Azam Khan

Not Your Typical Survey Tool: What a New Online Survey Tool Means for the DIY Survey Market

Research plays a fundamental part in enabling businesses to make better decisions. Amidst a recession and continued budget cuts, small and medium sized businesses may no longer be able to afford outsourcing their research needs. Enter DIY surveys, do-it-your-self surveys that can afford businesses the research data they need without the help of a professional or third-party company.

Social Gamers Spend 75 Percent Of Social Networking Time Playing Games

Social game developer, RockYou, and the marketing research firm, Interpret, announced the latest findings of their 'Social Gamer Thought Leadership Study'. The study is the first-of-its-kind as it analyzes behaviors, motivations, and purchase intent among the US social gaming demographic. The results both reaffirm existing assumptions and provide some insightful information about social gamers.

OpenFeint Hires Former Glu Executive, Sarah Thomson, as Director of Developer Relations

Mobile social gaming network OpenFeint has just appointed Sarah Thomson, a former Glu Mobile and IUGO executive, as its Director of Developer Relations. Thomson is a heavy hitter in the mobile gaming world. As such, OpenFeint hopes to utilize her insight and deep connections to continue building its relationships with both traditional and free-to-play developers.

Tagged Acquires Social Game Discovery Company WeGame

Tagged, the social network that specializes in helping people meet others, recently announced the acquisition of WeGame, a San Francisco based game discovery startup. Tagged has been hosting social games for quite some time and this acquisition signifies their continued emphasis on keeping users around through social game discovery.

GigaOm Mobilize 2011 Conference Day 1 Recap

At GigaOm Mobilize 2011 Conference, various experts from telcos, middleware, and infrastructure providers joined in to share their perspective on the evolving mobile ecosystem, the cloud, new opportunities in the space and mobile payments. Despite the complex nature of the space, the panels and fireside chats were thought provoking and gave a unique insight into areas consumers and application developers should be aware of moving forward.

RockYou Launches Space Combat Themed RTS Game

Social gaming development studio RockYou recently announced its release of Galactic Allies, an RTS game for Facebook. Galactic Allies was developed by 3 Blokes, an Australian-based team owned by RockYou. Can RockYou's game hit a trajectory?

Appssavvy Launches Adtivity; Looks To Disrupt Social Advertising

Social innovation consistently provides new and exciting methods for individuals to openly communicate. Wherever people congregate, whether it’s at an event on the map or through the channels of cyberspace, advertisers find opportunity to deliver awareness of a product or service. Advertisers constantly invent new models of product awareness to capture consumer attention. One company in particular, Appssavvy, is attempting to add advertising around social activity with a product called Adtivity.

Kabam Appoints New CFO To Oversee Expansion

Companies progress forward by maintaining stability yet occasionally instituting dynamic change in leadership. Kabam, a major player in the social gaming space, announced Steve Klei will be assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer. We just covered a major shift in executive leadership at OpenFeint – namely John Citron being replaced by Naoki Aoyagi as CEO. At a time when social innovation is gripping tightly on the gaming industry, Kabam is making big plays in their growth as a company.

Naoki Aoyagi Of GREE Intl Replaces Citron As New Openfeint CEO

Naoki Aoyagi, ex-head of GREE International, has just been named the new CEO of Openfeint. Aoyagi will be replacing Jason Citron as he moves on to pursue other endeavors. While sudden shifts to the chief executive role occasionally appear out of left field, Aoyagi has been with GREE, Openfeint’s parent company for 5 years, having joined in 2006.

Tween Social Media Site Everloop Partners With Mattel And National Geographic

Everloop, leading social media site for kids under 13, has just announced that they will be aligning with National Geographic’s Animal Jam and Mattel’s Monster High. Everloop provides a safe and secure network for kids to socialize while both National Geographic and Mattel brands bring entertaining kids-centric content.