After weeks of hard work, we’re excited today to unveil the latest update to My Taptu, which now lets you mix your own streams, curating them exactly as you want them.
That’s right, with My Taptu 1.3′s new self-curation feature, you can now build your very own stream from scratch, choosing and combining feeds that you find from the My Taptu StreamStore (13,000 and counting!), through a search with Bing RSS, or from your Google Reader account. Or, you can edit the topic streams we’ve mixed up ourselves by removing and adding sources. Once the stream has been created, you can watch stories flow in from your favorite sources all in one stream.
The obvious streams to create are based on topics, such as the VC blogs stream DFJ Esprit VC Scott Sage has mixed up (search for “VC Blogs” in the StreamStore), the “Parenting Essentials” stream from Britain’s best-selling “yummy mummy” author Liz Fraser (search for Liz Fraser), and the DIY Inspiration & Tips from San Francisco-based interior designer Beryn Hamill (search for “DIY Inspiration”).
Then there are the not so obvious curated streams, random mixes of favorite blogs and sites, that mashed together, provide a serendipitous and thought-provoking line-up of stories. We first tuned into this type of stream when Jed Hallam, a London, UK-based social media strategist mixed up a bunch of feeds from business news to small creative blogs, to blogs from those working in his industry, with a few fashion and design ones thrown in and called it Jed Hallam’s “Synapse Starter.”
It’s been one of my favorite streams to follow—especially since it’s where I discovered the smart and often very funny musings of Dave Trott, a London marketing man (and learned, incidentally, how to say “stingy s**t” in the southern Chinese dialect Teochew). Another example of such a stream is the one Monica Durden has curated, namely “London femme’s escort into fashion and arts” with coverage from both the arts and the fashion world, an essential stream for whoever wants to stay up to date with the catwalk news as well the art world.
The point is, with literally thousands of sources accessible on My Taptu, any number of these streams can be created. Want to keep up on work news? Create a stream for it! Want to keep up on your passions? Mix up a stream! Or do like Jed and mash it all up. We’d love to see what streams you are coming up with—or as we say here, “How do you Taptu?” so let us know by pinging us on Twitter (@taptu), in the comments, or on our Facebook page. And yes, we are working on letting you share your streams with one another as fast as we can!
Now, just a few more cool features we’ve heard you asking for:
On the social side, you can now do more inside the app with Twitter and Facebook:
• Twitter Stream: You can now reply and retweet inside your Twitter stream without having to leave My Taptu.
• Facebook Links Only Stream: You can now add your Facebook links stream that will only show the updates when your Facebook friends share a link. The link will open as a preview in the article card, along with the update. You can also Like or Comment right in the card.
We’ve also made discovering new content streams and RSS feeds even easier:
• StreamStore Streamlined: Every time you visit the StreamStore, My Taptu remembers which streams you’ve added. The next time you visit, the StreamStore replenishes itself and displays new streams for you to choose from.
• Google Reader Front and Center: Google Reader is now front and center in the StreamStore to let you import the RSS news feeds you already follow.
Thanks again for using My Taptu! If you need help, please go to our community support or ping us on Twitter @Taptu. As always, let us know what other features you’d like to see. Our full press release is here. Happy mixing! –Konstantinos