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TuneIn – a visual media dashboard and client

TuneIn looks like your average site pulling links to media from the welcome page.  But once you are in things are a different matter.  Logging in is via oAuth, and then you are brought to a very eye pleasing dashboard.

You have a choice between tweets and media for selections on the left, above channels (I will cover this in a moment) and the normal selections for direct messages and replies.  Tweets are what you would expect and that is a stream of people you follow.  To the right of your followed tweets is a media column sorted by popularity or time and then subsets of pictures, audio, video and articles.

On the media column, you can reply, retweet or bring up a smaller window with more information including the tweet that included the link and how many others also point to the media source.  Each media link shows a small thumbnail of the media itself.

On the tweet column you can also reply or retweet but I would hope they add direct message and the ability to see someones profile in there.  Adding in the ability to see any media links that person has would be a great cross use of the site.  You can send your own tweets from the top of the page as any web client would do.

Now, if I choose media from the left side as I mentioned earlier in the review, the whole middle section becomes columns of media.  The columns are then split into audio, video and pictures which are sorted by popularity or time.  You can also change the column listings to a gridded newspaper feel that I really liked.  The default for the grid approach was to show all media types by popularity.  You can change this to time and by subtype as before for filtering.

Lastly, there was the channel ability on the left side.  You are able to create and name your own channels.  I created one, that had to be 3-20 characters in length, and then was stuck what to do with it.  It had the columns for tweets and media, but I didn’t see how the filtering or adding people/things to it worked.  Or if it was supposed to search the channel name for content itself.  I am not sure there.

Overall I loved the UI for the media and hope they keep adding features as the beta cycle goes on.  Heck, they might even read this.  A great site to check out and an awesomesauce way to see media on Twitter.  TechCrunch had an article on it here and they did a demo video on YouTube you can find here.


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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 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.


One thought on “TuneIn – a visual media dashboard and client

  1. You bet we read it! Thanks so much for the review, and for your suggestions. We’re definitely continuing to add features and address problems as our users report them. Sorry the channel stuff was confusing to you – can you give me a little more information so we can look into it?

    Thanks again,
    Adam Hertz

    Posted by Adam Hertz | July 20, 2009, 8:45 am

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