KickApps V2.0 blows away competition in DIY Social Networking

Early today morning KickApps will be going live with amazing updates for the white label social networking platform. With this release, KickApps is rolling-up functionality of number of standalone social video and photo apps while also taking direct aim at Ning.com which had launched its upgraded platform last week. In case you haven’t been following KickApps, it was launched last year by Eric Alterman who had previously founded numerous companies including MeshNetworks which was acquired by Motorola in 2005. KickApps had $7 million in funding from Spark Capital and Prism Venture Partners.

KickApps will be launching 25 new widgets as part of the V2.0 including Premium Player Widgets, Forum, Slideshow, and a variety of HTML-based List Widgets. The most exciting part of the release is the all new Premium Player Widget. From the end-user standpoint the widget will enable watching of 360×270 px videos directly in the widget, without clicking through to a separate play page. As for the network owners, they will be able to roll in both premium and user-generated content to generate revenues without going through any video editing details. As part of building the widget they can easily control from which category the video content comes from. So they can have a set of 20 video listing in the widget from “Advertising” and “Electronics” categories.

KickApps is taking the video part a bit further by Media-Enabling the message boards, an integration that I haven’t come across before. Besides posting text messages, users can also leave audio, and video messages in their community message board. These widgets can than be embedded into webpages outside of KickApps community to encourage other users to join the discussions. Google has also been pushing Youtube into number of other places like Orkut, Google Reader, and Search results but none of these enable collaboration among users like KickApps. Even Private Messaging is now Video-Enabled, much like what Eyejot is doing. This messaging also has the capability to be broadcasted over to an entire community instead of just a single user. All along, videos can be recorded from your webcam directly. In my PoV besides being able to record videos I would like to have the ability to record screencasts which has a pretty strong use case especially on message boards. The Slideshow widget, although not as sophisticated, bring in the functionality offered by Slide.com.

The community home page for each social network has also been updated and now links to a simple URL(http://www.kickapps.com/networkname). Feel free to use this page as your site homepage or as a portal page for your KickApps-powered community. If you’d rather not use it, your community will not be affected.

On the whole lots of feature additions and upgrades to the platform that delivers advanced media management capabilities to end-users and webmasters. KickApps will soon be upgrading its reporting capabilities to provider advanced widget impression tracking capabilities to its affiliates. Looking at the holistic picture I think KickApps delivers powerful functionality that works well for ordinary users looking to try the platform for the first time or expert teams planning to deploy a customized social network with high grade features and complete tracking capabilities. Checkout some of the KickApps powered affiliate sites like ABC’s ‘Lost’ on UGO, Procter & Gamble’s TAG Body Spray, GolfNow.tv, KnowItAllVideo, and you can very well judge where KickApps is headed.

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14 Responses to “KickApps V2.0 blows away competition in DIY Social Networking”

  1. newsmotto! » KickApps - White Label Social Network Says:

    […] Statupsquad informs about Kickapps, a white label social networking platform: Early today morning KickApps will be going live with amazing updates for the white label social networking platform. With this release, KickApps is rolling-up functionality of number of standalone social video and photo apps while also taking direct aim at Ning.com which had launched its upgraded platform last week. In case you haven’t been following KickApps, it was launched last year by Eric Alterman who had previously founded numerous companies including MeshNetworks which was acquired by Motorola in 2005. KickApps had $7 million in funding from Spark Capital and Prism Venture Partners. […]

  2. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Searchles launches video bookmarking Says:

    […] Bookmarking had to come to videos sooner or later. Searchles got there first with the launch of today Searchles TV today. Searchles TV lets users fetch videos from multiple videos sites and makes all them viewable at one single place. As you go along number of video sites everyday you can use the Searchles bookmarklet to tag these videos to your channels. While viewing, you get all your videos shown out there in a list and can quickly scan through to reach your favorite content. Smart part of the service is that anytime you update videos in your channel the changes are automatically syndicated to all the people using your embed code. This feature sounds much like what KickApps Video Player, or ClipSyndicate, or Splashcast are doing. Still, I am not sure if the video updates happen in a forced refresh manner, like CellBlock does, or not. […]

  3. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Dailymotion beta with Related Videos and more Says:

    […] Group and profile page layouts also got a refresh with Dailymotion users getting an option to add a featured video to their profile. Each group page has got a new VideoRoll option that puts recent most 5 videos into a widget that you can put on your blog/site. KickApps had launched a similar widget couple of weeks back. […]

  4. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » YFonGlobal white-label SN gets $1.8 million; HipCricket mobile marketing gets $2 million Says:

    […] YFonGlobal: That is one strange name for a company trying to sell white-label SocialNetworking solution. Coming to the real point YFonGlobal today announced that it has raised $1.8 million in funding from angel investors. YFonGlobal is planning to use the additional funding  to expand sales and marketing of their Wyndstorm social network software. Currently YFonGlobal doesn’t seem to offer an on-demand kind of setup for the white label solution. Wyndstorm comes packaged with all the white-label SN buzzwords including billing & payment processing for downloaded content, click-to-call a buddy, and management of viral marketing campaigns…….. There are strong overtones of VoIP and messaging all over the site that does send confusing signals. As for competition KickApps, Ning, FiveAcross are just few to deal with. […]

  5. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » foto-foo - Can they make it Twitter for Photo? Says:

    […] Launched today, foto-foo is a small idea that potentially grow big. The flash-based webapp takes yours photos online via your webcam and lets you send then to friends or post it on your blog or homepage or post your picture on the sl-foo wall in Second Life. This idea falls into the league services like Eyejot or one of widgets from KickApps that lets you make videos online. […]

  6. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » KickApps rakes up $11 million Says:

    […] Past coverage of KickApps at StartupSquad.com:KickApps V2.0 blows away competition in DIY Social Networking Tags: […]

  7. KickApps » Talk About a Bright Idea Says:

    […] I’ve just completed my second month on the job and thought it was time to express my appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the KickApps team here in NYC, London, SF, and Mumbai. Your efforts are paying off—the response to KickApps 2.0 has been phenomenal. Equally important, I wanted to say a few words to the thousands of publishers/affiliates using the KickApps platform. Although we’ve designed KickApps to be the best social media platform out there, we’re always working to improve it, and we know its success depends on your input. So please keep your comments and suggestions coming. […]

  8. Paul Allen: Internet Entrepreneur » 2008 » January » 16 Says:

    […] KickApps has raised $18 million to date. It provides widgets and social networking components for a fee. I spoke with a KickApps executive at CES. He said they charge for their applications and widgets based on page views/usage. So if you need a video player with social networking functionality built it for your web site, you don’t have to build it from scratch. It also appears that they can provide you with your own white label social network like Ning. […]

  9. Katharine A. Pappas Says:

    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  10. Black And Decker Cordless Screwdriver Says:

    Wow that is very cool, will definitely give it a crack on a couple of sites. Thanks for posting this, very helpful as I probably wouldnt have ever found out about it otherwise.

  11. social networking software Says:

    Kickapps is good …do they charge on monthly basis also?

  12. Heath Basbas Says:

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  13. Social Networking Site Says:

    Hello great page I hope to see more about it soon…

  14. Nuardasse Says:

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