Monday, July 20, 2009

Introduction to Kelpp Screencast

We have created a screencast that provides an introduction to Kelpp, covering the "basics" of searching and writing a review.



This is the first screencast we have created, so it is a bit "unpolished" but hopefully gets the message across.

If you have any questions or feedback, we'd love to hear them - you can leave a comment on the blog, or send us an email or tweet. There's many features of Kelpp that we didn't show in the screencast, so we're planning to create a few more of these in the near future.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Using Kelpp with Twitter

We are continually looking for ways to improve the Kelpp experience. As part of this process, we will occasionally try out new features, including ones that are a bit "experimental" which we aren't yet entirely sure about ourselves.

In this spirit, we are rolling out a new feature that enables users to search Kelpp using Twitter. The core idea is to let users do something that they do naturally (asking their Twitter followers for recommendations), and by applying a little bit of structure to their tweets, enable them to search Kelpp without ever leaving their Twitter client.

To try out this feature, please visit http://kelpp.com/twitter/status. You will need to log into your Twitter account (using OAuth) so we can set up the right following relationships.

Down the road and depending on user feedback, we may extend this functionality further, e.g. capturing "reviews" within tweets, tracking friend recommendations, etc. We think there is a lot more we can do to leverage the "real-time stream". I have to call out microsyntax.org as a source of inspiration for this feature, and the geoslash concept in particular. As always, we'd love to hear any feedback or comments.