UGC

  • User-Generated Content Portal Wikia Raises Another $15M To Crack Into Asia

    User-Generated Content Portal Wikia Raises Another $15M To Crack Into Asia

    Wikia, the user-generated publishing site started by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, is today announcing a $15 million round of funding to crack into Japan and other Asian markets. As with Wikia’s previous rounds, this Series D comes from a pretty high-profile list of backers. The investment was led by Digital Garage, and includes some of the startup’s existing investors, Amazon… Read More

  • Social Publishing Platform Percolate Adds New Tools For Managing User Generated Content

    Social Publishing Platform Percolate Adds New Tools For Managing User Generated Content

    Percolate helps companies publish engaging content to social networks — or at least, that’s the goal. What it hasn’t done until now is help those companies take advantage of the additional content that fans, consumers and everyone else are also posting. The idea of allowing brands to harness user-generated content is a pretty familiar — for example, that’s one of… Read More

  • Pinterest Is Looking For Ways To Permit The Right Kind Of Nudity (Aka Art, Not Porn)

    Pinterest Is Looking For Ways To Permit The Right Kind Of Nudity (Aka Art, Not Porn)

    Pinterest is rubbing up against the limits of its own overmodest acceptable usage policy. The social site that lets people share images of things they really dig has told the FT it plans to allow more nude images to be pinned by users — following complaints from artists and photographers about its current nudes ban. No nudity is the first clause in Pinterest’s current acceptable… Read More

  • With 1B Pageviews Under Its Belt, UGC Giant Wikia Raises $10.8M From IVP, Bessemer & Amazon

    With 1B Pageviews Under Its Belt, UGC Giant Wikia Raises $10.8M From IVP, Bessemer & Amazon

    User generated content company Wikia is breaking the news of its raise of over $10.8 million in Series C funding today in a press release soon to be sent out to tech media. The financing was led by Institutional Venture Partners with a follow on from existing investors Bessemer Ventures Partners and Amazon.com. The company, which is already profitable according to the release, will use the cash… Read More

  • Wikia Rolls Out Big Redesign To Bring Accessibility, Discovery To 20M Pages Of UGC

    Wikia Rolls Out Big Redesign To Bring Accessibility, Discovery To 20M Pages Of UGC

    You may not be familiar with Wikia, but the collaborative media company has been quietly growing into a giant, recently passing IGN, for example, as the largest network of gaming sites on the planet. Led by both its gaming and entertainment verticals, Wikia’s content-driven social network is home to one of the largest and most active communities on the Web. For those unfamiliar, building… Read More

  • Skype founders to launch Web TV

    There is something very schizophrenic about the way the TV world and the Web world are both converging and diverging. Reuters is reporting that the founders of Skype plan to launch advertising-supported Internet television shortly. Code-named Venice, the project will “bring quality TV programmes for free to consumers” said Skype co-founder Janus Friis. Presumably this will be… Read More

  • BloomBox is a mint of an idea.

    About a six weeks ago I was kindly invited to attend an event here in London called UGTV06 by Andy Bell. It was a very good seminar talking about how mainstream media in the UK is embracing the “user generated content” age. It was the same evening that MTV UK announced the launch of their own UGC project Flux. Later that evening Tim Morgan previewed Bloombox a white-label web… Read More