This Week’s Best In Beta
Which startup is going to be the next big thing? Investors, bloggers, job seekers, and inspiring entrepreneurs everywhere are dying to know. Hundreds of startups enter private beta each month, and that’s far too many for any one person to keep up with. Fret not! Each week, I share some of the hottest new startups in this column, Best In Beta. Let’s discover the next big thing together!
I love Twitter, but it drives me crazy. It’s just too much all the time. I remind myself that I chose to follow the handles in my feed. No one is responsible but me. Seems like Murphy’s law is at work though – the handles I appreciate, but don’t need to hear from every 30 minutes, flood my feed. They drown out the voices I’d prefer to hear, which, of course, don’t post often enough to rise to the surface.
Tweera attempts to tame the Twitter feed by allowing the crowd to create lists of handles to follow. Make public lists or private lists, collaborate and customize…
I like this approach a lot. I’ve recently seen several attempts to help users follow their interest using the hashtag, with mixed results. The noise level remains too high for my liking. I find the hashtag an unreliable organizer. The conversation based on one hashtag might prove riveting while the trending talk on another a real snooze. I’m not patient enough to browse in this manner.
I need a way to get to the goods fast, or I just don’t have the time to digest Twitter. Tweera employs lists to help follow topics. Though perhaps a secondary concern to following interests, I see this tool helping to zero in on the handles that most speak to each user more consistently. That last part – consistency – would keep me onsite much longer.
Promising. About time someone showed the lists feature on Twitter some love. Sign up at tweera.com.
I hear Godzilla stomping around in the background of the brand name SeekZilla. This is fitting, because, despite all the attempts to link job seekers with employers online, no one has been able to bring down the rampaging beast that is job hunting.
So what’s SeekZilla have up its sleeve that the other professional networks (LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, and on and on and on…) don’t? Not so much anything new as elements paired together smartly.
SeekZilla has a job board. SeekZilla encourages professional networking. And… offers assistance and mentoring so that people can find the right job. Yes. Bravo. Guidance has been sorely lacking from the process of pursuing a career online.
The fusion of networking, mentoring and job openings has the potential to make SeekZilla a more complete job platform than we’ve yet seen. Request early access at seekzilla.com.