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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 m.feeltiptop.com.

Enjoy!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team

 

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November 2010 Election Countdown: Daily Trends, Candidate Tips & the Straw Poll

TipTop’s 2010 Midterm Election Special gives voters a quick interactive snapshot of daily election topics and allows folks to delve into the campaign issues & policy debates going on in social media that are important to them. For fun, voters can also take a straw poll to see which political parties & candidates they swing towards for this November’s Gubernatorial, Senate & House elections.

Democratic & Republican, Tea Party & Independent voters’ top issues this election vary and how these differences will play out on Tuesday, November 2 will most likely depend on the weather. But seriously, peoples’ opinions about the direction of the US economy, healthcare,
government spending, immigration, or energy & the environmnent will all influence voter enthusiasm for the 2010 elections. The only place you can really see what is going inside voters’ heads (and your own:) is through TipTop’s 2010 Midterm Election Special. TipTop extracts the top campaign issues, about what people are really talking about, which will allow you to hear over the noisy extremists, call out the political centrists, and listen too the sideliners.

Once you are finished perusing the pundits & sharing your opinions on TipTop, don’t forget to go to the “Vote Prediction” page to see how you swing & get the latest overall results for TipTop’s Midterm Election Straw Poll. Below are some of key races for this years elections with today’s snapshot of TipTop sentiment scores & social media buzz topics. Click a candidate’s names to go to TipTop results page.

Candidates 

jerry brown

Positive  

Sentiment

23%

Negative  

Sentiment

13%

Social Media Trending Topics 

california, ca, poll, campaign, box, women, office

meg whitman 30% 12% california, republican, porto, campaign, housekeeper, glendale, ebay
Rodney Glassman 27% 2%
John McCain 16% 22%
Terry Goddard 15% 7% terror, arizona, home, democrat, office, endorsement, investment fraud indictment
Jan Brewer 20% 22% arizona, phoenix, obama, prison, law, man, story
Barbara Boxer 16% 16% box, poll, california, democrat, senate, sacramento, republican
Carly Fiorina 21% 9% california, box, senate, campaign, news, candidate, hospital
Harry Reid 16% 20% senate, nevada, leader, election, poll, party, democrat
Sharron Angle 25% 29% nevada, ad, party, tea, senator, senate, candidate
Kendrick Meek 18% 18% senate, florida, democrat, candidate, demo, rep, bill clinton
Marco Rubio 23% 15% rubio, florida, senate, party, tea, candidate, republican
Charlie Crist 16% 20% senate, florida, clinton, politics, demo, bill clinton, rubio
Democrat 35% 29% candidate senate party tea republican bill clinton
Tea Party 25% 23% candidate video halloween party senate republican
Andrew Cuomo 28% 9% new york city, new york, car, democrat, candidate, campaign, muscle
Carl Paladino 18% 15% candidate, campaign, new york city, republican, home, girl, new york

Remember Midterm Election trending topics update daily so please return to TipTop’s 2010 Election Special for a daily update until November 2nd. Don’t forget to find your polling place and vote.

Have a Happy Halloween & embrace the voting booth!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team

FeelTipTop.com Why? Because life happens in real time!

 

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Weekend Movies: Which new release film deserves your time or dime?

See what’s hot or not for October 1st openings at theaters this weekend on TipTop! Do you need some help deciding which movie to see on the big screen? Are you trying to figure out whether or not a new release film is movie theatre or DVD worthy? Or if you are in the same predicament as @MaddyTweetz, do yourself a favor and use TipTop to help you figure it all out.

MaddyDebating what movie to catch tonight: The Town, Social Network or Let me In. Thoughts??
The movie grid below is a quick and easy way to compare topics across aggregated sentiment scores, browse current buzz topics & see current tips from social media. To create a similar comparison grid for yourself on TipTop simply go to http://FeelTipTop.com:
  1. Enter a movie (or any topic) in the search box and save your query to “My TipTop” (To learn more read our previous My TipTop blog post)
  2. Go to “My TipTop” & comare the Selected Queries across positive & negative Tip sentiment, see movie related conversation topics, and get real-time Tips.
  3. Click “E-mail” & share your movie grid with friends.

 

New Movies (Click for Current Tips) 🙂 Tips 😦 Tips Conversation Buzz Topics
The Social Network 41% 6% social network, movie, facebook, film, story, ticket, life, wonder, seeing, tomatoes, album, world, walls
“Let Me In” 44% 8% movie, social network, film, horror, never let me go, theatre, scene, man, kid, actor, star, guy
“The Town” 37% 9% town, movie, social network, girl, work, painting, mall, seeing, car, hotel, eat
Freakonomics 29% 2% movie, film, book, social network, documentary, author, man, fan, talk
Ip Man OR Yip Man 20% 8% man, movie, film, legend, social network, hahaha, sama, hahahaha
Barry Munday 19% 60% movie, bar, greedy, wilson, film, hilarious, performance, man, info, director, ball, talk, role, atlantis
Anjaana Anjaani 44% 14% movie, film, song, star, stars, theatre, luv, story, bollywood, ticket, hair, c, work, india, p
    Gregomyleggo_TwitterPhoto Below are some of the social media Tips “I liked” & saved in “My TipTop” while checking out what people were “going to see” this weekend.

     

    Again, from My TipTop @TwitTipTop can send you or your friends an E-mail like this:
    “Hello, these are the snippets you have saved in My TipTop.”
    Image Twitter Id Topic Snippet
    _socialmedianow The Social Network The 10 most Glaring Lies in ‘The Social Network‘ : http://bit.ly/9hyuk2 #thesocialnetwork
    bloodboyhorror “Let Me In” Horror-drama ‘Let Me In’ does its Swedish inspiration original justice: When Overture Films announced it would mak… http://bit.ly/b0jCon
    mting Ip Man OR Yip Man Loving the Ip Man 2 soundtrack. More variations than the previous film. A recommendation if u love Oriental film scores #ipman2 #soundtrack
    workingauthor Barry Munday Barry Munday‘ starring Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer, Cybill Shepherd, Malcolm McDowell and more reviewed! http://bit.ly/9Ui38o
    trabajareuropa Freakonomics @MakingOf: Freakonmics is now in theaters! Hear @MorganSpurlock discuss the film and more @MakingOf http://bit.ly/aVKON6”
    nikkyraney “The Town” My movie review for THE TOWN —> Blake Lively owns ‘The Town’ By Nikky Raney – http://bit.ly/ccca4E @zennie62.com
    kapylr Anjaana Anjaani Enjoyed watching Anjaana Anjaani. Great performances by @priyankachopra and @ranbir_kapoor

    Remember to come back to TipTop to guide your film viewing & DVD movie rental decisions or help whenever you are looking for insights around any topic — locally or globally. Enjoy!

    Greg Martin & the TipTop Team

    FeelTipTop.com Why? Because life happens in real time!

     

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    TipTop Holiday Gift Shopping: Product Reviews, Ratings & Comparisons

    TipTop Logo TipTop's one-of-a-kind comparison shopping site is ready for your holiday gift purchases. TipTop Shopping takes the bite out of your buying time online!

    Do you have time to read 10’s or 100’s of product reviews to make your gift buying decisions this holiday season?
    TipTop analyzes the text of product reviews and computes scores for
    several attributes including overall quality, safety, value for money, etc. It also displays the best reviews and extracts the
    most relevant portions of the review to help you make informed
    purchasing decisions quickly.

    Why use TipTop Shopping? Click to view a larger image of TipTop's Product Search Results page.

    • It is the only shopping site where shoppers can search millions of products from Amazon.com, browse through the most relevant matches to view TipTop's product ratings, see user reviews grouped into positive Tips and negative piTs, and have the options to easily  compare up to 10 products, add items to your cart or buy directly from Amazon.com.
    • TipTop's one-of-a-kind semantic social search engine
      analyzes user-generated product reviews from Amazon.com and provides
      TipTop product ratings and  percentile scores exclusively from these reviews across a variety of attributes, such as
      Overall  Quality, Safety, Features, Value for Money and Price. Compare up to ten products, sort across the attributes that are important to you, and click the percentile scores to see the product reviews below.

    Click to view a larger image of TipTop's Checkout Cart

    • For the first time, real-time
      opinions about the products are also incorporated into the shopping
      experience through TipTop Search widgets. The widget includes: Pie charts displaying the
      overall sentiment related to the keyword search, the latest Tip and piT tweets related to the product, and the topical buzz   associated with the search results. Click the links to see TipTop search results. Click Reply or Re-Tip to communicate with Twitter users via Tip Top Search. And, don't for get to add your product selections to your cart and checkout on Amazon.com.


    Compared with other shopping sites below, TipTop Shopping is far richer, offering an incredibly unique  experience in terms of comparison shopping across products, user-generated review analysis and product ratings, and real-time search, discovery and social interaction.

    Click to view a larger image of Buzzillions comparison shopping results. Click to view a larger image of Amazon's shopping results. Click to view a larger image of Shop.com's shopping results.



    TipTop Shopping easily helps you to choose the best products for yourself and those on
    your holiday gift list using search, semantics and the social web.

    Happy Holidays!

    Greg Martin & the TipTop Team

     

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    TipTop Me Lucky Stars Challenge Results

    Last week we asked our TipTop Fans "to discover if restaurants with Irish in the business name serve better food than restaurants just listed as serving Irish cuisine. We didn't get a lot of response, so either St. Patrick's Day in the SF Bay Area has lost some of that green and orange luster or this challenge was a St. Patrick's Day dump.

    In either case, the lack of engagement is a perfect opportunity to show off how TipTop Technologies's natural language text summarizer can get make daily challenges easier for us all. Reading hundreds of reviews for a product or service is time consuming and only allows an impression of the data. The TipTop text summarizer can process hundreds and thousands of reviews for a restaurant or whatever, analyze the data, and create easily consumable text summaries across any relevant criteria.

    Looking at the TipTop generated review summaries for restaurants (with and without "Irish" in their business name), ranked according to the best Irish cuisine in San Francisco,  you will get a taste of how this powerful summarizer can give you the quick jig before you jag.

    summarizer_grid2

    What do you think? Discuss the potential applications for TipTop technology by posting a comment on the TipTop Technologies's Blog or visiting our discussion wall on the TipTop Fan page on Facebook.

    Have a great week!

    The TipTop Team

     
     
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