Full Release at ZeroDegrees

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-10-15 Print this article Print

At ZeroDegrees, the time has come to move out of test mode. It turned on the full release of its social-networking site this week with a slew of new features. Barry Dillers InterActiveCorp added ZeroDegrees to its Internet properties in March. It is offering an option for users to promote their ZeroDegrees profiles within top search engines with a proprietary linking technology that attempts to improve the ranking of profiles in search results, said officials at the West Hollywood, Calif., company. The features could be particularly useful for professionals wanting to draw more people to their information. Other new features include Web-based e-mail and contact manager as well as search results in the service that provide more descriptive information about a member.
On the enterprise side of social network, San Francisco-based Leverage Software last week launched its Leverage Relationship Intelligence software. The company doesnt bill itself as social networking but as a "relationship capital management" company.
Its software, offered as a subscription-based service, mines and ranks users contacts within an enterprise in ways similar to competitors such as Spoke Software Inc. and Visible Path Corp., said Mike Walsh, Leverages CEO and founder. Are enterprises ready for social networking? Click here to read more. But Leverage also has combined analytical tools on top of social networking, so an enterprise can view patterns and gaps in such areas as the geography or industries covered by their sales contacts, Walsh said. Individual users also choose which of their contacts to share with others in their company. Leverage also combines outside data—such as from the Web and business directories—with contact information on sale prospects, Walsh said. "Our primary differentiator is our focus on the business individual, the addition of high-quality data and presenting information so its actionable," Walsh said Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging & Collaboration Center at http://messaging.eweek.com for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.

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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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