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  • Quoting IT: Life without Internet and Social Media

    Quoting IT: Life without Internet and Social Media

    "So much ink has been spilled deriding the false concept of a "Facebook friend," but I can tell you that a "Facebook friend" is better than nothing."

    - Paul Miller, "I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet", The Verge, May 1, 2013.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted May 06, 2013
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  • CloudSigma’s Public Cloud Propels Gorilla Technology’s Media Collaboration Services

    CloudSigma’s Flexible Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Provides Scalability and Geographic Reach for Gorilla’s Dynamic Cloud-Based Services for the Broadcast and Media Industries

    Las Vegas, NV – April 9, 2013 – CloudSigma, an international, customer-centric, pure-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, today announced that Gorilla Technology Group, a leading provider of workflow solutions for the media and broadcast industry, is launching its new media collaboration services in CloudSigma’s public cloud. Taking advantage of CloudSigma’s rapid scaling capability, flexible deployment model and strategic geographic presence, Gorilla Technology’s collaboration services will provide media and broadcast organizations with a versatile cloud layer which bridges multiple non-linear editing systems such as those from AVID, Apple and Grass Valley so they can easily share digital content with production houses, media dubbing firms and other industry service providers.

    By RealWire
    Posted April 09, 2013
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  • On Today's CMS Connected: eCommerce, Sitefinity, and MODX

    On Today's CMS Connected: eCommerce, Sitefinity, and MODX

    Just a little reminder, this month's live show of CMS-Connected is today. If you haven't already, be sure and register for the 11 am Central show (March 26th at 12:30 pm Eastern / 9:30 am Pacific). As usual, this show will be action packed! After years of talking to MODX developers, I finally will be holding my end of the bargain and will be talking about what I think of MODX.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 26, 2013
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  • Next Generation Mollom: The Enterprise-Ready Content Moderation Platform

    Next Generation Mollom: The Enterprise-Ready Content Moderation Platform

    Yesterday, Dries Buytaert announced on his blog that Acquia has released the next generation of Mollom, the Mollom Content Moderation Platform. The new Mollom platform is being billed by Acquia as the "first cloud content moderation platform built for the enterprise". Mollom is capable of reducing the time that’s required to moderate large volumes of user-generated content. Personally having used Mollom to assist me in moderating small to medium sites, I suspect the need for something like Mollom is even greater for enterprises with an even larger web presence.

    Business websites can be crippled by spam; more than 90 percent of the content submitted to websites is unwanted spam, much containing links to irrelevant sites and suspicious offers. Manually deleting spam from comments, registration and contact-form submissions is arduous work. Mollom solves the spam problem for businesses with a cloud platform that filters and removes virtually all spam submissions.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 21, 2013
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  • DotNetNuke Moves into Corporate Website Communities with DNN Social

    DotNetNuke Moves into Corporate Website Communities with DNN Social

    DotNetNuke (DNN) has announced a social software solution aimed at optimizing customer engagement and loyalty through online communities. DNN Social gives businesses the ability to easily create and manage communities on their existing websites, giving end-users a one-stop destination for consuming content, exchanging ideas and interacting with other community members.

    DNN Social enables businesses to effectively control the customer conversation by allowing it to take place on the corporate website, instead of driving customers to a third-party social site. Thriving user communities can help reduce support costs, drive product innovation and increase sales and brand awareness at an affordable price point. During the past two years, DNN executives have told CMS Report that they believe one of the key requirements for a modern CMS is to include social functionality and have steadily moved their product line toward this direction. Available today, DNN Social attempts to reinvent how companies optimize their web presence by combining industry-leading content and community management into a single, easy-to-use solution.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 19, 2013
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  • Bloxx's eBook on Social Media in Education Helps Schools Addresses Online Safety

    A new e-book, Social Media in Education: Enhancing Learning and Managing eSafety, from Bloxx, addresses the challenges schools face in harnessing social media information and collaborative learning tools, while protecting students from inappropriate content and dangerous malware.

    By RealWire
    Posted February 28, 2013
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  • Favoring Google Plus over Facebook

    Favoring Google Plus over Facebook

    While Twitter remain my social network of choice, I've struggled over the years with Facebook. For me personally, there is something about Facebook that has rubbed me the wrong way. Facebook's user interface has always felt "cluttered" to me and the addition of "social advertisement" this past year hasn't helped win me over either. More importantly, the seemingly never ending changes to both Facebook's privacy policy and privacy tools has left me very uncomfortable. These days, I'm only on Facebook because my closest friends are on Facebook. In short, with Facebook I feel like I'm a hostage as it may be the only way I keep close ties with friends unwilling to try Twitter or Google+.

    Perhaps I was always vulnerable to drinking the Google Kool-Aid. Not only disillusioned with the current state of social media, but also ashamed that I didn't see the value of social media from the start. Not only does Google offer an alternative to Facebook but it also offers you an opportunity to be an "early adopter". For many the question remains, is it worth leaving or diluting your current investment in Facebook as you increasingly invest more time and content into Google+? For me, the answer was obvious as I see Google+ as a game changer for social media and quite frankly CMS Report has historically done a lousy job supporting its Facebook page. Google+ offers the opportunity to do social media well from the start and to avoid yet another missed opportunity.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 25, 2013
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