[ADV] How To Develop An Anonymous Social Networking App


Social media is a popular webspace where people can be able to share their personal ideas, comments, lamentations, messages, and other contents. On the other hand, anonymous social media apps like Whisper, YikYak, Secret and Facebook rooms are also gaining popularity right now.

A Place To Call Your Own: Building Your Brand’s Vertical Social Network


Social networks have gained genuine power as a marketing tool for businesses looking to increase their reach, traffic and leads. But there’s no guarantee that the places where most social networking happens now will be the same places hosting it in the future.

Social Networking Entreprenuerial Opportunities


Last Saturday, I was a panelist at the CalTech - Social Networks event. My main points were: Social Everywhere - I work with a lot of different shapes and sizes of companies and it's interesting how each one has opportunities to leverage its users to form different kinds of communities, create connections, encourage contribution, etc. It is almost universal that there are opportunities around social networking.

Startuppers.org – A Community Of Upstarts


Here’s yet another new resource for startup folks – Startuppers.org is a new social network geared towards startup entrepreneurs. Resources Slovakia social network startup community startup ecosystem Startup Weekend startups

What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future of Social Networking

Both Sides of the Table

I recently spoke at Caltech at the Caltech / MIT Enterprise Forum on “the future of social networking,&# the 30-minute video is here and the PowerPoint presentation is here on DocStoc ). What are the big trends that will drive the next phase of social networks?

How the Need for Growth Failed Our Social Network Experience

This is going to be BIG.

It wasn't my fault, though--because the app itself, like all social networks, succeed around growth. Networks are always telling you who from your contacts has joined and recommends you follow new accounts, even though you still only have two eyeballs in your head and 24 hours in the day. The end result is that each person's connection to you in an ever increasingly connected network becomes more and more tenuous. Decided to follow no more than 250 people on Twitter.

Social Networking and Business Value


Just a quick note that I'll be moderating a Technology Council Event : Social Networking as a Business Strategy May 19, 2009 - Culver City Social networking media are used on a daily basis to grow businesses and expand career opportunities. Individuals use social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo as career-advancing tools, even more useful in a down economy. Can social networking be a money-maker for companies?

LinkedIn harnesses the power of intent in a social network

The Equity Kicker

Social networks (along with email and other communications services) are amongst the worst places for display advertising on this measure as most users are there to talk with their friends and are not thinking about buying anything. I’ve said before I think that sites which leverage social to help us do the things we already do more efficiently will be interesting investments over the next year or two. Social networks

Network Effects in Marketplace, Communities and Social Platforms

Version One Ventures

These days, we’re hyper-focused on marketplaces, communities and social platforms. We love these platforms for many reasons, but the primary one is the power of their network effects and how they create a high degree of defensibility for startups. What are network effects? Network effects” is a frequently used term and it is sometimes confused with having a large customer base. Direct Network Effects. Indirect network effects.

OhThatsYou.com Community Offers Help For The Fashion Clueless


But here’s a new social networking service that is aimed at uniting the fashionistas and the fashion-cluess amongst us.Founded by California entrepreneur Azita Gandjei, Oh That’s You! Let’s face it – far too many of us are totally clueless about fashion.

$8 Million Series B For FOREX Social Network Currensee

VC Cafe

C urrensee , a social network for Foreign Exchange (Forex) traders, announced a series B of $8 million led by North Bridge Venture Partners and new investor, Egan Managed Capital.

Debate: Twitter is not a social network

Jeff Hilimire

I really don’t think Twitter is any more a social network than email is or text messaging is. I think a socialnetwork&# is something you enter into mutually with other people. It’s a community. You can’t join my Twitter network. But just because a lot of people follow a person and receive their updates, that doesn’t make them a “network&#. Facebook, however, is a social network.

Widbook Offers Access To Thousands Of e-Books


Since opening its first US office in San Francisco, Widbook ( www.widbook.com ) – a global crowdwriting community of readers and writers with presence in over 100 countries – launched a version of its reading app for iOS and Android devices.

The 20 Essential LinkedIn Groups for Aspiring Writers


One of the best places to do that is on LinkedIn, and with the plethora of groups hosted by the site it’s easier than ever to build a seriously great network of those in the industry. It caters to those who are looking to network and promote their work as writers.

Mobile Community mig33 Announces Developer Program And Partnerships


mig33 , one of the world’s largest mobile-first communities, earlier this week announced its new developer program, releasing a slew of resources for developers that want to build social games and apps for its 50 million registered users.

Announcing our second eBook: Understanding Social Platforms

Version One Ventures

If you have been following our blog or firm, you know how much we love network effects. And now, we’re pleased to announce that we have just produced our second eBook, “ Understanding Social Platforms.”. Why social? As individuals, we use social platforms on a daily basis.

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The 4 Most Popular Jobs In Social Media


A few years ago social networks boomed, causing changes in the way people socialize, but also how companies approached marketing. Today we discuss the four most popular s ocial media jobs in the world of social networks: Social Media Strategist.

What Social Media Needs To Do To Better Pique Your Interest


Whether you are conscious of it or not, these behaviors tell social media algorithms that this is the content you really want to see. As such, leading platforms continue to promote the most viral content dictated by your digital social circle.

Metrics that matter to social platforms (Part 1/3)

Version One Ventures

As we have been developing our investment thesis on social platforms , we want to provide the similar information and tools. There are lots of great blog posts and articles out there that talk about social platform metrics. Instagram, Twitter, Figure 1 ), and communities (e.g.

“Understanding Social Platforms,” now summarized in a presentation deck

Version One Ventures

Two months ago, we published our second eBook, Understanding Social Platforms. In it, we discuss the dynamics of each social platform type: messaging, private networks, public networks, enterprise networks, and communities. We also cover important topics for social platform businesses like metrics, exits, valuations, and our outlook for future opportunities in social. News communities messaging social networks social platforms

Network effects on social platforms: why the quality of user matters

Version One Ventures

Back in July, we wrote about network effects in marketplaces and social platforms and how they are critical to defensibility. In the post, we talked about the difference between direct and indirect network effects, and how they may or may not relate to virality. Since then, we have been further developing our investment thesis on social platforms and want to add more nuance to the discussion. The qualities that matter vary by the dynamics of the social network.

17 Unspoken Rules Of LinkedIn Etiquette


On most social media networks, it seems like anything goes. People like being recommended, at it’s great for building your social capital. Remember that LinkedIn is all about connections and nurturing your network.

Increase Sales Using Social Media – Growth Hacks That Work

The Startup Magazine

You need to establish good relations with your customers in order to generate more sales and social media is the best place to find and attract new audiences. 2- Leverage The Power of Social Selling Tools. This makes your task of selling easier on social media.

How Lean Startup Helped Serve Communities in Kenya

Startup Lessons Learned

As we lead up to the big day, we’re spotlighting speakers who’ll be involved in our hands-on workshops, lightning talks, keynotes, interactive breakout sessions, and other learning and networking events. First up in our speaker spotlight series is an edited transcript of our Q&A with Rocio Perez-Ochoa , co-founder of Bidhaa Sasa , a non-profit working to distribute beneficial goods to rural communities in Kenya.

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Making the NYC Community Smaller

This is going to be BIG.

When I was in college, at Fordham''s scenic Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, I deeply rooted into my community. Being intensely involved in community life there made the campus seem small and familiar. It was a time before the widespread use of social networks, obviously.

Metrics that matter to social platforms (Part 3/3): measuring engagement by relationships

Version One Ventures

Over the past two weeks, we have introduced our social platform KPI dashboard to track the key metrics for social platform startups. This is probably one of the reasons why anonymous social networks have not scaled in the past (i.e.

10 Ways That Entrepreneurs Need to be More Open

Startup Professionals Musings

The emergence of social networking and the Internet has caused a new focus and value on “openness,” which leads to a new element of leadership, called “Open Leadership.” Employees can share best practices with customers on social network platforms and customers can help each other.

Entrepreneurs: Connect to Today’s Customer Network

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup needs to understand that the customer paradigm has dramatically shifted over the past two years with pervasive social networks and smartphones. Conversations may be on existing social media, or on your own brand forum established specifically for this purpose.

Top 10 Reasons For Intranet Failure – And How To Prevent It From Happening To You


One of the main objectives for deploying a social intranet is to make life easier for employees and improve productivity. Ownership of the social intranet is an interesting thing. Professionalisms internal communications Intranet social network Tim Eisenhauer

Can App.net Make It? On Dalton Caldwell’s Talk At SXSW.


In the age of the advertiser supported social network, one person is trying to flip the script and create a paid social network. Dalton Caldwell, founder of App.net spoke at SXSW with a session called “ Is There An Alternative To Ad-Supported Social Networking?

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[Review] Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook


He is so good in what he does that Businessweek lauded him as “one of the top 20 people every entrepreneur should follow” Former founder of Wine Library and author of bestselling social media marketing books like “ Crush It!

The Community Is the Business

Duct Tape Marketing

The Community Is the Business This content from: Duct Tape Marketing The idea of community in business has taken top billing in recent years due in large part to the obvious growth of social networks and the community aspect they foster.

Metrics that matter to social platforms (Part 2/3): Measuring engagement by content

Version One Ventures

Last week, we introduced our social platform KPI dashboard to help provide a framework for founders to think about their businesses and preempt the inevitable questions that arise during the fundraising process. A sample engagement pyramid for social platforms .

Introducing one of Version One’s earlier investments: VarageSale

Version One Ventures

For a long time, I had been looking to find a better Craigslist: one that was social, trustworthy, and mobile first. Many have tried to build this kind of marketplace, but ran into the chicken and egg problem in growing both the seller and buyer communities. Since then, VarageSale has created hundreds of hyper-active local communities. VarageSale has become something of a social network built, connecting people with shared interests in local communities.

25 Twitter Tips For Your Professional Development


Although LinkedIn gets a lot of love as a professional social media site, Twitter is a force that can’t be ignored by up-and-coming young professionals. Remember to give (and take) : Networking on Twitter is more about giving than getting.

Facebook Rearranges Pages For Businesses And Organizations


Late last year social networking giant Facebook introduced Facebook Timeline , changing the way people used Facebook in a more chronological order. In the News digital marketing Facebook Facebook Pages Facebook TImeline Online marketing social media social networking

LinkedIn Introduces Company Status Updates And LinkedIn Certified Developer Program


Professional social networking site LinkedIn has just announced a feature that allows companies to update their own status. It’s a great tool for administrators to keep the relevant communities updated and engaged.

How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

crowdSPRING Blog

Social media gives small businesses a platform to amplify their voice and visibility among prospective customers. Related posts: Twitter Link Roundup #46 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More.

Why Your LinkedIn Profile Can Make The Difference in Your Job Search


Whether you like it or not, you need to take your job search on the social media road… but even then, says social media strategy consultant Neal Schaffer, there are numerous do-and-don’t rules you need to follow. So brush off your interview suit — and start networking!

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Is Social Media Making Us Less Human?

crowdSPRING Blog

There’s much debate concerning social networks and friendships. Some assert that we’re living in the Renaissance of social media and our potential to build friendships is better than ever. I believe we’re in the Dark Ages of social media.

[Singapore][Infographic] LinkedIn: Singaporeans Clueless On Getting Ahead In Their Careers


Another interesting snippet that emerged from the survey: given an hour, 95-percent if Singaporeans believe it’s more useful to spend time keeping in with the boss (by making them tea) than spending time building their network or finessing their CV. Build your network.

[Review] The Mesh: Why The Future Of Business Is Sharing


Aided by social media, wireless networks and data crunched from every available source, people are moving towards sharing goods and services at the point of need. With a background in entrepreneurship and investment in social ventures, Gansky obviously knows her stuff.

[Singapore] Facebook Eyes Asia-based Developers


In a developer conference today in Singapore, online social networking giant Facebook made its strongest indication yet of its intention to better engage developers in Asia and Southeast Asia.