user generated content

The erosion of Web 2.0

It seems quaint to imagine now but the original vision for the web was not an information superhighway. Instead, it was a newspaper that fed us only the news we wanted. This was the central thesis bro

Skyscanner buys Twizoo to add social content shout-outs to travel reviews

Travel metasearch giant Skyscanner has acquired Twizoo, a small London-based startup which makes a platform for brands to automate injecting relevant social content across their digital footprint.

Photoslurp bags $870k for its ‘shop the look’ UGC marketing platform

Bootstrapping Barcelona-based visual commerce startup Photoslurp has taken its first external funding: Announcing €750,000 (~$870k) in pre-Series A financing, led by Spanish VC Inveready Technolog

The end of oversharing

The early 2000s were the era of user-generated content. Companies like Associated Content and Shareasale rewarded content producers richly – one friend of mine made millions on YouTube in 2004 b

Soundcloud confirms new $70M credit line, still closin $100M round

Soundcloud — the popular, but unprofitable platform that lets creators post and share music and other audio files — may have been unsuccessful (so far) in closing a new $100 million round

Lobster nets £1M to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace

U.K. startup Lobster is gearing up to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace, as it closes a £1 million Series A. It's expecting to have closed out the round next week, with 85 per ce

Gfycat raises $10 million to help creatives fire up the memes

A startup called Gfycat (which is pronounced “Jiffy Cat”) has raised a mammoth $10 million seed round to turn its already popular user-generated content platform into a revenue generating concern.

UK study quantifies Twitter’s misogyny problem

Online abuse remains the big hairy monster in the room for platforms powered by user-generated content. Twitter especially has had some very sizable and public problems with problem users. A UK thinkt

​New app ​Tagly ​bets on ​connect​ing​ consumers with brand content

Tagly claims to be the first social platform dedicated to exclusively showcase content created by brands. Its goal is to allow users to discover, share, and collect the branded content they love, and

Getting Banned From The App Store Was The Best Thing That Happened To Us

“Brace yourself, Marco...we’ve just been removed from the App Store.” With those words, I visualized everything we’d slaved over for months crumple itself into a ball of trash and -- ironicall

Livefyre Studio Puts The Company’s Focus On User Generated Content And Social Media Curation

At this point, I should probably stop calling <a target="_blank" href="">Livefyre</a> a commenting platform. Actually, the company has been expanding beyond comments for a wh

Thismoment Raises $17.6M To Help Big Brands Tap Into User-Generated Content

<a target="_blank" href="">Thismoment</a>, a company that helps businesses collect user-generated content for their own marketing efforts, is announcing that it has raised $1

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 prev

Mobile Video App Snapverse Raises $3.5M And Announces Deals With Universal, Warner Bros, And Sony

<a target="_blank" href="">Snapverse</a> is an iPhone app that combines 20-second user videos with licensed music.Tthe amount of licensed music available is about to grow si

Chute Makes It Easy For Brands To Ask Fans For Permission To Use Their Photos

<a target="_blank" href="">Chute</a> is a startup <a href="">aiming to become a "complete visual platform" for brands and p

VivaKi Partners With SparkReel To Help Marketers Manage Crowdsourced Videos

As the amount of user-generated video continues to grow, a startup called <a target="_blank" href="">SparkReel</a> aims to help companies harness those videos for their own pr

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 In

Social Beauty Startup Raises $800K From Genesis & Horizons Ventures

<a target="_blank" href=""></a>, a Tel Aviv-based social beauty startup, is today announcing having closed on a healthy $800,000 round of seed funding led by <a target="_bl

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

You may not be familiar with <a href="">Wikia</a>, but the collaborative media company has been quietly growing into a giant, <a href="

This 'YouTube' thing is really catching on

Another user-generated diamond in the rough here. Skateboarder William Spencer has apparently “signed a deal to develop a skateboarding stunt series based on his clips on YouTube for MTV,”