Finally, Zensify's iPhone app shows key word trends across your social graph

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Zensify is a new lifestreaming iPhone app which lets you update, discover and track pictures, videos and comments across multiple social networks. Other apps have tried to do similar things. But what sets Zensify apart is that it shows the user trends within your social graph in the form of a tag cloud of key words. In other words it brings a lot more intelligence to your social graph. Suddenly, you can see a big trending topic amongst people you follow. I’ve been wanting something similar for a while and I’m not alone. David Winer recently Tweeted: “Wouldn’t it be cool if “trending topics” were localized to the people who are followed by the people you follow.” Well Zensify does this.

And it doesn’t just do it across Twitter. It does it also does it across updates from Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Digg, Delicious, Photobucket and 12seconds. For that reason it is my new favourite app, bar none, and it’s available for free from the app store here.

Zensify is also reminiscent of some desktop apps in that it allows you to view all your social networks in one timeline, and update Twitter and Facebook at the same time. You can upload and share mobile photos, and share content from all those networks directly back into to Twitter. You can also set up and save regular search terms across your social graph. The app will also play videos from YouTube and 12seconds.

The first version of Zensify is called “Zensify Preview”, so this is not the full app just yet. Even so it’s still pretty awesome.

For instance, this morning I could see that among the people I am following (which is pretty much all the startups CEOs across Europe) that, just amongst my Twitter friends, people were talking a lot about “funding”. Each time I click a topic it takes me deeper into who is talking about that topic.

Plus the search facilities on the app are pretty good as well, allowing you to search across Twitter, videos, Facebook, and many other content types.

However, one drawback comes not from the app itself but from the fact that many people have linked their Twitter account with Facebook, so you get their status updates twice. There’s been a general trend away from doing this and Zenify, and other apps like it, will probably accelerate this as people realise how much it pollutes the stream.

Zensify is seed funded by Ipex Capital, PA Consulting Group’s venture arm and co-founded by Bastian Lehmann. So far they have 11 staff in total.

The development roadmap includes integrating public content from various sources, more social networks and web services like Google Reader, and opening up the platform for other developers. The full launch is planned for June.

  • Harry

    Sounds pretty interesting. I’ll be checking this out later.

    Shame about the Failbook status updates though causing duplicates.

    People just need to get with the times and stop using Failbook

    • http://www.freefreebies.org/ Free Freebies

      looks cool

  • http://www.digizal.com Ousama Haffar

    Definitely cool, worth adding to digizal.! Thanks Mike for adding this to TC

  • http://www.mikehales.com Mike Hales

    At first pass, this looks really excellent. Trillium and Adium are pulling it all together on the desktop and this looks like doing a similar or better job on the iPhone.

  • tejaswi

    Damn ! I am working on a similar project :(

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  • http://crenk.com Steven Finch

    This looks like a great iPhone app. Im keen to get my hands on it and give it a test out on our site.

  • http://twitter.com/iVinay Vinay

    This app looks very promising to attract the Social Media niche. I quiet liked their focus

    “Social Networks require ongoing interactions and most of them ask you for your engagement in their communities but even if you only quickly check what’s new or what your friends are up to, you’re often confronted with an at least time consuming task.

    This is why we created Zensify. Our aim is to help you to easily update, discover and keep track of your friends’ pictures, videos and comments across the web.” – Perfect!

    I am giving it a try as I post this comment. Very innovative approach guys – Good Luck.

    Cheers

  • http://www.chromoz.com Himanshu

    Cool app! i have seen many apps on the web like newzingo which shows the clouds of most famous news on the planet, twitter cloud and google trends are another example, but this app is really going to change the way of searching the important trend.

  • http://www.karlfreeman.co.uk Karl Freeman

    On the download as we speak.

    Cheers TC

  • joechai

    Finally, i thought there something useful we can connect from Twiter. when i first used Twiter, i was explaining to another guy that it could link up anyone who’s interested in a certain topic. now we have this app.

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  • http://www.zensify.com Bastian Lehmann

    Mike,

    thank you so much for the review. We try our best to make Zensify better and better everyday.

    Also a huge thank you for all the positive comments. If anyone wants to get involved or share more feedback, just drop me a mail at: bastian@zensify.com

    Thanks,

    Bastian from Zensify

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  • http://www.zensify.com Bastian Lehmann

    I like the idea that people start sharing their personal tag clouds in twitter. Maybe we missed a viral opportunity here. :)

    Really, the more o think about it, we should have this as a feature.

    Bastian from Zensify

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  • bernd strasser

    Seems to be a stable, mature app. Unfortunately the tag cloud works for english only because it doesn’t sort out filler words like “doch”, “jetzt”(now), “auch” (too), “aber” (but).
    Screenshot: http://twitpic.com/622o4

    • bernd strasser

      The Guys behind Zensify are really amazing.
      About 8 min after tweeting my problem, I got 2 replies. Thats what I would call Customer Support using Twitter GREAT!!

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  • http://www.gadgetsleuth.com Gadget Sleuth

    Interesting though process, but a tad bit gimmicky too. Will people use this in their everyday lives?

    • Phil Seeney

      They are already – and the more people feedback the more relevant and useful the app with become

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