The rise and rise of the social enterprise

There has been a huge amount written, and posted, around the “social enterprise” in recent weeks and months, even more so since announced it has reached 150,000 users on Chatter.

There does seem to be some confusion around the whole concept of “social enterprise” and its implications for enterprises, so here I wanted to run through the ins and outs of the social enterprise and most importantly how it may, or may not, affect both...

By David Akka, 22 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Social.

Facebook’s App Center rolled out globally

It was rolled out a month ago to impressive fanfare in the US – now, Facebook’s App Center has been released worldwide.

Well, not completely ‘worldwide’, but seven other countries with a combined population of 1.38 billion is still a fairly hefty number.

The vast majority of that number comes from India, with various other English-speaking nations included in this week’s rollout including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, Social.

Why did Facebook shelve its Find Friends Nearby app?

In one of the shortest-lived app releases in history, Facebook’s Find Friends Nearby app was quietly released by developers, and then even more quietly pulled in a matter of days. But why?

Truth be told, it’s all been a bit of a mess for the iOS app.

The idea of Find Friends Nearby was to make it easier for Facebook mobile users who have location services enabled to friend those they had only just met.

All well and good, but a wave of negative publicity – including...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Mobile, Social.

It's Yammer time for Microsoft with latest buy

Yammer, the social network which “brings the power of social networking to the enterprise”, has been bought by Microsoft for an estimated $1.2bn (£768m).

The move comes as Microsoft tries to expand upon its complementary cloud services and, more importantly, fend off competition from Google for its influential Office products.

The money involved is hefty, but small change compared to the $8.5bn (£5.4m) Microsoft shelled out for Skype last year.

From Microsoft’s perspective, Yammer will be...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Social.

Is Spotify's new radio app trying to shoot Pandora down?

Spotify has taken aim and fired at Pandora following the rolling out of the Swedish streaming giant’s free iOS mobile radio app.

The new app is planned to only be available in the US for iPad and iPhone, but is expected to be available on Android within the coming weeks. Users outside the US will still need a premium subscription to utilise mobile radio.

Spotify claims that mobile radio...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Mobile, Social.

App claims to cure writer's block by sabotage, but does it work?

Need to knuckle down on your work? Well, an iOS app claims to cure procrastination by performing increasing levels of annoying acts on your text unless you comply.

The Write or Die app – with the superb tag line “putting the ‘prod’ in productivity” – aims to instil fear in those whose work is slacking.

The app, created by the requisitely-named ‘Dr. Wicked’, carries the frankly scary introduction: “As long as you keep typing you’re...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Mobile, Social.

Is the Skout case another warning shot for app safety?

The news that social mobile app maker Skout has had to temporarily suspend its teen community after rape allegations may come as a shock, but did they realistically have any other option?

Skout, billed as the “largest and fastest growing network for meeting new people and having fun”, allows users to make new friends, flirt or find a date.

The company made the decision to install a separate under-18s community after noticing there were many underage...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Social.

Facebook rolls out App Center to US with 600 apps making cut

The highly-publicised Facebook App Center, described as “the place for people to find great social apps on the web and mobile”, has been officially released to US users, with apps available on iOS and Android platforms as well as on

Many of the apps are already-popular games and services, such as Spotify, Pinterest and Draw Something. The Center categorises best apps in terms of top rated, trending and top...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Social.

Will Facebook’s new Camera app make Instagram irrelevant?

Facebook has launched their new photo sharing app Camera just weeks after completing the £1 billion takeover of photo sharing app maker Instagram.

Camera, which is available for free on iPhone, has various similarities to Instagram, including cropping, rotation and the use of filters.

Further, whereas the old Facebook mobile app only allowed one photo to be uploaded at a time, Camera...

By James Bourne, 25 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, Mobile, Social.

Is App Center Facebook's power play into mobile web?

Facebook’s flirtations with the world of social mobile web stepped up a gear this week with the launch of its own app store, offering tasty promotional opportunities for developers, but scant money making opportunity for the soon-to-be-public social networking behemoth; though perhaps a pathway to future riches.

The App Center, as it will be called, will list social apps that utilise the social network’s own login feature, listing iOS and...

By Matthew Henkes, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, HTML5, iOS, Social.