Category Archives: Screencasts

SlideShare is not sharing well – TheSocialNetworker Episode 38

slideshare logoI was an avid user of SlideShare and happily uploaded slides until they made some changes making it difficult for anyone to find content. SlideShare took it upon themselves a couple of years ago and remove the ability to create events and grouping of slides. They also have serious issues with returning valid search results for simple queries into slides that were even recently uploaded. Take a look at the video first to see how they are restricting the user from getting the most out of SlideShare.

Little Bird with Marshall Kirkpatrick | TheSocialNetworker Episode 37

Little Bird logoLittle Bird launched in 2011 under the watchful eye of CEO and co-founder Marshall Kirkpatrick. 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.

The simple and very clean interface of Little Bird allows you to quickly begin building reports or even viewing some sample live reports they have built for you.  There seemed to be a heavy push toward wine and cheese in those sample reports for some reason.  Take a look at the interview below that Marshall afforded me on short notice before we go on.

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.

I did appreciate some additional tools Little Bird built-in that reached outside of Twitter to show what the experts are sharing, reading and blogging. This gives me a better indicator of who they are and content they actually share. I was able to skim in a magazine format images, links that were retweeted and more. There was also the amazing Comparison feature that allows you to enter any Twitter name and show how many experts that account follows and how many experts follow it.  Great for competition in business or even your own personal account.

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

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.

TheSocialNetworker Episode 25 – Ming.ly

I gave the site Mig.ly a few months to run through early beta before digging in with this screencast. Ming.ly is a social sidebar for Google mail that allows you to get social data on those you are interacting with. It pulls Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn at the time of the screencast into a sidebar in the Gmail interface.  (It does only work as a free extension to Google Chrome and Firefox as extensions.)

I found a few UI issues along the way, but nothing to call a show stopper. Plus this is still a beta product with room to grow and take over what was a space for Gist before they were bought by Research In Motion (BlackBerry).  The service includes seeing:

  • inline updates
  • it’s own menu on the left navigation
  • reminders
  • a global address book feature
  • new contact alerts

I am eager to see how they evolve and add new social services into the product.  Their feature request list in the FAQ listed Skype and even Google Voice on the wishlist.  So give them a shot and see what you think.  Did I mention it is free?

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