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TheSocialGeeks Episode 36 – Hurry and load Skype for Windows

Join Wayne Sutton, Robert Murray, Jeff Smith, Corvida and myself  The topics are fast and furious as we cover:

  • Twitter buying Tweetdeck
  • Kindle tablet
  • Google Music in the cloud
  • Microsoft buying Skype
  • Google I/O announcements
  • AOL enters the video chat realm
  • Netflix for Android
  • Empire Avenue

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TheSocialGeeks Episode 35 – Tungle, Delicious, Yobongo, Fring

The whole crew was in the house for this roundtable of TheSocialGeeks.  Join Wayne Sutton, Caleb Elston, Sarah Perez, Jeff Smith, Corvida and myself as we cover todays announcements:
  • The sale of Tungle to Research In Motion (RIM)
  • A brief jab at the BlackBerry Playbook
  • Caleb talks what it is like to launch Yobongo at SXSW and futures
  • The sale of Delicious to AVOS (the YouTube founders new corporation)
  • How to get divorced via SMS
  • Fring new 4-way video chat ability.  Look for a full Fring review on TheSocialNetworker.

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TheSocialGeeks Episode 34 – My dog just coughed

What started as a short list went into great conversations around:

  • UberMedia and the Twitter clone
  • Photosharing application clones
  • What apps survived from SXSW
  • Music streaming services and cloud storage
  • and always more..

Join Wayne Sutton, Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb), and myself in this ~52 minute roundtable.

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TheSocialNetworker Episode 23 – Podio launch

Podio is a start-ups dream collaboration platform for having a digital workspace.  Free for up to 10 users, you can built everything from project workspaces, timelines, milestones and even bug tracking.  Do not think this is only for software developers.  The application packs I highlight in the screencast showe you how extensible the platform in.  Choose for individual or pre-made packs.  Build your own applications and more.

I have been part of, and was impressed with, the Podio beta for some time now as they built out the platform.  Today is their launch day and I wanted to give you a walkthrough of setting up and some of the capabilities.  You can watch the review in full HD on the Spiked Studio YouTube channel

TheSocialNetworker Episode 22 – Plaxo is reborn

I was shocked to run into the Plaxo team at SXSW with a new initiative.  They are restructuring their focus back into address book management.  This was their beginning before they strayed into trying to compete with other social networks.  While they had the connectivity framework built by you holding an addres book on the site, they missed bringing in features to be a killer social network.

Luckily their CEO, Justin Miller, has made a stellar quote:

Plaxo is back and we’ve got a relentless focus on the address book

A good strategic shift with companies like Gist being bought by Research In Motion (RIM or BlackBerry as some know them).  Plaxo has rebranded and added features to make a suite, with some free and some paid, which I cover in the below screencast.

Plaxo Basic: Unification of fragmented contact info, access anywhere, anytime; now includes Plaxo De-Duper (free service)
Plaxo for Mobile: Apps for iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile (free service);  Android app coming soon
Plaxo eCards: Cards for 50+ occasions and birthday reminders (free/paid service)
Plaxo Platinum Sync: Two-way, real-time sync keeps your address book consistent and accessible from the essential communication tools you use (paid service)
Plaxo Personal Assistant: New intelligent productivity service which automatically maintains critical address book information (paid service)
Pricing: Platinum Sync and Personal Assistant are offered individually or at a discount when purchased together

Plaxo is also making some more changes in 2011 to add tighter integration with Microsoft Outlook, adding new platforms and updating others, and adding more data sources to complete listings in your address book.

You can also watch this on YouTube  in HD format

I did not totally agree with their pricing model yet, as it seemed high for entry and to get people onboarded.  They also want to sync contacts everywhere which is a conundrum for people like myself that want Facebook to be private friends, one Google account to be business and another personal.

While you can manipulate the settings to have them collect and consolidate the data, it is tricky to allow some data to overwrite, some to sync and others to build from sources without losing something unique you may have.  So be cautious when you begin testing and clicking options.

In the end Plaxo has a huge wall to scale to get it’s name back as the contact management resource. The tools they are offering could help escalate them quickly, mainly if the mobile applications provide as much functionality as promised.

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TheSocialGeeks Episode 33 – #SXSW analysis live

The crew sits live at SXSW in the Austin Convention Center to give coverage, commentary and feedback of:

  • breakout apps of SXSW
  • group texting applications
  • what apps will survive and why
  • the state of SXSW
  • why we use specific apps
  • and always more..

Join Wayne Sutton, Paul Steel (LivingLifeBB), Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb), Louis Gray, Josh Catone (Mashable) and myself in this ~30 minute roundtable.

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