Category Archives: Site reviews

TheSocialNetworker Episode 37 – Little Bird with Marshall Kirkpatrick

Watch the interview with Marshall Kirkpatrick for background and a walk through on Little Bird that launched in 2011.  This Twitter tool helps you quickly find and analyze who the top experts are, including their social graph and interaction with each other, based on keywords you select.

Watch the video and see the original post on TheSocialNetworker for more information.

What I found, as shown in the video, was an interesting filtered approach to looking at what you would once consider Twitter searches. You would then manually sort through the results looking for interesting people to follow or hope to gain their attention.  Little Bird does all of this for you and then correlates the experts (or insiders as they are called in the application) to show newest, oldest, most followed and most active experts on Twitter in a tabbed report format.  You are able to reply, retweet and favorite results as you would expect.

We reviews hundreds of tools on EverythingTwitter, each with their own unique target.  Little Bird aims to be a solution for companies (individuals are welcome to use the service) to find experts they can interact with across Twitter and strengthen relationships and even leverage their social graph. Knowing and graphing what experts follow each other is something I have not seen in other tools.

The site itself is currently in beta and you can easily get a free 14 day trial to see how it works and begin building reports. Head over to Little Bird to get your account and tell Marshall I sent you

5Degrees and Forecast app reviews – SxSW Live

Paul Steel and Chris Miller at SxSW 2012 in Austin, TX sit live in the Samsung Blogger Lounge to cover the apps 5Degrees and Forecast.

We were happy with 5Degrees and impressed with the team that we met while there. They put a lot of effort into the product and have been releasing updates regularly. As for Forecast, we have mixed feelings still as they continue to grow. I think we see more for the app that hasn’t been delivered yet and we hope shows up to have us use it more often.

Do not forget to catch up with all the SxSW app review videos on YouTube from Spiked Studio and Living Life Mobile.

SxSW Live: Isis and Banjo app reviews

Welcome to SxSW 2012 everyone.  We are already deep into countless apps being launched and pitched.  Paul and I are kicking off the mobile app reviews with Isis and Banjo.

Isis really isn’t launching, yet again this year we find out.  Isis is a Near field communication technology providing your mobile device the ability to become a digital wallet.  By being in close proximity to the payment terminal and entering your pin, you can quickly check out.

Other capabilities later would include sharing information and data between devices.  They are working with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile right now to get this technology out there.  We were a bit shocked to see such a nice display and demo area for them not even being a real product again this year.

Next up was another location based service called Banjo.  This app for iOS and Android hooks into your social networks and alerts you (or not depending on your setting) if someone you know is close by.  It will also see those publicly sharing their location.  See our full review and concerns in the show.

TheSocialGeeks Episode 44 – Pimpin Pinner

An exceptional roundtable with Jeff Smith, Michael Cummings, Robert Murray and Chris Miller covering the latest social media site news.  

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We tackle:
  • Path and Addressgate
  • Rapportive being bought by LinkedIn
  • Pinterest is skimming affiliate links
  • Facebook makes more Timeline and photo changes
  • Isnt’t there always more?
You can always follow our show notes on Diigo for all the links we cover

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TheSocialNetworker Episode 29 – Twitter application security

I was recently bitten by an application I previously authorized against my Twitter account sending out some tweets I did not agree with.  This prompted me to review my application security setting inside of Twitter.  It opened my eyes into just how trusting we are, and shouldn’t be.

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In the video I walk you through where to check what applications have access to your Twitter account and what access rights you have given.

TheSocialNetworker Episode 28 – So.cl from Microsoft over capacity but collecting your Facebook email address

A fast buzz is building around the Microsoft opening of So.cl beyond the student population is originally started with.  However, it seems they have reached capacity but do not tell you until after you provide Facebook authentication information that they collect your email address.

You can also watch the video in HD by clicking through to the Spiked Studio channel on YouTube.

Using search functions powered by Bing’s API, So.cl encourages students to search for topics and then create montages of the visually rich web content. The links are automatically shared as you search, in case there are other students looking for the same thing. You can also have “video parties,” which “let you search, and quickly assemble a list of movies to view together with friends.” (Those friends are other online So.cl users.)

There is an opt-out ability at the very end but quite sneaky.  Mainly when they chose not to use their own Windows Live service as an authentication mechanism. Take a peek in the video above.