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Xobni brings Skype, Facebook, Yahoo! integration to Outlook

Xobni is a plugin for Outlook that adds advanced search and social functions to the email client. When we last looked at Xobni, the service indexed your email messages and created personal profiles for each of your contacts by automatically extracing phone numbers and loking users up on LinkedIn. Now Xobni has rolled out an update that adds integration with Skype, Facebook, Hoovers, and Yahoo!...

Digsby cuts memory footprint, adds LinkedIn notifications

There's a new version of the free Windows chat/social messaging client Digsby today. Probably the biggest change in this release is a dramatic reduction in memory use. Like a 75% reduction. One of the biggest complaints early Digsby users had was that the application was a memory hog. And while it still certainly uses a bit more memory than some IM clients, that's to be expected since Digsby...

Election 08: candidates face off in social media

As the 2008 US presidential election campaign finally approaches full steam, presumtive nominees Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama are facing off in the media to win hearts and minds. But which candidate is making the most of the of online social media services? A visit to www.barackobama.com shows that the Obama campaign has established itself firmly in the social media world with an...

rmbrME: share social network info via SMS

Remember making new friends without the help of the Internet? Thanks to a new service called rmbrMe, you can convert those messy real life acquaintances into easily manageable social networking formats! rmbrMe lets you send a code via text message that will link people you just met to your profiles on Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, or whatever other networks you choose. There is a bit of a...

LinkedIn gets a beta facelift and developer platform

LinkedIn, the professional networking site, has released new features, including a homepage redesign and developer platform. Sure this is going to be a little more useful to business users, but does LinkedIn need to expand and focus outside the business sector to make things stickier? LinkedIn's new focus seems like an effort to emulate what Facebook has had with outside web applications. The new...

Is Google playing Microsoft to Facebook's Apple?

Microsoft became the market leader in operating system deployment largely by making its OS and software available to any hardware maker that wanted to license the technology. Apple, on the other hand, has always insisted the its OS should only run on Apple-labeled computers. So while Microsoft is often slammed for not being "open," the company owes much of what it is to early openness. And it...

LinkedIn profile pictures

LinkedIn is planning to let users add profile images starting today. This is something that has been a long time coming, and is pretty much the standard for social networks of all kinds. Other social networks are way ahead of the game, but LinkedIn is trying its best to stay on track and give its users what they want. The addition of images in personal profile pages might not be that important...

Yahoo! wants to KickStart a social network

Social networks are huge, and Yahoo knows this, that's why they have been working hard to develop the next level of social networks, KickStart. Yahoo! KickStart is aimed at matching college students with relevant employers. This new service will give users a profile page where they can post a resume similar in style to LinkedIn. The companies listed in the service can then start up groups which...

LinkedIn is looking for a Developer Network Manager

Is LinkedIn starting to feel more heat from Facebook? The San Francisco-based company is looking for an on-site Developer Network Manager to act as an intermediary between the company and API developers. The ad (registration required) says they're looking for someone with a combination of marketing, technical, and communication skills and also outlines pretty clearly that the job entails a lot of...

Facebook's social networking numbers

There's no doubt that Facebook is the 'most' popular social networking site to hit the scene. This one, unlike LinkedIn (although it has a whole other target, however users seem to be sliding towards Facebook recently), MySpace, and Friendster, seems like it could quite possibly be here to say. The proof is in the numbers. Shrel Israel, social media guru, picked up the phone and contacted the...

Spock: Social networking meets people search

If it seems like there's a new social networking site popping up every other day it's because, well, there is. A lot of us juggle registrations at multiple sites and sometimes there's a lot of overlap with out contacts so we were thrilled to hear about a new site that looks like it could help us keep our social networking organized and also search for friends and colleagues that have fallen...

LinkedIn readying an API, are they too late?

Reid Hoffman made a "somewhat late" announcement on Friday at the Supernova 2007 conference to Dan Farber, that LinkedIn would finally deliver API's. Developers have been eating up API's this past year alone, for every type of online environment including Google's mapping applications, to the recently released Facebook API's. However, it's not going to be available for quite a few months, nine to...

Plaxo 3.0: Bringing web and desktop PIM together like never before

For about a month now, the kind folks at Plaxo have allowed us to play with the beta of Plaxo 3.0, a major update to their unique service that takes the 'management' out of desktop + online PIM. As if the present version's ability to synchronize your contact and calendar information between Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and some online services wasn't enough, Plaxo's ability to automatically update...