ThinkUp Gives You More Control Over Social Media Interaction

If you have ever felt that you wanted to have more control over your social media activities then you may want to take a look at ThinkUp a desktop based application that captures your Twitter, Facebook or Blogger activity and provides better analysis and interaction. Created by Gina Trapini, who is behind the Better GMail, BetterGCal and Better GReader bolt ons, the package is an open source project and sponsored by Expert Labs which is “an independent non-profit organization that helps policy makers in our government take advantage of the expertise of their fellow citizens.”

According to the ThinkUp web site the features include:

  • Setting up ThinkUp takes a couple of minutes if you know how to install a web app. Once you’re running, there’s lots you can do!
  • Archive all of your social data for your Twitter and Facebook accounts in your own database and make it easy to search, sort and filter.
  • Export some or all of your data including tweets and status updates into a simple format you can open in any spreadsheet.
  • View all of your friends’ replies to your messages, in a simple searchable list or displayed on a Google Map.
  • Check out insightful charts of key stats like your number of followers, posting behaviors, and more.
  • Get a stream of all photos or links your friends have posted, all in one place. ThinkUp even automatically expands shortened URLs!
  • Sort replies to your tweets or Facebook status updates by the location of your friends who respond.
  • Find out insights about your followers and friends, like who’s most popular or who updates least often.
  • Publish a complete list of replies to one of your questions, including integration with blogging tools like WordPress.

There is a downside in that the program requires you to have PHP5 and MySql installed on your computer which I suspect will put it out of reach of a lot of potential users. If anyone gets it running, let me know what you think.

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Kevin Tea is a journalist and marketing communications professional who has worked for some of the leading blue chip companies in the UK and Europe. In the 1990s he became interested in how emerging Internet-based technologies could change the way that people worked and became an administrator on the Telework Europa Forum on CompuServe. With other colleagues he took part in a four year European Commission sponsored project to look at the way that the Internet could benefit remote communities. His blog is a resource for SMEs who want to use cloud computing and Web 2.0 technologies.