Web 2.0: Hot tools for managing profiles, music and online video

Guilty as charged… I’m a heavy internet user and early adopter of web 2.0 services. I’m not a geek or a nerd though- just keen on mass communication and the dissemination of ideas, knowledge and creativity. The internet is by far and away my favorite place for this, but with the myriad of platforms offered here for social networking, video and music sharing, it’s easy to get lost in the maze, or simply not know how best to spend your time.

I’m happy to say that in the last two months I’ve discovered some terrific new online services which do (or promise to in the near future) allow you to maximize the impact of your sprawling web-presences. There are three gems that I will discuss here: one for individuals and general social network users, one for online video distributors, and another for musicians.

atomkeep - your profile everywhere
atomkeep - your profile everywhere

I only discovered this site today after following a Twitter link. While the service is in ‘closed beta’ (that’s nerd speak for ‘we’re still testing, but we’ll open to the public soon’, the labour-saving and syncronising services it promises to provide are exciting. Basically AtomKeep allows you to enter status, information and content updates to their site once, and it will in turn redistribute this information to the web 2.0 social networking sites of which you are a member.

At this stage, these include: LinkedIn, Monster, Facebook, CPGJoblist, Twitter, Mixergy, Slide, Jobster, Yelp, Blogger, JOBcentral, LastFM, YouTube, digg, Ning, Flickr, Google, WordPress, Disqus, Pownce, Technorati, Meetup, Plurk, Mixx, LiveJournal, Indeed, Job.com, Friendster, imeem, Bebo, Myspace and Unyk. Services listed as ‘coming soon’ include: HotJobs, Dice, Yahoo! Groups, Careerbuilder, Hi5, Vimeo, Upcoming, Plaxo, Epinions, Evite, TheLadders, Photobucket and StumbleUpon.

The above list covers a range of general social networking sites, job seeking ones, photo and video sharing sites, bookmarking sites, blogging and commenting portfolios, email list managers and more… surely this is a service every web 2.0 user can benefit from!

TubeMogul - empowering online video
TubeMogul - empowering online video

On the online video frontier, TubeMogul provides a service truly in a league of its own. Essentially a video re-distributor and tracking service (my description, not theirs) TubeMogul accepts your video uploads, complete with descriptions, categories and tags, and then redistributes the video to other sites of which you are already a member. The site even transcodes your video (if necessary) to suit the requirements of each different site. As if the service isn’t great enough already, the real pay-off comes when the stats come rolling in. Graphs of your video’s popularity within and between services can be customised with easy, and you can even track the progress of your peers/competitors. The site also offers some promotional services which I hope to explore soon- these include spruiking your videos on social networking and bookmarking sites. Getting involved with tracking our online video footprint via TubeMogul has got me really excited about online video. If you have an interest in this field, check it out pronto.

The third, and probably the most specialised service I will describe here is ArtistData. Also currently in ‘closed beta’ ArtistData gives musicians and managers the capacity to easily handle presences of their artists across numerous sites and platforms. There are truckloads of web 2.0 services offering musicians distinct audiences for their work and forums for its discussion and proliferation, so the need for a service like this has existed for some years. As I’m yet to be invited to sign up, I can only cite the services the site claims to provide. It claims to:

    Import your shows from MySpace or allow you to enter them manually.
    Synchronize your shows to social network profiles on PureVolume, Virb, and soon Facebook.
    Submit shows to concert databases such as Jambase, Last.fm, and many more.
    Update your official website through XML or a customizable calendar widget.
    Updates your desktop calendar (iCal, Outlook, Thunderbird, Google Calendar).
    Export formatted show lists for import to SonicBids and ReverbNation.
    Automate the submission of shows for listing in local publications. *See screencast.

So there you have it folks, one service to leap on and two to watch for their pending public launches. I don’t know about you, but I really dig the way the web is evolving right now.

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Web 2.0: Share web badges for charity and heal the world

Since Em and I work as freelancers in a young start-up business, it’s often difficult for us financially to ‘do our bit’ and donate to worthy causes. By that I mean organizations and activities that toil to improve the states of the planet and humanity. I did however just stumble upon the website Everywun which makes spreading positive messages and raising money for charitable causes exceptionally easy for anyone with an internet presence.

My first encounter with web 2.0 charitable giving came through the Causes application for Facebook back in 2007, and it’s good to see that the process is evolving. Unlike many alternatives who require viewers to donate directly, simply displaying sponsored ‘badges’ like these drives financial donations from the sponsoring businesses, directly to the causes you care most for.

Signing up is quick, simple and doesn’t ask for any personal information beyond your name and email address, and your account can be linked to your Facebook profile with a simple click of a button. Code is also generated so you can embed the badges, as they appear below. The process is painless and takes well under 5 minutes… time well spent in reducing the disparities in education, health and welfare between developed and developing countries. It’s not all about people either, and badges supporting progressive environmental action and animal welfare are also available, no doubt with more great causes to follow. In short, if you’re a sensitive, altruistic internet user with a web presence (even if it’s just a Facebook profile) spend a few minutes at Everywun and brighten up the planet’s future.

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Web 2.0: Social network profile integration & chain-reactions

I’ve been devoting much of my time of late to exploring Web 2.0 possibilities in the last few weeks… services, sites, widgets and ways to integrate them. Now that we all have profiles all over the place (Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, YouTube and countless others) keeping them all relevant can be pretty time consuming. Fortunately developers appear to be aware of this and are doing something about it. Here’s a cute little example of my most recent Web 2.0 chain reaction (websites updating other websites and profiles automatically). This is a pretty neat development, and can be handy both socially and professionally.

In this case, my goal was to proliferate my online video, and share the awareness of it as broadly as possible.

example of a web 2.0 chain reaction
example of a web 2.0 chain reaction
  1. TubeMogul.com – The chain reaction begins when I upload a video to TubeMogul. The site then redistributes the video to multiple video sites, including YouTube and a dozen or more others.
  2. Viddler.com – Viddler receives the file from TubeMogul reposts it there, and notifies my Twitter account. It posts my ‘followers’ a link to the vid automatically.
  3. Twitter.com – my Twitter account is linked to my Facebook profile, so in turn, Twitter updates my Facebook status and voila… my video upload is all over my major social profiles for minimal sweat.

Other sites that are worth a peep and help integrate your various profiles are FriendFeed and Wink. It seems Facebook is wise to this being a key aspect to the future of social networking, and has added an ‘Import’ button on your profile Wall… check it out and get linkin’!

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