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Gluing the social web back together

Every now and then I’m asked what I think the latest trends or the future of the web might be. Often depending on what I’m thinking about or researching that week will depend on the answer that I give.

So what’s the answer at the moment?
As some of you will have noticed over the last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with quite a number of new tools and services, to see what they’ll do. I’ve mentioned a few already such as ifttt and wajam, but I’ve also been experimenting with Chirp Story – which enables you to create stories with Tweets – and begun to have a look at Bundlr – a service that enables you to bring (bundle) content from across the social web together into one page.
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Wajam example screen shot

Searching with friends: will Google’s Social Search help with serendipity?

On 19 May 2011 Google announced that it would be extending its Social Search functionality to the rest of the world after first introducing it to North America back in October 2009.

Google’s Social Search integrates relevant search results from your friends and contacts into a search query when you are logged into your Google account. As they explained back in 2009:
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Tailoring Twitter posts to Facebook Pages using ifttt

As some of you know, over the last week I’ve been experimenting with creating and running my own Facebook Page. One of the first things I did was to link my Twitter account to the page using the standard Twitter Facebook app, to test if this was a good use of the medium. Whilst I had a few comments on the Facebook Page to Tweets (and with only a few followers so far that’s not bad going), to my mind it just didn’t seem appropriate to post everything except @ replies to the Facebook Page, as the context is quite different and far less nuanced.

So what to do?
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Testing the iPhone WordPress app

Writing this from my iPhone to test out what is possible using the WordPress app.

The application takes you through step-by-step setting up posting, allowing you to post from multiple blogs via one username. Once through to the admin area you have three tabs – Comments, Post and Pages.

Using the Post page to add and edit a post you are taken through the title, tags, categories post status (local draft, publish, draft etc.) and then there is a large area for writing. In many ways this layout and process is much easier to use than the browser interface.

To add media such as the photos above or video, users need to save the post and then select the media tab. Once again the interface is easy to use for anyone familiar with photo applications. (By the way to take a screen-shot on the iPhone press the main centre function button at the same time as the top ‘off’ button.)

The only downside with the Post tool is that you will need to know some HTML to make text bold, italic or add links as there are no appearance functions. Even if you are familiar with HTML this is rather tedious, as you have to flick between the third and first keyboards to find the correct keys and write the code.

Would I use this application again? Quite possibly. I can see it useful for drafting posts when an idea strikes whilst on the move or not near a computer. I can also see it would be useful for quick posts and pics when at an event or outside, particularly places where there is a 3G connection but not wifi or where there’s no room to get out the laptop.

And now to press Publish and see if this has all worked.