The flat world….always on top of the newest evolution, platform and emerging trends. Last weeks my eye catched some of the new ideas and platforms of the e-buzz world. [Updated November, 28]
- Chime.in a competition for Twitter?
While Twitter hits 250 millions tweets per month, a new microblogging platform entered the room: chime.in
Chime offers more than 140 characters and shows your shared short links and photo’s. Besides a more visual approach Chime offers participants to gain a (small) profit. From adds which are sold to go with your pages, the profit is split. (Interesting idea….) You can also add your own sponsored adds to your page (from which you can keep 100% of the profit!….)
This is an interesting business model! I’ll keep a close eye on this, and see if it can turn into a real success (and threat to Twitter)
- Google+ takes it up a notch with the integration off Google Apps
Officially opening up the Google+ doors (so no beta invitation version) created a big hype with people signing up. A growth of 1269% was reached in september…So is this the real big launch of the Facebook Competitor..probably not. With 50 million members (and I’m not writing active users), we see a vast population looking at Google+. But are they convinced this is bigger/better than Facebook? Probably not, since Facebook launched it s Timeline and other top end features last month.
But last week Google announced its incorporation of Google Apps in Google+! Now this is what I call a benefit. Online collaboration will become easy through Google+, this way Google+ really has a head start against Facebook. This way Google+ will reach a critical mass of active users, who will use Google+ as social forum but also as an online collaboration platform….in a better way Facebook services them! Again something to keep an eye on!
[November 27th, Update]
- Google to launch streaming music player within weeks notice….with a deep integrating in Google+.
I just can’t keep thinking of the idea Google is trying fiercely to pimp his Google+ platform…hiping to attract more actual users (not only register, take a look and never come back). Will this be the ultimate service we’ve been waiting for? Probably not, since Spotify has integrated with Facebook (and yes Spotify is coming to Belgium as well!….soon), and other services like Apple’s iCloud and the Amazon cloud offer the same service, with a huge back catalogue. Again a problem for Google who’ll only get an agreement with 2 of the big 4 music labels…
- Pen.io a light weight, easy to use and fast publishing tool on the web. No huge accounts, just a page name and password and you’re set to go with this online tool. It’s not a blog, it’s not a social network…it’s just an online white paper on which you can easy share ideas, drafts, work together, ….
No fierce codes, some simple tags and your set to go….this can be easy to use for people who’re not into the real publishing tools of the web, but still want to use the strength of the web to communicate with students, family, colleagues,…
I’ve made this page in less than 2 minutes (including “registration”) so it can’t be that difficult….:-) )
[November 28th, Update]
- A new social network is beiing unleashed: unthink.com – again a new competition for Facebook, Google+, …
Will this one make the difference? We’ll have to see, but Unthink.Com has made a USP of not taking the users freedom. Companies are as well invited to start social selling (the next big thing!) through the Unthink channel.
“I want to be free, I want to control our own communications …” Unthink doesn’t own your data, and won’t sell it to advertisers, brands, ….
How do they gain revenue? Every users needs to endorse a brand (and each brand will pay per user who endorses his brand). If you don’t want to endors a brand you pay 2$/year user fee….again great thinking regarding the business model! Who’ paying what….? And in the end, you engage with a brand who pays your fee, but gets a dedicated follower/endorser!
In beta version now, but probably open for business soon….is this the Facebook killer we have been waiting for? Brand wise it’s an opportunity…let’s see if the people follow!
Are you an Unthinker?
[To be continued]