Social Networking

Enterprise social networking news, solutions, and analysis for IT professionals
  • How Facebook and Twitter Are Changing Data Privacy Rules

    Posted June 15, 2009 - 1:08 pm

    Web 2.0 applications connect like Legos, creating opportunities for companies to gather incredible amounts of data. On social networks and blogs, people post vast amounts of information about themselves. Marketers, meanwhile, are developing ever-better tools to exploit information about what individuals do online. Companies routinely unlock sensitive data for business partners. As businesses enter into cloud computing, they will give custody of their data to service providers. These trends create the potential for unprecedented insight into people's behavior and open new ways to do business. But they also create challenging questions about privacy.
  • Facebook 'Pick Five' Lists: The Hottest and the Wildest

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 5:34 pm

    Facebook users are sharing more than 1 billion pieces of content (Web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photos, etc.) each week, and one of the most popular is the Pick Five list from Facebook app developer LivingSocial. If you visit Facebook regularly, you've probably filled out at least one of these Top Five lists. I have--they're hard to resist.
  • IBM preps social network to boost partners' business

    Posted June 9, 2009 - 3:22 pm

    IBM will launch this month a social-networking site for its 100,000 partners worldwide to let them exchange ideas, showcase their expertise and market focus, share best practices and collaborate on deals.
  • Web 2.0 Security: Things to Know about the Social Web

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 11:04 am

    Websense CTO Dan Hubbard outlines four ways companies can protect their information from threats and compromise on the social Web.
  • Twitter Tips: URL Shorteners Do More Than Save Space

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 9:39 am

    Since Twitter limits messages to 140 characters, users have quickly come to depend on "URL shorteners." These free services shrink URLs to a manageable, eye-friendly size. Some shortening tools even allow you track the number of clicks that a URL receives. But all shorteners aren't alike.
  • Yahoo sets date for shutting down 360 social network

    Posted May 29, 2009 - 9:16 pm

    Yahoo will close its Yahoo 360 social-networking site in July, something it originally planned to do in early 2008 and later delayed to last year's second half.
  • Autonomy tool analyzes data from Facebook, social networks

    Posted May 27, 2009 - 2:54 pm

    Autonomy is giving businesses a way to analyze and react to discussion of their products and services on social media sites.
  • Want to friend the feds?

    Posted May 26, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    The U.S. General Services Administration last week launched a government-wide YouTube channel to provide one central location for citizens to view video clips created by 25 federal agencies. The U.S. Government Channel -- which was viewed 82,000 times in its first week -- is the latest effort by the feds to embrace social media.
  • Social Network Etiquette: Introducing Yourself

    Posted May 26, 2009 - 10:42 am

    When it comes to social networking etiquette, the building block is having a consistent policy and then communicating it clearly to current and prospective contacts who connect with you on social networks, says Kirsten Dixson, a reputation management and online identity expert, who co-authored the book Career Distinction, Stand Out By Building Your Brand.
  • Facebook blocked in Iran ahead of elections

    Posted May 25, 2009 - 9:53 am

    Social networking site Facebook has been blocked in Iran since Saturday, according to the country's opposition, as opposition voters increasingly turn to online tools like social networking to promote their candidates.
  • Sleep: Gadgets giveth, gadgets taketh away

    Posted May 24, 2009 - 9:36 pm

    Consumer electronics can wreck sleep, but new products can knock you out, too.
  • Facebook (and Others) May Keep Your Deleted Photos

    Posted May 21, 2009 - 4:11 pm

    Remember that time you slathered yourself with body glitter and went running through the streets of your hometown? Well, despite deleting those pictures already, they may still exist on Facebook or MySpace's servers and be readily accessible for all who want to scope them out that.
  • Are Baby Boomers Killing Facebook and Twitter?

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    The story is as old as the Web: A social network born among twenty-something college kids and young wired professionals grows into a cultural phenomenon. Eventually, it draws the attention of millions of Baby Boomers. We've seen this play out on MySpace and Facebook, and now it is starting to happen on Twitter.
  • Partnerpedia helps the channel be more successful

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 11:34 am

    Constructive, a Vancouver-based vendor of Web-based ecosystems and partner portal solutions, and also the company behind the branded online partner portal community, Partnerpedia, is looking to gather as many IT channel members to its Web site as it can, said the company's CEO.
  • Review

    Update All Your Social Networks at Once with

    Posted May 14, 2009 - 4:26 pm

    Want to tell the world you just scored tickets to Coldplay? If you subscribe to more than a couple social networks, it might take you longer to post all your updates than it did to buy the tickets. aims to make updates a unified affair: Just send your missive to the service and it'll post it to all your networks.
  • SelectMinds: When More Than Facebook Is Needed

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 10:14 am

    As companies continue to level job cuts across the enterprise, alumni networks have sprung up in all directions as former employees work with each other to find new job opportunities. This increase in alumni groups has caused many companies to seek out SelectMinds, a maker of enterprise social networking software.
  • Can Social Networking Be Secure at Work?

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 9:22 am

    As more workers spend a greater part of their days on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, hackers have turned their energies toward spreading their malware across those services, harming workstations and company networks. That's the contention of a recent report measuring Web 2.0-targeted hacks.
  • Twitter Tips: How And Why To Use Hashtags (#)

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 9:13 am

    As the tweets pile up, the extra time you take to thoughtfully categorize your tweets with a hashtag will help the greater Twitter community (and you individually) make the most of the service.
  • Review

    Twitterrific 2 for iPhone

    Posted May 8, 2009 - 11:58 am

    Twitterrific 2.0 for iPhone has been approved by Apple and will likely be released on the App Store Friday. It will be a free upgrade for all existing users. I've been testing this version for a few weeks; here's a hands-on first look.
  • NewsGator's enterprise collaboration SW adds brainstorming

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 2:13 pm

    NewsGator's enterprise social-networking product, Social Sites, now has a component for employees to submit, discuss and evaluate ideas for business projects.
  • Job hunting? Use social networks to make crucial connections

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 10:41 am

    LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can do much more than just let you blow off some steam.
  • Can your online past come back to haunt you?

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 10:37 am

    Not everyone agrees that those binge-drinking photos on Facebook really matter.
  • Mobile social network connects to Facebook, Twitter

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 10:13 am

    Mobile social network GyPSii has launched CONNECT, a Web-based service that allows its users to automatically update and share their status across Twitter and Facebook as well as its own network, the company announced on Thursday.
  • Facebook Introduces Live-Streaming Updates

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 8:19 pm

    Facebook is flipping the "live" switch on its home page, sending your stream of friend updates into motion for the first time.
  • Review

    Facebook for Mobiles v1.5: Getting closer to the real thing

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 4:57 pm

    Back in March, I wrote a little note about BlackBerry apps that weren't worth the download. One application in particular I didn't find very useful was Facebook for Mobiles.

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