TweetDeck as many of you might not be aware of is not only a great iPhone Twitter application but it is also a great social media management tool for your desktop. Â Actually the TweetDeck iPhone app takes its roots from the TweetDeck desktop client. If you’ve been using TweetDeck on your desktop before, you’ll be glad to know that version 0.33 is now available and promises more great features to help you manage your social media life easier.
First of these new features is the extended API limit to 350 calls per hour. This gives those who configure TweetDeck greater flexibility without having to worry about running out of API calls. In addition, TweetDeck version 0.33 has also introduced an automatic API management option which is an ideal way for you to get the most out of your API allowance.
Next new feature – the Column Navigator which shows a representation of all your TweetDeck columns and lets you navigate through each of the columns quickly by clicking on them. Even more useful is the fact that when you hover over a bar in the navigator, key information about the column content will be displayed including the time remaining before the column refreshes and the current level of API calls remaining.
Another new feature that you might Â like is YouTube integration. Â Clicking on YouTube video links will now let you view the video in a TweetDeck preview window. This is also true for Flickr image links.
Other new features of TweetDeck 0.33 include – ability to edit definition of search columns and a brand new help screen.
You may download TweetDeck version 0.33 from here.
We’ve seen various startups tried aggregating various social media streams such as tweets and Facebook updates. But none of them have utilized the power of geotagging. Until now, with new startup GroundMap and its new social media platform.
The idea is pretty simple and yet could be powerful. GroundMap lets you bucket geotagged social media streams and by that we mean all types of streams and not just tweets or reviews like what others are doing.
So, GroundMap lets you add PDF documents, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, Scribd documents, Google Maps, as well as Twitter and Facebook updates, under a particular geotag. All these streams become searchable on GroundMap by their locations or geotags and the platform presents it in a timeline format called GroundMap activity stream.
In addition, you can also search for activity streams using the tag cloud on GroundMap’s main page. It also allows you to add location which are not yet in the tag cloud. Once other users starts using the geotag, it’s appearance in the GrooundMap tag cloud increases in size – meaning the more relevant the tag has become.
While GroundMap’s concept may not be ground breaking as other services might have featured it before, what makes it different from the rest is its ability to give you different sources of social media under one tag.
GroundMap is a pretty useful online tool. Â It’s like other social bookmarking and recommendation sites such as Digg and Delicious done in a new way.
Check out the video demo for a more detailed explanation of GroundMap’s features.
Nokia has just rolled out a somewhat familiar service on its Nokia Beta Labs – Image Space. Basically, Image Space gives you a new way of viewing photos you shared to from your Nokia supported handsets to your Flickr account. Â Image Space will stitch together your photos as well as other people’s photos in a common 3D environment.
That’s all there is to it actually. Just a pretty simple mobile to web applications utilizing various technologies such GPS, photo meta tagging by Flickr, fetching photos from Flickr to Nokia Beta Labs, and the photo stitching technology employed by Image Space.
Image Space works with any Nokia handset with a-GPS navigation feature such as the N97 mini, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 6720 Classic. The GPS feature is used for location tagging the photos you take and upload to Flickr.
Nokia Image Space is a pretty good service, simple and yet fun. But Â the pre-requisite here is that you have a Flickr account and Nokia is relying the success of a new service to another service which is not actually their own. Â Granting that Flickr is the most popular Â photo sharing service online, it is quite uncertain whether users of Nokia handsets that support Image Space actually have their Flickr account.
It would have been better if Image Space could support other photo sharing site as well or perhaps even photos uploaded to Facebook. Now, that would be awesome.
I must admit that most of the time I search Flickr it’s for pictures of gadgets or landscapes, but according to the Yahoo!-owned photo service, it’s people that are the real stars.
To this end, they’ve launched a “People in Photos” feature which allows members to link people in photos to their Flickr accounts, in a similar way to how Facebook does it except that I suspect there are fewer people with Flickr than Facebook accounts.
On top of this, there are a range of security options (which the likes of Facebook could learn something from) whereby users have more control over how their image is featured in a photo. More →
Flickr is now multi-lingual with the launching of its product in seven languages. Along with English, Flickr web sites now will be available in French, German, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and traditional Chinese.
“This is something we wanted to do a long time ago. It is also one of our most requested features. Tech enthusiasts in Buenos Aires, Paris – all over the world – use Flickr but for their families and friends it has been a pain in the butt,” Butterfield said. “Now the grandma who doesn’t speak English at all can take advantage of our features and more easily do things such as save her grandchildren’s pictures or upload some of her own,” Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield said.
Butterfield estimated that with the expanded languages Flickr now had web pages tailored to 90 percent of its users. Approximately 24.8 million people visit Flickr monthly, according to marketing research firm comScore.