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We’ve just launched loveme.do, an application based on Fluidinfo. Loveme.do takes your mentions of hashtags and URLs from Twitter, Disqus, and Tumblr, and brings them together. Loveme.do has a page for every hashtag and URL mentioned by its users. Go check out these examples: #olympics, #xkcd, #NYC. The loveme.do dashboard shows you what’s trending in your social network, or across Loveme.do as a whole, by showing you the top 10 hashtags and URLs. Go see what your friends are talking about. You can also see what’s trending for other users, e.g. @edyson, @timoreilly.
All you need to do is sign in to loveme.do with Twitter. You can also link your Tumblr and Disqus accounts during sign-up. Everytime you mention a URL or hashtag in Twitter, Tumblr, or Disqus, it will appear in loveme.do. Of course, you can also comment on anything using loveme.do directly.
There are also browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari so that you can see and add comments as you browse the web. Want to read something later? Simply put a #readlater tag in a comment on the web page using the extension. The browser extensions will be the subject of another blog post soon. We hope you love loveme.do too!
Scanning different services for interesting content is time-consuming. If you and your friends use multiple social networks, each with its own activity stream, it’s even harder. Fluidinfo can show you information aggregated from multiple social networks and help you discover trending hashtags and URLs.
Today we’ve added Tumblr to the list of services we integrate with. Connect your account and we’ll collect information about every hashtags or URL you’ve ever mentioned on Tumblr. Each hashtag and URL has its own page in Fluidinfo where you can see who has mentioned it and where, follow the hashtag or URL on Fluidinfo, and comment on it directly.
Linking your Tumblr account is easy. After logging in on Fluidinfo, select Connected services from the menu at the top right of the screen. On the connection page, select Connect Tumblr and approve the request to allow Fluidinfo to read your Tumblr posts.
Once we’ve scanned your Tumblr posts, you’ll see information about your posts attached as comments to hashtag and URL pages in Fluidinfo. Your timeline will show your mentions of hashtags and URLs on both Twitter and Tumblr. If you look at the Fluidinfo page for a hashtag, e.g., #nyc, you’ll see its mentions across both systems.
After collecting and analyzing metadata from different services, Fluidinfo creates you a dashboard where you’ll see trending hashtags and URLs across your social networks. Just select Dashboard from the top-right menu to see it. You can also see what’s trending for others and their recent activity across networks, e.g., http://fluidinfo.com/user/aweissman.
We’ll connect other services in the coming weeks. We’d love to hear what you’d like integrated, so please email us at email@example.com with suggestions. Also, drop us an email if you’d like to find out how we can glue your company’s systems together, or connect them to the social web, to surface trends, patterns of behavior or to enable analysis.
Our vision is that information should be easy to create, find and use. This led us to develop our core technology: an openly writable database for storing and organizing metadata. Our database is useful for developers looking to glue together data from multiple sources, be it from the web or in-house systems. Information stored in context is more valuable. By aggregating information in one place, writing new visualizations, generating reports or performing analytics across multiple sources of data becomes trivial.
Our new user interface provides these same benefits to users of the social web. We take the most useful pieces of data from your social network- the web links and hashtags that people use – and attach activity to them from around the web. To start with, we’ve focused on content from Twitter, but you’ll see data from other services very soon.
URLs and hashtags become places where conversations can occur, as shown in the image on the right for the hashtag #euro. We save you the pain of repeatedly scanning multiple activity streams, a dashboard shows what’s hot in your social graph, or across Fluidinfo as a whole. Contribute directly, or Tweet knowing that whatever hashtag or URL you mention will find its way into Fluidinfo.
This act of gluing different sets of data together to detect signals, trends and relevant activity, also forms the basis for our new set of enterprise products. The problem that individuals face in trying to stitch together information from multiple sources to see what’s going, is magnified in any organization dealing with multiple databases. For most organizations, managing the sprawl of different data platforms is the biggest barrier to turning data into a useful asset for employees or customers.
Our first new product, Fluidinfo Enterprise helps companies take the first steps in taming their data. It bundles our new user interface with the openly writable database and enterprise grade API features to allow organizations to view and manage their data wherever it may be stored.
By co-locating metadata from existing platforms, Fluidinfo Enterprise eliminates the need to copy or move large chunks of data around, instead providing a single index for all data. This can include data that is not hosted on-site, whether it be on social networks, web pages, or 3rd party cloud services. This allows employees, partners and customers to interact with the data, via the API or UI. We believe this freedom and flexibility can turn a company into an open-data business.
FluidSense, our second product, is a white-label browser extension for Firefox, Safari and Chrome that takes this ability to expose useful data even further. It lets a company give end-users a way to engage with their unified content as they browse the web. A browser sidebar alerts users to contextually relevant company content and comments from their social network.
We are now living in the age of data. We want individuals and organizations to be able to find, share and use the data that matters most to them. Whether you are a web user interested in links and hashtags, a publisher whose core data is books, or a news company whose critical content is their articles, our new interface and products help you establish and track these important data types and allow users to start collaborating around them.
You can learn more about our new products and explore our new user interface at http://www.fluidinfo.com. We’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are keen to become an open-data business.