To mark the last day of September, we thought we would take this time to share with you some of our favorite social tools. It seems a bright, new, shiny tool comes online everyday. And like most of you, we try it for a few days before the shine wears off. But a few gems have stood out. They aren't really political, but we think they are pretty cool. So, without further ado, here are GT's favorite social tools (or online apps with a social component). Enjoy!
Facebook (Ticker/Open Graph)
stalk your friends activities on FB in real-time
This last round of changes from Facebook are true game-changers. We could (and will) dedicate an entire TIPs to these amazing new tools. But for the sake of a light list of fun apps, we're just going to focus on the ability to see, act and share through the new FB Ticker. What is so exciting about Ticker, is that it is not static. You can jump in to the stream and discover new games, music, fan pages, applications – anything using the new Open Graph platform – right through the Ticker. There is great potential for campaigns to increase their volunteer base with this feature. Imagine your volunteers using your campaign application and their entire network of friends seeing it in real-time in their Ticker – and being able to act upon it! GT is excited to incorporate it in to GTAC 2.0 – stay tuned!
it's like Trip Advisor for news stories
With the proliferation of social networks, it's getting harder and harder to sift through 1,000's of posts/articles and find something that you really want to read. Which is why we adore Summify. Instead of having to go out and search for interesting and relevant news, we get "friend-approved" news articles delivered right to our inbox. It saves us time by cutting through the clutter and actually delivers a useful product. Try it out – you will be surprised how useful it can be.
a leaderboard of online influence
As campaign professionals, we are by default Type-A personalities. Competition is what we thrive on. Which is why we love Klout. Klout measures your online social network and how active/social it is. The more people engage you online, the higher your Klout. The kicker for us is the ability to compare your scores and styles with your FB, Twitter and G+ friends (and co-workers). This is one highly-addictive app.
where the best of iTunes and Pandora come together
Here at GT, we can't get enough of Spotify. Not only does it have a really simple and intuitive interface (it's based on the iTunes interface), but it offers several things that other free music streaming sites don't:
1 – Start & stop any song at will
2 – Play your iTunes library through the app
3 – Subscribe and listen to your friends' playlists
4 – Add your friends' songs to your playlists
5 – Search and listen to nearly any song – for FREE
6 – Discover and listen to your friends songs through Facebook Ticker
And for a small fee, you can upgrade your account and access your cloud of music from anywhere – making Apple's stranglehold on iTunes portability a thing of the past.