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January 23, 2007

IBM Gets Into Social Networking - Is It Over?

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 1/23/2007 02:56:00 AM
You have to wonder whether this is the peak of social networking when IBM decides to get into the game with Lotus Connections.

U.S. computer giant IBM Corp. Monday unveiled social-networking software like MySpace, YouTube, and Flickr, but for corporate use.
IBM's Lotus Connections, which IBM dubbed "business-grade social computing," lets business people post personal profiles about their expertise and interests and Web logs for ongoing commentaries. It also lets them connect with like-minded communities for online work collaboration, manage group products online and share documents and Web sites through bookmarks.
"Social software tools will become so much a part of the fabric of an enterprise's collaborative environment that it will be like air -- enterprises won't be able to imagine life without it," IBM said in a statement.
IBM did not provide pricing information or forecast sales. It said shipments would start by June.
Microsoft Corp.'s Windows SharePoint Services, a 5-year-old product with 85 million users, added social-networking features in its latest version, unveiled in November.

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