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Subjot Is Not Just Another Twitter Clone

Posted in Media, web by aldorf on August 19, 2011

Do we really need more social networks? Looking at New York based Chris and Becky Carella’s latest venture, Subjot, the answer could well be ‘yes’. Subjot, on the other hand, makes a decent effort in terms of setting itself apart.

It’s not just another Twitter clone. There’s no denying that there’s a ton of similarities but there is one feature in particular which is pretty interesting – and that is the ability to curate the content you follow from other users. So instead of following all of their status updates, you can view a list of the topics they ‘jot’ about, and select only the ones that are of interest to you.

How does it work?

When sending an update, which is limited to 250 characters, you can accompany that update with a ‘subject’ of your choice. People who follow you can then select from your subjects what exactly they want to hear about. Read full article

Big Idea! Event-driven Programming For The Masses – ifttt.com

Posted in design, internet, quality by aldorf on May 11, 2011

ifttt – Short for “if this then that”.
New Service with the potential to make a significant impact.

In today’s time-pressured world, people are constantly looking for ways to speed up their daily tasks. Hoping to help towards that end, we recently came across ifttt — an application that allows users to exercise their creativity in automating certain online activities. Ifttt hopes to automate digital tasks so that they can trigger a function for which they were not originally designed. This is made possible through a “trigger” and “action” model. For example, a trigger could be “If I’m tagged in a photo on Facebook”. When this occurs, it will automatically execute an action, such as “create a tweet on twitter”. Tibbets gives another example: “For instance, you can use Google reader starred items to share images on your Tumblr blog, or customize how and which photos from your Flickr stream show up on your Facebook wall.” These tasks can be turned on and off, with a maximum of ten being turned on at once. Ifttt ultimately relies on the creativity of its users to effectively automate their online activities. However, by making this a simple and intuitive process, Ifttt has the potential to make a significant impact.

Start Thinking Like An Artist

Posted in ideas by aldorf on September 3, 2010
Biz Stone

Image by jdlasica via Flickr

Think like an artist, the next big thing already exists. It’s just a matter of thinking. Of trying to take something that already exists and repurposing it for something it wasn’t intended for. (Biz Stone / Twitter)

Infochimps – Data Junkie Start-Up Good Resource To Twitter Developers

Posted in Media, Uncategorized, web by aldorf on August 19, 2010
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Infochimps a startup aiming to organize all of the world’s free and commercial datasets, has collected and analyzed about four years’ worth of data from Twitter’s application programming interface, is allowing other parties to stand on its shoulders and pull up stats about any Twitter user’s influence or word preferences through a new set of APIs. They have opened a host of new features for Twitter developers to tap.

One API will let you see all of the public conversations or interactions between any two Twitter users. Another one, called Trstrank, applies a Google PageRank-like algorithm to Twitter users to measure their influence. A third one, Wordbag, which lets you analyze words that are unique to any user.

Infochimps is charging different rates for access to the APIs depending on how much developers access them. It’s free up to 100,000 API calls per month and the highest price tier is $4,000 a month with up to 15 million API calls.

Twitter is only one of Infochimps sources. Another API the company is releasing today, for example, returns U.S. Census-collected demographics for the zip code of any given IP address.

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