The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 01:45:35 PM on Thursday, December 27th, 2007
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One more site that claims to bring together all of your social profiles into one place, much like SocialURL(I thought at first) that I will talk about later. Their slogan is Get Linked, Stay Together. Well let me give some praise first, they state they support over 100 social networking sites, as shown below through a catalog of sorts. I was shocked to see even some newer ones available but not Jaiku, wierdness.

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I did have an issue with the layout of your own portal page. Firefox had weird boxes floating on the side and it didn't have any flow to me. I know many users need simplicity, but this was a bit bland. Take a look at my first quick page with a few social networks defined:

ProfileLinker

I then took the step to manipulate the content blocks. While there were a bunch of choices, quick widgets for all the social sites I want to watch would be cool and easy to move around.

ProfileLinker add content



I can immediately say that I do not like how they optionally allow you to add your own credentials to get more functionality, but negate the fact that they do not offer SSL for this. Typing in my name for public listings is great, but no SSL for credentials if I want all the functionality is a bad business plan.


So I went about quickly adding in about 25 different site names to see how it worked. It constantly said Content pull pending for a while and then all of the sudden it came to life. There it began. After trying to add Jaiku as I mentioned above, I got a pop-up saying it was not supported and could not get rid of the box. It sat on top of their window and no matter where I clicked it would not go away. Once I got back in clicking around the greyed out area, the rest was the same as other sites. Messages, pictures, a whole string of things. I get the feeling there is something I am missing in how it is to make me stay on their site and use it extensively. But honestly, while it did attach to numerous other networks, I couldn't find the grab. The widget to show my friends stuff that I could post on any blog or page is nice, but they are my friends and I prefer a single portal for myself to look at and not pass their data out on a streaming widget set. Call my mindframe backwards there, but the widget should show a collection of my stuff, not my friends.


So as I opened with, they not only bring all your profiles to one place so someone could come to that page and get all your info, but bring your friends in from all those places to get you using it is some form of aggregator. The downfall, is not being able to post back to all those sites from one single place. I think that is it. A one way funnel in with no way to post back to all the places I exist.


by Chris Miller at 11:24:03 AM on Monday, December 24th, 2007
I ran across a Tweet on a site called Terraminds that let's you search across Twitter.  Seems to be a decent search that goes back 3 months of Tweets according to their website
Image:Terraminds - let’s you find..  Tweets
That screenshot is as difficult as it gets.  You pick between postings and users and off you go.  I did a search for Lotusphere and saw some postings I never would have found otherwise since I am updating some things on the topic.

Simple site, not much else to say except give it a shot.  Never know what was said on a topic unless you can somehow keep up with the public stream

by Chris Miller at 12:51:32 PM on Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
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by Chris Miller at 01:09:20 PM on Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
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Raxxle sent me a beta invite to take a look around the site. I was intrigued by the idea of what they offered. Heck, everyone is intrigued in how much they look like other people, mainly celebrities right? So this site uses some new photo technologies to allow you to compare photos of yourself to others including celebrities. How many times has someone said, you look a lot like Papa Smurf? Or better yet, you look just like that guy from Harry Potter, yeah Voldemort (err I mean He Who Cannot Be Named)



You start by uploading one (to as many as you can) good face shots at different angles of your own face. A Raxxle is a single shot, a Collective Raxxle is many shots of you where you identify your face by dragging a box around. Humorously you can even upload friends to see how you compare when someone says you look just like your friend "Bob". From there the fun went downhill for me quickly. I was not quite sure what the heck to do. They have a Web 2.0 navigation screen as shown here:
Raxxle navigation
But I did not find the easy way to compare myself to stars and didn't want to upload friends without their ok (of course I think they mainly look better than me and don't even want to compare). They offered some nice output widgets for your blog once you get the comparisons moving though.



When I clicked the Celebrities tab I got an exception error and they put a nice humorous twist on telling you what to say reporting the error. But, I was not taken right in like some sites and will visit again later. Maybe I should grab them for a podcast..


by Chris Miller at 03:19:37 PM on Monday, December 10th, 2007
PeerMe homepage
I actually ran across this back in August but it got lost in the shuffle as many of the sites I run across do. But to my surprise I received an email from someone actually using it. So I went back for a revisit and found myself leaving just as quick. They offer a point to point video ability, if you download their software. For multi-way video you have to pay a monthly fee. While they added call-to-phone ability (like Skype and Yahoo) I do not see the value or change from any other provider.


They offer an integrated buddylist like Trillian and RadiusIM, even a WAP and browser based. I might be way off since I didn't take the time to load it all, but I see no reason to change or draw myself into yet again another client.



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