U.S. Team Headed to Nigeria to Help Find Missing Girls, Obama Say

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Twitter Testing a ‘Mute’ Button to Quiet Your Follows

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No Active Shooter At DC Area Mall, It Was Just a 16-Year-Old Viner





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Over the past two decades when the words “active shooter” are put together with “teenager,” it usually involves a suspect of some sort. That’s not what happened this weekend at Tyson’s Corner Mall in Northern Virginia.

Vine, the Twitter owned short form video app, has created huge internet sensations in the few short months it’s been on the market. People love Vine; they are addicted to making silly little six second videos th

at loop and watching the creativity of their favorite viners.

Vine has catapulted several teenagers into stardom, some of whom have hundreds of thousands if not millions of followers on the service. These teenage “Viners” like LohAnthony, Kayden Stephenson and Mathew Espinosa do little more than smile at the camera, sing  a little song or just talk about what they had for dinner. There’s not much you can do in six seconds, but it’s that short time frame which makes vine so addictive.

Some may remember Kayden Stephenson from American Idol last year. The 16-year-old Oklahoma City teenager has cystic fibrosis. His disease affects his breathing and also makes the 16 year old look a lot younger. He has a decent voice, but it was his story that won over the hearts of American Idol judges last year. Unfortunately he

didn’t last long on the show, but as soon as Vine was released he bulked up on followers. As for the other two, they are just normal teenagers with a sense of humor and a way with their peers.

Fast forward now to this past Saturday. Espinosa, who lives in Woodbridge Virginia, decided he was going to meetup with some of his Vine followers/fans at Tyson’s Corner mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the Metro DC area.

Although it was never revealed how many people Espinosa thought would attend his little meetup, over 10,000 screaming girls came to see the blonde teenager who bares a slight resemblance to Justin Bieber. Fox 5 reports that some of the girls came from over 5 hours away.

Espinosa arrived at the mall and shook a few hands and gave a few autographs. At one point mall security and police had to escort him out of the mall.

That wasn’t before curious mall goers were trying to find out what was going on, why all these teenager girls were at the mall. At one point someone got confused and said that they were shooting a video where all the fans had congregated. Well as you can see from the Fox 5 video below, shooting a video quickly became “shooting” and all hell broke loose.

People started screaming and running from the mall. Others started calling the police and the local news stations. The Washington DC suburbs have been on high alert since a gunman killed 12 and injured even more at the DC Navy Yard last week.

This is obviously the power of Vine that Gary Vee is banking on.



Follow Friday: 30 Angels And VC’s To Follow On Twitter

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It’s Friday morning which means its time for another great list of startup related people to follow on Twitter. Last week we brought you this awesome list of startup rockstars.Earlier lists have included these 50 women in startups to follow and another great list we had was 100 Techstars mentors to follow.

One of the most important things to our readers is the money, so this week we’ve got 30 angel and vc’s to follow on Twitter.  Here we go!


Follow Friday: Follow These Startup Rockstars

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Our Follow Friday tradition continues with another list of great startup people to follow on Twitter. Today follow the list of startup rockstars below. Then, get your attendee or Startup Village ticket for Everywhere Else Cincinnati, where you can see them all in person, speaking and networking with startups from “everywhere else”.



Berlin Startup Tame Launches First Context Search Engine For Twitter

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Twitter is a treasure trove of content. We actually source quite a bit of startup news and new startups from everywhere else using Twitter. The problem is, until now there was no great way to do a contextual search. You can use the Twitter search tool built into Twitter and most of the good third party Twitter apps, but they fall short when looking for context. For example, a search for accelerator brings up tweets about car parts and incubator talks about babies.

The team behind Berlin startup Tame have been tirelessly working on solving that problem. They want to make it easier for people to find what they’re looking for on Twitter. That can be tough when at peak loads there can be 300,000 tweets per minute.

The company has launched their product today at tame.it. We got a chance to talk with them, check out the interview below.

What does your startup do?

Tame is the first context search engine for Twitter delivering relevant content around a specific topic in real-time. Aimed at journalists, PRs, marketers and politicians, Tame analyses content from Twitter, sifting through the huge amounts of noise to find exactly what is relevant.

Who are the founders, and what are their backgrounds?

Frederik Fischer is founder and CEO of Tame. Fischer has five years of professional experience as a staff and freelance journalist for TV, radio, online and print.

Arno Dirlam is founder and CTO of Tame. The developer guy!

Torsten Müller is founder and CMO of Tame. He has three years professional experience as freelance journalist for online and print including the German Press Agency dpa, stern.de, Zeit Online.

Where are you based?

Berlin, Germany

What’s the startup scene like where you are based?

Berlin is a perfect place to start a business. It may be over-hyped, but we find that the scene is indeed very active, people help out each other a lot and are very open. Since the city is attractive for living, many people from Europe or beyond flock into it which helps creating international teams with a global approach from the start, which we think is important. We came to Berlin with not much more than an idea and thanks to the Humboldt University’s spin-off team and many others we could get Tame off the ground in a bit more than a year.

What problem do you solve?

Tame aims to address information overload on Twitter. Nearly every user follows more people than they can manage. At peak times, more than 300,000 tweets are sent out per minute, hence people miss a lot of important content. Professionals working with social media need to identify relevant topics, users and content quickly. A solution to ‘Tame’ the social web is needed.

Why now?

In 2011, Google stopped indexing Twitter and has since left a gap in filtering real-time information. Twitter has continued to grow and has a global impact as not only an alternative, but often primary news source (think of Arab spring). Our mission is to tame the wealth of real-time information in social networks so as to empower people to make sense of the world.

What are some of the milestones your startup has already reached?

We got an initial € 94k ($125,725) funding from the German Federal Ministry of Technology and Economics (BWMi) in 2012

Tame has secured € 250k ($334,375) from a crowd-investing campaign with Companisto

A product already used by thousands of journalists and PRs, first paying customers and first cooperations with outlets

We won a spot in the Germany Silicon Valley Accelerator (also by BMWi) and will be working from San Francisco from October on for at least 3 months.

What are your next milestones?

rolling out more features for Tame including a refinement of our Algorithm that will improve the results by ie filtering out spam on Twitter

starting our global launch by entering the US market from October onward

looking in to the possibility of including more real-time information services

Where can people find out more? Any social media links you want to share?

People can find out everything they need at tame.it. We’re also on Twitter – https://twitter.com/tame_it – and Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tameapp.




Follow Friday: 50 Women In Startups To Follow On Twitter

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It’s Friday, that means its time for Follow Friday, a curated list of people you should follow to stay into everything “startups.” Check out some of our previous lists; 50 startup related Twitter accounts to follow everywhere else, 50 500 startups mentors to follow, and here are 100 Techstars mentors to follow.

Here at Nibeltz we try and cover women entrepreneurs, startups, and initiatives as often as we can. Earlier this week our managing editor, Monica Selby, talked about the hottest trend in tech startups: women. So to go along with that, here are 50 women in startups to follow on Twitter, starting with our managing editor.

Monica Selby, Nibletz Managing Editor
Donna Harris, co-founder 1776
Marissa Mayer, CEO Yahoo
Jessica Lachs, Founder GiftSimple
Kathleen Warner, founding team Startup America
Sarah Ware, founder Markerly
Mack McKelvey, founder SalientMG, marketing guru for startups
Alexa Andrzejewski, co-founder CEO, FoodSpotting
Kay Koplovitz founder USA Networks, SyFy network and Springboard
Bekah Grant, writer VentureBeat
Sarah Lacy, journalist, founder PandoDaily
Forbes Woman
Leesa Mitchell, VP Kauffman Foundation
Women 2.0 a site about women innovators in technology
Denver Hutt, Bad Ass Startup Chick, in Indianapolis
Jeannette Balleza, Bad Ass Startup Chick, Ark Challenge
Pam Cooper, founder Boosterville
Andrea Peterson, Tech writer, Washington Post
Kathryn Minshew, founder Daily Muse
Tina Brown Editor In Chief The Daily Beast
Kimberly Bryant, founder BlackGirlsCode
Mary Simonds, partner relations manager UpGlobal/Startup America
Reshma Saujani founder Girls Who Code
Jennifer Preston, the first social media director at the New York Times
Megan Smith, VP Google
Kara Swisher, co-founder All Things Digital
Kelly Hoey co founder at WIMAccelerator
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook, author Lead In
Brittany Fitzpatrick Founder Mentor Me
Hillary Qwirk, Community Manager, StartCo
Alexia Tstosis, Co-Editor TechCrunch
Jessica Bennett Editor at Sheryl Sandberg’s Lead In
Courtney Boyd Myers, writer at NextWeb, serial entrepreneur
Julia Hartz CoFounder and President, Eventbrite
Padmasree Warrior Chief Technology & Strategy Officer Cisco
Lisa Stone, founder BlogHer
Randi Zuckerberg, infamous sister of Mark, founder Zuckerberg Media
Sarah Prevette, serial entrepreneur, founder Betakit and Sprouter
Anna Callahan, former Techstars, Former MassChallenge, Founder Zoomtilt
Nicole Glaros Managing Director TechStars New York
Cindy Gallop founder Make Love Not Porn
Brit Morin, founder Brit & Company, wife to Path founder Dave Morin
Kate Brodock President Girls In Tech
Joanna Stern Tech Editor ABC News, former Verge, Joshua Topolsky’s better half.
Gina Trapani cofounder ThinkUp, Founder LifeHacker
Hillary Mason, Chief Scientist Bit.ly
Sarah Perez, TechCrunch
Caterina Fake, co-founder Flickr and Hunch
Sarah Milstein cohost Lean Startup Conference
Ingrid Vanderveldt EIR at Dell

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Cory Booker And Terry McAuliffe Tap St.Louis Startup Givver For Campaign Fundraising

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We already know that Cory Booker, Newark NJ Mayor and Senate candidate, is one of the most socially connected and startup friendly civil servants. He ranks up there on the Nibletz’ list with DC Mayor Vincent Gray and Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel. To date Booker has over 1.4 million followers on Twitter and uses the social platform daily to keep up with his constituents.

Booker has been looked upon as the next Barack Obama. He’s well loved across New Jersey for his accessible approach to his citizens. He regularly responds to people on social media. It was well documented that during Hurricane Sandy, Booker invited residents into his home to wait out the storm.

Booker is now running for the US Senate in a race many say he has a good shot at winning. He is running for the seat left vacant when Frank Lautenberg died in office earlier this year.

givverBooker has reportedly raised $5 million dollars to date, and as with any campaign any donation big or small is always welcome. To make it easier, Booker was looking for a platform that would enable his Twitter followers to easily donate to his campaign via Twitter. The platform he chose for this mission was St. Louis startup Givver.

Givver allows Twitter users to donate by tweeting amounts to the service. Users must sign up for Givver first, but once they are signed up, donating via Givver is just as easy as donating to the Red Cross through a text message.

ABC News reports that Booker told his followers about Givver with a tweet on June 14th saying “Help me reach $100k goal by tomorrow. You can tweet to #give $5 to our Senate campaign – sign up at givver.com/cory-booker-for-senate #Booker4Senate.”

“The folks at Givver reached out to us and helped us get set up just to see how it goes,” said Larry Huynh, a member of Booker’s digital team.

“When the idea and the platform was brought to our attention, we said, ‘For sure, let’s give it a go.’ With his huge presence on Twitter, it really made sense that we were providing folks who are supporters of Cory Booker any mechanism to support the campaign in any way they see fit,” Huynh added.

Booker isn’t alone though. Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has also turned to Givver to let his constituents easily donate via Twitter as well.  While progressive with his social media strategy, the McAuliffe campaign pales in comparison to Booker’s. McAuliffe currently has 10,911 followers on his Twitter account.

“We’re honored to have Mayor Booker on because he’s such a … thought leader on social media,’” Givver founder Chris Sommers told ABC News. “The next generation of donors and givers … are not writing checks with frequency and obviously not with the dollar amounts that some older people are. But, at the same time, they’re actually looking for something in return.”







Follow Friday: 50 Startup Related Twitter Accounts To Follow Everywhere Else

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It’s Friday again which means it’s time for Follow Friday. Now we don’t do the traditional #FF and shout outs on Twitter. That’s so 2009. Instead, every week we compile a list here at Nibletz that is relevant to our readers and community.

Last week we ran a list of 50 500 Startups Mentors which you can find here. The week before that we did 100 Techstars mentors.

This week we have a list of 50 startup related Twitter accounts worth following. This is by no means a ranking, and with all the people we know from social media (we have over 130,000 followers across our accounts), we are going to miss some. But no worries; we’ll be running more of these. On to the list.


Brad Feld- The author of the Startup Communities bible, investor through Foundry, founder of Techstars.
Dave McClure– The sith lord at 500 Startups, and passionate startup rockstar for everywhere else.
Fred Wilson– Founding partner at Union Square Ventures, godfather of NY’s VC scene and great bloger here.
Scott Case– Founding CTO at Priceline.com CEO of Startup America
Marc Nager- CEO at StartupWeekend/ Up Global
Steve Case– Founder of AOL, Revolution and Founding Chairman Startup America
Kauffman Foundation– KC based organization that supports many startup efforts
Startup Weekend– Self explanatory
Up Global– The official Twitter account for Up Global
.co The fine folks at .co
1871 Chicago’s big startup hub
1776 Washington DC’s startup hub
EntreCenter Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center
LaunchYourCity Memphis’ Startup community hub
Capital Factory Austin’s big startup hub
Jonathon Perelli, Managing Director Fortify.vc and The Fort
Jason Fried founder 37 Signals
Case Foundation– Steve Case’s philanthropic and startup focused organization
Sarah Ware, Founder of 500 Startups backed Markerly, and Nibletz contributor
Danny Boice, CTO at Speek and Rockstar Startup dude.
Mike Arrington founder of TechCrunch, and CrunchFund
Jason Calacanis co-founder TechCrunch Disrupt, now founder Launch
BuiltInChicago great resource for Chicago startups
TechCocktail awesome Las Vegas based startup news and events company
MG Siegler, TechCrunch contributor, Former CrunchFund, Now Google Ventures
Anil Dash Awesome NYC startup guru
One Spark- The world’s first and largest crowdfunding festival (Jacksonville, FL)
Ashton Kutcher- Actor, Director and Startup investor
Paul Berry, founder of RebelMouse, check out my rebelmouse here.
Howard Lerman founder at Yext
Gabriel Weinberg, CEO at DuckDuckGO
Techstars- global startup accelerator brand
Ycombinator- One of the nation’s leading accelerators
Dreamit Ventures Philly,NY, Israel, Austin startup accelerator
Brad Horowitz Partner Andreessen Horowitz
Eric Ries, Mr. Lean Startup
Dan Primack Fortune Magazine
Aaron Levie Founder and CEO at Box
Sean Parker Founder at Napster, crazy startup guy
Mark Cuban, ABC Shark Tank Shark, owner Dallas Mavericks, CEO Radical Investments
David Sacks, founder Yammer
David Tisch, Managing partner Box Group, formerly TechCrunchNY
Brandery Cincinnati’s premiere startup accelerator
Ark Challenge, Arkansas’ startup accelerator
Tech WildCatters, Dallas based startup accelerator
Donna Harris, co-founder 1776, Startup America
500 Startups, 500 Startups
AngelList, the place to connect with investors and other entrepreneurs
CoFoundersLab the best place to find a cofounder
Silicon Valley Bank, the startup bank (no matter where you are)

Bonus: Follow the nibletz team
Official Nibletz Twitter
Startuptechguy, Founder, Content Director
Ntippmann Co-Founder
Monicajselby Managing Editor






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Follow Friday: 50 500Startups Mentors To Follow

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For this Follow Friday, here is a list of 50 500Startups mentors to follow on Twitter:


Deepak Gupta

Olga Khroustaleva

Sahil Jain 

Diane Loviglio

Ilya Lichenstein

Marvin Liao

Victor Belfor

Karl Dotter

Andy Johns

Bryan Sivak

Justin Smith

Patrick Vlaskovits

Shiva Rajaraman

Elliot Loh

Michal Kopec

Roger Dickey

Gagan Biyani

Aaron Lee

Ethan R Anderson

Marcus Ogawa

Prema Gupta

Missy Krasner

Sara Mauskopf

Oren Jacob

Sami Inkinen

Hong Quan

Joe Hyrkin

Benjamin Joffe

Dave Baggeroer 

Peter Rosberg 

Luke Shepard

Brian Witlin

Arjun Sethi

Paul Ford

Roy Rodenstein 

Paul Hsu

Maneesh Arora

James Hollow

Wendy White

Matt C Monahan

Roberto Lino

Anu Nigam

James Levine

Leonard Speiser

Blake Commagere

Jeffrey Kalmikoff

Rob Garcia

Victoria Ransom

Mike Greenfield

Eric Ries

Also make sure you’re following Dave McClure

Now follow these 100 Techstars mentors.





Bill Gates Geting Gangnam Style Over Polio

Bill Gates,Psy,Gangnam Style,Twitter,PolioOn Tuesday the big tech sites pointed out that Bill Gates and Psy, the artist behind YouTube breakout sensation “Gangnam Style” have become Twitter friends. Well that’s 100% true.

It turns out that Psy is getting behind a movement to end Polio, for which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are big supporters.  According to Business Insider, Bill Gates took to the Colbert Report earlier this year to announce that Polio would be eradicated in six years.

Psy’s involvement in ending Polio officially began in February when he became a celebrity spokesperson for Rotary’s “This Close” campaign.

On Sunday Gates tweeted out an advertisement that Psy appeared in as part of that campaign.


Later that evening Psy returned the favor with a retweet.




Lessons From Damien Echols Have Our Twitter Followers Sighing In Relief

Twitter, NibletzWe took a lot of heat for having New York Times Best Selling Author Damien Echols speak at everywhereelse.co The Startup Conference. All in all though, post conference, the feedback has been tremendously positive. Echols shed a new light on just how far technology has advanced since the early 90’s and opened up eyes to a world many techies and startup folks take for granted.

The fireside chat between Echols and Commercial Appeal business writer James Dowd, was one of the few sessions I got to attend in full, and I learned a lot. But what I really learned came afterwards.

After the speaking engagement we went out with Echols and his wife Lorrie along with Elizabeth Lemmonds from Upstart Memphis/Launch Your City and her husband. We had some amazing conversation and a good time. All Echols wanted to do was eat pizza and ride the trolley, so we went to our favorite local pizza spot, Aldo’s.

During Echols presentation he talked about Twitter. With all the technology out there Twitter is one of the things he likes the most. He likes Twitter because it’s more poetic, to really drive people to engage you need to think out what you’re going to say.

That got me thinking. As many of you know we have over 150,000 social media followers in aggregate. I have a little over 100,000 followers on my personal Twitter and the site has just under 23,000. That’s a lot of followers.

Until now we’ve been broadcasting a lot of content ( a lot may be an understatement). Echols noticed how much we repeat tweets as did many of the folks who attended the conference. Our good friend Tony Monteleone from Indianapolis didn’t want to hurt our feelings but said something has got to be done with our Twitter.

Around 2pm Central Time today, we changed it.  While it’s important to get our content out there’s no reason to force it down our loyal followers throats. How many times do you need to check out the same exact story.

My co-founder Nick Tippmann and I spent a good deal of the day arguing and then recrafting the way we’re going to Tweet, and we’re pretty sure you’re going to like it.

Nibletztweets is the official Twitter account for the site. This is the feed where we will post our links to stories, (but not 100s of the same link anymore). StartupTechGuy is my personal Twitter, you’ll see links to stories, a little of my awkward personality, old school hip hop lyrics, Memphis Grizzlies tweets and the things I like.

If you only want to keep up with the Nibletz news, by all means follow just Nibletztweets but now you won’t see the same exact tweet on both feeds. I may tweet a story out with some opinion mixed in or just throw you for a loop.

The Everywhere Else Twitter will be used to tweet out stories that pertain to the conference, and the community of people that have formed around the conference. It will also serve as a notification place for information about our next big conference and some exciting events in between.

So rest assured, if you have any of our Twitter accounts on mute, and you want to unmute, it’s now safe. Also if you missed a story you can always check out the site or tweet @nibletztweets or @startuptechguy and we can re-send it to you.

Finally, if you want coverage feel free to visit nibletz.com/questions and follow the instructions there.

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Our Twitter Philosophy: Why We Tweet So Darn Much And It Works

First off Thank you for following us on Twitter and reading nibletz.com “the voice of startups everywhere else” everyday.  Whether you say it under your breath, have tweeted us about it, ignored it, or just noticed it we tweet a lot and we retweet the same story a lot with a different text before the owl.ly link.  We originally published this story on our first highly successful new media site. We entered an agreement where we can’t mention that site by name.

Also, I speak about Twitter, social media and this specific philosophy that’s been working for four years, at conventions, conferences, and seminars across the country.  The chart above is from Robin Sloan’s research that supports our theory.

In the post Robin Sloan correlates the twitter findings to TV.  We correlate it between Twitter and my experience in Radio in major markets.  As much as “active” people tend to say they hate it, I was instrumental in the 90′s to deriving the current top-40 format where the “hits” are played sometimes 90 times per week which equates to every 70 minutes. Imagine in the mid to late 90′s when the Spice Girls and MMMBop were the songs getting that spin factor.  Irritating right? However the stations that used this programming and still do today, and the artists that experienced it saw great ratings (and still do today) and the artists sold more records.  More ratings meant higher ad prices so even the bosses were happy.

Why though…

Radio, like twitter, can be very passive at times.  Especially now most people listen to the radio in a short car ride, a short job, or passively at their desks at the office. Maybe you listen baking a cake, or making dinner. What else did you do when you were listening to the radio? Handle a fussing child? Laundry? Cleaned? Dishes? An Argument? It was passive.

For most (not all but most) people using twitter it’s a passive form of social media.  When you log on to facebook you check your updates, profile, friends updates, maybe you play Farmville or Cityville or Family Feud, but your engagement time on Facebook is more than that on Twitter. What do you do with Twitter, most people “scan” it, just like the radio, looking for something that strikes their curiousity.

Add that to the fact that our analytics show us a mix of 50% US based twitter profiles follow us with the other 50% being based in other countries around the world, and that is exactly why we post things so much.  Without revealing our entire strategy we rank the stories as their posted at thedroidguy.com based on our keywords from analytics and what people are currently interested in.

Also consider the variety in followers we have, we have brand new people to Android, people who like Android but aren’t gung ho into it, Android Enthusiasts, Ecosystem partners, Android Developers and modders. Based on this variety and what’s hot we rank our posts, a top ranked post gets tweeted once by word press automatically, then we do a manual bit.ly link almost immediately following and then based on the ranking we tweet it out 32-56 times over the next 2-5 days.  If it’s really hot we’ll post it every 40 minutes for the first couple of hours.

Now consider some of our top retweeters and people we know that follow us religiously and have for a while (Thank you again) we’ve noticed, and you may have too, that even these folks who are on twitter all day may actually retweet something that was fresh 7 hours ago.

Now Robin’s piece was focused on Hashtags and not actual tweets but it tells the same story. We want you to read Robin’s post so we aren’t going to re-post the whole thing but link to it here

Here’s what Robin Sloan writes to explain the graph

“The vertical axis (P) is a fraction of Twitter users tweeting with a particular hashtag. The horizontal axis (K) is the number of times they had seen that hashtag before tweeting with it. So basically, the graph is telling us: You need to see a hashtag four or five times before it really clicks.”

Robin summarizes by saying that if you use a hashtag repeat it, users are more likely to pick it up and retweet it after more exposures.

Now back to MMMBop at a radio station in Washington DC the 8th largest market in the country, Mmmbop actually played on the radio station 214 times before it started requesting on the phone lines.


Toronto Startup: Hashcaster Receives Top Honor At Social Media Camp

I remember the days as a kid at Pine Forest Camp in Greeley Pennsylvania. At the end of the 8 weeks of sleep away camp we’d all gather around the Netsie Playhouse to see who won the coveted camper awards. Fast forward to 2012 and we’re not talking about a nice sleep away camp for jewish boys and girls, we’re talking about a cutthroat and fierce competition between social media companies, called Social Media Camp.

The awards at Social Media Camp are called “Coasties” and they were presented Friday night by Erica Ehm. The Social Media Camp is the largest gathering of social media talent in Victoria British Columbia, eh? (I couldn’t help myself)

The event received more than 100 nominations that began with a public vote and concluded with a panel of expert judges from around the country evaluating the finalists in each category.  The judges panel included: Jay Baer, Convince and Convert; Sean Moffitt, Wikibrands; Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD., hummingbird604.com; Simon Salt, The IncSlingers; Scott Stratten, UnMarketing; and Angela Crocker, Beachcomber Communications.

Out of all the entries Hashcaster was named the “Most innovative social media product or technology”.

In a nutshell Hashcaster is a Twitter and hashtag management platform and dashboard specifically catering to the event marketer. Think trade shows, demo days, forums, discussions, sporting events, big conventions etc, they would all benefit from Hashcaster.

Why? Because Hashcaster makes sense of the quickly flowing hashtags. It provides real time analytics for the hashtags that you’ve created for your event and captures tweets that often scroll to quickly across a screen, Twitter wall or smartphone, to make any real use out of them.

Trust, me if there’s one thing I know about, with over 100k followers on Twitter, is Twitter and hash tagging.

Hashcaster also makes it easy for you to manage hashtag variations. Usually leading up to a major event like CES, Comiccon or SXSW, the “official” hash tag and the “unofficial” hashtags get mixed up into a hodge podge of hard to manage tweets. HashCaster allows the event organizers to keep tabs on their major hashtags and variations there of.

In addition to winning the aware Hashcaster actually kept up with the event itself.

Referred to as a “Hashcast”, the platform curates in real-time photos, videos and stories from the event’s hash tag community as it trends on Twitter. It then pushes this content to an event branded web site  and advanced in show Twitter wall where participants and visitors from around the world can experience the event virtually.  Finally, the platform determines “who and what” is most important to the hash tag community; making highly valued content more visible and helping the community connect with top influencers.


Find out more about Hashcaster here

See Social Media Camps Hashcaster here 

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