Social media moves so fast, it's hard to keep up. Here are the week's top stories in scan-friendly format:
- Salesforce Adds Likes and Replies To Chatter
- The Check-In Invades The Living Room With IntoNow
- Facebook Now Offering Local Deals, a la Groupon
- Google Team Invents Ways For Egyptians To Tweet Without Internet Access
Salesforce Adds Likes and Replies To Chatter
Chatter, a private and secure social network that launched Salesforce into the enterprise social realm, has gained some new functionality that mimics sites such as Yammer, Facebook and Twitter. Now, on Chatter, you can 'Like" a post and also send reply messages to others within your Chatter network. Also, users can post a hashtag to give Chatter.com messages a common tie on a freely-formed tag.
In addition, Salesforce is opening up Chatter to the general public on Chatter.com. While all Salesforce customers have Chatter integrated into their environment, Chatter.com will be free for anyone to use, regardless if the business, organization or company is a Salesforce.com customer. In addition to the iPhone Chatter application, an Android version will land soon as well.
Private facing micro-messaging platforms are very useful to organizations of all sizes. Here at CMSWire, we use Yammer. Does your organization use any type of utility? If so -- how do you and your colleagues use it?
The Check-In Invades The Living Room With IntoNow
Location based startups -- such as Gowalla and Foursquare -- let us check-in to a location to announce our presence. Regardless of what you think of privacy issues and check-in fatigue, there's no denying that checking-in is an 'in' thing on the social web. Get ready for a new realm of check-ins -- from the couch.
IntoNow is a brand new app for iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads that is basically Foursquare for TV enthusiasts. The app can listen to the program you're watching to make the check-in process as easy as giving it a sound sample. The app will check you in as you watch a program and enable you to chat in the app about that show or movie.
IntoNow monitors 140 stations in real time, making just about any mainstream show discoverable in the app. The company's intent is to match consumers and content owners -- and eventually consumers and advertisers -- based on the shows they like. To grab the app, go to the App Store and search for IntoNow.
Facebook Now Offering Local Deals, a la Groupon
There's been a lot of press and excitement around group deal buying lately. While Groupon closed a recent funding round of close to US$ 1 Billion and LivingSocial is selling more than 1 Amazon.com gift certificate, Facebook is making moves in the space as well. In a bit of a low-key rollout, users can find a "Find Deals on Facebook" page if they know where to look.
On the Facebook applications for iPhone and Android, and on touch.facebook.com (which is their mobile web version tailored for touch screens), users can access local deals. The page isn't integrated into Facebook.com properly, but in short order, Facebook users can expect to see Deals on the Facebook home tab. I searched in Portland, Oregon and was shown 5 local deals.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook Deals has been out since November 2010. "Millions" of people have used the service and more than half of all merchants have elected to renew their offers on the service.
Google Team Invents Way For Egyptians To Tweet Without Internet Access
Those following the events in Egypt know that in order to quell protests, the government shut off all internet and SMS access in some cases. Over the weekend, a group of engineers from Google, Twitter and SayNow (a recently acquired Google company) were working hard to enable those in Egypt to tweet without a traditional Internet connection.
The service is live now and makes it possible to leave a voicemail on one of three International phone numbers. The service transcribes the messages and provides a hashtag of #egypt. Of course, there's no real way to trace which voicemail belongs to which Twitter account as all tweets aired with the tool come from the @speak2tweet account located at Twitter.com/speak2tweet, but a unique idea all the same.
This type of innovation shows that even when their voice is taken away, the Internet community finds a way for citizens to find a way to communicate. For those of us wondering what's really happening in Egypt, services such as these provides (unverified) ground-level information.