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Twistori: A Microblogging Microscope

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Strip Twitter down to its raw, emotional core with Twistori. The simple website scrapes Twitter posts for exactly six keywords using the search engine summize. Now you can filter the Twit-o-sphere to see what your fellow microbloggers are loving, hating, thinking, believing, feeling or wishing. Bravo.

Hi five: Thomas Tabanao and Wired’s own Keith Excellent.

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Evernote Offers a Backup For Your Brain

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Evernote wants to be a database for every bit of knowledge in your life. It takes all of the digital data you collect throughout your day, both the important and the inconsequential, and stores them in a centrally-located library that’s accessible in an instant whenever you need it.

The software, which runs on multiple platforms and exists as a web service, collects whatever you throw at it — photos, web clippings, hand-written notes — and indexes everything for you. The result is that your life instantly becomes annotated and searchable. You can tag items and add comments to remind yourself why you saved something. Evernote can even search text and handwriting within photos, thanks to some awesome text recognition capabilities.

We reviewed Evernote at the beginning of last year. But since then, Evernote has moved beyond the Windows platform to include a recently launched Mac version, as well as web-based access and a variety of options for mobile devices.

In a telephone interview, Evernote CEO Phil Libin tells Wired.com that the goal is to move Evernote “away from a single platform. to an ubiquitous service you can access everywhere.”

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Dropbox Shows Off an Easier Way to Share Files

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Dropbox is a new start up that wants to take the pain out of storing and sharing your files over the web. Although the company has just entered a private beta testing phases with limited invites, the screencast showing off the service makes it look very promising.

Dropbox works via a web interface, as well as Mac and Windows desktop clients. The clients themselves are reportedly written in Python though, so we don’t see any reason why there can’t be a Linux version.

The desktop clients are quite ingenious in that they act like normal folders on your desktop — just open up the Dropbox folder and it will connect to the service’s online storage mechanism (Amazon S3). Once you’re logged in to your account you can interact with the remote files and folders just like any other file/folder on your desktop.

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TourTracker: Follow the 2008 Tour of California Online

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The next Tour de France is still five months away, but the 2008 pro cycling calendar is already in full swing. The week-long Amgen Tour of California, one of the first big races of the year, is currently making its way down the Golden State’s coast. You can catch nightly coverage of the bike race on the cable network Versus, or you can follow along online using some very cool Adobe technology.

The Adobe TourTracker is a Flash-based multimedia feast. You get a big window showing the action in Flash video (like Kelly Benefits’ Jonathan Sundt taking a solo flyer on the rainy roads of stage 2 as he tries to catch BMC’s Scott Nydam, shown above) with the ability to switch between two camera angles on the fly. You also get a text feed for updates, overhead and elevation maps of the route and the ability to track the locations of any of the 136 riders on the roads.

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Iminta.com Offers ‘One Ring’ for Your Online Life

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Keep track of what your friends are doing online seems like it would be easy, but it’s not. Given that most of us are using several different services — Flickr, Digg, Del.icio.us, Twitter, the list goes on — keeping track of it all is serious pain.

But these are your friends, and knowing what they’re doing and sharing shouldn’t be rocket science, which is where a new web service by the name of Iminta can help.

Iminta just launched today and it’s still a private beta, but the site promises to provide an easy way to keep track of what your friends are doing online and allows you to offer them an easy way to keep track of you.

Iminta (I’m into… get it?) pulls in all the public information from the services we all love, like Flickr, Digg, Del.icio.us and the other usual suspects of web 2.0. then Iminta allows you to group that data into a single stream and share parts or all of it with anyone you choose.

It works a bit like FriendFeed, but offers much more control over who sees what.

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