Archive for June, 2007

26
Jun
07

10 Facebook apps you may have missed

BandTracker
automatically pulls in the artists from the Favourite Music section of
your profile and alerts you when they’re playing your city. Also
creates decent aggregation pages around each band, pulling in videos
from YouTube and lists from Last.fm.

Eating – A neat little app from restaurant review site menuism,
enabling you to share your dining experiences and discover new
eateries. Slightly let down by a North American bias (no, I don’t want
to travel to London, Ontario for my evening meal…)

Flixster – nice integration of the movie site of the same name (reviewed here) which pulls in your existing ratings (something iLike
would do well to get sorted), shows what your friends have been
watching and provides access to the fiendishly addictive Never-Ending
Movie Quiz.

Friend Stats
– creates a page of lists and charts visualising aggregate data on your
facebook chums. So, now I know that the majority of my friends are
liberal graduates who like music and drinking, watching Lost, listening
to Muse and reading John Steinbeck…

Interview
– like The Guardian Weekend magazine Q&A feature (only with a
slightly smaller readership), Interview asks you a stream of
user-submitted questions which you can then add to your profile,
letting everyone know how witty and erudite you are.

iRead
– expose your bookshelf to your friends, detailing what you’ve read,
what you’re reading now and what’s next on your list. You can find
books by author, title or ISBN or import your Amazon wishlist. Once
added, you can rate, review or recommend each title and find others who
have read it.

myTV
– share your favourite YouTube videos with your friends without leaving
the comfort of Facebook. A slick interface and the option to import
your favourites from YouTube are the icing on the cake.

TV Shows

– release your inner Nick Horby and rank your favourite TV shows.
There’s 15,760 titles in the database, delivering fairly decent
recommendations based on your list. The app also includes TV news and
listings for the US, the UK, Canada and Australia.

Where I’ve Been
– colour code a map of the world according to where you’ve lived,
visited and want to visit. Turns out I’m not that well travelled after
all…

wis.dm
encourages users to ask and answer yes/no questions on any conceivable
topic. Strangely addictive although liable to quickly give away your
moral and political leanings.

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21
Jun
07

KickApps – White Label Social Network

I think most on these lists will have heard of Ning. A smaller, younger offering has appeared called KickApps. KickApps powers over 3000 social networking sites compared to Nings 67,000+, yet KickApps appears to offer the stronger solution.

The overall KickApps experience is thorough. Nothing obvious is left out. White label sites have a full choice of 13 features; profiles, guest books, video and feeds are some of the options. The backend is simple to use and smart at the same time. The moderation of videos option doesn’t just present the uploaded video; numerous screenshots are automatically generated to immediately give a reviewer a good idea of what is contained in each video.

Widget embedding support is extensive and delivered complete with DNS masked domain; users never link to KickApps itself, the specific domain is always presented in the embedding code. It’s a small thing but one that defines KickApps in comparison to Ning.

KickApps also offers an open API and developer kit. Blum told me that whilst most sites simply use the features offered, a number of high level users have implemented the API on their sites, delivering a custom solution.KickApps comes in two flavors and the difference between the two only comes down to advertising. Free users get full range of functionality with KickApps taking a part of each site for advertising. This doesn’t prevent free users from advertising themselves, simply a portion of each site must include a KickApps ads. The paid version is perhaps remarkably not sold on a licensed basis, KickApps charges a CPM rate per site served, meaning that less successful sites pay a lower rate. Blum believes that this model is fairer in that sites pay proportionality to their success, and therefore everyone wins; it therefore becomes in KickApps best interest to offer the best possible platform and experience to maximise revenue.Overall it’s a great offering. Strictly from a publishers view point the ability to keep your own domain on top of the white label service is compelling, and the feature set is remarkably easy to use and set up. The company has numerous existing deals and officially announced a tie up with Vibe Magazine yesterday.