Wishing you a TipTop Thanksgiving

Wishing you a TipTop Thanksgiving

Turkey season is here and we are thankful to all the wonderful people who are discussing and sharing all manner of Thanksgiving plans and recipes on the web. TipTop’s Thanksgiving Special for 2011 has mined thousands of these conversations and brings them to you in our cool new interface.

Neatly arranged on the left you will find Top food and recipe ideas, Top travel plans and destinations and Top activities.

What makes these Top items is simply that they have been favorite talking points for people in the last couple of weeks in their online Thanksgiving conversations.

When you click on any Top item in a tab on the left, the spaces on the right fill up with fresh Thanksgiving insights on that topic, nicely organized and tabulated to fulfill any objective you may have — from watching videos and viewing pictures, to getting a quick summary, to leisurely browsing among good or avoidable ideas.

Every day is full of surprises, and TipTop’s new interface (borrowed from our main site) makes tip-browsing and discovery a pleasure. Would you have guessed that so many people have Ramen noodles plans this Thanksgiving?

You can share any Tip or Top you like on Twitter or by email, and if there is something on your mind that’s missing from our Top lists, well, you can just type it into the Input tab and see the buzz on it right away. Who knows, your query may soon graduate to a Top item!

If you are short on ideas this Thanksgiving, or just want to feel the bonhomie out there, visit TipTop and be thankful for how much and freely others share with us.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families from all of us at TipTop!

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Posted by on November 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


Spirits roam free this Halloween

Spirits roam free this Halloween

Our mining of last month’s tweets seems to show that free spirits are not just occupying Wall Street this fall season, but also plotting the usual ways to scare more pliant victims into coughing up some real candy.

Indeed, some people have such wonderful ideas for their costumes, it’s a shame others don’t get to see more of them. As usual, this year we have collected, analyzed, filtered and categorized thousands of conversations about Halloween costumes that you can explore and share to your heart’s content.

You will find people dressing themselves (and their friends, kids, and friends’ kids) up as Celebrities, weird and not-so-weird Creatures, Animals, Fictional characters and more.

We hope you will also like the new tabbed interface (borrowed from our new-look main page) which allows us to pack in a lot more into the same space, but gives you more control over how you browse.

So with two clicks, I can see one of my favorites from different “angles”, and am pleased to report that while Steve Jobs is no more, his spirit is not only immortal but very popular (and mostly happy!)

Steve Jobs Halloween TipTop Insights

Steve Jobs Halloween spirit

Even tried-and-trusted favorites like the pumpkin and the witch continue to surprise and delight. For example, here is a one-year old Handpicked tip that I discovered, with step-by-step pictures on how to make a paper witch cut-out.

Witch Halloween TipTop Insights

Halloween witchcraft

I immediately felt like sharing the link, and did: my own girls delight in more grown-up witchcraft now, but I hope some other little girls or their parents out there will find the tip fun to try.

Whether you are young or old, whether you like to stick with old faithfuls, or will be brave enough to consider the zany Charlie Sheen (always good for new laughs!) –

Charlie Sheen Halloween TipTop Insights

TipTop Insights -- Charlie Sheen Halloween

we’re sure you’ll enjoy browsing these delightful pages, full of hundreds of fresh Halloween insights every time you visit.

Wishing you a TipTop Halloween!


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President Obama Approval Trends: Post bin Laden, Middle East Speech & Netanyahu

TipTop has been tracking ‘Obama‘ tweets from around the world for over 18 months and we’ve been watching the people’s mood turn steadily against the President for a couple weeks now after his ratings jumped above a satisfaction level of 50 on May 2nd.  The Gallup Daily Obama Job Approval poll also shows that President Obama’s post-bin-Laden bounce in popularity has run its course as mentioned in this National Journal article. Comparing the charts below, you can see how the Gallup Daily telephone poll follows TipTop’s sentiment trend analysis of President Obama tips found in social media.

Using TipTop’s social search, you can also get a snapshot of public sentiment and the related topics that are buzzing around news events, celebrity figures or popular trends. I was interested in the public reaction around the world to President Obama’s Middle East Speech. Below are pre and post-speech TipTop tweets around the trending twitter hashtag topics #MEspeech and #Obama which show both the buzz topics and the overall negative sentiment around the President and his speech.

On TipTop search you can share more than tips. For example, you can share sentiment trends & current topics around events like the Obama-Netanyahu meeting.

Whatever your interest — Gaddafi or Strauss-Kahn, Japan or Israel, Zombie Apocalypse or  #iftheworldendsonsaturday — get the best tips at or, your window to the world.

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team

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Posted by on May 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


Does Social Media Make You Dizzy? Let the TipTop Reader for SD2 Break It Down

The TipTop Reader plugin for the Seesmic Desktop 2 client is a great way to meaningfully & efficiently break down information flowing through your social networks & news feeds topic by sentiment-fused topic. I had Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin & Google Reader accounts, but after a while I just ignored them due to lack of time, feeling inundated with information, and seemingly useless updates from friends, followers & feeds. After I downloaded the TipTop Reader SD2 plugin from Seesmic Marketplace I was amazed how social media feeds & my friend’s updates were opened up to me in a constructive engaging way. Rather than being overwhelming with others’ publishing agendas, I could delve into the topics I wanted and see all related content in one place in the TipTop sentiment cloud. All of a sudden I could check out Facebook updates that I was actually interested in, Tweets about topics I cared about & articles from Google Reader that I was intrigued to read.

The TipTop Reader plugin for SD2 was built using TipTop’s semantic technology. The full social search experience on TipTop can be found by going to or using your smart-phone and visiting

Have a tip top week!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


Tap Into Your News by Topic or Time: WP7 Apps for Twitter & Google Reader

TipTop Technologies just released two free Windows Phone 7 apps to make smart phone users’ lives more streamlined, organized & engaging. Both the TipSweet client & the TipTop Reader app create ‘Hot Topic’ concept clouds from your Twitter or Google Reader feeds so you can quickly scan, tap into specific points of interest & get the tips you need at any time on your WP7 phone. Using TipSweet is as easy as logging into your Twitter account on your phone. Watch the video below to see how TipTop’s semantic magic can help you get the most out of real-time news and conversations you have with your followers.

I also really enjoy using the TipTop Reader app on my WP7 phone (see RWW’s “Using Windows Phone 7: One Week with an HD7) to break down all the news content & RSS feeds I aggregated on Google Reader into bite sized topics & consumable tips. I can’t wait until TipTop comes out with a Web-based version of this personalized news reader so I can get the same experience on my laptop. In the meantime you can check out this video tutorial for the TipTop Reader. One reviewer from Zune Marketplace writes:

I love the approach to summarizing feeds and displaying the topic cloud/tag (which is auto generated based on the most current items in your feeds). This lets me filter by the topics I want to see rather than scroll through a huge list based on the time (which is also supported). Quite often stories are duplicated (in the feeds) so using the topic cloud I can just read one version of a story that is of interest. Since Google Reader is a good place to consolidate feeds, this takes it further by making it easier to consume. the topics are also colorized based on the sentiment of the stories for that topic which is pretty cool.

Please give both of these social & news apps a whirl, download the TipTop Reader and TipSweet from your WP7 by searching for ‘TipTop’ on Zune Marketplace. We’d appreciate hearing your reaction after trying these apps by adding a review on Zune or posting a comment here. Also, you can always tap into the power of TipTop on any mobile phone by going to


Greg Martin & the TipTop Team


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Charlie Sheen Brands @charliesheen, Gets Social Media Celebrity Status as a TipTop Trend

Charlie Sheen Brands @charliesheen, Gets Social Media Celebrity Status as a TipTop Trend

TipTop Technologies’ ongoing analysis of tweets about “Charlie Sheen” and from:CharlieSheen through his newly @charliesheen Twitter account, is uncovering some interesting semantic trends. At over 2.2 million followers on March 8th, Sheen has accrued a lot of social media capital in a Guinness Book of Records amount of time. TipTop can’t tell you how much this socially networked online persona is worth, but you can use TipTop’s social search & conversation engine for brand management analysis and to peruse “TipTop Trends in Social Media: Charlie Sheen Coverage” to get the latest insights, tips or trends over time for this “#winning” celebrity.Charlie Sheen Social Media Sentiment Trends Charlie Sheen Topics on Twitter

As you can see from the trend chart above, as of today, negative sentiment has overtaken the overall positive sentiment trends related to Charlie Sheen. Maybe this is why Sheen is looking to hire a social media intern to manage his twitter account. In anycase, you can see how TipTop organizes Tips, displays trends & identifies hot topics by checking out CharlieSheen’s TipTop profile & search results pages below.

Charlie Sheen's Social Media Profile

Charlie Sheen's Social Media Profile on TipTop

Tweets from Charlie Sheen

Tips & Trends for Charlie Sheen on TipTop

Your call…fried celebrity, celebrity genius or social media guru? Stay trendy on TipTop & share your tips!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team


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TipTop’s 2011 Oscars Race Social Media Award Winners Before the Envelope, Please

TipTop’s 2011 Oscars Race Social Media Award Winners Before the Envelope, Please

In the final hour before the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony begins & the Oscar nominees walk down the Red Carpet, TipTop takes a snapshot of our Oscar’s awards leaderboards. We have been tracking Oscar-related tweets & extracting the sentiment around the actor & actress nominees and film & movie nominations since February 14th. To see what passions are flying around the actors, actresses & directors this year check out TipTop’s Red Carpet Passion Pies slice by emotional slice. For the 2011 Academy Awards, TipTop’s social media Oscar award predictions are:

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I used the Best Picture sentiment leaderboard on TipTop for Oscar nominee tips to make my award prediction:True Grit
Best Picture Winner: The King’s Speech
I used the Best Director race leaderboard on TipTop for #Oscars nominee tips to make my award prediction: Tom Hooper
Directing Winner: Tom Hooper
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I used the Best Actor race chart on TipTop for Oscar nominee tips to make my award prediction: Jeff Bridges
Actor in a Leading Role Winner: Colin Firth
I used the Best Actress tweet sentiment chart on TipTop 4 #Oscars nominee tips 2 make my award prediction: Nicole Kidman
Actress in a Leading Role Winner: Natalie Portman
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I used TipTop’s Best Supporting Actor sentiment chart for #Oscars nominee tips to make my award prediction: John Hawkes
Best Supporting Actor Winner: Christian Bale
I used TipTop’s Best Supporting Actress race chart for #Oscars nominee tips to make my award prediction: Melissa Leo
Best Supporting Actress Winner: Melissa Leo
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I used TipTop’s Best Animated Film sentiment trends chart for #Oscars tips to make my award prediction: The Illusionist
Best Animated Film Winner: Toy Story 3
I used TipTop’s Best Foreign Film sentiment leaderboard for #Oscars nominee tips to make my award prediction: Incendies
Best Foreign Film Winner: In a Better World
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I used the Best Screenplay tweet chart on TipTop for Oscar nominee tips to make my award prediction: The King’s Speech
Best Original Screenplay Winner: The King’s Speech
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I used the Best Documentary race chart on TipTop for Oscar nominee tips to make my award prediction: Restrepo
Best Documentary Winner: Inside Job
To capture the passion of the Red Carpet fashion TipTop is also analyzing the emotional component of Oscars-related tweets & presenting how fans in social media really feel about all these celebrities during the Academy Awards ceremony & the after-party. Make sure you take a look tomorrow at our Red Carpet Celebrity Pasion Pies to see who was hot & who was a flop. Also read TipTop’s press release, “2011 Oscars Nominees & Fan Reaction to the 83rd Academy Awards Slice by Emotional Slice“.

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