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“The list doesn’t destroy culture; it creates it”. Whenever you look in cultural history, you will find lists. In fact, there is a dizzying array: lists of saints, armies and medicinal plants; of treasures and book titles. We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That’s why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It’s a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don’t want to die.”
Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco, in his interview with Der Spiegel, hit upon the very essence of why we like lists. And his first line is the essence of what Culturalist is all about: a way to share culture in the form of lists.
In essence, Culturalist is a social network built around the platform of making and sharing lists. The lists can be of any topic, whether an artifact or human emotions. The point is to draw things together and share them, thus providing a look into who you are.
Reditr is hands-down the best Reddit client you will have seen, bar none. That is a pretty big statement to make right at the top of the review, but honestly, there is simply no competition to this one.
A few years ago, Twitter’s constant barrage of information got too much for most of us to handle. We needed a client that could help us make sense of it all, one that could sort the chaos and cut through the clutter. If you have used Tweetdeck, you know how much more awesome Twitter is with it.
Reditr is Tweetdeck for Reddit. If Reddit is overwhelming, This free app for Google Chrome simplifies the social network with features which, once you see and use them, you wonder how you ever used Reddit without them.
I am horrible at keeping in touch with people. My family and friends are the most patient and understanding people in the world because I can go incommunicado for months, without realising it.
But that can’t be how human relationships work. You need to make an effort to maintain contact with people you care about.
On the work front, it’s even more important. Networking is a must-have skill in a professional environment, and one you need to master by periodically checking in with people. It’s even more crucial if you are in the sales, marketing or customer relations departments because your job is about interacting with people.
And that’s where Relately comes in.
These days, it feels like it’s getting harder for many of us to maintain our personal brands on the Internet. We’ve got a multitude of blogs and websites that we maintain, and most of us have Twitter and Google+ presences as well. If you’re a regular reader of this site, you might even have an App.net account.
Personally, I own three domain names. I’ve got Twitter, App.net, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr — the list goes on. I’ve got a personal blog, a music blog and a forthcoming website for my business. Sometimes, I think I need a place to put it all together. This is where about.me comes in. It’s a popular way to maintain a single page for yourself on the Internet. Read on to find out if I think it’s worth it for you.
A year ago this week, the App.net team set out to reinvent social networking by building a paid platform for others to build their own social networks. By and large, though, App.net has seemed to be little more than a Twitter clone — a very good one, nonetheless — that offers longer messages, file storage, and no ads.
That’s far from the full vision for the service, though. App.net includes a built-in social networking app, Alpha, and a private messaging app, Omega, but the goal is for developers to use it to build more social enabled apps. That dream has begun to come true, with apps like Patter turning App.net into a private group chat tool ala Campfire, and Filebase and Orbit letting you use App.net as a CloudApp alternate.
But one of the more unique just might be Vidcast, an app that lets you hangout and watch videos or listen to music together with your friends, powered by App.net. It’s currently crowdfunding its next version, so we took the time to talk with the Vidcast team about their app. Here’s a look behind the scenes at how App.net still has a chance at powering the most innovative new social networking apps.
Google is no stranger to closing down services they feel have run their course, with Google Reader being a prime example. One popular service that has been on everybody’s “will they/won’t they” list for many years has been FeedBurner, a service that provides detailed statistics and tools for RSS feeds.
FeedBurner has received no updates in years and many of its features (such as its API and AdSense integration) have been discontinued. Many websites, such as 5by5 and 512 Pixels, have moved away from the service simply because all the signs point to it being shut down.
Earlier this year, a service called FeedPress (previously known as URI.LV) appeared with the aim to provide a worthwhile, and viable, alternative to FeedBurner. Let’s see how it compares, and whether it’s ready to take the RSS synchronization crown.
Life in a city can get boring after a couple of years. Malls, cinemas, restaurants, beaches – the experience of visiting those places gets predictable real quick. The new outlets that open up at regular intervals usually won’t veer far away when it comes to being a fresh concept either.
For me, local events ended up adding variety to the mix. One day it’s a stand up comedy and next day it’s a Twitter unconference (definitely no Operas and musicals though!). There seems to be a lot of them happening all over the place, but as usual, with plenty comes the problem of discovery.
Calester is hard at work to help you and your friends find events around you that could be so much fun. Does the app tackle the problem of event discovery effortlessly? Let’s go check it out!
Twitter spawned a whole ecosystem of social networking apps, each vying to make it easier to see all of your social networks together, post everywhere, share longer posts, and more. There were so many different social networking web apps for the same set of social networks, it was impossible to keep track of them all.
Then, Twitter started cracking down on how 3rd party apps could use its API. And both Twitter and Facebook started building their own nicer apps and pro tools, crowding alternates out of the market. Where there used to be an overabundance of social networking apps, now most of us are back to using each network’s own apps. But there’s still a few solid apps out there that can make social networking easier and more productive, and one of the the very best is Buffer.
Buffer’s been one of those apps that everyone loved, but I never could get into. It was designed to auto-post stuff on a schedule, and I preferred to post stuff in real-time. But running the social networking for 3 sites and my own personal profiles got to be too much, and I needed an app to help me out. And Buffer turned out to be exactly what I needed.
Here’s how I learned to stop doing social networking manually and embrace the Buffer.
Breaking news is what Twitter does best. Whenever something huge happens both users and journalists turn to tweets to find out exactly what’s happening and to get pictures or videos. Monitoring this live stream of events is important to the media and companies that have a reputation to uphold. There are many services which offer this, including Twitter themselves; the search function can be a quick way to get hold of popular tweets on a story or event. However, they’re often lacking.
TwittStorm is a new take on monitoring Twitter in realtime, one that looks great and is fast enough that it seems more promising than most Twitter apps. Let’s take it for a spin and see how it holds up.