Social Media News

IBM is unveiling IBM Lotus Connections 3.0, the first social networking platform with advanced analytics capabilities that helps people gain faster insight and access to relevant information for improved productivity. The new software helps users to more easily connect, create global communities, and find information and resources (See my recent blog post for more info)

Porsche AG is blocking employees’ access to social-networking platforms such as Facebook Inc. and Xing to shield the sports-car maker from industrial espionage. Porsche is concerned that foreign intelligence services may be spying on workers posting “confidential” information on Facebook and other Web-based services, exposing the carmaker to unwanted observation. (booooo)

Cisco is helping businesses dig into the wealth of feedback their customers disclose on social media sites about their products and services with the release of SocialMiner, a software designed to let companies find and respond to consumers’ updates, posts, and blogs

According to a new research from Gartner, Inc, the dominant social network sites of Europe and North America have yet to extend their reach into parts of Asia Pacific where local sites retain the leading consumer mind share and profitable business models

According to a large study by TNS, WPP’s market research arm, seven of the top 10 countries with the most “highly engaged” internet users are in the Middle East and Africa, along with China, Brazil and Malaysia

Electronics giant Philips has teamed up with crowdSPRING, the online crowdsourced marketplace, and issued a call to designers and inventors to put forward their ideas for a new steam generator iron

A new global contest was announced recently by World Bank Group, which is using crowdsourcing, to ask software developers and other international experts to help find solutions to some of today’s key development challenges. Using World Bank’s data collection software, contributors involved will be creating applications to analyze and solve one of the bank’s eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s)

Arrow Strategies, a Detroit staffing firm, increased its online presence over the past year, its leaders have found an even more effective way to reach not only their employees, but also their friends, spreading the word about everything ‘Arrow.’ Believing in transparency, Arrow leaders allow free discussion on their online communities yet are quick to respond honestly and openly to any less-than-flattering remarks

Procter & Gamble recently crowdsourced several well known brands through its program “Connect + Develop”. This program is tracking to triple the impact of this already successful program through increased product innovation, development, and existing product reinvention by investing a 30% increase in marketing expenses

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