Weekly Update

Revolution in the air?

I was heads down working last week, catching up with the world in the way that always follows international travel (I was in Lisbon the week before: see The Future Of Work In A Social World – Part 1). So I was somewhat distracted, and merely logged a long list of announcements from product companies in my sweet spot.

It looks like the time of year when software releases and re-releases are exploding, just like the flowers on the cherry trees.

Here’s a sampling, and my skinny on these announcements, all of which will be explored in the next week or so.

Tomfoolery.com announced their first product, the mobile-first Anchor. I got a quick peek a few weeks ago, when CEO Kakul Srivastava was in New York for the All Things D conference. It’s a social collaboration tool with some interesting properties. I am more intrigued in the long-term direction of the company, and the concept of a suite of tools focused on different things but sharing core information, like identity and relationships.

Meetin.gs announced a completely reworked user experience for their social scheduling and meeting tool. A new timeline approach, new mobile UX, and the idea of ‘meeting pages’ is the concrete result of listening closely to early users, and rethinking the tool’s value top to bottom. [disclosure: I was an advisor to the company in 2012; I have no ongoing relationship or financial interest.]

case_blog2
Meetin.gs

 

Convo announced a new iOS version of the team collaboration tool, which largely sounds like a speeding up of the tool, and not a major revision. I am interested in taking another look at the app in light of my search for the perfect research tool (see Thinking about ‘Son Of’ now that Betaworks has bought Instapaper), because Convo is being strongly shaped by its use in media companies.

Tempo announced that the company has opened the beta to the smart calendar app (see Tempo is a very smart calendar appliance), after a well-publicized torrent of sign-ups led the company to institute a sign-up queue. And they announced a new release, as well. The new release includes more smarts about conference call numbers and the protocols that different services use, as part of the really helpful conference call automation they provide. Note, that has been the only glitch I have had in the user experience with Tempo: I had at least two calls where the conference call set-up failed.

Tyba went live with a new approach to connecting new entrants to the job market with companies seeking same. I will take a look in an upcoming piece on the online social jobs marketplace.

Wunderlist announced Wunderlist Pro, a team-based version of their successful soloist task management application, for Mac, iPad, iPhone, and the web. I will be reviewing this week.

wunderlist pro
Wunderlist Pro

 

Looks like revolution’s in the air.