Salesforce, the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced it has completed its acquisition of Dimdim, a web conferencing and meeting tools provider for approximately $31 million in cash.
Acquisition will extend salesforce.com’s Chatter collaboration platform with critical real-time communication technologies It follows the proven Facebook model of combining real-time collaboration and communication into a single integrated service. Enables salesforce.com to build on momentum of 60,000 Chatter customers, accelerating the industry shift to Cloud 2.
By offering an integrated collaboration and communication platform, the company believes it will drive greater Chatter adoption, increase customer loyalty and differentiate its entire product portfolio.
DimDim is a hyderabad based startup founded by D.D. Ganguly and Prakash Khot in 2007. Dimdim has created critical real-time communication technologies such as presence, messaging and screen sharing. Dimdim is financially backed by Index Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners and Draper Richards ,they must be making a handsome exit with in 3 years.
Dimdim provided hosted meetings, similar to Citrix’s GotoMeeting. Free meetings were made available for up to ten users. Professional meetings with collaboration tools for up to 50 users were also made available for US$25 per month, and webinar hosting for up to 100 users or 1,000 event attendees was available for US$75 per month.
I have been a big fan of DimDim and have used their premium account earlier and currently was on free plan, sad to find it will remain active till March 15.2011.
Companies and businesses are leveraging the benefits of social media, customers are being engaged and acquired through social networks. If you are worried that your competitors are doing well in the social platform and how you can counter it and remain competent in this social platform, here is a startup called Eyesandfeet which will empower you in getting social footfall for your business.
Eyesandfeet is a chennai based startup founded by Lakshmanan Narayan, an IIT M and IIM C alumnus. EyesandFeet is primarily targeting clients based out of US and its in Beta stage currently and nearly 500 clients are using in 10 cities in US.
Eyesandfeet has developed a web application that helps company/local business owners to figure out what their immediate neighbours and competitors are doing on social platforms like Facebook, Twitter etc and kind of business they get by actively engaging users on these networks.
EyesandFeet has mainly two modules – See Module and Do Module. Eyesandfeet is developing a very comprehensive and usable database of local business social media activity and it constitutes the See Module. In Do Module Eyesandfeet handholds the local business and guide them what to do and also help in in customizing for Facebook, twitter and other social platforms.
EyesandFeet also has scoring system in place, local business gets score based on how they are doing it and they can assess their score by comparing it with their competitors.
Certainly! a great social measurement tool for Small and medium sized local businesses.
Flipkart, India’s largest online bookstore today announced that it has acquired weRead, the largest social network based book recommendation and review platform. Though the acquisition amount wasn’t disclosed.
The weRead acquisition allows Flipkart to leverage advanced recommendation technologies and social graph information to enhance customer experience. With more than 3 million readers and 60 million books, weRead captures user-generated information such as who, within your social network, has marked a book as a favourite, detailed reviews and user ratings of books.
The weRead application is available across all popular social network sites such as Facebook, Orkut, Yahoo, MySpace and Hi5. Considering that purchase of books, as a category, is driven by reviews and recommendations, weRead provides an edge as it would immediately showcase community verdicts on any book.
The weRead component will make buying online at Flipkart a heightened social experience. Owing to its community-driven, independent nature, weRead will retain its own brand identity, even after the purchase by Flipkart.
There was a strong buzz in the internet space that Facebook is going to launch its email service and most likely to compete with gmail aka gmail killer, Facebook put an end to all such speculations yesterday.
Facebook announced the launch of their new messaging service that envelopes e-mail, instant messages, Facebook messages and SMS.
Salient Features of Facebook messaging service -
New messaging system is designed to save all messages, meaning users will have a history of their communications.
New messaging system will work with other e-mail systems, such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo mail.
The new messaging system is platform agnostic, so users can send and receive messages via mobile, IM or Facebook.
New messaging system doesn’t exclude non-Facebook users, If your friends aren’t on Facebook they will be able to send and receive messages.
Introduction of Social Inbox which filters the messages you want, organized by the people you care about. It’s spam free and designed to highlight conversations with your real friends
Users can have facebook.com email addresses but this won’t be the primary usage of this new messaging system.
The main driving points for developing messaging services are -
1) More than 350M facebook users actively uses messaging service.
2) On an average 4Billion messages are sent through facebook messaging system which implies on an average user sends 11 messages per day.
The new messaging system will offer different messaging channels that gives users a social inbox and a way to get messages filtered to them from friends.
Do share your views on the new Facebook messaging system
RockMelt is way different from other normal web browsers, its a social browser. User you can browse with your friends on the left, your favorite sites on the right, and search up top.
It is a realtime browser, which means all the Facebook updates and online status of your friends are notified and also gets notification when your favorite sites, blogs are updated with new information.