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Well nothing great about this start up. Remember those days when all you really did on your computer was to download a few cool screen savers,wallpapers and just made sure you dont fall asleep while browsing through clicks after clicks of junk…..

Chirp just add’s the facebook and flicker feeds into your screensavers and hence gives you more than just a screen , a dynamic screen….

Hmmm…..i’m sure in this world of desktop web app’s one can think of a better way to source your social feeds than a screen saver ….. Any comments?

chirp-logo.pngToday, Chirp is launching in private beta. Chirp is a screen saver, previously covered here, that lets you bring social feeds from Flickr and Facebook onto your desktop. Other social Websites will be added in the future. “Our purpose is to enable you to stay up to date with your friends without the hassle of logging into multiple websites,” says CEO Eve Phillips.

Chirp will let you subscribe to a friend’s photo feed so that it can decorate your screen. Click on a photo and Chirp will take you to the corresponding Flickr page to find out more. This reminds me of the Slide Desktop application, except that it brings in photos and data from other Websites. It basically brings social widgets outside the browser, something we’ve also seen with desktop applications from Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo. The Sidebar in Windows Vista, for instance, lets you bring all sorts of widgets to the desktop, including online photos albums.

Maybe I’m missing something, though, because there is some smart money in the seed round. Greylock Partners, Jeff Clavier’s SoftTech VC and angel investors Reid Hoffman (Chairman and founder of LinkedIn), Jay Adelson (CEO of Digg), and Dave Samuel (founder of and Grouper). CTO David Bill is formerly of Spinner. I guess Chirp’s focus on turning social feeds into a screen saver might give it more mass appeal than just a bunch of desktop widgets.

Phillips explains the difference between Chirpscreen and widgets in the following way:

We’re designed to take over your screen and turn your
computer into a display of the social content of your choosing,
automatically updated with content from your friends – your friend channel.

Taking a step back, if you separate out what we do into three areas:
content aggregation; filtering; and display, most of those desktop
widgets aggregate and then do a limited display. We’re focused on
having highly relevant filtering and a really engaging, interactive
display of that content, as opposed to a desktop widget which is
designed to be a companion to your desktop activities (browsing,
email, etc.).

What do readers think? Try the beta and tell me in comments.


letsprovelogo.pngA 23-year old programmer in Thailand has launched a Twitter-like service that lets users add location-based information to their Facebook profile, website, or blog.

The Thailand-based service is called LetsProveWhere, and Peerapong Pulpitpatnan (aka “Pete”) developed it almost single-handedly in just three months. After a few days, he’s reporting about 100 registered users.

letsprovephoto2.pngPete says he got the idea for the service from films like Deja Vu and Minority Report, because technology in those movies was able to record people’s movements automatically. He sought to create a program that would let users to do just that, especially from their mobile phones.

Right now, but for a couple of features (uploading pictures from mobile to LetsProveWhere as well as entering a location), Twitter may not have anything to worry about, because it enjoys plenty of momentum with its service, launched earlier and used by more people. But Pete has big plans: He envisions a real-time travel log service that lets you update text, pictures, video, and voice from mobile or computer — all formatted into embeddable maps. He says that people’s travel/location logs will be the new way to find travel information, potentially pitting him against the likes of Dopplr and ImThere.

Pete started work on LetsProve in November 2006, and his first creation was a project management tool, which he quickly left due to the product’s lack of differentiation from its competitors. After that, he launched LetsProveTV, a Thai-language video-sharing site after only three months of development. The site, which according to Pete receives 3,000 to 4,000 unique visitors a day, was a response to slow bandwidth in Thailand that cripples access to foreign sites as well as a government censorship that blocks most foreign video sites.

letsprovescreen2.pngThailand is still stuck in web 1.0, he says. And the few start-ups that are entering web 2.0 are, for the most part, Thai-language clones of foreign web apps. His LetsProveTV service falls into this category. But he has other directions for LetsProveWhere; his main focus is the U.S. and European markets (his servers are located in the U.S.), yet he’s partnering with a Thai telecommunications company to co-promote a package with lower rates for sending text messages.

Pete invested $3,000 of his own money in LetsProveWhere, money raised from a profitable investment in a document outsourcing company. He also generates revenue through AdSense on LetsProveTV.

For now he’s counting on viral growth spurred by tech blogs and friends sharing with friends, but he’s looking for $1 million funding to build a team and further develop his ideas to expand the service. If funded, he plans to move to the U.S.

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