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Content tagged with Social posted in April 2011
SAS Institute Creates Internal Facebook With Socialcast
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Socialcast offers support for internal company activity streams that mimic the news feed on a Facebook page and is available as a service or as a software appliance.
Congress To Question White House On Digital Communications
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
A House committee will consider whether social-networking communications of White House staffers should be preserved according to the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
Wildfire Helps SMBs With Social Media Marketing
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Here's a Web app that you don't need a lot of money or technical know-how to use.
VMware, Why Are You Buying SlideRocket?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
Acquiring the presentation software company and pushing into end-user apps seems strange, but the virtualization firm's new VP of apps insists it's core to what they do.
IBM Tutors Yale Students On Social Media Analytics
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
Cognos Consumer Insight business intelligence and analytic tools used by Yale MBA candidates to seek insight and identify evolving topics.
PepsiCo Debuts Social Vending Machine
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
The beverage giant sees a new way to connect with customers.
Can IT Really Nail A Complex Medical Diagnosis?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
State-of-the-art clinical decision-support systems can sharpen a veteran physician’s reasoning skills, but they're far from perfect.
Everyone Wants to Own Your Activity Stream
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Enterprise collaboration tools are adopting activity streams a la Twitter or Facebook, but how many streams do you really need?
Google Sees Smartphones As Advertising Goldmine
Commentary  |  4/27/2011  | 
Smartphones are used by consumers when they are shopping to help make buying decisions, according to a Google survey.
GageIn Combines Social, News Media Tracking With Discussion
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
Intended to boost businesses' competitive intelligence, the freemium service combines social and news media aggregation with sharing and commenting features.
How HootSuite Recovered From Amazon's Cloud Outage
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
CTO Simon Stanlake said the social media monitoring company was able to get back online after being down for much of Thursday, but it had to sacrifice some customer data.
SMBs Need Real Plans For Social Media
Commentary  |  4/26/2011  | 
Without clearly defined goals for social media activities, small and midsize businesses risk chasing an elusive return on their investment in the technology.
WorkSimple Targeting Bigger Firms With Social Goals Tool
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
The social, web-based tool for employee goal setting and tracking is expanding reaching beyond the SMB market as enterprise customers seek ways to assess performance.
BrainYard News Briefs
News  |  4/22/2011  | 
HootSuite Recovers From Outage, Adds Security Features.
Seesmic Adds InboxQ's Twitter Question Finder
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Also available for Firefox and Chrome, the InboxQ plug-in seeks out unanswered Twitter questions as potential sales leads.
Military Software Developers Get Enhanced Social Network
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Social media extension are added to the software collaboration tools to boost collaboration outside project boundaries.
Social Media Usage By SMBs Often Ad-Hoc
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Many small and midsize businesses are using social media without any formal strategy or budget, according to a study by SMB Group.
Crimson Hexagon Reads Social Feeds With Human Help
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Once trained by a human, the ForSight social media monitoring software can achieve about 97% accuracy in scoring or categorizing statements, tweets, and posts, the company claimed.
Defense Department Adds Social Networking To Developer Site
News  |  4/18/2011  | Community offers an online venue for connecting and sharing information about open source projects managed within the DoD's collaborative development site.
Optify Refreshes SMB Social Media Marketing
News  |  4/17/2011  | 
By merging SEO and social media, the software seeks to help smaller companies boost site traffic and online marketing campaigns.
Socialtext Offers On-Premises Option For Social Media
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
VMware integration will help spread the microblogging, wiki, and document sharing workload across enterprise servers, according to CEO Eugene Lee.
Sprout Social Helps SMBs Manage Social Networks
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
With a focus on smaller businesses, Sprout offers social media monitoring as well as tools for scheduling posts and tweets, and engaging with customers and prospects.
BrainYard News Roundup
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
E2 LaunchPad Semifinalists Selected. ZoomInfo likes proposed data privacy law.
Centralized Social Media Control For Distributed Organizations
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
One to One Global has joined Hearsay in attacking corporate-local structures with an emphasis on central control.
Lexalytics Analyzes Wikipedia To Understand How Humans Think
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
Concepts extracted from the community created encyclopedia can be used to improve analysis of documents and sentiment in social media.
Competition Cranks Up For Online Search Budgets
Commentary  |  4/13/2011  | 
As Google, Microsoft's Bing, and Facebook place heavier emphasis on SMBs, advertisers stand to benefit with free and value-added services designed to attract and retain their online spending.
Converseon Humanizes Social Media Monitoring
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
Software alone can't put context into what people are really saying about a company.
Cisco, Verizon Advance Unified Cloud Communications
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
The hosted UC service will launch with voice, video, chat, and presence.
Jive To Acquire Proximal For Big Data Analytics
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
Social network analytics, based on military artificial intelligence research, will help enterprises connect the right people to the right data at the right time.
Everyone's An Expert, No One's An Expert
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Beware community and social media know-it-alls. Take the time to do your own research.
Yammer CEO Challenges Copycats, Promotes Enterprise Social Networking
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
David Sachs, a former PayPal executive, uses consumer Web app smarts and grassroots marketing tactics to take on rivals like's Chatter, Socialtext, and IBM and its Lotus division.
Convofy Private Social Network Plugs Into Geoscience Software
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
Adobe-backed startup enterprise collaboration product will be integrated into software for oil and gas exploration scientists.
ONC Employs Social Media For Input On Strategy
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan proposed revisions are available for public comment on the Health IT Buzz blog maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Social Business Requires Socialized Processes
Commentary  |  4/11/2011  | 
By planning the social workflow, you'll reduce the risk of failure and become more efficient.
BrainYard News Roundup
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
HootSuite acquires TwitterBar, Twitter accelerates search, and elsewhere on the Web.
SciQuest Refreshes Collaborative eProcurement
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Enterprise-wide spending compliance and aggregate buying are among the features added to the on-demand procurement and supplier-management offering.
Google Links Bonuses To Social Strategy
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Incoming CEO Larry Page seeks to provide an incentive for social success.
TweetRoost Manages, Remembers Twitter Posts
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Twitter management is a key challenge that TweetRoost takes on by emphasizing scheduling, archiving, and routing tweets.
LinkedIn Puts JavaScript API Into Production
News  |  4/8/2011  | 
Developers cheered and criticized the tools that let websites and business applications tap into the professional social network.
Facebook Challenges With Green, Open Source Data Center
News  |  4/7/2011  | 
CEO Zuckerberg unveiled how the firm borrowed key design principles from its predecessors, while at the same time advancing the state of the art.
Neudesic Adds Activity Streams To Microsoft SharePoint, Dynamics
News  |  4/7/2011  | has Chatter, and now Neudesic Pulse offers more social media capabilities for the Windows world.
SugarCRM Boosts Social Customer Relationship Management Integration
News  |  4/7/2011  | 
The software maker announced it has extended the capabilities of its mobile apps, deepened its relationship with IBM, and acquired iExtensions CRM.
SeeClickFix Adds Facebook App
News  |  4/6/2011  | 
Facebook offers different types of opportunities for civic engagement and lets SeeClickFix award Civic Points to users of the application.
Shoutlet Adds Twitter, YouTube To Social CRM
News  |  4/5/2011  | 
The Shoutlet 4.0 release aims to make it easier for marketers to engage with customers across multiple networks and more than 100 social sites.
RockMelt Refreshes Social Browser
News  |  4/1/2011  | 
The 20th update in five months adds features that make it easier to chat and access Twitter without leaving the browser.
Infor SharePoint Interface Connects Enterprise Apps
News  |  4/1/2011  | 
Workspace is a standard SharePoint-based user interface that ties together Infor business applications such as enterprise resource planning, business intelligence, and collaboration.

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