Social Networking

Enterprise social networking news, solutions, and analysis for IT professionals
  • Why privacy plays a part in social network's fiscal future

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 10:00 am

    As social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn strive to formulate sustainable business models built upon advertising or the selling of premium services, the biggest hurdle they face might rest within their users' increased awareness of online privacy.
  • Google acquisition rumors reflect Twitter's importance

    Posted April 3, 2009 - 3:45 pm

    While rumors of an imminent Google acquisition of Twitter were apparently offbase, it wouldn't be surprising to see the companies strike up a formal collaboration or partnership.
  • Google to Buy Twitter? Report Says Deal is in the Works

    Posted April 3, 2009 - 12:13 pm

    The rumor mill is in full gear over speculation that Google may acquire Twitter. The news comes from two separate and unnamed sources that claim talks between Google and Twitter are in the late stages, according to TechCrunch's Michael Arrington.
  • Snag your username before someone else does

    Posted April 2, 2009 - 8:03 am

    A new site helps you to find social networking sites where you've yet to claim your favorite username. Better grab it while you can!
  • University offers course in Twitter

    Posted March 31, 2009 - 5:31 pm

    Hot on the heels of the proposed change to the curriculum that will see Primary school children learning to use Twitter and Wikipedia, Birmingham City University has unveiled a one year Masters degree course that will look at blogging and social networks.
  • After early fame, DataPortability Project matures

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 4:08 pm

    The DataPortability Project tasted early fame in January 2008 when an indignant Robert Scoble joined the group after Facebook canceled the tech celebrity's account for exporting his friends list to Plaxo. The Scoble incident highlighted the problem of data lock-in among social-networking sites and thrust the young DataPortability Project, quietly created in November 2007, onto center stage. In this interview, Project cofounder Chris Saad shares the latest accomplishments and plans of the DataPortability Project.
  • Report: Enterprises Struggle to Adopt Social Networking

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 11:16 am

    While consumer social networks like Facebook and Twitter continue to garner significant attention from Web consumers and the marketing departments who want to reach them, the attempts to replicate these technologies for internal communications and employee collaboration remains nascent.
  • 4 ways companies use Twitter for business, according to Gartner

    Posted March 27, 2009 - 3:14 pm

    Gartner released a report today that highlights the different ways that companies are adopting Twitter for business use. Although Twitter was originally intended for communication among individuals, a number of organizations have begun to actively participate on the platform. However, not all companies are using Twitter in the same way.
  • Free Services to Streamline Social Networking

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 4:47 pm

    Social networking is great for keeping in touch, but how much time does it take? Our personal experience is that you can eat up an entire day managing your online social sites faster than you can accumulate pals on Facebook. Here are seven ways to make the experience less complex.
  • How to raise your business profile online

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 11:15 am

    Social networking isn't without its pitfalls. If you're not sure of someone's motives - or that they are who they say they are, or know who they say they do - ignore them. But if you can make web-based networking work for you, you stand to gain on several levels. Here, we'll show you how.
  • Google Apps missing enterprise social-networking revolution

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    As collaboration software rivals add enterprise social networking to their suites, Google's Apps is lagging behind.
  • LinkedIn Privacy Settings: What You Need to Know

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 9:58 am

    Since LinkedIn doesn't require you to share the same types of personal information as you do on Facebook, the service's privacy settings appear to be much more straightforward than its less business-oriented competitor. But if you leave the default settings in place, you might be surprised to know what information you make public on LinkedIn.
  • MySpace enhances data portability system

    Posted March 18, 2009 - 9:32 am

    MySpace is adding support for the open standards OAuth and OpenID.
  • Socialmedian launches Facebook Connect

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    As of today, Facebook Connect is the preferred way for people to login and participate on Socialmedian.

  • Bringing the Twitter-like Experience to the Enterprise

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 11:14 am

    Many companies have used Twitter - the short messaging service that enables discussions about current events, products and industry topics - for marketing and customer service. But it may also be a powerful enterprise collaboration tool.
  • How and Why to Launch a Business Presence on Twitter

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 11:06 am

    While Twitter's user base might seem small, compared to the Facebook behemoth, the return on engagement from Twitter fans is substantial. Here are the key steps your company must take before it can enjoy a viable Twitter presence.
  • Startup Smarts: 3 Tips for Better Business

    Posted March 16, 2009 - 10:39 am

    Startups are long-term vision oriented, social networking savvy and budget conscious.
  • Yahoo app lets people share location on Facebook

    Posted March 13, 2009 - 1:10 pm

    Yahoo released on Friday an application that lets Facebook members share their physical location with those on their list of friends.
  • Microsoft ‘Social Desktop’ weaves web connections around desktop files

    Posted March 11, 2009 - 7:21 am

    Microsoft's prototype Social Desktop allows sharing of local files directly on the Web.
  • Data control console released for social-networking users

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 3:20 pm

    A startup is tackling the data portability program with a central console for users to manage their social networking identity.
  • To Tweet or not to Tweet, that's not an option

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 11:35 am

    It is only from actually using Twitter that you'll get that "ah-ha" moment and realize this service is serious, that it matters and that it is important (in fact many think it already is a more important form of communication than blogging).
  • Facebook: promo Pages, personal profiles to converge

    Posted March 4, 2009 - 5:53 pm

    Facebook wants to make its personal profiles and promotional marketing Pages more like each other, and is starting the process next week.
  • Best Buy getting results from social network

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 5:37 pm

    Best Buy's two social networking gurus, Gary Koelling and Steve Bendt, knew their plan to create a network for employees would be successful when senior managers at the consumer electronics retailer agreed to fund it.
  • Software AG launches AlignSpace social network for BPM

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    Software AG wants to get people talking about business process management with a new social-networking site.
  • Facebook to revamp its Pages service for advertisers

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will announce on Wednesday a major upgrade to the company's Pages service, which lets advertisers create profiles on the social-networking site to promote their products and services.
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