Social Media

ReelGenie: The Power of Storytelling

By | Apr 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Not too long ago, my parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary, and held a masquerade ball for friends and family. Leading up to the event, I wanted to put a slideshow together of photos of friends and family that told the story of their…

Social Media

Paul Singh Steps Down at 500 Startups to Launch His Own Venture: Dashboard.io

By | Mar 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Today, 500 Startups partner Paul Singh stepped down from his position and unveiled his new startup, Dashboard.io, which just raised around $250,000 from DC’s NextGenAngels.* Singh began working on the Dashboard.io technology before he even joined 500 Startups, but it became integral to the…

iPhone

DC

Meet Friends of Friends on Dating App Hinge

By | Mar 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

Ever catch yourself looking at a friend’s friends on Facebook or social media? Of course you have! We’ve all done it, but meeting someone through a friend means  – gasp – you actually have to ask for an introduction. Or worse: a friend attempts…

Social Media

oLyfe Reveals Social Media Sentiment around the Oscars

By | Feb 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

During the Super Bowl, there were 5,679,596 related tweets. Unfortunately, you mostly didn’t see the infographics with interesting social media insights on them until a few days later. With ten very interesting and different movies vying for Best Picture at the Oscars this year, the…

Entrepreneur

Los Angeles

Where are you Gonnabe? Time to plan the future.

By | Feb 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Gonnabe is an app that aims to help you plan your future. Have you ever wondered what events friends, colleagues or industry leaders are doing this weekend? Gonnabe allows you to announce places that you will be in the future (can be marked public…

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Android

San Francisco

Traffic App: Finding the right places – Where to eat and where to go from the people you trust

By | Feb 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

Recently, I’ve been looking in the cities around me for the best and most interesting places to eat. Looking through Yelp and Google Local is helpful, but these sites seem to fall on two sides of the spectrum: hot or not. Typically, the reviews are…

Social Media

Los Angeles

New Dating App Let’s Date Assumes You Don’t Know What You Want

By | Feb 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

How often have you shared your dating site profile on Instagram? I’m assuming never. And this is one of the most promising signs for Let’s Date, a new dating app that launched publicly today out of Science Inc.: users are sharing their profiles on…

Social Media

Family Apps Help You Get Closer

By | Jan 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Someday, maybe, doctors will study a condition called Facebook fatigue. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Symptoms include a sudden outburst of “What the heck am I doing?” after you’ve wasted 15 minutes reading about your ex-girlfriend’s brother’s latest trip to the gym. A wave…

Education

Baltimore

Personalized News App Offers Fun Games and Real World Rewards

By | Jan 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

The powerhouse team behind the upcoming news sensation NewsUp has put hours of effort towards changing the way Americans inform themselves. Through experiences at companies and corporations including ChangeUp Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, NASA, Connect AI, Aramak, Ignition 72, 4Ten Technologies, and Starwood Resorts,…

B2B

DC

Attentive.ly Helps Businesses Do Better Targeted Marketing

By | Jan 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Companies and nonprofits have invested years, and many thousands of dollars, proliferating their email lists, only to watch email open rates decline by almost 50 percent over the past decade, says Roz Lemieux, CEO of Attentive.ly. She’s seen people moving to social media for their…

Social Good

Los Angeles

YourCauseorMine: A Dating Site Based on Causes You Support

By | Jan 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

YourCauseOrMine combines your passion with your passion. It’s a dating site that matches people based on the causes they support, like the environment or women’s rights. “Get involved and maybe…get involved,” it proclaims. The site has all the trimmings of a normal dating site,…

Mobile

DC

JetJoose: The Social Network for Flight Crews

By | Dec 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

During this season of mass-travel, many of us are thankful for the flight crews that get us to our destinations safely and comfortably. JetJoose Co-CEO and Co-Founder Ronan Keane decided that these crews deserved their own social network to help them make the mass-travel…

Jobs/HR/Recruiting

Boston

Equals6 Social Network for Students Is Hottest Showcasing Startup in Boston

By | Dec 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

With the average LinkedIn user over 40 years old, it can be a staid and formal place for a student. Equals6, recently voted our hottest showcasing startup in Boston, wants to give students a professional place to network that’s a little more youthful. “Equals6…

Social Media

Boulder

The Startup Revolution Hub, Brad Feld’s Crack at Hacker News-Like Social News Site

By | Dec 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Starting a startup community revolution ain’t easy.  It would take something along the lines of -say- a five book series and a dedicated online venue to host this community. As it happens, Brad Feld is the man for the job, and is doing just…

Social Media

ePowerhouse Helps Entrepreneurs Find Cofounders, Mentors, and Investors

By | Nov 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

Most accelerators give startups intensive help for a few months, then send them off into the world. ePowerhouse, a startup based in Boston, wants to give startups a long-term helping hand. ePowerhouse is a social network. You can create a startup profile, then post…

Social Media

San Francisco

SkinnyScoop Helps Women Help Each Other

By | Nov 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

Skinny Scoop, the site where women can recommend things to other women, launched publicly today. SkinnyScoop has built a community of hundreds of thousands of women who turn to each other for suggestions on apps and books, child care, beauty products, and more. In…

Social Media

The Battle to be the Best Dating Site

By | Oct 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

Editor’s Note: This article is a revised version of an article that appears in the May 2012 issue of The Social Media Monthly. If you like it, you might want to download The Social Media Monthly iPad app or iPhone app and subscribe, or order a print subscription. Nary an arrow…