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Social application developer Seesmic is making a big move into the social enterprise and is debuting a dedicated Android app and iPad app for Salesforce’s CRM product (Windows Phone 7 will also be added soon), called Seesmic CRM.
The rumors were correct. Loic Le Meur, a well known European entrepreneur that recently relocated to San Francisco, will unveil his new video startup, Seesmic , this morning into a closed beta. The service is very much in “alpha” and they’ve only given away a few test accounts. They’ll start to give more over the next few days – just sign up on the Seesmic home page to get one. Look for a full launch
San Francisco video/chat startup Seesmic has acquired Twhirl , a popular application created by German developer Marco Kaiser that allows users to access the Twitter service directly from their desktop, and also cross post to other services like Pownce and Jaiku. The acquisition price is not being disclosed. Twhirl is considered among the better third party Twitter applications. ReadWriteWeb, for example, just yesterday identified it as the third most used method for posting to the Twittersphere, behind the web and instant messaging, and just in front of Twitterific . It has been downloaded 100,000 or so times. Seesmic says they will continue development of the application and eventually integrate their own service into Twhirl, making it the official Seemsic desktop client.
It’s time to start slamming the reality of the Silicon Valley situation home to everyone. Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur lets seven employees go, he says , which is more than a third of the company. This comes on top of three employees let go a couple of weeks ago. “We cut everything that wasn’t outsourceable, core or absolutely necessary for the company.”
I’m live blogging from video conversation platform Seesmic’s headquarters, where Seesmic’s founder Loic Le Meur, is previewing a new Twitter client. We reported earlier about the unveiling of the site. Le Meur says that this is still a work in progress and ongoing changes will made to the product. Seesmic, who also owns popular Twitter app Twhirl, has launched a new Twitter client, Seesmic Desktop. Like Twhirl, Seesmic Desktop is a desktop app, operated by Adobe Air. Seesmic Desktop allows you to view multiple accounts in one window, unlike Twhirl, where you have to view multiple accounts in different windows.
These two iPhone Twitter clients bring similar functionality, that make them head to head competitors. But they have some distinct features that have me puzzled. I am late to Twitter. I only "got it" when someone explained to me that it is a very abbreviated blog, only more spontaneous. With that, I got into it.
TweetDeck is raking in the buzz with the announcement of its new iPhone app , and an updated version of the desktop application that so many of you have come to love. Given that Seesmic Desktop has dominated our coverage recently, we thought it best to revisit our head-to-head and see which of the two desktop Twitter and Facebook apps come out on top this time. If you recall from the first go-around , TweetDeck came out slightly ahead but we accurately surmised that Seesmic Desktop wouldn't surrender without a fight. Since that initial duel, we've seen Seesmic Desktop update a number of times, including today's most recent update with integrations for social media super users and crossposting to multiple accounts. Is it time for a rematch? Leveling The Playing Field
Well that didn’t take long. Just four days in 2010 and we already have an acquisition. Social networking application Seesmic has acquired the social status updater Ping.fm .
Startup Seesmic has perfected the art of developing compelling Twitter clients on a variety of platforms. Seesmic offers a web client, an Adobe Air-powered desktop client, an Android app , a BlackBerry app, a brand friendly Twitter client and a native Windows desktop client. At developer conference MIX today, Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur is announcing a new Silverlight-powered development platform and Seesmic for the Windows Phone. The new desktop platform from Seesmic is built based off of Silverlight, which is a refreshing change from the buggy Adobe Air platform. The design itself is similar in look and feel to the Windows client, and includes functionality for integrating your Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin accounts. You can also personalize your background of the app.
Way back in February the writing was on the wall : Twitter would compete directly with third party developers who were creating Twitter apps. Twitter investor Fred Wilson reiterated that threat just a few days ago when he said most of the apps that third party developers had created were merely “filling holes,” not truly creating “something entirely new on top of Twitter.” That sure sounds ominous. And then, BOOM. Twitter released its own Blackberry app and acquired Tweetie , which has a popular iPhone and desktop app. The threats are over, Twitter fired missiles at its developers.
How businesses and brands deal with social media has become one of the defining issues of the recent web era. Today a pretty big leap is taking place which may define the next phase. Two of the biggest players have come together to create certainly one of the slickest and most seamless integrations I’ve yet seen of the realtime social web and enterprise worlds.
Barney Beal, News Director Published: 18 Jan 2010 Like many of its competitors, SAP has begun integrating social networks into its CRM product. And, like many of its competitors, SAP has started with Twitter. SAP CRM 7.0 has all key objects exposed as Web services allowing SAP to connect the Twitter API to SAP CRM.