I have never been a fan of Tweetdeck because setting it up is too long compared to the simplicity Twitter has to offer. Overall, I didn’t find it to be a very user-friendly experience. If only I had seen this video sooner, maybe I would be a woody tweetdecker!
I met Tony Stubblebine back in November 2007 actually the same day this Techcrunch article went out. The article announced the launch of Crowdvine‘s new product, a social network creation tool designed specifically for conference organizers.
An increasingly number of companies offer businesses the opportunity to roll out your own social network (good list here). In this pool of colorful competition, Crowdvine stands as the simplest way to connect to each other. The simplicity starts at the creation of the social network. The creation process lasts 5-10 minutes max: Simply pick a name, description, logo and color theme, 3 introductory questions and invite people to join in by email. You can connect from Crowdvine directly to your Facebook profile and invite your friends from there.
To lively up the group, write blog posts to attract attention and launch discussions. If time doesn’t allow you to write blog posts, hook your Crowdvine network up to your external blog’s feed. You can also connect it to your Twitter account for live regular updates. As Tony Stubblebine mentions in the video, Crowdvine’s best use case is for conferences. Conferences are hotspots for meeting existing and new professional contacts. Knowing who’s going to be at the conf helps attendees connect before the event. A little pre-networking makes the event more predictive, therefore less stressful.
At the end of the day, the conference organizer can still use the dedicated social network to communicate post-announcements and invite the members of the group to a new event. For a new event, simply create a new social network in minutes: Crowdvine lets you easily re-connect with the people you already connected with on the platform previously.
Honestly, Crowdvine made creating a social network as easy as creating a personal profile. Plus if you have any trouble finding your way around, Tony himself will assist you. I didn’t ask, but it could be that new features are cooking under Crowdvine’s hood. Recently, the Founder launched a public competition to re-design the company’s logo. Where there’s smoke…
It has been almost a year I have started HyveUp. The first interview, Lawrence Coburn, Founder of RateItAll, accepted to do it. in a way, he was my first victim. Today, I believe the videos HyveUp offers are of a much better quality, even though it still needs improvements (sound, light, music, screencasts). Doing videos for Web 2.0 startups is a constant learning process, as there isn’t any books written on how to do promotional videos for Web 2.0 startups.
Now that I am at least able to deliver punchier videos, I thought it was time to dust out some old videos and give them a fresh face lift to keep them attractive to the eye. I am starting with RateItAll. RateItAll is a consumer rating engine that lets users rate everything. The idea is that RateItAll lets users create rating channels, like my favorite beers, the most boring movies, the sexiest first ladies, or the best Web 2.0 sites.
Once a user has created a list of items (a « Weblist »), RateItall offers different tools to help list creators reach out to an audience as large as possible.
First, RateItAll is a social network all to itself. Users can connect, share lists and rate each others’ items. Popular reviewers get premium visibility on the latest reviews page and on the top most helpful reviewers’ list.
Second, RateItAll offers widgets to enable users to export the RateItAll Weblists outside of RateItAll’s walls. As you can see in the screencast demo, the slick flash widget fits in any blog post or Website’s sidebar. Since recently, you can place a rating widget on Myspace and add the Review application on Facebook.
For the Web money-makers, RateItAll also shares its ad-based revenues with its users. So if you create compelling lists, and know how to make them popular enough to gain visibility in the RateItAll community, then you are on to get a slice of the pie.
Update 06/19/08: The same day I released this article, RateItAll raised $800K of funds to pursue the development of their rating engine.