The Kynetx App I really Want To Build

I wrote the other day on Twitter, “If @my6sense, http://tweetstats.com, @Twitter, and @socialtoo had a baby, that’s the Kynetx app I want to write. #FillANeed”

I’m going to tell you all about what that app looks like and what it does but first some background. I use Twitter a lot.

I have really enjoyed the whole experience. I have found over the past 2 years that connecting with people is what makes Twitter great for me.

Tweeting lots every day is easy along with following lots of people. These two actions only require a little typing and clicking buttons. The hard part is following people and listening to them and engaging in meaningful conversation. I read most updates of the 900 something people that I follow and it takes lots of time and effort.

Here are my goals with Twitter:

  • Find more interesting people to follow and build meaningful relationships with them
  • Spend less time reading tweets that I’m not interested in that have no relevance or are basically spam
  • Spend more time engaged in tweets that are relevant, will help me grow as a person, and build meaningful relationships
  • Help my friends do the same things listed above

Here are some things that stand in the way of me accomplishing those goals

  • Don’t have a way to quantify and report the relevance of a “follow”
  • Don’t have a way to quantify the time spent time on Twitter and different Twitter activities
  • Don’t have a way to quantify the amount of load a particular follow puts on my  Twitter stream

I want to find more people to connect with but it’s a double edged sword. If I follow more people I increase my chances of finding interesting people to connect with but this same action causes more content to come through my Twitter stream. This makes it harder to stay connected with the people that I have already established a meaningful connection with.

I think an app/service can be created to help me reach all my goals and take care of all the road blocks. This is where My6Sense, TweetStats, SocialToo, Twitter, and Kynetx come in. I envision creating a Kynetx app that

  • records how much time is spent on Twitter reading tweets
  • what percentage of the tweets I read  are from each follow
  • the relevance of Tweets and follows as I read and give feedback

Because a Kynetx app can be deployed as a browser extension it is fairly easy to get this kind of data and report it to a system through a simple API. The server could then take this data and start doing interesting and helpful things with the data. Things like

  • make suggestions to un-follow people based on a ratio of load vs quality content created much like SocialToo attempts to do through rules
  • build cool looking, informative, and geeky charts like TweetStats
  • help me sort Twitter stream based on context similar to what My6Sense does
  • suggest people to follow based on the relevance data received from my friends

Just imagine being able to see personal trends of how much time you spend going through your tweet stream. You could also see trends of the percentage of relevant people you are following, who is generating the most load on your stream, who you find the most relevant, and more. Because all of this is based on your actions on Twitter.com and is quantified you could set goals to improve in different areas. Rewards for achieving those goals could be given and the app could give me help along the way. Built correctly and used well, it could be a powerful tool to transform any social network into an astoundingly strong group of friends and acquaintances that are relevant, meaningful, and create much more benefit than cost to build and maintain.

If you like this idea, have suggestions, or have something you want to say, let me know in the comments or tweet me!

There is lots more that I could write about but I think I’ll hold off for now and see what people have to say about this.

YouTube Refreshed Kynetx App

My friends and I want a cleaner version of YouTube to use. One which doesn’t have lame and time wasting suggested videos, pointless comments, and lots of clutter. Thus, I have created the YouTube Refreshed Kynetx app. The app currently works on the main page of YouTube and individual video pages.

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Interview With KSL!

I got interviewed on KSL today on The Browser radio show about one of my Kynetx Apps that I built to filter out foul language on Twitter.com You can find the extensions at http://geek.michaelgrace.org/2011/01/foul-fowl-control-kynetx-app-for-twitter-com/

For a list of other interesting Apps/browser extensions that I and others have built for twitter, check out this blog post by Kynetx

5 Insanely useful browser apps for Twitter.com

or my index of Kynetx apps on my blog

Standup Meeting Kynetx App

I’m really glad I had some time to build another Kynetx app that the Kynetx team will be able to use to be more efficient with their time. I had the idea a few days ago and now that idea is a reality. Here is what I explained my idea to be on my other blog

At work we have standup meetings each morning to discuss roadblocks and the plan for the day. Often, most of the time is spent relating what is going to be done for the day which isn’t working very well. I want to build an app that each employee would install that would remind them each morning to submit their short list of what they are working on for the day and would show what everyone else is working on for the day. A user could dismiss the promptings for the day on all sites and could see the list anytime by going to a predefined url where the days tasks and road blocks would be listed. This app would probably use a Google spreadsheet to facilitate this functionality because it would be nice to have this information recorded even though it could be done through app variables.

Demo video:

Here are some action shots showing how the app works:

Installing the browser extension and loading a page for the first time. The time happens to be between 6 am and 10 am. You’ll notice that the app runs on whatever url you are currently on. It doesn’t look so great if it happens to be a site that has a lot of crazy stuff going on like Google reader or flash sites.

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Once the user submits the day’s standup items the app confirms submission and removes itself from the page

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On all pages that the user visits between the hours of 6 am and 10 am a little icon will be annotated in the bottom right corner of the browser window.

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When a user hovers over the annotation, it will reveal two action buttons. The list button will show a list of everyone’s submitted standup items for the day. The x button will removed the annotation from the page if it is in the way.

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When a user clicks on the list button, the standup items will be listed in a notify and the annotation will remove itself from the current page.

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After the first time a user has used the app, it will remember the user’s name so the user doesn’t have to enter it again.

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I won’t be sharing the extensions I built for the Kynetx team but I plan on sharing the code along with explinations on www.kynetxappaday.wordpress.com soon. Hope this app has gotten you thinking about ways you could use something similar or maybe completely different apps you could build using Kynetx.

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