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Content tagged with Social posted in May 2008
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Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
News  |  5/30/2008
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
Enterprise 2.0 Preview: Collaborative Tools Gird Wachovia's Global Push
News  |  5/30/2008
Wachovia is embracing Wikis, blogs, instant messaging, social networking sites, Microsoft's Sharepoint, and other collaborative tools to connect staff, cut costs, and retain and attract younger employees.
Google's Developer Strategy Rests On The Cloud
News  |  5/28/2008
Its new era of software development includes Google Gears, Android, Google App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, and OpenSocial API, the company revealed at its I/O conference.
Facebook Says It Will 'Open-Source' Its Platform
News  |  5/27/2008
Facebook's decision to open its platform comes less than two weeks after the social network began denying Google's Friend Connect.
Joomla Rocks, Or How To Build A Professional Web Site For No Money Down
Commentary  |  5/27/2008
Working in a garage-based company that's looking to create its first killer Web site? Or maybe you're toiling in the bowels of a behemoth corporation, wondering why you're mired in an old-fashioned, "waterfall" software-development process when all you wanna do is board that Web 2.0 train, and quickly. Well, I've got the answer for you, and it's called Joomla.
Global Warming Skeptics Plot 'Carbon Belch Day'
News  |  5/27/2008
Conservative grassroots group wants people to waste as much energy as possible on June 12 to break free from "carbon footprint guilt."
Google Claims Viacom's Lawsuit Threatens The Net
News  |  5/27/2008
The Web portal says its YouTube division exceeds the minimum requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
How Will Your Social Computing Strategy Deliver ROI?
Commentary  |  5/27/2008
I spoke with Matthew Greeley, CEO of, recently and came away impressed with its approach to delivering real value with Web 2.0 sizzle. It just released WebStorm 5.0, which uses social networking elements to capture information that companies can use to drive innovation.
Microsoft To Unveil Social Bookmarking Tool
News  |  5/27/2008
A preview version of Microsoft's Social Bookmarks, to be introduced next month, will allow users to bookmark, tag, and share any URL on the Web.
Yahoo Delays Annual Meeting, Urges 'No' Vote On Icahn Slate
News  |  5/23/2008
Yahoo delayed its annual meeting to gain more time to develop business alternatives that don't involve Microsoft to present to shareholders.
American Idol Fans Break Text Messaging Record
News  |  5/23/2008
AT&T customers said they tend to text more frequently during Fox's American Idol season than other times of year, and some first learned to text message by voting for the show's contestants.
In Slap At Microsoft, Google Has 'No Plan To Pay Our Users'
News  |  5/22/2008
A Google executive told an investor conference that there are many revenue opportunities for the company, particularly through refinements in search relevance, user experience, and ad quality.
Facebook Getting Facelift With Redesign
News  |  5/22/2008
Four new tabs will be located at the top of user profile pages and the new layout is expected to cut down on the need to scroll down to view the pages.
What CIOs Say About Innovation And Web 2.0 Tools
Commentary  |  5/21/2008
There are plenty of barriers to innovation, including a fear of change, riskiness, cost, and more. But an important element in facilitating innovation is collaboration, and Web 2.0 tools that help people share ideas are helping some organizations to break down the barriers stunting innovation.
SocialVibe Raises Funds For Earthquake, Cyclone Relief
News  |  5/21/2008
The social networking site launched a new feature this week that helps members raise money for victims of natural disasters.
Social Networking, E-Commerce Driving Smartphone Users To The Web
News  |  5/21/2008
U.S. smartphone users spend almost a third of their mobile Web time shopping on Craigslist, while their U.K. counterparts are browsing Facebook.
Senator Lieberman Wants Terrorist Videos Removed From YouTube
News  |  5/19/2008
Islamic terrorist organizations use YouTube to distribute propaganda, attract followers, and provide weapons training, the senator said in a letter.
AOL Completes Acquisition Of Social Network Bebo
News  |  5/19/2008
The acquisition gives AOL the third piece of a three-prong strategy focusing on advertising, publishing, and social networks.
Google Launches Google Personal Health Record Tools
News  |  5/19/2008
The pilot project with the Cleveland Clinic lets hundreds of patients add and access information about their medical histories and conditions.
Wetpaint Injected Promises Social Publishing For All
News  |  5/19/2008
The company's wiki hosting business decouples its technology so that Web publishers can add wikis -- rebranded "social publishing" -- to their own sites.
Exaprotect Integrates Its Log, Event, Security Change Managers
News  |  5/19/2008
The company's Unified Architecture lets businesses manage network configuration change, information, security records, and compliance in one system.
Missouri Legislators Outlaw Cyber Stalking
News  |  5/19/2008
The bill was passed in response to the death of Megan Meier, the Missouri teen who hanged herself after receiving taunts and insults on MySpace.
Doctors Use Speech Recognition Tools To Enhance Patient E-Health Records
News  |  5/19/2008
By 2011, the Defense Department expects to have its integrated, interoperable electronic medical record system at more than 500 military medical facilities and hospitals worldwide.
Microsoft's Johnson Outlines Online Ad Strategy In E-mail
News  |  5/19/2008
Johnson's e-mail and the ad conference come as Microsoft expressed renewed interest in Yahoo on Sunday with an "alternative" deal, likely involving advertising.
The Weekly Watch On Content Management
Commentary  |  5/19/2008
Some of the nuggets rising to the top this week include the continual shift to social computing, international customer wins, enterprise search, and a CEO announcement.
PayPal Founder Peter Thiel Says Think Contrarily, Act Warily
News  |  5/17/2008
But entrepreneurs need to remember that most contrarian ideas are wrong, the PayPal founder said.
Calif. Legislator Seeks Study Of Internet Violence, Access Limits
News  |  5/16/2008
A state assemblyman asked California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to create a task force on violent and inappropriate Internet content.
Facebook Disconnects Google Friend Connect
News  |  5/15/2008
Facebook says it denied Google Friend Connect access to Facebook user data for failing to respect its privacy requirements.
Missouri Mom Indicted In MySpace Cyber-Bullying, Suicide Case
News  |  5/15/2008
The social networking site cooperated with authorities and is named as a victim in the case.
RIAA Setback: Making Music Available May Not Be Copyright Infringement
News  |  5/15/2008
A district judge may order a new trial in a music file-sharing suit that won record companies $222,000 for copyright infringement.
Comcast Goes Social With Plaxo Acquisition
News  |  5/15/2008
The social network has been developing a universal address book for Comcast's SmartZone communications center, which should launch later this year.
Google Adds Demographic Features To YouTube Analytics Tool
News  |  5/15/2008
The addition of visitor age and gender information to YouTube Insight is part of Google's overall mission to make the video sharing site profitable.
MySpace Wins $225 Million Spam Judgment
News  |  5/14/2008
Despite winning in court, it remains to be seen whether MySpace will be able to collect its judgment.
Online Ad Network Prices Dropped In April
News  |  5/14/2008
The AdPrice Index showed an average 23% decline from March to April in monetization from online ads.
Frustrated With Your Content Management Software Vendor? You're Not Alone
News  |  5/14/2008
A developer from an Australian university shares his top five reasons a certain content management company will go out of business.
Scarlett Johansson Debuts Album On Free Music Streaming Site
News  |  5/14/2008
The third-largest social network in the United States also boasts recent launches of music from The Rolling Stones, Avril Lavigne, and Ray.
16% Of Workers 'Hyper-Connected' To Technology, IDC Finds
News  |  5/13/2008
People in this category also use at least nine applications, such as instant messaging, text messaging, Web conferencing, and social networks, analysts found.
Baynote Offering Brings Business Value To Social Search
Commentary  |  5/13/2008
The Long Tail, the now-famous reference to targeting customers that buy the hard-to-find or nonhit items, got a little shorter with the release of Baynote's Merchandizing and Editorial Console.
Google's Friend Connect To Spread Social Data
News  |  5/12/2008
The software is part of an emerging set of technologies like OpenID, OAuth, OpenSocial, and the data access APIs published by Facebook, Google, and MySpace.
MindTouch's Momentum Shows The Power Of Mashups
Commentary  |  5/12/2008
There's no question that mashups are hot right now. In fact, it's a market that Forrester Research's Oliver Young says could be worth nearly $700 million by 2013. Vendors in every sector are rushing to deliver these so-called "situational applications" to sophisticated business users everywhere in the hopes of improving collaboration and spiking productivity.
Microsoft Launches Windows Live Messenger TV In Europe
News  |  5/12/2008
Messenger TV lets a user embed content from MSN Video into their IM's for simultaneous viewing with whomever they're chatting with.
Facebook 'Connect' To Let Users Share Profiles
News  |  5/9/2008
Following MySpace's lead, Facebook's upcoming service includes user-maintained controls for basic profile information, photos, personal videos, and friend lists.
3 Mistakes Customers Make With Their Content
Commentary  |  5/9/2008
Recently I've been pretty hard on content management vendors by pointing out some of the mistakes that can drive them out of business. While vendor elitism with customers can be a big problem, I can't let content management clients completely off the hook. There are a few mistakes that I've seen over and over in every vertical.
MySpace To Share User Profiles With Other Sites
News  |  5/8/2008
Yahoo, eBay, Photobucket, and Twitter have joined the site's "data-availability initiative" using OAuth integration technology.
Facebook Commits To Stronger Safety And Privacy Measures
News  |  5/8/2008
Facebook is working with state officials to protect young users of its social networking service.
Hackers Join Social Network Craze With 'House Of Hackers'
News  |  5/7/2008
GnuCitizen's site promotes exchanging ideas through elite circles and tiger/red teams, but frowns on all criminal activities.
Alfresco's Social Computing Slant Shows ECM's Evolution
Commentary  |  5/7/2008
I had an interesting discussion with John Newton, the co-founder of Alfresco, recently. I'm a little star-struck by this guy. It's hard to get much higher on the food chain when you look at Newton's credentials. Not only did he co-found Documentum, he's also less than five years into the launch of Alfresco, arguably one of the biggest disrupters to appear on the enterprise software radar in years.
MySpace Traffic Down From Last Year
News  |  5/7/2008
Still, MySpace held 73.82% of the market share of U.S. visits in April, and Facebook accounted for 14.8%.
World Of Warcraft's Legal War To Defend Copyrights Heats Up
News  |  5/6/2008
Advocacy group Public Knowledge claims Blizzard's use of copyright infringement laws to crack down on MDY's Glide automation software is outrageous.
Another Google Executive Joins Facebook
News  |  5/6/2008
Eliot Schrage joins several other former Googlers at Facebook, including Sheryl Sandberg, who left her job as Google's VP of global online sales and operations.
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