basis of its company headquarters. In keeping with the object of the organisation, these consist of a 3D subsisting online environment. In their current closed...

22 July 2008

B2B social network LinkedIn forms strategic partnership with New York Times

B2B social network LinkedIn forms strategic partnership with New York Times Online broadsheet NYTimes.com and professional networking site LinkedIn announced today that they had reached an agreement that will allow LinkedIn members to opt for automatic personalisation of the news presented to them on the Business and Technology sections of NYTimes.com. When the option is selected, the LinkedIn user visitin...

22 July 2008

Social fundraising site uPlej aims to help charities through the credit crunch

Social fundraising site uPlej aims to help charities through the credit crunchWith private debt and commodity prices soaring, donations to charitable causes may be expected to slump as consumer spending patterns adjust to lower levels of disposable income.  Announced today, a new website called uPlej aims to adapt fundraising strategy to less affluent times by turning the viral nature of social networks into a force ...

22 July 2008

Sporting network eFans to re-launch in time for Beijing Olympics

Sporting network eFans to re-launch in time for Beijing Olympics Sports-centred social network eFans has announced it will re-launch in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  With several new features on display, the site’s stated ambition is to become the web’s most popular venue for all people interested in athletics, although the site also caters for all manner of other sports. As its na...

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