Ah, Paris, the city of lights, love and Internet innovation. Yes, folks, it’s that time of the year again for us to gear up and see what’s up with LeWeb Paris on Dec. 4-6, organized by the couple that never ceases to amaze me with their energy, Geraldine and Loic Le Meur.
My client Fabrice Grinda was in Paris this week at Le Web ’09 after spending the past seven months abroad away from his New York City home. At Le Web, conference organizer Loic Le Meur conducted a fireside chat with Fabrice Grinda, co-CEO of free classifieds site OLX, Inc. Please check it out above.
Back in the earlier days of 3rd party Twitter apps (just a few months ago, actually), a few very effective web-based services got my attention: SocialToo, TweetLater, and HootSuite. Sad thing was, while they were all very powerful services, they were all poorly designed, very hacked together, and fugly. Enter the elegant, sexy, feature-rich HootSuite 2.0 (no matter what you think about all the controversy and extortion — see below).
Everyone’s talking about HootSuite 2.0
Today, while I was monitoring my stream-o-tweets, I noticed that every third person of the 2,587 I currently follow were tweeting that they “upgraded to #HootSuite 2.0 because it works http://hootsuite.com/upgrade.” HootSuite — pronounced like it sounds (HOOT-sweet) and a play on the French phrase tout de suite — was the first online player to offer multi-Twitter-account management and Twittering, an essential tool to any business application of Twitter that required the management of more than one Twitter account, such as @marcon, @abrahamharrison, @chrisabraham, etc.