I am, in this blog post, asking for leads on two tools that could be useful to me, or organizations engaged in social media. Do you know of any tools, free or other, available to do these things? Feel free to post ideas in the comments.
- Tool #1: Registry of Twitter/Blog/RSS Feeds : Let’s say that you are a professional group, or maybe a large medical group, and you would like to aggregate all of the RSS feeds generated by your members/employees/people affiliated with your organization on the Internet. This could be their Twitter feed, blog feed, delicious links, even flickr feed. The purpose would be to know who in your organization is out there, to follow along what they are doing, and maybe tap their expertise when needed. Friendfeed used to have an “invisible friend” feature, where you could add an RSS feed that was out there without having the person actually get an account, but that feature appears to be gone from the new version. This particular tool request may be hard to explain the first time, so feel free to ask questions in the comments.
- Tool #2: Preferred URL registry for individuals: This need comes up on this blog a lot – I decide that I’d like to reference a person who I’ve been working with or had a conversation with. Do I link to their Twitter URL? Blog URL? LinkedIn URL? Company biography URL? Or do they even have one? It would be nice if people had a place to indicate which place they would like people to point to when they are referenced. Maybe the default will be Twitter, but until then, I’d like to be respectful of each person’s preferences.
Thanks for any ideas!