Cool Tools - Plan a festive Fourth of July with social apps
The Cool Tools feature is taking a long weekend with the rest of us so it's making its holiday splash today. This week in Cool Tools I explore ways that we can leverage the social Web to plan for a fun and festive Fourth of July celebration.
ReputationDefender opens alpha for enterprise reputation management
One of my first questions when speaking with co-founder and executive vice president Owen Tripp about the flagship MyReputation service was, "How about something like that for companies?" Imagine my surprise when Tripp said that such a service is in "super secret alpha."
Lithium Technologies raises $12 million; social network for enterprises will invest in innovation
June appears to be the month for social networks to announce new funding. The latest is Lithium Technologies, which today announced that it has closed a $12 million series B round. Lithium is in good company this month, with LinkedIn, Twitter, Jaxtr and others creating a splash with their respective financial news.
Q&A with LinkedIn's Allen Blue: Post-funding plans, Company Groups and corporate intranets
Last Tuesday LinkedIn announced that it had closed a $53 million round of funding. Yesterday I chatted with Allen Blue, LinkedIn's co-founder and vice president of product strategy, about its plans to grow the company's feature set, as well as its potential as a corporate intranet and my nitpicky concerns about its Company Groups beta.
Is Microsoft accessible without Bill Gates?
Bill Gates cannot escape the perception that he is still Microsoft’s sole visionary. The company is going to have to seriously step up its branding efforts – perhaps through social media – to prove that Microsoft has innovative vision and community staying power without Bill at the helm.
Cool Tools Friday - ShareThis Adds Digg Tracking
There are about 6 billion social media and social networking tools. Perhaps that number is a bit of an exaggeration, but what is not an exaggeration is how many emails I receive regarding cool tools (either new or potentially forgotten) and how many of these tools that I accidentally fall across each week.
MySpace answers questions about redesign and reputation
On the day that MySpace rolled out its much discussed redesign, I asked Steve Pearman, the company's SVP of product strategy, five quick questions about the new features and why the social media community may still think MySpace is the kids' version of Facebook.
Tribit StormBox Micro 2: Small size but mighty sound
Tribit Flybuds C2 earbuds: Quick charging and long battery life for $68
Soul S-Storm Max waterproof Bluetooth speaker: Superb bass and pulsing LED lights
Spotlight on eMeet C990 USB webcam: Perfect portability for on the go conferencing
BigBlue CP500 portable power station review: Compact, powerful and versatile, too