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.