Gist the dots

Today I felt like a little kid with hand in the cookie jar. I’ve been a bit dormant during and after the summer to try out new services, but just recently as I read Mashable’s article about future CEOs using Social Media I got by an ad.

And I have to say that this isn’t too frequent behavior from me [or I’m just trying to convince me that], but this time the demand and the time was right for it.

I’ve been hoping for a web software to connect my many contacts and friends from different social services and gmail to one and see their information and activities clearly in one place. For example there are people mostly my email contacts who I didn’t even know to have a blog or a Twitter before this day as they have somehow buried them 6 feet under in their Facebook accounts. And so on.

This feels to me in a way as the most similar thing currently to a single web identity [or a hub] and of similar kind of services I’ve tried out in the past, until proven otherwise, Gist just might be the one closest to my hopes and needs. I’ve already tried a couple of services like this, but they have all been a bit too soft and shallow for my taste. Gist seems to do the tricks I need.

But anyway, If you’re interested to try out a software like this, check it out at http://www.gist.com and the new hub for my web presence here at https://gist.com/markoteras

And no, they didn’t pay me anything for this ad sounding post. 😦

Social Media Monitoring Tools

People keep asking me how you can know what happens in the social web? Well, with listening it. Here’s some monitoring tools you may want to check out. Some of them are free, some chargeable. I haven’t tried them all, so don’t sue me, if they suck. 😉 And post your own favorite here if you have one.

The Chargeables

www.radian6.com

Nielsen Online

www.trackur.com

www.brandwatch.com

www.alterian-social-media.com

http://www.swixhq.com/SWIX.html

The Free Side

www.hootsuite.com

http://co.mments.com

Google Alerts

Google Reader

http://blogsearch.google.com

http://search.twitter.com

www.howsociable.com

www.backtype.com

For my current needs I basically use a combination of a couple of tools like Hootsuite, Google Alertsco.mments and Google Reader (although I use NetNewsWire for RSS as it is quicker to fly through them if you’re in a hurry) + a couple of other gimmicks as well, for example sucking RSS searches from some of the services mentioned in the Free Side above.

Currently I just haven’t found it meaningful to get those chargeable ones because with an inventive mind and with a support of great services like Hootsuite you can manage pretty far.

But if you’re interested in seeing what the world has to offer, at least check out these in the post and here’s a basic post of the topic on Mashable: Top 10 Free Tools for Monitoring Your Brand’s Reputation and if you’re interested to learn more about these issues you may want to check out an artice about Social Media Monitoring: Critical for Business Success.

Social Media Revolution

I first saw this in Future Social Media group in LinkedIn and in Mashable, and thought it was so good as a wake up call, that I wanted to pass it on here. This great video is by Erik Qualman, here’s his blog http://socialnomics.net/

I’m not subscribing to all the figures and facts of this video [see the comments in his blog to learn more], but the video makes you think over things, and I believe that’s the most important thing.