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oneQube SmartStream, A Free Twitter Chat Platform, Launched Today By Internet Media Labs

Internet Media Labs today announced the launch of oneQube SmartStream, a free Twitter chat platform designed to support the hundreds of active Twitter chats that were rocked by this week’s news about the imminent demise of TweetChat, a popular chat client that will soon stop working as a result of Twitter’s latest API changes. The SmartStream team says their platform is fully compatible with the new Twitter API rules.

SmartStream is part of the oneQube SocialRM platform, which is currently in private beta.  In light of the TweetChat announcement, the company has decided to make SmartStream immediately available as a free platform to support the Twitter chat community. “As active chat participants ourselves, we felt compelled as a company to help support the thousands of thriving chat communities that rely on TweetChat to power their Twitter chats,” said Peter Bordes, CEO and Founder of Internet Media Labs.

The SmartStream application is similar to TweetChat, but offers some additional features that create an even more robust chat experience. After authenticating your Twitter account and creating a oneQube account with a short registration, you can then focus the timeline to a Twitter chat hashtag. A dedicated, moveable Tweet box lets you send tweets with the hashtag automatically added. You can retweet, and highlight or block specific users.  Unique features allow you to reply to all, include a shortened link in your tweet, and hover over chat participants or links to see information about them.

SmartChat also includes a feature designed to help users navigate extremely active chats. The default user setting is Queue mode, which displays tweets in a manner similar to how they appear in native Twitter or Hootsuite.  A blue counter bar at the top indicates how many tweets are waiting for you to view, you can click on the blue bar to release the tweets pending in the queue.  A line separator shows where you last released tweets into the stream, making it easy for you to keep track of your place in an active chat with a high volume of tweets per minute. In Stream mode, tweets will load as they are presented, and in very fast chats this will mode will be hard to follow.

You can also highlight tweets from a particular participant: selecting “highlight” from the “Qubit” menu for a particular user will highlight that user’s tweets for the duration of the chat. And when you are @mentioned in a chat, those tweets will be highlighted as well.

Realtime Chat Analytics, Built-In Transcripts

There is also a proprietary Social Analytics, Real Time (#SART) panel that lets chat participants see who is tweeting the most in the chat, what other hashtags are trending in the chat, and what links are being shared, all without leaving the stream — something that chat moderators are sure to love.  And — super exciting if you are a chat geek — SmartStream includes a transcript on demand functionality that lets you save a full transcript of the chat you just participated in, which will be permanently archived in your transcripts for future reference. SmartStream lets you save as many chat transcripts as you want.

Link Previews, User Profiles

The company has incorporated some of oneQube’s more advanced features into SmartStream that make it easy to find relevant content and build relationships with other chat participants.  Hover over any link in a SmartStream, and a window displays a mini-preview box of the content on the other side of the link.

You can also hover over any Twitter handle to get a mini-preview of that persons Twitter bio:

From this box, clicking the “Profile Plus” icon on lower left brings up a box for that includes recent Tweets, that users trends (who they are talking to, who is talking at them, and what hashtags they participate in), as well as a website summary if they happen to have a link in their bio. A blue corner in the box means you are following that person already, a red corner means you are not — click on the corner to start following that person.

SmartStream is part of the multi-functional Social Relationship Management platform, oneQube, which is currently in private beta. oneQube will be a paid platform, and SmartStream users will be able to get a peek at oneQube’s features by clicking on the left navigation bar.  The company says its goal is to have oneQube fully available for use, with a generous free trial period, by the end of June.  SmartStream users may also ask to become part of the private beta, with those requests being honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

I’m sure many people will be trying SmartStream out in the coming week — let us know what you think!

Is Twitter Killing TweetChat?

This morning, Angela Dunn, host of the popular #IdeaChat Twitter chat series, alerted me that something was up with TweetChat:

Yes. TweetChat has posted a notice at the top of its site announcing that “Twitter is changing the way services like @TweetChat deliver data to users. In the very near future, TweetChat will most likely be unable to continue to provide our service.” Why is this a big deal?  People who actively participate in Twitter chats — communities that are organized around hashtags, and that meet on a regular basis to discuss specific topics — rely on TweetChat to help them manage those conversations. Right now, there are very few other options that allow you to easily participate in realtime conversations around a hashtag. So if TweetChat dies, what happens to all of those Twitter chat communities? The problem, apparently, is the latest round of Twitter API changes, now scheduled for June 11, which will prevent applications from using JavaScript to pull data from the Search API:

At a certain point, for a free service such as TweetChat to continue to keep up with the ongoing changes and increased restrictions Twitter is placing on its API access just becomes too difficult. TweetChat first announced the possibility of its demise with this sad-faced Tweet a couple of days ago:

Meanwhile, Twitter chat organizers are freaking out. As Angela Dunn pointed out to me, Twitter is killing communities, not just services.

Will the Twitter chat community find a way to save TweetChat? Or a new platform on which to host chats? Or is Twitter really killing not just an application, but hundreds of chat communities, too?

UPDATE: Angela Dunn estimates that there are more than 600 Twitter chats that might be affected by this. The source is a Google Doc that is currently locked, but at last count listed more than 600 different active chats. (http://bit.ly/TwitterChatSched). TweetReport has a list here: http://tweetreports.com/twitter-chat-schedule/.  Symplur tracks healthcare twitter chats, and they show 103 “weekly” chats (but many are monthly, too) http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/tweet-chats/.

UPDATE 5/8: Internet Media Labs has announced the launch of a new, free Twitter chat client called oneQube SmartStream.

UPDATE 6/6: Internet Media Labs announced today that it has acquired TweetChat, which will be relaunched June 11 as a “content hub for everything about Twitter Chats and hashtags.”

Social Media On The Farm: Crisis Management, Market Research, Education And APIs

As a mobile-friendly platform, Twitter has been used by farmers to share information, check realtime conditions, and connect with customers from its earliest days — CNN reported on this as early as 2009.

Now, with the drought of 2012 creating extreme conditions for farmers across a great swath of the U.S., farms are turning to Twitter and other social media tools as a support group to share information, gain insights and keep customers informed about changing conditions.  In some cases, farmers are even beginning to use realtime technologies to connect directly with consumers and create new market efficiencies.


Some farmers are using social media as a fundraising tool to help small them recoup some of their losses and survive this year’s drought conditions.   For example, the owners of Harvest Moon Farms, a 35-acre organic operation in southwest Wisconsin, are staging a string of fundraisers called “Drought Aid 2012.”  Using social  media and video to promote it, they generated $10,000 in the first 10 days, as reported by Grist.

Not surprisingly, the drought has also attracted a dedicated hashtag, #drought12, with everyone from farmers to the USDA sharing the latest information and strategies on how to cope.

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With a Tweet, Tweet Here, a Video There, …

In addition to using Twitter as a realtime information feed, farmers are using video, blogs and Facebook to keep customers in the loop about conditions on the farm, in the hopes that this will keep customers engaged and supportive.  They also rely on Twitter chats such as #AgChat to connect with other farmers and share information with each other.

Some farmers report that they are now getting more market intelligence from Twitter than from traditional sources such as the USDA.  NPR reports on Bill Graff, who uses Twitter to find out how his fellow farmers are doing and make decisions about when to take his grain to market.  And in May, the Nightly Business Report reported on commodities traders using social media to track news about the drought, and other information that might affect grain prices (starting around 1:20) — one broker says he follows more than 200 farmers on Twitter:

The Farm and the API

The other side of the supply chain is becoming more connected to realtime data feeds, too.  A group called Open Food is collaborating on an open source API to share data about food.  If they’re successful, then this will help grocery stores, restaurants, farmers’ markets, and the growers themselves collaborate to create greater market efficiencies by easily sharing information about supply and demand for various types of foods.

And then there’s Real Time Farms, a a platform designed to help consumers learn where their food comes from, in realtime, which features crowdsourced data about 4,900 farms, 2,600 food artisans and 7, 200 farmers markets, with data from an additional 22,000 farms coming online soon.  The company recently announced a new partnership that would connect its data not only to restaurants, but also to home cooks.

As more farmers discover the benefits of actively using social media, will we start seeing more brands use social media, like John Deere did earlier this year, to reach out to them?