Category Archives: Social Networks

Yammer – Social Network

The Enterprise Social Network

Yammer is revolutionizing internal corporate communications by bringing together all of a company’s employees inside a private and secure enterprise social network. Although Yammer is as easy to use as consumer products like Facebook or Twitter, it is enterprise-class software built from the ground up to drive business objectives.

Yammer is free for your whole company, enabling users to communicate, collaborate, and share more easily and efficiently than ever before. It reduces the need for meetings, increases communication across silos, surfaces pockets of expertise and connects remote workers.

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Ning’s Announcment

It appears as though this announcement is being talked about everywhere…

It has just announced that it is killing off its free product, forcing existing free networks to either make the change to premium accounts or migrate their networks elsewhere.

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Top Social Networking Sites


MySpace:  Started in 2003, MySpace was a driving force in popularizing social networking and still maintains the largest userbase.
Facebook:  Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook was designed as a social networking site for Harvard students. After spreading from Harvard through the university ranks and down into high school, Facebook was opened to the public in 2006.
Hi5:  A fast-growing social network with a strong base in Central America, Hi5 has over fifty million users worldwide.
Ning:  A social network for creating social networks, Ning takes the idea of groups to a whole new level. Created by Marc Andreessen.

Flixster  With a tagline of “stop watching bad movies,” Flixster combines social networking with movie reviews.  Billing itself as a social music site, allows members to create their own radio station that learns what the person likes and suggests new music based on those interests. In addition to this, you can listen to the radio stations of friends and other members.

LinkedIn A business-oriented social network, members invite people to be “connections” instead of “friends.” Linkedin is a contact management system as well as a social network, and has a question-and-answer section similar to Yahoo! Answers.

Xanga  A social blogging site that combines social networking elements with blogging. Members earn credits for participating in the site and can spend credits on various things such as buying mini-pictures to post in the comments of a friend’s blog.

Badoo: Based in London, Badoo is one of the top social networking sites in Europe.

Migente: A social networking site targeted at Latin America.

Orkut: Originally created by Google to compete with MySpace and Facebook, it has mainly caught hold in Brazil.

Studivz: A German version of Facebook with a strong audience in students.

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Library Thing – social app

library thing

Aug 08 – Portland, ME – – Tim Spalding, founder

LibraryThing is a site for book lovers. LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of your books. You can do all of them or just what you’re reading now. And because everyone catalogs online, they also catalog together. LibraryThing connects people based on the books they share.

LibraryThing gets all the right data from and over 690 libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress.

You can search your books, sort your books, edit book information, and apply “tags.” You can rate your books and write reviews.

It’s also full of social information. Each book page shows you who has the book and what they think about it—tags, reviews, even conversations.  LibraryThing Local is a gateway to thousands of local bookstores, libraries and book festivals—and to all the author readings, signings, discussions and other events they host.

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Ping – update social networks – 2008 is a simple service that makes updating your social networks a snap.

Ping allows you to post updates to multiple services at the same time. Below are some of the services that ping currently supports:

  • wordpress
  • twitter
  • pownce
  • jaiku
  • plurk
  • plaxo
  • facebook
  • blogger
  • myspace
  • friendster
  • delicious
  • friendfeed

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Why Join a Social Network?

taken form the MSNBC article –

With so many social networks and related communities, the choice is overwhelming. Why and maybe which type should you join?

There are two purposes to social networks,” says Jason Alba, author of “I’m On Facebook, Now What?” and “I’m on LinkedIn, Now What?”

  • networking
  • to enhance your brand

LinkedIn has carved out a strong identification within the professional, job-seeking world,” says William Madway, professor of marketing at the Villanova School of Business. “It can offer more contacts and a professional, trustworthy environment for career-related networking. So, if I were attempting to advance myself professionally or career-wise, I’d be very inclined to turn first and foremost to LinkedIn.”

If LinkedIn just seems too suit-and-tie for you, Facebook is a good alternative and also on the list for many networking gurus.

Another site getting a lot of attention these days is Squidoo, a favorite for marketing expert Penny Sansevieri. She says it’s the best site for career enhancing because “you can upload a video of you, the page is very interactive, you can add widgets, a blog, just about anything.”

 There’s also some value in joining online networking groups that are focused on a particular geographic area, adds Mashable’s Ostrow. He recommends using to find out about groups in your area. Just put in your topic of interest and zip code, and you can find out about networking opportunities in your town.

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Plaxo – Mountainview, Ca – owned by Comcast – Napster co-founder, Sean Parker, was one of Plaxo’s founders.

Social networking site that allows you to connect and stay in touch with family and friends, share photos, videos, reviews and more.

Basically an aggregator – allows you to connect with websites you use and share content from the websites you use like Flickr, YouTube, Digg and over 30 others.

Focuses on contact information: Plaxo helps keep people connected by solving the common and frustrating problem of out-of-date contact information. Users and their contacts store their information on Plaxo’s servers. When a user edits their own information, the changes appear in the address books of all those who listed the user in their own address books. Because contacts are stored in a central location, it’s possible to list connections between contacts and access the address book from anywhere.

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