social networking

  • Partner, Investor: Japan’s Top Social Network Mixi Backs Video Startup ShortForm

    Partner, Investor: Japan’s Top Social Network Mixi Backs Video Startup ShortForm

    Back in March of last year, we wrote about how video curation seemed to be growing up, or at least taking some strides forward. Its progress being evidenced in part by a young startup called ShortForm, a social network for video jockeys. Or, better said, ShortForm is attempting to let all those video enthusiasts out there create and curate their own personalized channels of web video, pulling… Read More

  • December Presents: Record Traffic For Social Interest Sites Tumblr And Pinterest

    December Presents: Record Traffic For Social Interest Sites Tumblr And Pinterest

    One of the most interesting findings of comScore‘s 2011 social networking report was the surge in sites designed around users’ interests, not necessarily real-life social circles. The web measurement firm’s December numbers, which came after the report, more than confirm the trend. And I’m not just talking about Twitter and Google+, both of which had strong months. I… Read More

  • Microsoft Launches So.cl As A Social Network For Students

    Microsoft Launches So.cl As A Social Network For Students

    Microsoft is officially launching So.cl, the social networking service it teased back in July. And it turns out, it’s not meant to be Microsoft’s version of Facebook, but a social networking service for students built on top of Facebook. The service is launching out of Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs division, and is still being dubbed “experimental.” Today… Read More

  • Facebook’s Leftovers? Social Network Tagged Acquires hi5

    Facebook’s Leftovers? Social Network Tagged Acquires hi5

    Social networking service Tagged, Inc. announced it has acquired the social game network hi5 today, doubling Tagged’s monthly active users to 20 million. The combination will also increase the total number of registered users to 330 million, up from 100 million. According to The WSJ’s report, the deal’s terms were not disclosed, but include the hi5 website and user base. Read More

  • Woozworld Launches WoozIn, A Facebook For Kids

    Woozworld Launches WoozIn, A Facebook For Kids

    Sometimes, reporting startup news can make a person feel old. Case in point: Woozworld, the virtual world maker for tweens, is launching a social networking service called WoozIn, which I’m saying with a straight face. I swear. WoozIn. It’s essentially a Facebook-lite/virtual world mashup that allows prepubescent youth to share, comment and like their friends’ updates… Read More

  • Formspring’s Social Evolution Continues, Now Connects Users Based On Interests

    Formspring’s Social Evolution Continues, Now Connects Users Based On Interests

    Earlier this month, the Q&A-cum-social-networking service Formspring launched its first ever user Directory, with the intent on better highlighting the most popular users within a given category like “Music,” “Sports” or “Fashion.” Today, the company is expanding its focus on connecting users based on interests, and is rolling out an update that will… Read More

  • New Social Discovery App Ntro Launches, Backed By $1.7 Million In Funding

    New Social Discovery App Ntro Launches, Backed By $1.7 Million In Funding

    The L.A.-based startup nProgress is launching a new social discovery app ntro this morning, backed by over $1.7 million in funding from Jarl Mohn, Gordon Crawford, Kevin Wall, Activation Media Partners, Baroda Ventures, SV Angel, Jeff Pulver and Richard Crowell. The app, available now for iPhone and Android, is meant to connect you with others around who you may know through mutual friends… Read More

  • Unthink’s “Anti-Facebook” Social Network Reaches 100,000 Users

    Unthink’s “Anti-Facebook” Social Network Reaches 100,000 Users

    Unthink, the social networking platform whose marketing campaign involves a lot of Facebook bashing, has reached 100,000 registered users, the company is now reporting. As you may recall, the site quickly crashed after TechCrunch sent its usual heavy stream of traffic to the network, and it took Unthink over a day to recover. Now the number of visitors to the site is doubling daily, including… Read More

  • Creepy/Awesome Banjo App Now Pings You When Your Friends Are Nearby

    Creepy/Awesome Banjo App Now Pings You When Your Friends Are Nearby

    Social discovery service Banjo, which launched its cross-platform mobile application for iPhone and Android earlier this summer, has just introduced a new way to keep track of where your friends are and what they’re doing: automatic friend alerts. Unlike the alerts you see on Foursquare, which ping you every time a friend checks in somewhere, this friend alerting feature works across… Read More

  • The New Social Network: Who’s Nearby, Not Who You Know

    The New Social Network: Who’s Nearby, Not Who You Know

    There’s a new concept for social networking services taking root, and it’s not about re-creating your offline social graph on the Web, like Facebook does today. It’s about discovering the people who are nearby you now – the ones you probably would like to meet. This type of discovery mechanism is already being made possible by a number of services, including the… Read More