Redwood City, CA, 2007 – www.rockyou.com
Add music, videos, themes, movie posters, instant posting, and more – popular integration with Facebook and MySpace…
RockYou has over 10 million registered users and gets over 150 million widget views from over 200 countries per day.
RockYou is the leading innovator, creator and distributor of widgets and applications on the social web. The company offers customized branding and advertising opportunities on Facebook and can deploy applications across any social network, including hi5, MySpace, Bebo and Friendster. RockYou’s advertising platform is the most dynamic way for brands and advertisers to reach application users.
Co-Founders Lance Tokuda and Jia Shen were sued by their former employer Iconix in 2006. Iconix claimed Tokuda and Shen were working on a slideshow application for them at the same time the pair created RockYou. A preliminary injunction favored Iconix before the intellectual property theft case was settled out of court.
RockYou’s main competitor is Slide.
2005, based in Worcester, Massachusetts www.getmiro.com
Miro is a free open-source desktop video application , designed to make mass media more open and accessible for everyone.
Miro is designed to eliminate gatekeepers. Viewers can connect to any video provider that they want. This frees creators to use the video hosting setup that works best for them– whether they choose to self-publish or use a service.
When Miro connects to a video publishing website that uses RSS. This lets Miro see if there are any new videos available and begin a download. Since RSS is free, public technology anyone can build software like Miro that uses RSS. That means that publishers only need to create a single RSS feed in order to connect with lots of different video players. Revision3 uses this player.
twitpic.com Started early 2008, by Noah Everett, Tulsa OK
TwitPic lets you share photos on Twitter
. It is an online service that also allows you to post pictures from your phone, their api or thru the site itself. There are also other Twitter clients
that have support for Twitpic.