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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A New [Free] Facebook Tab Creator Tool

If you market a brand and manage a Facebook page then you must have tried at least once to create a welcome tab for your visitors. You probably used one of the many tools out there to do so, like Pagemodo, Tabsite, Involver, Miproapps, etc., for example. Some of these are great but usually they’re not completely free and very few offer anything extraordinary. (Full list here: my Techcrunch post on the issue)
There are probably more services available than you actually have the time to try, because this niche is really one of the most desirable features Facebook offers - If you want to be visible to people who come by your page, you need a welcome tab. A good one.

Beside what’s on the list mentioned above, I’d like to recommend you add a new service that offers a bit more for free to your own list. Introducing Hookuapp - A great content creator tool for your Facebook page.
This service lets you create a page that gathers all of your social content in one place and that can be viewed directly from your page, with no need to go outside of it. You can bring all your tweets, blog posts, your entire Google+ stream, videos, photos, slideshows and much more here, place them under sub-tabs in your welcome tab, sort them as you like, change their color and name, and easily delete, add and reorganize your content. You can also choose the text direction (left or right) on your page, a feature I don’t nearly ever see in such apps.

Right now, I don’t think there’s a service that lets you do all of this for free and that looks really great with the flexibility to actually let you design your page the way you want it. The down side may be that it will take you some time to create the ultimate page (which can be really fun if you like these kind of design-oriented challenges), and the upper and lower self-promotion of the site, which I guess is pretty reasonable for a free app.

While creating a welcome tab for one of my pages (which can be viewed here) I stumbled upon some bugs, but overall the experience was good and the results were fairly nice.

One of the two things that I didn’t like much was the save/publish area. I think it’s confusing and could be done differently, outside of the content box where users can easily digest that they have to go through this process to publish the page’s changes. As for two: the fact that you can’t edit the name of the tab.

For more information, watch Hookuapp’s demo:
posted by Orli Yakuel at 8:40 AM 4 comments

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Design your Facebook Timeline Cover from your iPhone

I love when tools are fairly easy to use, plus you get great results when using them. This app is exactly it.
If you thought about changing your Facebook timeline cover now is that time, and you can even do it from your iPhone, in 3 easy steps:

Take a photo

Choose filters

Save the photo or upload it directly to Facebook (no need to change the size of it)

If you wish to be creative and do something with your profile picture and cover in order to create the ultimate timeline, you'll need to buy the full version which also contain more filters. However, start with this one and see if you really need it. I found this version to be just fine with the amount of filters and features I need.

Download here - Free.
posted by Orli Yakuel at 9:52 PM 3 comments

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Friday, January 06, 2012

Like For Israel - A New App We Made

During the ‘Like for Israel’ Hackathon, I teamed up with three colleagues (Yosi, Eyal and Israel) to create an iPhone app that in its basis aim to promote Israel’s landscapes and sites. I usually don’t go to Hackathons since I'm not a developer myself, but to my surprise it was an interesting experience overall.
LIKE for Israel is an organization aims to create a global Internet task force, connecting pro-Israel activists from all political circles, professional and geographical backgrounds and strengthen the pro-israel presence on the web.

The App based on a simple LIKE stamp that iPhone users can stick on any photo they take. All it needs for them is to open the app which opens the camera automatically, place the LIKE stamp as needed, and take a shot.  Additionally, there are few other stamps to place instead of the 'LIKE' one, and users can easily switch between them by simply tap on the stamp.

What we actually wanted is to allow people to LIKE things that are related to Israel, and share some of the country wonderful views. I myself use to take lots of landscape pictures so it will be nice to add the like stamp on top of them from time to time. Having said that, you can also use the LIKE stamp to share any likable photo you want regardless Israel.

The app is available on the App store for free and you can download it here. (or directly here)

I’d like to also recommend a service for people who are on the run and looking to create a quick landing page for their new smartphone app (great for events such Hackathons) - App.net - it is just a super cool service!

posted by Orli Yakuel at 10:56 AM 0 comments

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Likeish: The Service I'll Never Have

2011 was nothing but hard work for me. Consulting with Israeli companies about UI/UX and social marketing strategies, meeting with early stage start-ups daily to guide them along the new terrain, organizing my own event - Techonomy, and then, just managing to stay on-top-of everything else was not an easy thing to accomplish - but it’s how I live my life and I find it completely rewarding, inspiring, and fulfilling.

I’m always in a thinking mode and I often have ideas in my head that I’d like to see come to fruition but usually that doesn’t always happen.. Either I find I don’t have the time or lack the energy to create it myself or I just move on to another, better idea.

This year, I had two major project ideas, one is actually in the making and is still in stealth mode. The other one is Likeish.

In my vision, Likeish is meant to be a service that solves Facebook’s search problem.

In other words:

Likeish is a bookmarking platform divided by two categories:
  • The content people share via Facebook
  • The content people like on Facebook.
Shared content:
Anything shared on Facebook will be accessible through Likeish. It may be via a Browser Add-on, a Bookmarklet, or simply through Facebook Connect, decided through user preference. Content shared on Facebook will also be saved under the Likeish service where users can easily search and find thier favorites and browse through their own content or other people’s content.

Liked content:
As long as a user has signed up using their Facebook account, they will be able to access and review their Liked Zone, where they will find all the links they have ever liked on and outside Facebook.

There will be two site modes:
Non-login - Allows search and browsing of public content, sorted by popularity, etc.,
Sign-in - (Facebook connect only) Allows the saving of content (public or private), browsing of likes, and the viewing/searching friends’ content.

Technically, everything that I was aiming to achieve is do-able via the Facebook API and does not violate its regulations (as far as I know) - but Facebook is always apt to change, block, and basically take down such services if they so choose. I thought it would be nice to do something creative with their API, something people really need: A good content search.

So why I am giving away Likeish?

I don’t have the time nor the money to lead such project, but if you are an entrepreneur (or maybe investor?) that find Likeish interesting and intriguing, lets talk.

The site is completely designed (by Eyal Shahar)

Take a look at Likeish below - I'd love to hear any feedback you may have:
























Check this Likeish set on Flickr for better view.


posted by Orli Yakuel at 9:02 PM 2 comments

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Don't Just Take Videos. Take GREAT Videos!












How often do you test an iPhone/iPad App and say "Wow"? For me, not so often. But from time to time I bump into an App that is: A) Impressive B) I can see myself use daily.

Today is one of these days, and the App called: Movie360. It has 13 effects that you can choose for your movie. Alternatively, you can take a video, upload it to Youtube and choose almost the same effects, but it is much easier to do it all from the iPhone, plus, you can change filters while taking a video (something you can't do on Youtube). Plus (plus!) files of Movie360 are much smaller, and recording time can last as long as two hours!

I have no idea why this App is free, but if you are a person who love taking videos on a regular basis, grab it as fast as you can. It's a treasure.

posted by Orli Yakuel at 4:07 PM 4 comments

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