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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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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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Week in Review: TipTop Perspectives

TipTop Logo This week TipTop is participating in's SemTech Startup competition, "identifying
the best-of-breed startups in the Semantic Technology,
Semantic Web space
". TipTop's Insight engine constantly features the best-of-breed results for any current topic. Each day this week, TipTop's hub has featured a variety of trendy & public interest topics highlighting some great Tips and unique perspectives from twitter users. These Top Tips & TipTop use cases can be found at TipTop's Insight Archive.



Just as the world around us is constantly changing, TipTop's results reflect the ever changing dynamics of people's opinions, new discoveries & solutions to complex problems. For example:

  • Kites, real-time movie reviews: See why people think of "Kites movie" as 43% Tips & 8% piTs on TipTop Share TipTop results like this by clicking
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Perspectives on the movie Kites

  • Lost finale, perplexed TV fans share their thoughts as TipTop captures them:
    Lost conversation topics

Lost Finale perspectives

  •   French Open TrendsAs the 1st Round of the French Open kicked off, TipTop's results captured tennis fan's winning predictions & off court whispers. TipTop's results are real-time, so come back often to see a topics trends & get search tips as well.  

French Open perspectives

  • BTipKill ContentP's "Top Kill" solution to the Gulf Coast oil spill generated a lot of buzz this week, however it did not drive many to have favorable opinions towards Toyota & the Prius, as the social media sentiment trends showed this week. Regardless of President Obama's involvement, his approval ratings have stayed stable, like his demeanor, over the past week, so use TipTop's In-depth coverage to see a summary of what was happening each day to affect the slight changes to his presidential ratings. As you can see, people voices many thoughts about the "BP oil spill" disaster as well as sharing a lot of Web pages.

BP Top Kill Perspectives

Memorial Day Perspectives

If you think TipTop rocks the semantic world, please take a moment and vote for TipTop Technologies on

Have a TipTop weekend!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team


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TipTop Social Interactions: Ask, Tell & Respond

If you haven’t been to TipTop’s home page @ recently, now is a great time to get reacquainted and check out the “From: TipTop To: TipTop” section. If you are a fan of TipTop on Facebook and follow @twitTipTop on Twitter, then you probably know that you can see a complete social networking profile of TipTop’s social media interactions on Twitter at TipTop_InteractionsHere you can see company news, products updates,  insightful musings & tweets, people we communicate with, tweeps who interact with us and our products, and the social sentiment around all of these social networking interactions.

On TipTop’s hub page, we are now featuring selected tweets from TipTop users, TipTop answers to people’s questions, fun insights into using TipTop, and editorially selected topics and polls. You can use the box “Enter your tip here…” to interact with @twitTipTop via Twitter, asking questions, sharing Tips, responding to polls, and possibly having your tweet featured on TipTop’s hub page to be seen by tens of thousands of our users! Please respond to @twitTipTop on Twitter with whatever you would like to tell TipTop today. 🙂

Enjoy & Have a Tip Top Weekend!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team


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TipTop Search via SMS: Opinions delivered to your mobile cell phone

TipTop Get TipTopSM search resultsSms_iphone on-the-go by using SMS text messaging on your mobile or cell phone. Use TipTopSM
via SMS
to find out how people feel about anything currently discussed or published
twitter. Type in a search topic and get back the overall social sentiment or opinion as a
percentage of
Tips and piTs.

TipTop via SMS is very helpful when you need to:

  • make a quick product decision while shopping.
  • decide which movie to go to while out and about.
  • get the buzz about an activity or event.
  • know how people are thinking or feeling about any topic.

Check out the results for:

Sms_zhuzhu_hamsterSms_paranormal_activitySms_belly_dancing Sms_health_care_reform

Follow these steps to get TipTop search results through your phone:

  • Initiate a text message by entering DOTCOM or 368266 on your cell phone.
  • In the text box type, or feeltiptop followed by the query terms.
    For example, try typing " smart phone" (without the double quotes).
  • Send the message.
  • You will quickly receive a SMS text message response similar to the examples above, like this:

(1/1) Opinions about "smart phone" on Twitter are 38% positive Tips and 21% negative piTs

Have a great week! Try TipTop via SMS on you phone or on the web at or

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team


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Semantics of TipTop Search


The connotation around TipTop Search is simply that helps you find the best advice, opinions, and answers as well as
people to engage and share experiences with. With TipTop Search you get easy access to relevant people, timely tips, and useful tools to communicate information.

Below we highlight five features to familiarize you with TipTop Search:

1. Random Search "I feel lucky!": Click for an example of Sample Searches entered on TipTop. For more information, read our FAQs.

2. People Search: Enter "to:" or "from:" followed by a person's twitter ID or celebrity name to get messages to:Alyssa_Milano, from:Alyssa_Milano or about Alyssa Milano.

3. Advanced Filtering Techniques: Using proprietary techniques to remove duplicate tweet content & marketing spam postings. For more information, read our FAQs.


4. Semantic Content Analysis: TipTop searches messages on Twitter
and reads what is being said about the query. It pulls out the most
interesting, useful and unique messages that match the search term, and
separates them from the less useful ones.

Tweet or message sentiment analysis is displayed as Tips & piTs results and concepts and topics are extracted from tweets and displayed to "Filter by" in the search results sets.                                                                                               

5. Social Search Results:

Displaying the best tweets from relevant people to enable information gathering, content sharing and topical conversations. Click the image for examples.

Enjoy and have a TipTop week!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team


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Search TipTop for Weekend Fun

TipTop Search Logo TipTop is a one-of-a-kind Twitter-based search engine. Whatever you
need, TipTop Search helps you find the best advice, opinions, and answers as
well as people to engage and share experiences with.

WoW! Is the statement above true? You bet your artichoke hearts it is:) I was just fussing around this morning and remembered a good friend was participating in the PA Renewable Energy Festival this weekend and decided to do a search on TipTop's Event Channel to see if there was any real-time buzz. Techcrunch50 Not nearly as much real-time hupalala as the techcrunch50 event in San Francisco received earlier this week (on TipTop, look for "Search results from before…" to get all the best roundup Tips. The messages with red stars next to them have been ReTipped). 

Looking on TipTop Search to see what is going on this weekend, I came across a variety of messages (tweets) from contributors to this organic twittersphere. They are listed below with some TipTop sharing tips you can use to engage and share experiences with other interesting folks.

A. Event Promotions: Event_promo Click "E" to expand url or just move your cursor or mouse over external links to see a snapshot view of the content before you commit to click. Check out some great gigs in the SF Bay Area this weekend.

B. Advice or Tip Requests: Bayarea_Advice Click "Reply" with an answer if you can help a person out or "ReTip" them with another persons snippet of helpful information.

C. Activity Partner Opportunities: Activity_retweet Click "Reply" to the message if you are interested in joining in or "ReTip" the message if you think someone else would be a good match. Who knows where this might lead;).

D. Event or Activity Tips: Activity_ReTip Click "ReTip" or "Retweet" if you support, like, or are going to partake in said activity. Be real and share what you are passionate about.

E. Individual Activities or Plans: Farm_sitting "ReTip" a persons message to let them and others know what you like or think is cool. You could open up opportunities for yourself or your followers….like the surprisingly popular activity of farm sitting!

Renfaire_pirate Personally, I found out about the Northern California Renaissance Faire through TipTop Search and found out about ticket discounts, "ReTipped" the pirate invasion post, read event reviews, and discovered other positive and negative tips.

Explore TipTop Search everyday. It really does help you find the best advice, opinions, and answers as
well as people to engage and share experiences with.

Have a great weekend,

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team


Search Engine TipTop Announces New Features

solves a problem that every internet user has encountered at some
point:  how to cut through all of the information that’s out there on
the Web and find what’s useful to your everyday life.  The idea is that
regular people should be able to reach out and share their experiences
with one another, to make even routine activities more efficient and
more fun.  People are doing this to some extent using Twitter and other
platforms and with our truly semantic solution, we hope to encourage
users to engage with others of like interests or temperaments in even
more spontaneous and natural ways.

TipTop Concept CloudTo
help users find the information most relevant to a given query, TipTop
software filters tweets in two main ways. The first is by the concepts
related to the search terms, which appear as a clickable list of
keywords once the search is performed. Users can select any of these to
narrow down their initial search. The keywords are very useful in
showing users the different contexts or relations in which the subject
of their search figures in people’s consciousness at the time of the

The second filter is the division of the tweets into “Tips,” “Pits,”
and “Remaining messages.” Tips and Pits are the tweets that share
something useful or important about the search query that may interest
the person who entered the query. Tips are the ones that express
something positive about the topic, while Pits are complaints or
warnings about the topic. Tweets deemed less useful are placed in
Remaining messages, and may include polls, advertisements and standard,
plain facts.  By moving these messages out of the way, TipTop saves
users a lot of time that they would otherwise spend scrolling through
tweets, looking for good ones.

The ‘real-time’ quality of the information that TipTop filters makes
it part of a growing trend in online search that prizes unedited
content generated by non-experts.  Although Twitter is only the first
step in our overall vision for this unstoppable phenomenon, it is
probably the best example right now of a platform full of real-time
information that can be useful with the right technology  to facilitate
useful, fast searches and to connect you with the right people. That’s
where TipTop comes in. 


TipTop’s new interface encourages users to reply to, or acknowledge
the people and tweets that they find interesting. In addition to just
searching, users now have the option of replying to the authors of
tweets that their search turns up, as well as of “Re-tipping” the
authors, or showing their appreciation for a useful tip they
discovered. The Reply and Re-tip functions are meant to start
conversations between Twitter users with common interests.  TipTop also
offers a “Re-tweet” option, which is based on the prolific Twitter RT
convention. When users opt to re-tweet content that they found through TipTop, the website automatically sets up a new tweet for them, which
shares the initial information and credits its original author.

TipTop Channels: PeopleWe
have also introduced vertical-specific Channels into TipTop.  We have
about a dozen at the moment but we plan to expand to hundreds and
perhaps even millions one day.  Only on TipTop, a user can now compare
anything with anything side by side.  Yes, I do really mean anything
with anything no matter what topic the entities being compared belong
to.  This aspect by itself makes TipTop at least a generation or two
ahead of any other product that is out there today.

We now offer a way to look at TipTop search results through TipTop
Search Widgets that you can place on your blog or website.  Look for
the green box in any of our pages and click, “Embed these results” to
build your TipTop Search Widget.

The best way to figure TipTop out is to use it.  Not once or twice
but every day, all the time. Only reading about it is kind of like only
reading about sex.  I believe that neither can be as fulfilling as the
corresponding real thing.  (I will refrain from recommending how often
anyone should have sex.)

On the day of birth of TipTop, now nearly 3 months ago, I forecast
that even the creators of this newborn have little clue about what all
it is going to be capable of doing over the course of her/his
existence. Today what I wrote then is even more accurate. Each day now,
at least ten new and intriguing uses of TipTop emerge. We discover
some of these & our users discover others that we had not even
anticipated. In the end, TipTop, perhaps more than any other product
out there today, is of the world, for the world, and by the world.


Shyam Kapur
President & CEO
TipTop Technologies, Inc.


Cinco de Mayo: A TipTop way to celebrate freedom and liberty!

With all the hullabaloo piñata prancing around Twitter, we at TipTop Technologies are getting our grove on with some TipTop real time search and discovery from this micobloging extravaganza. Here is what unfolded when we used some of TipTop's upcoming products to find out how folks are celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the Bay Area.

San Francisco's Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held Saturday, May 2nd in Dolores Park. Tip Top Food helps you decide what dishes are best at some popular Mexican restaurants mentioned in Tweets.

tommyReviewed and rated items at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in the Outer Richmond include Tequila, Margaritas, Salsa, Carne Asada, Burritos, and Steak.



At Puerto Alegre in the Mission District the popular items to enjoy are the Margaritas, Burritos, Chips,  Salsa, Steak, Tacos, and Quesadillas.



Tres Agaves in SOMA ranks high for its Tequila, Margaritas, Salsa, Chips, Carnitas, Pork, and Carne Asada.


The #swineflu epidemic on Twitter seems to have influenced Oakland's decision to move the Cinco de Mayo Festival to the 16the of September. So if you want to get out of the city, the coastal town of Davenport is the place to go on Saturday, May 2nd for their Cinco de Mayo Festival. If you are planning to celebrate with friends and family TipTop found some recipe, dish and menu suggestions tweeted here and there.

The TipTop Team wishes you a great Cinco de Mayo celebration whereever you end up! We also invite you to read about TipTop Technologies product updates on our blog, follow us on Twitter, or join in discussions on our Facebook Fan Page to share some tips how best to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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