Explorations by Kenley Neufeld

PeopleBrowsr – Up and Coming, but Still Developing

By on December 10, 2008

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.