I’ve got some follow up news regarding a few different apps were mentioned previously at Matt’s Cuppa. To begin with, and to my disappointment, I was not chosen to be an Utterz Ambassador, despite submitting my story about the flack I get from certain family members about my Bessie t-shirt.
Even though I was overlooked, (For good reason. Those that were picked are long-time contributors to the Utterz community and will now be given even more of an opportunity to influence the direction of Utterz going forward. Congrats Ambassadors!) I will continue to say great things about Utterz and, like my post title states, I’ll always be an Ambassador in my own mind!
In the meantime, the guys from BooRah are kind enough to keep me informed about new developments on their end. I’ve described BooRah as a restaurant information aggregator, but they are quickly expanding beyond my simplified definition. In a recent email, Nagaraju Bandaru, BooRah’s co-founder and CTO, explained a partnership with BookingAngel that will allow online reservation to some 30,000 restaurants, as well as OpenID support. (<- Good move guys!)
And my last bit of news is that Molly over at Demo Girl came through with an Orgoo invite for me. I’ve already got my tea (an apricot oolong) picked out and a little space cleaned up in the sun on our patio, and I’ll be playing with (er, testing) that this afternoon. Molly, you rock!
Ah, yes, and I’m using this post to play around a little more with Apture, so hover over and click on a few of the links in this post and tell me what you think of Apture vs. traditional hyperlinking.
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Tags: Betas, Commentary, Social Web, Utterz, web-apps
There’s a couple of neat features that I’d like a closer look at. (Orgoo is in private beta now) she mentions being able to drag messages between different services and being able to create video chat rooms on the fly.
I’d like to see about a mobile interface and whether Orgoo actually downloads your messages or leaves them on the server. I’ll post the answers to these questions if/when I score an invite.
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I wish that I could remember who turned me on to Apture, because it’s a really sweet little service! And it goes quite well with the English Breakfast Blend tea I happen to be drinking. Here’s how it works:
You set up an account at Apture.com. You add a bit of code to your site and add your site to your Apture profile. Then you write a blog post. Instead of creating the hyperlinks as you type your post, you create them afterwards using the Apture Dashboard.
Not only does Apture let you create a link on any word in your post, but it will help you find associated content as well. For example, if I wrote a post about frogs, Apture can link to the wikipedia page on frogs, help me find frog videos from YouTube, and current news about frog species in decline, all in the space of about five minutes. When a visitor reads my post, they can view the Wikipedia article and watch the YouTube videos without leaving my website. And did I mention that Apture is free?
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Penzu is a free web-based journal. It’s super easy to set up and use. Unlike a blog, no one can see your entries except you. This, along with the friendly interface, make this application a great way to begin writing on the web.
I’m won’t go into depth on Penzu because Demo Girl’s screencast does that so much better than I could.
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