A story about social media

Today I was fortunate to spend 30 minutes talking to the Social Media Leadership Forum. I themed my talk around how we create, consume and analyse content online. Here’s a breakdown of the technologies I talked about.

Bing Twitter Mapshttp://www.bing.com/twitter/maps
See tweets in the context of a map and search for a specific subject, place or person to quickly see what is happening anywhere via Twitter.

Montage is a shareable, personal, visual album of the web. You are able to design your personal Montage around a topic by adding content that pulls information from a variety of sources including, RSS feeds, Twitter, Bing News, YouTube, video and Bing Images.

You can browse a gallery of other people’s Montages (I’m a little unsure of the plural and happy to stand corrected) over here: http://montage.cloudapp.net/Gallery

The Archivisthttp://archivist.visitmix.com/
The Archivist is a service that uses the Twitter Search API to find, archive and analyse tweets. There are two versions available, a web service: http://archivist.visitmix.com/ and a desktop application http://visitmix.com/labs/archivist-desktop/ – one advantage of the desktop version is that you can export tweets to Excel for further analysis.

Social Gadgetshttp://designer.socialgadgets.fuselabs.com/?template=A
Dynamic visualizations of real-time Twitter data that you can embed on your site or blog.

Connect to Facebook, Twitter, RSS and Bing. It lets you find out more about the topics that your friends and feeds are talking about in one click – so you can jump into the conversation.

Project Emporiahttp://www.projectemporia.com/
It sifts through ever-evolving news streams to identify hot news stories, categorizes them into topic areas and ranks them, and then presents them to you in a friendly and easy-to-use UI. With Project Emporia you get relevant stories on topics of your choice. Available as a web service and as an application for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft FUSE Labs
A lot of the links above come from Microsoft FUSE Labs, they release social media based products regularly and often without the fanfare they deserve: http://fuse.microsoft.com/ I highly recommend checking in regularly to see what’s new, or follow them on Twitter @fuselabs.

I mentioned very briefly Vannevar Bush, you can find more information on him at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vannevar_Bush). It is really worth finding some time to read his paper titled, As We May Think, published in 1945.

Finally, for some future inspiration, check out the following videos:


Microsoft Office Labs – Vision 2019