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Twubs – hubs around hastags, feeds and videos

Twubs impressed me right away.  They do a good job describing themselves:

users can search for groups through hashtags used on Twitter.  After selecting groups they’re interested in, Twubs provides a central community-driven hub or “Twub” where they can access real time tweets, twitpics, and videos without having to click on an external link. Users can further personalize the Twub by creating a description for the hashtag related to the Twub and pull any content from any feed such as RSS or site such as Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo or twitpic into one collaborative environment

I went ahead and gave some test runs.  Wow, I wasn’t expecting what I got back.  Here are the steps I took:

  • I logged in as my Twitter account.  This was not requird, but we go the extra mile here
  • I did a search for #Admin2009.  This was a recent conference I presented at and imagined I should know the results.
  • I got back the tweets with the hash but also twitpics and link to videos (YouTube and Vimeo)

This is where it took a turn.  It also made a community based on the contributors (showing their Twitter accounts and avatars), showed possible other hashtags (including the dev conference that took place at the same time and place) and allowed for me to pull in RSS feeds that they missed.  I could then send this search to anything it seemed  and even grab embed code.  While all that sounds simple, in essence it becomes a hub for me to see data around an event.  This will compete with things like CoverItLive and TweetVisor in the long run.

I found I could add tags to the twub as other weblinks to make the page even more informative.  I could also brand the Twub with a logo and description.    I did get logged out once while working on the page for no reason, but I imagine that will be addressed soon enough.

Then all this could be tweeted (as one would expect) with the ability to attach pics and video.  If they can somehow bring this to a client, I will use it more.  I just do not find myself in web browsers as much for Twitter.  I need a living growing and breathing app that runs silently until needed.  Also some unread management marks would be awesome.

One more thing hit me later.  I do not see a way to save this as my Twub.  So I am unsure if all this work will show next time I come in.  I might be missing it, but that means most users will also.

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Professional bio: Chris Miller, known as IdoNotes across the web is based in St Louis, MO as the Director of Messaging & Collaboration for Connectria and the Founder of Spiked Studio Productions.. Connectria is one of the largest IBM hosting and remote management partners. Chris speaks globally at conferences and events including: View Admin 2003-2009 View Admin Europe 2003-2008 Domino 7 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Real-Time Collaboration Seminar Lotusphere 2003-2012 ILUG 2008, 2010 ULUG 2009, 2011, 2012 Collaboration University 2006-2010Domino Optimization Tour 2010 BLUG 2011, 2012 NLLUG 2010 AusLUG 2011, 2012 Other awards, events and information: Founder of IamLUG - the North American Lotus User Group event held annually. 2009-present Chris, via Connectria, is a Lotus Award winner 3 times and a finalist 5 times since 2000. Winner of the Gary Guthrie Award for Technical Writing in 2002 Previous board member of the St Louis Domino and Notes User Group Previous board member of VALU (the predecessor to LotusUserGroup) Advisory Board member to LotusUserGroup.org Chris is the founder of Spiked Studio Productions which produces industry related podcasts, webcasts and more. Shows include: IdoNotes - one of the longest running Lotus related technical podcasts BlackBerry Today - a video podcast on the hottest device, application and BlackBerry/Playbook news Consultant In Your Pocket - deep technical webcast training delivered free and subscription IdoSphere - a two day online technical event TheSocialGeeks - a leading social media roundtable podcast Sametime Guide - a video training tutorial on installing and administrating IBM Sametime TheSocialNetworker - a social media site review webcast and interview series now including Social Stalking content on social media security and privacy Certifications: PCLP since Domino R4 in administration and in Development through R5 Workplace Collaboration Services 2.5 - Team Collab and Messaging Domino 7 and 8 Certified Security Administrator Sametime Administration 7.5.x-8.5 CLP Collaboration (retired certification Aug 2006) CLI for numerous administration areas including Domino, Sametime, Quickr and Connections Yes I write some of those dreaded admin cert exams you take. I won't say which ones so you don't come looking for me, but I will say they are the real good recent ones that have been coming out. Animals: One dog, a Puggle. He has been on this world before and seems to understand slippers and a fine cigar. Mind you that is him in the chair and not me. A ninja death cat. I only see her when she strikes Music: Non-stop. At my desk, in my car, walking to work and back to my car downtown. In the house there is a crazy zoned set-up for you home automation geeks. I am a self-proclaimed MP3 fiend, to which I have tried rehab 4 billion times to no avail. Now what kind of music you ask? I will never tell.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Twubs – hubs around hastags, feeds and videos

  1. I’m guessing user error, but can’t quite figure out what I am doing incorrectly.
    Hardly any of my tweets with #rugs show up in twub search, tweetdeck search or tweetie search of that hashtag.
    In fact they each show a different selection of tweets with that hashtag.

    This doesn’t make sense to me. What am I missing? Pls advise.

    Posted by MARK | September 4, 2009, 10:24 am
  2. As CEO of Twubs, I must say, “thanks” for the kind words!

    we are addressing a couple of this issues you mentioned, particularly the client/app issue.

    on the upper right side of the screen when you log in, it does save the twubs you’ve searched; so, they’re there for later. we’ll look at making that more obvious based on your feedback.

    we’ve got more exciting stuff coming; so, stay tuned!

    Posted by tony ferraro | April 27, 2009, 12:43 pm

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