Everyone complains about how social media is full of hoaxes and inaccuracies in the aftermath of a breaking-news event like the shooting down of Malaysian Flight MH17, but we all have the ability to fact-check the news. Here are some resources to do so
News Corp.’s acquisition of Storyful for $25 million is a sign of how important user-generated content has become, so I spoke with Raju Narisetti of News Corp. and Storyful founder Mark Little about their reasons for doing the deal
Instagram has come under fire — as other services based on user-generated content have — for changing its terms of service in a way that suggests it might experiment with advertising. But should that really be a surprise? What else should we expect from a free service?
Remember eBaum’s World? The Internet’s former teenage humor king is back with a new site design, trying to position itself as an indie alternative to YouTube. But even with lots of funny videos, the site is dead serious about leaving its troubled past behind.
The deal that Twitter announced on Thursday with NASCAR will see an editor employed by the network curating and highlighting tweets and other content, a deal that takes Twitter even further into the realm of being a media entity. Should traditional media players be concerned?
Kapture, a new start-up from an original member of Qwiki, lets business reward users for sharing pictures about their establishment through their social networks. It allows merchants to leverage user generated content to help spread the word about their businesses and strengthen their relationships with consumers.
TrustYou, a Munich-based startup that makes semantic search technology for categorizing online reviews, has taken on $5 million in Series A funding to fuel its U.S. growth. The company has already put a significant portion of the funding round toward acquiring ReviewAnalyst, its Texas-based rival.
VideoGenie is announcing Thursday that it has raised $2 million in funding that was led by Blumberg Capital and includes existing investors such as Innovation Endeavors. With the funding, VideoGenie will be able to ramp up hiring, particularly in sales and marketing, to accelerate its growth.
YouTube’s users now upload more than two full days worth of video per minute, the video sharing site announced on its blog today. The announcement coincides with another usage record, as YouTube is now also seeing more than three billion video views per day.
Only about 30 percent of video assets on YouTube make up almost all video views on the site. Or, put another way: 70 percent of all YouTube videos are barely viewed at all. So does that mean that the dream of long tail content is over?
Most of the recent focus on near-field communications and RFID technology is targeted at mobile payments and advertising. One company, however, is thinking beyond the basics and using the tech to recall your memories — if you consider memories to be user-generated content from smartphones.
What could a world of tablets bring? Not just better e-book readers or game machines, but an explosion of personally produced content, distributed by individual apps. But will Apple and Amazon seize that opportunity?
[qi:115] As the economic downturn has hammered companies’ advertising budgets, many businesses have turned to user-generated web content to get their messages…