What I liked the most actually, was the combining between Twitter to Jamendo music search. It simply turns this client to a music player that you can use completely regardless Twitter (it actually worth the download just because of this feature alone).
I've created a demo that shows some of the features. As you may see, the client is still a bit buggy but since it's all still very new, I'm sure some of its performances to be improved later on.
I like those services who places a layer on top of your twitter page so it will look like you don't need to go out of Twitter in order to use them (you can check TwitterAnalyzer, BubbleTweet, and TwitZap for examples). YoutubeTweeter works on the same concept, it let you tweet YouTube videos, but when someone open the URL you tweeted, the video will play on top of your twitter page (like shown on the picture above).
The service is easy as one, two, three, and you don't need to give away your Twitter password. Moreover, you get to see how many people view your submitted video (actually, how many saw your tweet).
It seems like "Real-time" is a term that's getting a lot of usage lately and seeing a rise in terms of trends. Services that have some kind of real-time functionality surely receive more attention from users. The reason it gets so much attention is not just because it's trendy, in most cases it can simplify online work. The rise of it also derives from the need to do everything faster and more efficiently, after all, it's part of the web evolution. Now, of course not every service should have this ability, but for many services this real-time function can offer a huge added value to the people who use them.
Here are some good examples:
EtherPad is a realtime collaborative text editing service. As you edit the document area, your changes are seen live by everyone else. You can create your own pad and share with up to 8 people. There's no account required. This makes it easy to use the product, but also means you can't keep track of a list of your pads online.
SkyGrid streams filtered content in realtime. The service gathers up millions of articles online - including top mainstream business news sites, blogs, news releases, and other information. Then SkyGrid filters the articles to find which ones are from trusted sources.
chartbeat shows you real-time traffic to your website and allows you to set alerts for any downtime or spikes in traffic. In addition, chartbeat lets you track arbitrary search terms in twitter. Monitor your website name, URL, or anything else you'd like.
Friendfeed (beta) streams you & your friends updates in realtime. You'll see your friends' photos and messages stream in as they're shared. Comments and likes also get displayed as they happen. Still missing the speed control feature.
Delicious Spy allows you to see in realtime what people are saving to their delicious accounts right now. You can share links directly to Delicious, Digg or Reddit network from within this app, and you can also save links for later (something that Friendfeed should embrace)
Twitzap is a realtime Twitter monitoring app. You can create channels, and track the stuff that matters you the most. On top of that, TwitZap users can tweet each other in realtime using the Twitter accelerator technology even while Twitter is down.
I wrote about Twazzup few days ago. It's a realtime search engine for Twitter updates, with lots of useful features. I switched from the regular twitter-search and never looked back...
This one is absolutely a treasure. It's an image search powered by twitter & twitpic that shows realtime saved pictures. TwiPICK lets you to search by keywords and also show you the number of Retweets ontop of the picture itself. You can stop the madness in anytime.
Monitter is a personal twitter monitor, it lets you "monitter" the twitter world for a set of keywords and watch what people are saying about stuff that matters to you.
If you haven't tried Zemanta go download it now, or at least try their interactive Demo! So far I tried this on my blog platform (Blogger) and my Gmail - Overall, it searches relevant links & photos while you're typing your blog post or email. Amazing little plugin with an excellent usability.
Update: I don't know how it slipped my mind but Blip.fm is also a fine service that enables you to see your friends published music in realtime. Get instant blip updates from the entire community. And listen to free streaming music from a global community of internet DJs.
If you use or tried Chrome Browser before, you may be familiar with this screenshot above. Speedtile looks pretty much the same as Chrome front page does. But visual is the only similarity you'll find , Speedtile is actually a dynamic, customizable bookmark service with a good functionality.
Once logged in (I love those quick sign up forms), you have a small tile on your page where you can simply enter an URL. The entered URL will be validated and a new tile should appear soon on your page. For a quicker bookmarking, you'll have to download Speedtile Firefox plugin. After the installation, simply visit a website you want to bookmark, right click on the page and click on "Bookmark with Speedtile".
There are several options for bookmark/tile ordering: alphabetical, creation date, recently visited and most clicked order. Speedtile also support intuitive drag & drop interface which allows you to order it the way you want.
Sharing is an option that you'll need to enable from the setting. If you do so, you'll get a public link to share with the rest of the world: http://www.speedtile.net/orli
TweetUsually, when a company gets acquired, it takes a while until they release new features. We all loved Summize (Twitter search) at first, but the more you use it, the more you find it lacks the features needed to complete your entire search experience. Luckily, there's a new search engine in town called Twazzup. At first glance, it looks like the service is an element mashup, borrowing from Twitter/Twitter search and Friendfeed, but the beauty is that it actually gives you the full spectrum to fulfill all your search needs.
For example, if you'll look for your name (in order to see all replies & retweets) you get the updates in real-time, but unlike Twitter search, you can choose to pause this feature. You'll also find all the relevant information about your tweet behavior for the last few days - i.e., Popular tweets, related photos, most popular links etc. I love the focus on the people who help in making a trend trendy - the trendmaker. In addition you see all the related tags associated with your query. This exposes you to new content based on your interests. You can replay, retweet, and view the original tweet from within this search engine. Twazzup also integrates blip.fm so you can listen to tracks from the service itself. When searching for the term "Twitpic," you'll see a preview of the picture before you open it. And finally, the service enables you to watch any video that someone tweets right on spot. I guess there are probably more features I haven't yet seen, but please go ahead and try it yourself, you'll see the difference immediately.
Too bad, there's not a single word about the service or who created to be found...
TweetHow often do you come across a platform that you know you'll like and will use the minute you spot it? Well, to be honest I usually see so many services like this every day and I do like some of them more than an average user... but I was really surprised to find something that I really need and actually provide a real service for me.
Of course, preferences may vary from individual to individual, but since I'm a very active user at blip.fm, Blipster is a real treat for me.
Blipster(created by @leolobatois) is a sweet Adobe AIR-based client that enables you to control your blip.fm account from your desktop. First, you can listen to all of your music, in addition to listening to your friends' too. You can search for favorite tracks, then send a blip right from the desktop. One of the greatest things that you can do with Blipster is to track your favorite DJs because of the notification system (which can be removed or changed on the settings feature). When clicking on a notification BTW, the song starts to play on your Blipster.
On top of everything, it also has Last.fm integration where you can search for similar artists and (beta) scrobbling.
TweetThe Israel Web Tour is the first Internet competition organized to bring Israeli startups to Silicon Valley. The WebTour brings these innovative companies to the Silicon Valley to spark opportunities for growth, partnership, and collaboration with leading technology leaders. CEO's of the chosen companies will be flown to the US for exclusive meetings with the Valley's hot startups, VC's and potential partners.
The tour is coming up from April 20-23 with the semi-public showcase in Palo-Alto on April 22nd.
10 potential startups has been chosen for this year tour:
Tweet It's funny how I get so excited about such a simple feature that Flickr should have integrated long time ago, but I do. I found this little firefox add-on (still experimental) to be very useful! flickr2twitter simply place a little 'tweet-this-picture' button on top of each picture on flickr. That enables you to tweet a picture directly from Flickr to Twitter - that's all, but it is all that I wanted.
Unfortunately, flickr2twitter does not make a URL shorter and you know what it means when you have only 140 characters...
If you use Twitter, you must know how valuable sometimes the links we're sharing, and how hard it is to find them later on (especially because of Twitter search limitations). With Tweecious this scenario is bygone! Tweecious is a Firefox addon that scans your tweets and automatically saves them into your Delicious account. The best part, you don't have to do nothing. Just download the plugin, and make sure you logged into both Twitter & Delicious. After the download, go to this page and click enabled. Tweecious can also retroactively scan 100 of your latest tweets, and save the links you've submitted in them (you can choose to save the links in public or private mode).
In addition, you'll be able to see the related tweets in the description of the URLs, in your delicious:
It's been a while since I wrote about a music service that has no relation to Twitter what so ever. Well, here's one that you don't want to miss because of its simplicity: it's called Vattoz, and what it basically does is to lets you search for music based on the artist name, or the song tittle, then quickly build a playlist that you can easily customize, and share with your friends. If someone share with you a playlist, you can merge it with yours.
Vattoz also enables you to watch the video clips (in high-quality if available) of the music you like, and there are some other things that you can change from the setting. Overall it's a quick and easy way to create a playlist that you can listen on a daily basis. Somewhat reminds me of my all time favorite music service - RADIO.BLOG.CLUB.
If you read my blog often enough, you may have noticed I'm an Israeli blogger. I not only cover the Israeli tech scene but since I live here, I also have the ability to explore this industry very closely .
Therefore, when Sun Microsystem asked me to team up with them to create an event focused on local innovation, I gladly said yes, and this is how Techonomy was born. The name "Techonomy" symbolizes the web situation today. In the past 4 years, when a company launched their product and didn't focus on their business model, it was very common and acceptable. Today, it's almost unavoidable that a company must first understand how these services will actually make money. From my perspective, a web startup still needs to a have a wow effect, i.e., a platform/tool/application that is innovative and exciting, but simultaneously has some sort of a smart business model. as well.
The latest Techonomy event took place yesterday (31/3/) and included 6 new Israeli web applications that were impeccably chosen to present in front of a panel of experts and a very involved audience. As a result, we had really good content and an event that focused on what matters most today. Before I discuss the companies, I'd like to explain more about the program. There were two sessions with three companies presenting during each session. A panel of experts took places on stage to give their insights about the products, but mostly they talked about how they think those apps can be profitable.
We also had a super guest speaker - Sarah Lacy. Lacy is an award-winning journalist and author of the book, “Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good." She writes a biweekly column for BusinessWeek.com called “Valley Girl” and is co-host of Yahoo Finance’s Tech Ticker. Recently, she joined the Techcrunch's team of writers.
Now, I'm not just saying SUPER guest speaker. Sarah closed the event in her very own unique way - She simply interacted with the audience, gave her opinion about the event and answered just about any question asked. Sarah's presence was by far one of the highlights of Techonomy. If you came to the event and feel the same, click here :)
Twitter experience during the event: Beside the presentation screen, we placed another screen that only streamed live tweets tagged with #techonomy. More than 600 tweets were sent in over 4 hours. We needed to close it during the presentations due to the distraction, but overall it was a huge fun especially because the moderator selected fave tweets from time to time. This is highly recommended if you have an event (of any kind) and want audience engagement in real time.
About the startups:
Face.com - A powerful tool for finding pictures of you and your friends on Facebook. This application scan photos and detect all faces appearing on them, recognize and automatically match names to all faces. You can also search for friends and browse their face galleries.Face also voted best of show at the event.
GRAZEit - Allows you to share links on any page on the web. It's a a browser add-on that suggests related content on any page you visit. This content is shared by anyone who wants to spread links where it matters. GRAZEit main core is its add-on, but you don't have to download it to be able to enjoy the massive content already shared by the community.
Vetrinas - The Shop Window is where the shopping experience really begins. Vetrinas brings this experience to the web. Its about the magic of displays. Its fun, creative and gives Inspiration. Bottom-line: it attracts us to step or not to step Into a store while we still online...
tra.cx - Tracx ranks people according to various quantitative and qualitative parameters, analyzing activities in various social networks while putting an emphasis on "power users", contacts and interactions.
Sense of Fashion created a home for indie fashion, where you can show off your hot style, sell your clothes and accessories and shop for unique fashion items from all over the world.
Hoody shows you local feeds from people, news, businesses and more. On Hoody, you become the center of your neighborhood and everything around you is shown to you as it happens. Simply put, Hoody is a way for you to keep up to date with your immediate surroundings.
The most important thing was to see the good energy & shiny eyes of the presenters. You can never be sure of a company success, but I'm sure that some good connection started because of this event.