PeopleBrowsr – Up and Coming, but Still Developing

I’ve been playing with a new product for the socially minded web user, but especially for tweeple. Currently in alpha, with new updates coming almost daily, PeopleBrowsr “is a simple visual dashboard that adds power to Twitter and your other online Identities. It funnels in data from your friends and IDs and then funnels it out by publishing, reweeting, rebloggong and tag-grouping.”

The product is all web-based and does not require any installation. Settings are remembered as you move from computer to computer (like I do) and it is fairly responsive for a cloud app. The interface can be changed by the user to show the full screen (push ‘e’), or keep the various setting options. This poses a slight problem on my MacBook because the screen is too small and I then only see three Tweets at a time. Another viewing option is the gallery of all your friends. The image gallery was useful for me to build a group of friends across social networks (did one for all those in Ojai). A few of the networks available are Twitter, Digg, Flickr, Friendfeed, LinkedIn, and a few others. I suspect the goal is to have this grow. Since I use many of these services, it seemed like a no-brainer to give it a try. With that said, because it is an alpha product and for the heavy social web user it isn’t super easy to jump in and use. I’m certain elements will be improved and changed, as I’ve noticed in the last week, but right now it isn’t my primary client for Twitter.

As you use the tools main navigation to select a stream/feed for one of the networks, the entire interface will change colors to that particular networks colors. Nice touch. When on Twitter it is blue. When on seesmic, it is black. Helps to orientate the user in a very busy environment. Sending a Tweet is pretty simple, big block right at the top of the screen, which also allows you to save a draft copy of your tweet (not sure why you’d need a draft of a 140 character post, but there it is).

What do I love about PeopleBrowsr today?

  • If I move away from the window and then return, it starts to load my feed from where I left off and streams past so I can read it.
  • Gallery View. Great option for the visually minded.
  • Schedule a tweet.
  • View feed by location, within 300 miles a selected city
  • No installation
  • Search function that creates a feed

Overall, I like PeopleBrowsr and I will keep using it, but it can seem a bit overwhelming initially. The developers are very responsive and are open to suggestions (the best part about working with an alpha product). What this one as it develops, play with it (and keep Tweetdeck running in the background). If you’re using PeopleBrowsr, tell me what you think. If you haven’t tried it yet, it is as simple as going to peoplebrowsr.com and entering your Twitter account.

  • SHHHE

    Thanks Kenley for this great review.

    I love that you mentioned the settings memory and the grouping.

    Thanks for your help with the grouping feature: having your screencast as feedback was really helpful.
    We opened our Alpha to improve the product with real help from the Twitterverse and we are delighted that we did this.
    You and the other users are really fine tuning PeopleBrowsr.

    We use 'Live' tweets and messages from our Google Group http://groups.google.com/group/peoplebrowsralph… to shape PeopleBrowsr in real time.
    Our development team is located in the US, Australia and Germany, working in different time zones to be responsive to feedback.

    Social networking is becoming 'social developing': we are amazed by the quality of the comments and the engagement of all our users.

    We just released Alpha 0.77, where:

    1. The PB/Twitter API bridge has been repaired (Twitter changed their API)
    2. PostStacks are now draggable
    3. Caught a duplicate Post bug

    Thanks again for this review and for your great support,
    Priscilla

  • Kenley: I came across your blog post about PeopleBrowsr as I did a search. Since this still comes up in searches about PB, thought I would update you on more good news about it. (I'm a PB Coach, named Lori Gama: http://twitter.com/lorigama).

    Now there are six ways to keep up with your Social Media in Peoplebrowsr. Here's a description about each one, taken directly from PB's site:

    *Live Search: Simple live search on Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed. search.peoplebrowsr.com

    *Marketers: A sentiment tool. Track your brand, buzz, customers and stats. Export ready-to-print reports.
    marketers.peoplebrowsr.com

    *My PB (an evolution of what you described in your blog post, Kenley)
    A super powerful multi network dashboard. Now in Lite, Advanced and Business mode.
    my.peoplebrowsr.com

    Industry Billboard
    A platform that helps businesses reach and engage customers using Twitter.
    industry.peoplebrowsr.com

    News
    Become-a-news-editor. Browse trending topics and share.
    news.peoplebrowsr.com

    Conference
    The ultimate Conference visualizer with streaming tweets and word cloud.
    conf.peoplebrowsr.com

    As Priscilla Scala, Peoplebrowsr Product Manager, mentioned in her comment: Peoplebrowsr community is very helpful in giving feedback and suggestions. The PB developers are very responsive to the feedback/suggestions. I think it's the greatest thing invented since Twitter.

    You might consider doing a follow up blog post because there are so many new things.

    Thank you.
    Lori Gama
    http://www.DaGamaWebStudio.com

  • Kenley: I came across your blog post about PeopleBrowsr as I did a search. Since this still comes up in searches about PB, thought I would update you on more good news about it. (I'm a PB Coach, named Lori Gama: http://twitter.com/lorigama).

    Now there are six ways to keep up with your Social Media in Peoplebrowsr. Here's a description about each one, taken directly from PB's site:

    *Live Search: Simple live search on Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed. search.peoplebrowsr.com

    *Marketers: A sentiment tool. Track your brand, buzz, customers and stats. Export ready-to-print reports.
    marketers.peoplebrowsr.com

    *My PB (an evolution of what you described in your blog post, Kenley)
    A super powerful multi network dashboard. Now in Lite, Advanced and Business mode.
    my.peoplebrowsr.com

    Industry Billboard
    A platform that helps businesses reach and engage customers using Twitter.
    industry.peoplebrowsr.com

    News
    Become-a-news-editor. Browse trending topics and share.
    news.peoplebrowsr.com

    Conference
    The ultimate Conference visualizer with streaming tweets and word cloud.
    conf.peoplebrowsr.com

    As Priscilla Scala, Peoplebrowsr Product Manager, mentioned in her comment: Peoplebrowsr community is very helpful in giving feedback and suggestions. The PB developers are very responsive to the feedback/suggestions. I think it's the greatest thing invented since Twitter.

    You might consider doing a follow up blog post because there are so many new things.

    Thank you.
    Lori Gama
    http://www.DaGamaWebStudio.com