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31 January 2008

Daters on Plentyoffish now able to connect via mobile for free

Daters on Plentyoffish now able to connect via mobile for freeUsers of arguably one of the world’s most popular dating sites, Plentyoffish, will now be able to call and text each other anonymously – for free.Through the partnership with mobile communications company Jangl, announced today, Plentyoffish members will be able call, text or leave a voicemail message for someone that takes their fancy without d...

31 January 2008

KickApps 3.0 to drive user engagement and monetization across social networks

KickApps 3.0 to drive user engagement and monetization across social networksSocial media platform company KickApps has released Version 3.0 of its application suite to allow content publishers and developers to more easily drive user engagement.Version 3.0 enables non-technical web publishers to build a social networking with a customisable template that includes news feeds, social graphs, video, audio and photo sharing...

31 January 2008

Personalised peer to peer travel guide launches on Bebo

Personalised peer to peer travel guide launches on BeboLocation based mobile start-up Rummble has created a new application for Bebo.The Rummble Bebo application allows Bebo users to highlight their favourite places from around the world on both their Bebo profile and their mobile phone. Utilising Google Maps, Rummble provides the means for Beboers to recommend things like restaurants, bars, hairdre...

30 January 2008

Mobile social media company secures $12 million USD in Series C

Mobile social media company secures $12 million USD in Series CMobile social media company ShoZu has announced the receipt of $12 million USD from SEB Venture Capital in the company’s third round of funding.ShoZu’s mobile application allows users to upload video and images directly from their handset to blogs, websites and social networking sites without comprising the quality of the content through compres...

30 January 2008

William Shatner says Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan lack discipline

William Shatner says Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan lack disciplineIn a series of interviews on ‘video encyclopedia’ VideoJug, William Shatner, famous for his roles such as Captain Kirk on Star Trek and Boston Legal’s Denny Crane, says young celebrities like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan weren’t taught discipline.In an interview on the subject of fame, VideoJug asks what the problem with Spears and Lohan ...

30 January 2008

Former speech writer to JFK launches controversial political blog

Former speech writer to JFK launches controversial political blogFormer staffer for John F. Kennedy and author and lecturer, Priscilla McMillan has launched a blog to communicate with readers and researchers regarding the United States nuclear policy and the origins of the arms race. A press release issued today states that the blog hopes to “convey that government secrecy and fear mustn't be used to rob the ...

25 January 2008

Facebook partner with Amazon to aid application developers

Facebook partner with Amazon to aid application developers  Popular social utility Facebook has announced a partnership with Amazon that provides application developers with a cost effective and scalable platform through Amazon Web Services.Amazon Web Services (AWS) allow developers to build their Facebook applications on the AWS platform - which is entirely flexible so that an application can gro...

25 January 2008

Video network for Presidential Election to keep politicians honest?

Video network for Presidential Election to keep politicians honest?A new video network has launched today with the aim of “keeping politicians honest” ahead of the US Presidential election 2008.Through the use of video, both media content and user-generated-content (UGC), ElectionSpeak hopes to provide the means for voters to find out where Presidential candidates stand on key issues and also where they have ...

24 January 2008

MySpace joins YouTube and Bebo in broadcasting BBC content

MySpace joins YouTube and Bebo in broadcasting BBC contentThe world’s largest social networking site MySpace has formed a new content partnership with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).Both new and archived video content from the BBC will be available globally on the social networks video platform, MySpaceTV.  BBC Worldwide – the commercial arm of the BBC – goes live on the site today and...

24 January 2008

Facebook Applications given ability for greater interaction

Facebook Applications given ability for greater interactionOwners of Facebook applications will have the ability to make the ‘About Page’ of their application on the popular online community site more interactive and dynamic. Today, Facebook implemented additional functionality to an applications About Page that effectively allow users to become fans of an application (the same way that Facebook users c...

24 January 2008

Virtual conference for social networking professionals

Virtual conference for social networking professionalsThere is a business-to-business (B2B) virtual conference today for those working area of social media.  The Social Networking Conference will be from 08:00 to 20:00 EST is free to all industry professionals.The virtual conference will allow participants to interact with others in real time, including video chat.  The virtual Social Net...

24 January 2008

New widget offers MySpace bands opportunity to personalise tracks

New widget offers MySpace bands opportunity to personalise tracksBands, artists and DJs can now promote their music with a personal touch; thanks to a new embeddable OUTSHOUTS widget for popular social networking site MySpace.OUTSHOUTS allows music artists to take individual songs and record a personalised introduction.  They can then add their songs to the OUTSHOUTS widget, and embed it on their MySpace...

23 January 2008

$6 million funding for creator of widget mashup tool MCast

$6 million funding for creator of widget mashup tool MCastUS based MixerCast has received $6 million USD in a round of funding led by Intel Capital.  The other investors were ONSET Ventures and Velocity Interactive Group.MixerCast is the creator of MCast, a tool that allows users to mix almost any type of media into an application that can then be embedded in any website, social network or blog.&n...

23 January 2008

Peer-to-peer Current News application for Facebook

Peer-to-peer Current News application for FacebookPeer-to-peer (P2P) news and information network Current.com has launched an application for Facebook that will deliver news filtered by friends.Current’s president of new media, Joanna Drake Earn says that the current way people are digesting news no longer meets readers needs.  She explains, “Generic news feeds aren’t enough anymore: peopl...

22 January 2008

Brady Bunch star launches social network for fans

Brady Bunch star launches social network for fansStar of the popular 70’s TV show The Brady Bunch, Barry Williams, has officially launched his own fan dedicated social networking site today.On his new site, aptly named The Greg Brady Project, Barry Williams (who played Greg Brady - the eldest of the Brady’s sons) explains why he has launched the site.  He says, “The Brady Bunch represents...

22 January 2008

Online music network claims it will bring music industry together

Online music network claims it will bring music industry togetherTwo university students from the United States announced their plans to launch a new social network for the music industry from March 2008. Guavagarage founders Daniel Kessler and Daniel Brown say that their aim is to connect all aspects of the music industry, from independent bands, their fans, venues and labels.   Guavagarage explain...

21 January 2008

Another online community for pet lovers launches

Another online community for pet lovers launchesThe number of dedicated social networking sites for pet owners has grown by one today with the launch of PetSmooch.  PetSmooch is a joint venture between public relations practitioner Tirza Van Noord and Linkfinity, an information services company.  Van Noord says that PetSmooch is "Facebook without the fluff" and "MySpace without the ...

18 January 2008

New social network that offers users cash rewards for participation

New social network that offers users cash rewards for participationA new social networking site that generates revenue for its users has launched today. Ximmy.com rewards its community with points for participation, and these points are then transferred into real cash.  Some of the ways that Ximmy users can earn points is by submitting news, video and images and posting comments.  For example, one poi...

17 January 2008

Web 2.0 video platform offers content owners revenue opportunity

Web 2.0 video platform offers content owners revenue opportunityWeb 2.0 video company mDialog is giving filmmakers and content owners the opportunity to generate revenue from their content via their new pay-per-download engine.  The new video delivery platform will be live by February 2008.Content owners will be able to customize their own channel (or groups of channels) and set a range of prices for th...

17 January 2008

Video site launched for the US Presidential election 2008

Video site launched for the US Presidential election 2008Video search engine Truveo has today unveiled a new site for video relating to the US Presidential election 2008.  Truveo will draw video content from a wide range of sources, including user generated content (UGC) sites such as MetaCafe, YouTube and Dailymotion, major television networks including CNN, Fox and NBC  and the Presidentia...

17 January 2008

New social networking site for those learning languages

New social networking site for those learning languagesA new language networking site has officially launched today.  VoxSwap, founded by freelance UK journalist Sean Hargrave and his wife Nicole, with the aim of connecting millions of people around the world who have an interest in learning or improving their.The site features internal email, chat and a discussion board, in addition to a virtu...

17 January 2008

Facebook urge apps developers to focus on user experience

Facebook urge apps developers to focus on user experienceDue to an ‘anomalously high level of user complaints’ Facebook are restricting the ability for applications to update the News Feed and Mini-Feed to those applications Facebook deem are ‘engaging in deceptive or malicious behaviour.’  The restriction will be effective immediately.The announcement was made on the Facebook Developers Blog tod...

17 January 2008

MySpace internet safety initiative meaningless says CYBERsitter CEO

MySpace internet safety initiative meaningless says CYBERsitter CEOOn 14 January 2008, social networking site MySpace announced a joint effort with 49 US Attorneys General to make the internet safer for young people.With the initiative, MySpace are setting up an Internet Safety Technical Task Force and also introducing more stringent means to verify users real ages - blocking access to the site for users under ...

16 January 2008

Scrabulous to be a Facebook application no more?

Scrabulous to be a Facebook application no more?Hasbro and Mattel owners of Scrabble have asked Facebook to remove the Scrabulous application under claims that it infringes copyright.Scrabulous is one of Facebook's more popular applications and has over 600,000 daily users.  It was developed by an Indian software company who reportedly approached Hasbro with no reply before launching in ...

16 January 2008

Online TV network Veoh appoints staff from Google and Dow Jones

Online TV network Veoh appoints staff from Google and Dow JonesOnline TV network Veoh Networks plans to develop new advertising solutions, and have made two big appointments from Dow Jones and Google to lead their Sales teams.Veoh, whose users have consumed more than 215 million streams in December 2007 and in excess of 30 million hours of content will also open an office in New York.Steve Mitgang, CEO of V...

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