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Loic Le Meur

Startup Buzzzzz

We are glad to see sixgroups.com on this list. The analysis shows Germanys most prominent startup companies based on the number of posts on relevant social media sites. Ethority, the company behind this study, analysed about 17.000 mentions between September and October this year.

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Sixgroups.com ranks 14th right behind Spreadshirt and Qype leaving Plazes, Mister Wong and Wer kennt wen behind.

In addition Ethority made an analysis about the popularity of the startups. Plazes is the most popular beating Qype. According to this study the least popular startup is StudiVZ.

10.000 members on sixgroups.com

I don’t quote myself very often but in this case I just like the news so much:

10.000 members

This morning we passed the 10.000 members mark on sixgroups.com! We are aiming on the next thousands with accelerating pace. Keep an eye on us, we will have some news soon.

Twitter directly from your Livestream, find your friends on six groups

Yesterday’s release brings some new cool features and one major bugfix to sixgroups.com:

Twitter-Backchannel

You can now send a copy of your Livecommunity posts to Twitter:

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When sending tweets from sixgroups.com you can choose between eight different icons to express your current mood. We also use these icons to identify posts from sixgroups.com to prevent them from showing up in the Livestream a second time.

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Global Twitter search

Up till today the Livestream would only show Tweets from sixgroups users.  Now you can also chose to display Tweets from the global Twitter search.

Find your friends on sixgroups.com

Finding people on sixgroups.com you already know by email has just become a lot easier. Import your contacts from your webmail adress book (eg. Gmail, MSN, Yahoo, etc) and we will tell you, who of your mail contacts already has a sixgroups.com account. Contacts who are not on sixgroups.com yet, can be invited to join.  Of course we do not store your email address or password for this service.

Safari overhaul

So far we have treated Safari as a second class citizen. With this release we have fixed some JavaScript issues and a login problem in the Livecommunities related to pretty strict third party cookie regulations in Safari. We are happy to announce that all known Safari bugs have been eliminated or worked around with the current release (tested on the Safari 3.1).

OpenID fixes for Yahoo OpenIDs

A bug with OpenID Login with Yahoo OpenIDs discovered by Bernd Schmitz on Saturday night , that made us precautiously disable OpenID logins in general for ~24h, has been fixed too. When people tried logging into sixgroups.com using only http://yahoo.com as OpenID URL, the system stored a wrong OpenID for those users. Instead of using the proper Yahoo OpenID URL, which the server returned after authenticating  (e.g. http://flickr.com/photos/username ), http://yahoo.com got saved as their OpenID in the database. When these users then tried logging in with http://yahoo.com as OpenID URL, they ended up being logged in as the first user that was found the DB with this URL (in this case the user art99). Luckily only two users were affected, the error has been fixed and OpenID Login is now fully functional again. We are really sorry for the caused inconvenience.

Stowe Boyd joins six groups advisory team

We are very happy to announce that one of the most profiled web personalities, Stowe Boyd, joins the advisory team of the INSTANT Communities GmbH, the company behind sixgroups.com.

stoweboydThis exemplifies our approach to an international strategy in which we align six groups not only for the German and European market but for the international web crowd. Stowe will take an important role in our future business development strategy and will be the driving force for penetrating the market for conferences with our Livecommunity.

We first met in Hamburg on the next08 conference where we presented the Livecommunity to the public. On the same day Stowe started his first community and immediately pictured the various opportunities for conferences. What we did not know back in May was, that Stowe had put some work into a prototype back channel system for conferences named „FrontChannel“.

About Stowe Boyd

Stowe Boyd is probably best known for his countless appearances and inspiring talks on conferences all over the world. Apart from this he also publishes insightful articles in his blog /message – have a look. Add it to your RSS readers. It’s definetely worth a read!

About six groups

six groups has been offering community solutions for the rest of us since October 2007. Today six groups provides the Livecommunity, a community application for websites.

It shows the visitors community of a website and enables communication and social networking features among them. Apart from standard community features, like friend request or personal messages, the Livecommunity includes a revolutionary communication tool – the Livestream. The Livestream aggregates all activities in real time: spontaneous conversations and discussions as well as topic-related content from web 2.0 services such as Twitter, YouTube, or Flickr.

six groups Livecommunity – new WordPress widget

Matthias Pfefferle, blogger at http://notizblog.org/ and gifted programmer at Communipedia has just released a small wordpress plugin that makes integrating the Livecommunity into a WordPress blog even easier. All you need to do is copy the plugin to your WordPress blog installation, activate it and paste the Livecommunity code into the textarea. That’s it. No more template editing needed! Great work. Thanks a lot to Matthias for providing the plugin to the public! Download the plugin from his blog.

New design, smart features, blogging in English

We have finally launched our new design across the whole platform. Six groups now looks much cleaner and  has a more consistent user interface:
Now you always find the most important user actions on the top right of every page. Most sections are foldeable and the tab navigation now always provides a link to your profile. Let us know what you think in the comments.

What else is new?

We are blogging in English now
Why are we writing in English? Well, a Livecommunity is for every website around the globe. We want to reach more people with news and background information about six groups.

Replies and media recognition for the Livestream
Now, you can reply to any item in the Livestream and refer to these discussions via permalink. This turns the Livestream into a lightweight forum. What do you think?

Any image-URL or YouTube-URL that you use in a Livestream post is replaced by the referred media automatically.

Post URLs to livestream

Enhanced profiles
We restructured the personal profile pages – all your information is accessible in one place from every community. To strengthen the global character of a six groups membership you see all user activity, friends and communities on each profile page.

Brush up your community – upload your own header image
As promised for quite some time you can now add a custom header image to your community to make your community look even nicer. Check out  for an example

Upload custom header image

Advertising
As nothing in life is for free we have integrated ads on sixgroups.com. We tried to keep them as subtle as possible and to make them integrate into the design as smoothly as possible. If you do not want ads to appear in your communities, we are going to offer a premium feature that allows you to turn ads off. If you need this feature earlier, let us know and we will work something out for you.

We hope you like the new release and we are looking forward to reading your feedback here.