We just got our promotional video. You can also view it on the homepage. It will hopefully explain the idea of welshare and attract more happy users (despite the complications the new twitter rules bring)
A new feature just appeared on welshare – analysis of the best time to tweet or post to facebook. When you register and connect your account to one or more social networks, welshare automatically starts tracking your followers’ / friends’ activity. When we have enough data (usually 2 days), you get notified that your analysis is ready. Then you can:
- look through the charts of daily activity (a link on the right) – it is divided into intervals of half an hour
- get suggestions when is the best time to send out a message, by clicking the question mark right next to the “schedule” icon below the main sharing box
This way you can schedule your important messages for a time when most of your readers are online, thus gaining maximum exposure.
Welshare used to have a unified “Like” button, but that has been confusing. That’s why today the unified “reshare” button is introduced. What it does is the same – it allows you to reshare any message to all other networks that you are connected to, with just one click. Or if you like to customize the resharing – with a few more (using the cog icon next to “reshare”). Also note that welshare automatically strips any twitter-specific symbols (#, @), so your facebook friends won’t we confused if you reshare a tweet.
In addition to that the native actions for each social network are added – “like” for facebook and “retweet” for twitter. With them you can do the simple, predictable action on the target network. That way new users won’t be confused and will have time to get used to the unified reshare button.
I presented Welshare at StartUp Live Vienna this weekend. The event was great, and a lot of people gave their feedback and I got took 3rd place in the community vote. Opinions were divided thoughm whether the market welshare is trying to reach is big enough.
Either way, I continue with the project. Here is my presentation for the final pitch.
If you are a power-user, you certainly have more than a thousand tweets and facebook posts. And there are cool messages that are worth sharing again. For people that were offline when you originally shared it, for those that weren’t following you, or for the ones that have forgotten. In fact some twitter celebrities practice this – they repost old tweets.
That’s why Welshare introduces “Sharing suggestions” – random picks from all messages posted by you in our database (which can include practically everything if you enable importing from Settings > Social). You can see them in the menu on the right, and choose to share some of them again. There will be a “from the archives” ending to each, to indicate that it’s an old one, but you can modify the message before sharing it.
You can now see how many of your followers have tweeted recently, indicating that they are online. Find it on the right side, below your follower counts. This can give you a hint when is a proper time to share something that you want to be seen by more people.
Now you can import messages from your social networks into welshare. That way they will be archived and your welshare page will show everything you write on every network. The option is not “on” by default – it can be enabled from “Settings > Social”.
Now the social reputation score for each welshare user includes the user activities on all external social networks. If users connect their accounts to social networks, their reputation on welshare will reflect the activities on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn.
You can view the reputation breakdown per network when you click on the “score” link. Rankings are now also based on the total reputation.
In a way this is similar to Klout score, without the upper boundary of 100.
Welshare tries to provide tools that save your time. Today some new features are introduced:
- “interested in” keywords – often you just scan through your stream to check if there’s something particularly interesting (from a specific person, specific site, etc). Now scanning is made easier – you can choose to highlight the messages in your stream that contain your “interested in” keywords. For example, I’ve chosen to highlight everything from 9gag. *Access the feature from the menu on the right.
- limiting the time you spend. Social networks lead to addiction, and you might not even know how much time you spend daily just checking updates from friends. If you are not among the few that can limit themselves, you can use this new option – configure how many minutes per day you want to be reading your streams. There’s a nice progress bar that shows you how much time you’ve consumed already. When the time is up a warning is displayed. You can, of course, continue, but that warning will let you know you might spending too much time that can otherwise be spent doing something productive. *You can configure that form the “Settings” screen.
- scheduling messages – in some cases you need to schedule updates for some time in the future. For example when you write something in your blog in the middle of the night you don’t want to share it immediately – very few people will see it. Instead you can schedule it for the next day, just after the morning coffee of your friends and followers. *Use this option from the calendar below the sharebox.
And on Welshare you already have:
- filters – if you don’t want to see messages containing specific keywords, you can filter them out of your stream. For example I’m using it to filter out foursquare check-ins and annoying hashtags from conferences I don’t care about.
- missed important messages – showing you a list of messages that had high number of likes or retweets while you were offline. So, instead of scrolling back in your stream, you simply go and read the top stories
With these features welshare tries to optimize your social network experience – get more, spend less time.
Two days ago Google released a limited Google+ API. It is limited to viewing profiles and getting public activites. For that reason it does not allow full integration in welshare, but two features are already implemented:
- charts – you can view a chart of your recent Google+ posts, the replies and +1s you have received
- top recent messages – this is a list of your top recent messages, based on their +1s, likes or retweets (depending on the network they come from)
Both features are accessible through links next to your profile picture on the right. In addition, you can now register and login with your Google+ account.
Welshare will be adding more Google+ support as soon as Google release more portions of the API.