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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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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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Predicting 2011 Oscar Winners for the 83rd Academy Awards

Predicting 2011 Oscar Winners for the 83rd Academy Awards

Many movie fans & film critics are wondering or guessing who will win an Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony on February 27th. If you’d like to predict the winners in 2011 with the help of semantics & social media, TipTop’s 83rd Academy Awards Special is the best place for you to visit. TipTop’s engine is continuously extracting the sentiment expressed in thousands of your tweets each day around the Oscars as well as the films & actors that have been nominated for these awards. It’s not as painful as it might sound and no one is injured except for some celebrity egos along the way. TipTop’s Oscar preductions are found in our blog post, “Oscars Race Social Media Award Winners Before the Envelope, Please”.

So, instead of using a crystal ball this year, we recommend you review TipTop’s Academy Award Leaderboards to see who is Top trending and who is Flop trending. You can also use the daily tips and the top web sites that TipTop features in addition to sentiment trends for each of the films, movies, actors & actresses. Give us a spin and let us know your predictions by tweeting them to @twitTipTop or posting them on TipTop’s facebook page.

Today, Jeff Bridges is Tops on the Best Actor Leaderboard but this can’t be a long term trend! If you tweet, now is a great time to support your favorite movie, actor and actress with messages indicating your liking. Make sure you visit TipTop’s Academy Award Leaderboards for the latest results and come back next week to see TipTop’s award predictions! We were quite pleased with the accuracy of our predictions last year. Read “Watching the 2010 Academy Awards & Walking the Red Carpet Via TipTop Social Search & Sentiment” for our 82nd Academy Award prediction results.

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team


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Find Me a Gift, Make Me a Match, Be My TipTop Valentine

Who needs cupid for Valentine’s Day when you have TipTop!  If you are already feeling smitten & know your sweetheart’s twitter name, just enter it in TipTop’s Valentine Gift Finder & you will get personalized gift ideas for them. If you are bit more sly, enter your own twitter ID and share your favorite gift ideas with that special someone. Of course, you can browse our Valentine ‘gifts for’ lists & shop for presents for your girlfriend, husband, lover or a new guy or girl in your life.Valentine matches for @ladygaga

So even if @tigerwoods isn’t your lover this Valentine’s Day, TipTop can help you find a special someone who is also looking for love on twitter. From the “Be My Valentine” tab on the Valentine’s Day Special, enter your (or a friends:) twitter ID & see who TipTop finds as a potential match. If you don’t see a potential partner, just hit ‘Refresh’, click to ‘View’ a person’s profile on TipTop or ‘Share’ the match with a friend or family member.

So you’ve hooked “your friends” up with some TipTop personality matches, now its time to find someone who matches your desires & needs. Maybe one of your Valentine’s date requirements is that s/he have a job. Just type in “work” and connect with those perspective matches by clicking the interaction buttons below their message. 

Now that you found a date & bought a gift its time to figure out where to take your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. Check out all the Valentine weekend romantic activity ideas TipTop compiled from thousands of tweets, semantically analyzed and presented in Top 10 lists and searchable concept cloud. Click to see them all! TipTop's 2011 Valentine's Day Top Activity Lists

Top romantic destinations for Valentine’s weekend in 2011 include: Vegas, Chicago, LA, Miami, NYC, Atlanta, Paris, London, Houston, and Hawaii.

We hope TipTop has made your Valentine’s Day one to remember no matter which kind of match you have made!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team


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Wondering what to do on New Years Eve? Use tips from TipTop to ring in the New Year

Whether you plan to celebrate the end of 2010 in style or do the 2011 Happy New Year table dance, TipTop offers up top tips, people & perspectives from social media to help transport you wherever you may want to go, no matter where you are on New Year’s Eve.

Find out how people are feeling as they ring in the new year, what new years resolutions they are making, & what’s going on in cities across America New Years Eve 2010.

In San Francisco for example, I found out that on New Year’s Day the city of San Francisco is going to reward you with a ticket-free day of parking.

To find out the New Year’s sentiment, conversation buzz or the best New Years Eve tips for your neck-of-the-woods, enter your NYE topic of interest on TipTop and “Pick Location” or click “Add City” to get the current tips.

Have a Happy New Year & a Tip Top 2011!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team Why? Because life happens in real-time!


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Need last-minute holiday gift ideas? TipTop personalizes the ideas, so you can buy the perfect present!

If you or your friends are like me and my friends, we are all rushing around trying to buy last minute presents for those tricky family members or picky friends. Luckily for me this year, TipTop’s 2010 Holiday & Gift Guide makes finding the perfect presents and sharing unique gift ideas easy at TipTop figures out enough of my friends’ tastes from their tweets to recommend cool gifts personalized to their interests! Try it with your friends’ Twitter IDs — or if they don’t tweet a lot (or at all) — with a celebrity’s or someone else’s ID who you think is similar to them.  For example, TipTop recommends the items below for @AshleyTisdale:

If I don’t like what ideas are displayed I can click “Refresh” to see more gift items in blue as well. Sharing the Gift Guide lists & ideas with my twitter followers with a single click is easy. For our non-social media savvy friends and relatives you still click the “Share” button to send email with the present ideas for dads, moms, grandparents, coworkers, kids, geeks, foodies, etc. TipTop has picked up and classified the gift lists by listening to what everyone is saying this holiday season about what they are going to buy and what they are dying to receive.

To learn more, check out our previous blog post “Find Presents for Anyone on Your Gift List With TipTop’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide.” From the guide, you can shop for products and buy gifts as well on TipTop Shopping. If you are looking for a gift for me here are some ideas:)

We hope you have a tip top holiday season & happy new year!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team Why? Because life happens in real time!


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Find Presents for Anyone on Your Gift List With TipTop’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Need tips for what presents to buy for whom? Holiday meal ideas? Travel tips? TipTop ‘s 2010 Holiday & Gift Guide features thousands of gifts ideas, like presents for Mom, Dad or a gift for the boyfriend. Whether you have been naughty or nice this year, TipTop has analyzed thousands of conversations from social media like Twitter, to help make this social & shopping season as much or as little fuss per your liking. In the TipTop spirit, let others’ ideas & opinions help guide your decisions as you discover what people are buying, for kids, giving to grandparents, and surprising their significant other with in 2010.

Here are some ways get the most out of the TipTop’s 2010 Holiday & Gift Guide :

1. Surprise Me! Keep clicking Pick Another Gift till you see a present that you are interested in, then Search and delight in the results!

2.Gift Lists: click the down triangle to expand the lists, click terms to see TipTop Shopping product ratings & reviews. Make the best choices for your loved ones & your wallet!

3.Share the gifts lists you like with Twitter followers or Search TipTop for social shopping Tips!

4. Browse the Gift Cloud for thousands of gift ideas. Click the items to see what people are talking about.

5. See real-time tips via TipTop’s search widget. You can even customize the query and embed one on your web site or blog!

6. Click “What’s cooking?” to get holiday meal recipes, popular dishes & decoration tips for 2010. Check out “Places to go!” to see where folks are traveling & what they are doing once they get there.

Tip: try “Pick Location” to get local with TipTop search results!

How are the Top Holiday Gift, Meal and Travel Activity Lists & Concept Clouds generated?

TipTop looks at conversations found in social media, in this case in the form of tweets. TipTop’s advanced semantic engine understands the written word just like a person would. As a result, it can discover from within the tweets exactly what gifts people want or are planning to buy this holiday season. TipTop’s semantic  search algorithm also analyzes the sentiment around each of these wish list gifts to extract the positive and negative things people are saying about them. Once collected, analyzed, updated periodically and aggregated across individual tweets, this knowledge is presented in several different ways in TipTop’s 2010 Holiday & Gift Guide as illustrated above.

Make sure you come back next week to see some of the insights we have gleaned from all the holiday shoppers and happy tipsters out there.

Have a tip top Holiday Season & New Year!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team Why? Because life happens in real time!


Posted by on December 2, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Thanksgiving Planning: TipTop Now, Give Thanks Later

This Thanksgiving, reduce the hubbub around meal planning, recipe selection, travel decisions, activity ideas and Black Friday shopping — visit TipTop’s 2010 Thanksgiving Guide, your one-stop destination for any tip you need for any aspect of your Thanksgiving weekend. TipTop gives you all the tips you need in one place so you can spend less time deciding how to celebrate, and more time enjoying the celebration!

For my family, this year’s Thanksgiving is all about keeping it real easy, saving time & money. Below are some useful tips I gleaned from TipTop’s 2010 Thanksgiving Guide

Thanksgiving Meal Planning: Did you know that despite all the pundits’ health warnings, Fried Turkey is one of the top ten dishes people are cooking for Thanksgiving dinner? I don’t get it, all that gobbly grease, special pots & mess to clean up.

To keep it easy, I’m going with the Spatchcocked Turkey, from a Denver Post tip found by clicking Turkey in the “Food & Recipes” section of the Guide. TipTop shows other simple dishes that people are planning to prepare this year, like sweet potato, yams, mashed potatoes & green been salad.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips:

Although more people are flying this year, TipTop’s sentiment analysis shows that people don’t seem to be looking forward to air travel this Thanksgiving weekend. Travelers are talking about flight delays, last minute air fares, and the impending “TCS Opt Out Day” airport security pat-down.

Whether you are going to one of the top US or International destinations found in TipTop’s 2010 Thanksgiving Guide Travel section or another location you can quickly see the buzz around town, changing all the time, to get the best tips for whatever interests you. Today, the conversation buzz in these cities is:

  • NYC: dinner, family, party, pack, new york city, home
  • Atlanta: thanksgiving day, dish, party, home, turkey
  • Houston: dallas, event, family, home, thanksgiving day, for thanksgiving

My family is staying local, and riding with a little one, so I was excited to find “Thanksgiving: Tips for Traveling with Baby” tip from TipTop “Thanksgiving traveling” results.

Thanksgiving Activity & Shopping Tips:

Activity tipsGet tons of activity ideas & shopping tips, that TipTop has extracted from tweets, by clicking ‘Surprise Me’ under the Search box. Click ‘Pick Another Activity‘ until you see something of interest. You then get the best tips for decorating centerpieces, for example.

If you want to take advantage of all the Black Friday or Cyber Monday ads from Wal-mart, Target & Best Buy before you make holiday gift purchasing decisions, compare products on TipTop Shopping first. For example, I created an HDTV product comparison guide to easily sort by product attributes & quickly read the best product reviews below:

TipTop’s 2010 Thanksgiving Guide Top 10 lists will be updated over the next week to capture the ongoing Thanksgiving buzz, and TipTop’s search results are always exposing new tips so come back often to let TipTop help you quickly discover the best tips, get varied perspectives, and ultimately help you make better decisions.

Have a delicious Thanksgiving celebration!

Greg Martin & the TipTop Team Why? Because life happens in real time!


Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Uncategorized


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TipTop Captures Greater Manchester 999 Call Tweets by Topic & Trend

Using TipTop’s search engine it is easy to get all the Greater Manchester Police tweets on one results page at Seeing all the GM police 999 call tweets in one place you can then filter the calls by topic, see sentiment trends over time & easily comment on both interesting and moronic calls via twitter.

Unfortunately the Greater Manchester police have to actually respond to the calls.

TipTop Searches Positive Calls Negative Calls Topics Extracted from Tweets
Greater Manchester OR GM police 29% 12% manchester, twitter, tween, calls, tweets, incident, incidents, people, united kingdom, tweet, emergency
from:gmp24_1 OR from:gmp24_2 OR from:gmp24_3
6% 21% man, police, salford, youth, bolton, vehicle, car, office, wigan, request, men, oldham
from:gmp24_1 (Twitter ID)
2% 16% man, car, police, manchester, request, salford, wigan, home, drug
from:gmp24_2 (Twitter ID)
2% 17% man, police, bolton, vehicle, manchester, woman, salford, bury, oldham
from:gmp24_3 (Twitter ID)
6% 24% man, bolton, wigan, vehicle, car, child, youth, rochdale, oldham, salford, men, office

To see how the tweeting public feels about the Greater Manchester police’s PR stunt or potentially sardonic 999 calls you can try a search on TipTop, like “Greater Manchester OR GM police“, “gmp” or “999 calls“.
See why people feel 29%:) and 8%:( about “Greater Manchester OR GM police” in TipTop See why people feel 43%:) and 10%:( about “#gmp” in TipTop
See why people feel 32%:) and 21%:( about “999 calls” in TipTop

Enjoy, and keep coming back to for the 411 on the 999:)

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Posted by on October 14, 2010 in Uncategorized


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