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Tablefy.com is a site that allows users to easily make comparison charts that are embeddable, interactive, and ready for social bookmarking. For example, the 2008 Presidential candidates are compared here. Below is what yours or a public chart looks like.

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Play around with this and check out how you can interact with the organization of the charts and how users of your future charts will be able to interact!


We Aim to Please

See, this post is a two-fer… you learned a new tool AND learned about how blog platforms differ from one another! At AG, we aim to please!

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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16 Comments

  1. Jim Duncan

    July 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Very, very cool tool.

    A few WordPress notes b/c that is the one with which I have familiarity – I know that the admin panel customization, photo plugins and captcha are available via plugins, you can edit templates offline (but it’s not for the faint-of-heart – or skill) and you can write offline- assuming that you have a client such as ecto (which I highly recommend).

    I can see implementing this Tablefy for evaluating multiple offers … 🙂

  2. Ken Smith

    July 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Lani the line “Number of blogs”, what do you mean by this? Also what do you mean by “Design Skins”?

    For sure you are incorrect about editing templates offline for WP. I actually have my computer set up as a “local host” and do all my edits on the computer first, then most them live. No reason to mess up a live blog with a coding error.

  3. Frank Jewett

    July 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Blogger provides RSS, search, and post scheduling.

  4. Jonathan Bailey

    July 24, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Also worth noting that WordPress since 2.5 does photo galleries and, with its new theme directory, offers far more skinds/designs.

  5. Holli Boyd

    July 24, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    had question about tablefy.com – is it unethical to compare two listings in a neighborhood (not my listings) and post it on my blog site about said neighborhood. i dont want anyone poed. sorry if you get bounces Benn 🙂

  6. Frank Jewett

    July 24, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    I heard a rumor that REALTOR.com is doing away with blogs due to liability. Can anyone confirm?

    Luckily those seeking questionable legal advice pertaining to real estate still have Trulia Voices. 🙂

  7. Jim Duncan

    July 24, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    @Frank – liability for what? Both blogs?

  8. Bill Lublin

    July 25, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Lani- Talk about (sort of) unintended consequences. Tablefly looks really interesting, but it seems that the data is supplied by the person creating the table, which makes it possible suspect or incomplete. Like the platform table which seems (according to the comments above from people who know much more then I) to have some small deficiencies. But what a great tool for a real estate professional to use to compare selling with another limited services company their own company, and selling privately – Or for a broker to use to compare the benefits of working with one broker as opposed to anohter, or perhaps to show a seller how your internet marketing program compares to another.
    Nice tool for tons of stuff.

  9. Benn Rosales

    July 25, 2008 at 2:27 am

    um, okay, I think there is a line missing from this post that says this is tablefly’s ‘example’- not ours, we did not create this, Lani is simply letting folks know it’s there for use as some brokerages and agents actually have various levels of service…. we intentionally did not create an example because what you create is up to you- sorry for any misunderstandings.

  10. Glenn fm Naples

    July 25, 2008 at 5:58 am

    Lani – thanks for the great comparison and identifying another tool in our arsenal. 🙂

  11. Brad Nix

    July 25, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Another timley post for me, I was just searching for good ways to use tables in WordPress. Thanks for the tip! Now if I could only find a good way to host an Agent Roster. I know I could use a table, but I’m looking for more admin controls than just a table. Auto-add user types from WP into the roster, add social media sites such as twitter, linkedin, etc… Send me a tweet if anyone knows of such a WordPress plugin (https://twitter.com/bnix or @bnix)

  12. teresa boardman

    July 26, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Why typepad basic? I use pro, which turns no into yes. Started on the basic but upgraded in a couple of weeks, it was just too basic.

  13. Jay Thompson

    July 26, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    @brad – the only WP plug in I know of that does SOME of what you refer to doesn’t support v2.5 https://alexrabe.boelinger.com/wordpress-plugins/wp-table/

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*New* TikTok Insights launch: Content creators finally get audience analytics

(SOCIAL MEDIA) The popular short-form app, TikTok, finally launches the anticipated Insights feature, where content creators can view target audience data.

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Marketers searching for the zeitgeist which means TikTok scrollers pause to watch their content and then click through to buy a product have a new tool to help make that happen.

  • TikTok Insights offers marketers bite-size bits of user demographic information that will help build content that leads to sales.
  • With TikTok Insights you can learn more about your audience’s behavior, their interests, and their general sentiment toward brands.
  • TikTok Insights is free to use. Marketers can find TikTok user demographics by using filters to determine what they’re looking for.

The demographic info can be age-focused, focused on specific types of marketing, or even as specific as holiday or event marketing.

This is a step in the direction marketers have been asking for as they create content for the TikTok platform; however, creators looking for detailed analytics like they get from meta need to wait. Insights doesn’t offer that for now.

Like TikTok says in its own analytic information,

“While analytics are helpful in understanding the performance of your videos, you don’t need to create future videos based primarily around them. It’s best to consider the bigger picture, lean lightly on analytics, and use them as a source for insight rather than strategy.”

Marketers trying to key into reaching TikTok’s billion users worldwide are left, right now, searching for the magic that leads to consumers making the jump from the platform to using their purchasing power.

For marketers that means keeping things creative and collaborative, two key factors in TikTok’s success. And that success is huge. Users spend an average of 52 minutes on the platform when they log in and a staggering 90% of users say they log on every day.

TikTok Insights will help marketers find ways to connect, but the content TikTok is looking for is authentic.

And while entrepreneurs can bid for advertising like other social media platforms, they need to remember when planning that spend, that most TikTok marketing success stories are more accidental than planned. Have fun with that knowledge. Instead of pressure to create the perfect plan, TikTok Insights allows marketers to keep it creative and to find a way to tie it into what they enjoy about the platform.

Like all other social media marketing, focus on creating content that stops the consumer from their continual scroll. Make it a challenge and keep it real.

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Grindr got busted for selling users’ data locations to advertisers

(SOCIAL MEDIA) User data has been a hot topic in the tech world. It’s often shared haphazardly or not protected, and the app Grindr, follows suit.

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If you’re like me, you probably get spam calls a lot. Information is no longer private in this day and age; companies will buy and sell whatever information they can get their hands on for a quick buck. Which is annoying, but not necessarily outright dangerous, right?

Wrong.

Grindr has admitted to selling their user’s data, however, they are specifically selling the location of their users without regard for liability concerns. Grindr, a gay hook-up app, is an app where a marginalized community is revealing their location to find a person to connect to. Sure, Grindr claims they have been doing this less and less since 2020, but the issue still remains: they have been selling the location of people who are in a marginalized community – a community that has faced a huge amount of oppression in the past and is still facing it to this day.

Who in their right mind thought this was okay? Grindr initially did so to create “real-time ad exchanges” for their users, to find places super close to their location. Which makes sense, sort of. The root of the issue is that the LGBTQAI+ community is a community at risk. How does Grindr know if all of their users are out? Do they know exactly who they’re selling this information to? How do they know that those who bought the information are going to use it properly?

They don’t have any way of knowing this and they put all of their users at risk by selling their location data. And the data is still commercially available! Historical data could still be obtained and the information was able to be purchased in 2017. Even if somebody stopped using Grindr in, say, 2019, the fact they used Grindr is still out there. And yeah, the data that’s been released has anonymized, Grindr claims, but it’s really easy to reverse that and pin a specific person to a specific location and time.

This is such a huge violation of privacy and it puts people in real, actual danger. It would be so easy for bigots to get that information and use it for something other than ads. It would be so easy for people to out others who aren’t ready to come out. It’s ridiculous and, yeah, Grindr claims they’re doing it less, but the knowledge of what they have done is still out there. There’s still that question of “what if they do it again” and, with how the world is right now, it’s really messed up and problematic.

If somebody is attacked because of the data that Grindr sold, is Grindr complicit in that hate crime, legally or otherwise?

So, moral of the story?

Yeah, selling data can get you a quick buck, but don’t do it.

You have no idea who you’re putting at risk by selling that data and, if people find out you’ve done it, chances are your customers (and employees) will lose trust in you and could potentially leave you to find something else. Don’t risk it!

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BeReal: Youngsters are flocking in droves to this Instagram competitor app

(SOCIAL MEDIA) As Instagram loses steam due to its standards of “perfection posting,” users are drawn to a similar app with a different approach, BeReal.

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BeReal is one of several “Real” apps exploding in growth with young users who crave real connections with people they know in real life.

According to data.ai, BeReal ranks 4th by downloads in the US, the UK, and France for Q1 2022 to date, behind only Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.

BeReal flies in the face of what social media has become. Instead of curated looks that focus on the beautiful parts of life, BeReal users showcase what they’re doing at the moment and share those real photos with their friends. Their real friends.

It’s real. And real is different for a generation of social media users who have been raised on influencers and filters.

As the app says when you go to its page:

Be Real.

Your Friends

for Real.

Every day at a different time, BeReal users are notified simultaneously to capture and share a Photo in 2 Minutes.

A new and unique way to discover who your friends really are in their daily life.

BeReal app

The app has seen monthly users increase by more than 315% according to Apptopia, which tracks and analyzes app performance.

“Push notifications are sent around the world simultaneously at different times each day,” the company said in a statement. “It’s a secret on how the time is chosen every day, it’s not random.”

The app allows no edits and no filters. They want users to show a “slice of their lives.”

Today’s social media users have seen their lives online inundated with ultra-curated social media. The pandemic led to more time spent online than ever. Social media became a way to escape. Reality was ugly. Social media was funny, pretty, and exciting.

And fake.

Enter BeReal where users are asked to share two moments of real life on a surprise schedule. New apps are fun often because they’re new. However, the huge growth in the use of BeReal by college-aged users points to something more than the new factor.

For the past several years, experts have warned that social media was dangerous to our mental health. The dopamine hits of likes and shares are based on photos and videos filled with second and third takes, lens changes, lighting improvements, and filters. Constant comparisons are the norm. And even though we know the world we present on our social pages isn’t exactly an honest portrayal of life, we can’t help but experience FOMO when we see our friends and followers and those we follow having the times of their lives, buying their new it thing, trying the new perfect product, playing in their Pinterest-worthy decorated spaces we wish we could have.

None of what we see is actually real on our apps. We delete our media that isn’t what we want to portray and try again from a different angle and shoot second and third and forth takes that make us look just a little better.

We spend hours flipping through videos on our For You walls and Instagram stories picked by algorithms that know us better than we know ourselves.

BeReal is the opposite of that. It’s simple, fast, and real. It’s community and fun, but it’s a moment instead of turning into the time-sink of our usual social media that, while fun, is also meant to ultimately sell stuff, including all our data.

It will be interesting to watch BeReal and see if it continues down its promised path and whether the growth continues. People are looking for something. Maybe reality is that answer.

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