FastWeb, a scholarship matching engine and a site within the Monster Worldwide network, announced the launch of FastWeb Volunteers, a free resource that connects students, parents and educators with thousands of volunteer opportunities nationwide. As a growing number of scholarships cite volunteer experience among the application requirements, FastWeb Volunteers offers students an easy way to find projects that may help enhance their eligibility.
Launched as part of an alliance with VolunteerMatch, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping everyone find a great place to volunteer, FastWeb Volunteers helps seekers identify meaningful opportunities from the VolunteerMatch network of more than 56,000 nonprofits and other volunteer organizations â€“ the largest on the web. Collectively, these organizations currently offer over 50,000 active volunteer openings spanning 28 interest areas, such as children and youth, disaster relief and crisis support.
RawVegas.tv, the online video channel about everything Las Vegas, is celebrating a milestone today with its first year anniversary. From its studios located just off the famed Las Vegas strip, RawVegas.tv has produced more than 1,100 original videos over the past 12 months that have been viewed nearly 35 million times, making it the leading online destination for young adults seeking an unfiltered look at what happens every single day in Las Vegas.
RawVegas.tv is also planning to add a ticketing function that would allow visitors to book hotel and entertainment packages right on the RawVegas.tv site â€” or through its video player.
AnimalAttraction.com, a social network, unveiled a groundbreaking program with four of the country’s leading animal welfare organizations that combines the power of its online community and the passion of animal welfare supporters to help pets in need.
The ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, North Shore Animal League America and The Petfinder Foundation will promote AnimalAttraction.com in more than one million emails per month and receive a $1 donation for each free registration they refer. Each member who joins will then be able to raise more money for their charity by referring their friends ($1 for each friend referred) and by logging-in to the site ($.01 for each day logged-in). AnimalAttraction is committing a minimum of $100,000 to its charity partners in what is believed to be the first program in which the owners of a social networking website, rather than the members themselves, will donate money to charity for free member participation.
Indigo Books & Music Inc., Canada’s largest book retailer is poised to acquire their 100,000th Online Community member by March 31st. In celebration, the lucky 100,000th Canadian member will win a prize of a $1000 gift card. The site currently boasts just over 97,000 members and offers Canadian booklovers an online destination to connect and share a passion for books, authors and reading and has been so popular that Canadians have been signing up at an average rate of one new member every three minutes since its initial launch in October.
Combining social networking and content tools designed with the booklover in mind, the Indigo Online Community has something for every inspired reader offering capabilities ranging from organizing bookshelves and recommending new reads, to getting the local book club on track. With just an email address and password customers can navigate through this easy-to-use new experience; build a profile and from there:
- Create a virtual shelf filled with books, music and DVDs
- Build a network of friends
- Recommend their favourite reads
- Start or join a book club or other group
- Read and write reviews or post their thoughts
- Create and share top 10 lists
Answers Corporation announced the launch of Answers.travel, a tool that enables users to search the top 20 travel web sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Priceline, Kayak, HotWire, SideStep, and other major travel websites at the same time with one click without having to search each website individually. The site also vows to answer any type of travel related question. The company has trained travel agents across the globe that are able to answer most questions within 72 hours.
Answers.travel has found the solution for travelers that are tired of searching over a dozen travel websites looking for bargains. A tool that enables users to enter their travel and flight information once and have the results pages of the major travel sites placed on one screen. The company also features a service whereby users can ask any travel related question such as “I am going to Argentina in March, do I need to bring warm clothing?” An Answers.travel representative will research the question and promptly answer it within 24 hours.
VoSKY is showcasing new valued-added business applications for its VoSKY Exchange VoIP application gateway. Among the new features is VoSKY Web Click-to-Call, the industry’s first solution that incorporates both direct web click-to-call for Skype users and call back for non-Skype users.
Designed for the multiple forms of web media VoSKY Web Click-to-Call optimizes online sales, marketing and support. It seamlessly integrates a company’s website and phone system to provide real-time interaction with website visitors.
VoSKY Web Click-to-Call taps into Skype’s community of more than 270 million users worldwide. With a single click, Skype users can instantly talk with a company agent to learn more about an offer, find answers to questions, and enjoy seamless, personal service. VoSKY Exchange routes the call to the appropriate agent in the call center or any employee as a free Skype call to both parties, enhancing the customer experience while also significantly reducing a company’s toll-free number expenses.
Cellyspace.com has launched an RSS to MMS publishing tool for content providers to automatically convert and deliver syndicated RSS feeds directly to mobile subscribersâ€™ messaging in-boxes using Cellyspaceâ€™s MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) technology.
According to the company, auto-conversion of RSS content will make mobile syndication easier and more readily available and by delivering multimedia feeds rather than short, text-only feeds subscribers will be more fully engaged in the content.
Also, with RSS to MMS technology, the feed can be viewed without a subscriber first logging onto a mobile web site or launching a feed reader application. Instead, subscribers are alerted on receipt of the feed and can view it immediately or whenever most convenient since itâ€™s stored in their messaging in-box.
Shine A Light, the soundtrack to Martin Scorseseâ€™s new documentary about The Rolling Stones, is making its US debut today on imeem, a week before itâ€™s available in stores on April 1.
Shine a Light, which opens in theaters nationally on April 4, is a look at The Rolling Stonesâ€™s live performances through the eyes of Martin Scorsese. The Oscar-winning director captured the band during two intimate performances at New York’s Beacon Theatre in the fall of 2006. During the performances, the Stones were joined onstage by several special guests, including Buddy Guy, the White Stripes’ Jack White and Christina Aguilera.
This is the latest example of mainstream bands choosing social media outlets like imeem as the places to reach their fans with new music.
CherryTV.com, a new niche Internet TV website for women, has launched its line-up of educational entertainment shows on womenâ€™s sexuality and health from the female perspective.
CherryTV.com, home of Juicy Talk for Women, currently offers two types of video programs: â€œCherry Dish,â€ a round-table discussion show, and â€œFresh Advice,â€ a single-topic sex-expert program. All programs are available streaming and for download. New episodes are posted every weekday online at CherryTV.com.
In addition to video programs, CherryTV.com also features interactive forums to foster supportive and lively dialog between the siteâ€™s registered community members.
imeem, the 3rd largest social network in the U.S. with 24 million unique monthly visitors, has joined the â€œopennessâ€ bandwagon with the launch of its imeem Media Platform, enabling third-party developers to create new applications related to videos, photos, and music.
Here are some of the things developers can create in this open platform:
- Access imeemâ€™s social graph, including users, friends, and associated profile data
- Create, edit, and manage new playlists, or access millions of music, video and photo playlists created by imeem users
- Search imeemâ€™s media content by keyword, artist, song title, or album name
- Ability to favorite media and playlists back to the userâ€™s profile
- Access imeemâ€™s recommendation engine and discovery tools
More importantly, imeem will provide OpenSocial support so developers can easily integrate the applications they created for other social networking sites such as MySpace and Hi5.