The New Social Networks set to take on Twitter – Meet Subjot and Heello

New Social Networks set to take on Twitter

New Social Networks set to take on Twitter

Yes, new social networks launched recently – Subjot and Heello. 

We’ve all heard about Google+ the project that aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life is its claim. With its Circles, Sparks and Hangouts it makes it a little different to Twitter and Facebook.

However in the past two weeks we  have seen two new kids on the block.

Subjot – Created by Chris and Becky Carella and launched on the 4th of August  – in private beta.

The main element  is that is Chris and Becky believe that social networks can be overwhelming and sometimes we just want to read what we need to, not everything else at the same time.  So they have introduced Subjects in such a format that sets them apart from all other social networks, in my opinion.


Instead of following a particular person on Subjot you actually just follow the subject –

A user might have 4 subjects –  music, tech, windsurfing, cricket.

You might like this person and find them knowledgeable  about tech you don’t want to hear about the other subjects, then you would just follow tech.

When you “tweet” here you –  Jot your thought in the subject you have chosen – in 250 words and only the people that follow that subject will see.

I think this is a brilliant idea!  As do many others as in 9 days as closed beta they have 22 thousand users!   I must say both Chris and Becky are working very hard to make this happen, they are always there listening to suggestions and commenting on jots (tweets)  I personally have been there about a week, just cruising every now and then to see how it is going and I have 79  followers already, its very user friendly indeed.


Next we have

Heello  – Launched a few days go by Twitpic founder Noah Everett

I joined Heello a few days ago,  it is very much like the Twitter we knew and loved in the beginning –  I love the design of  Heello much more than I do newtwitter, Heello is more like a back to basics version of Twitter – which coincidentally is why I preferred twitter to other networks in the first place.

Sadly however, I haven’t been able to get my account off the ground yet, and every time I try there seems to be problems with servers, once I thought that I had forgotten my password and tried to request it but nothing happened.  There was nothing to welcome me, or to show me the ropes although it is very simple – to ping (tweet) you type in the “share what you are doing box”  and you can share this to twitter or facebook – to maybe create more interest.  So as yet I have ZERO  followers and ZERO  following nor can I see how to do this as I just get this message.

A lot of users are saying the same thing mentioning crashing and things not working and yet Heello claim that they are getting an astonishing 100,000 new users a day – so even with my maths that makes 400,000 users already!! – well if they are like me, they are users that cannot use!  I will keep trying though, as I do like the look of Heello in its Twitter simplicity.

There has also been a third element hanging in the wings for a while and that is incliq – they claim that incliq is a new revolutionary peer to peer social network.  I reserved my username here month ago but it hasn’t been launched yet.   They say they are still working on it and still taking reservations, so watch this space.


 For this we will have to wait and see!

I’d like to know what you think of the about new networks, have you tried them, what do you think?

Hope this helps




Noah Everett – Founder of Twitpic Arrested #update


Bit of gossip for you …….

Noah Everett who founded Twitpic the media sharing site,  tweeted from his twitter account today that he had been arrested and was in the back of the cop car and even posted a twitpic of it.

He tweeted later that he got a ride home as he couldn’t walk down the street half naked, I’m assuming he just had his top off as he does like a pose. 🙂  I’ve seen reports that said he was actually naked, this clearly isn’t what he put said on his twitter account.

The picture he posted on twitter was supposedly proof of him in the backseat of a police car looking out towards the windscreen and a laptop – and it has now had 46k views, but people don’t know what it is or what is going on.

There  has been no confirmed reports of the “arrest”, but he’s sure attracted a lot of attention from his  2,799,198 followers!

Interested to see what he says next, maybe I’m just nosy 🙂

Update: Earlier Noah confirmed on Twitter, that he was in fact only topless, he wasn’t charged, but he was detained for a while and questioned, then driven home.

He learned his lesson, what watch you tweet! Maybe it was more like don’t drunk tweet? hehe.

Hope you enjoyed.

Twitter Photo-Sharing Service – Bad for Twitpic!

No doubt you would have heard by now that Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo is announcing the launch of a photo-sharing service this week, we first heard it was a rumour from Techcrunch however since then confirmed that the image sharing service is going to be announced on Wednesday at All Things D’s D9 California Conference.

I hadn’t seen this report myself until I asked Robert Scoble about it yesterday and he told me where it had been confirmed so it must be true, unless All things D are lying.

Ev said earlier today …

So who knows what the truth is, I guess we will find out soon enough.

Twitter clearly wants to overturn these 3rd parties, and has said so previously.  We also saw this with Tweetdeck being bought by Twitter and now Twitpic and Yfrog will be the ones being pushed out or bought?  What does this mean for other rival 3rd party applications?

This comes at a good time; as users are complaining about Twitpic’s  Terms of Service which unmistakably states …

By uploading content to Twitpic you give Twitpic permission to use or distribute your content on or affiliated sites.
You retain all ownership rights to Content uploaded to Twitpic. However, by submitting Content to Twitpic, you hereby grant Twitpic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and Twitpic’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.

Yfrogs terms of service however states that –

The content that you distribute through the ImageShack Network is owned by you, and you give ImageShack permission to display and distribute said content exclusively on the ImageShack Network.

Although people seem to find Yfrog difficult to use and nagivate.

So I’d say it is bad for Twitpic, maybe they got too greedy? However  hopefully Twitter will design a superior, smoother, simplier to navigate service that protects our photographs copyright without being able to share them without our consent.

Twitter launching its own photo sharing service isn’t really that mind blowing for us Twitter users but for 3rd party applications its not good, I wonder what it means for the future?

What about a file sharing service via DM…now –  that could be handy.

Any idea’s?

EDIT – So now we know……..

Photobucket Corporation, the world’s leading dedicated photo and video
sharing service, today announced that Photobucket will power Twitter’s native photo sharing capabilities
– allowing users to easily upload and share photos directly in Tweets.

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The image above isn’t mine and it isn’t used for commercial purposes: is it the property of Twentieth Century Fox.