Based in Orem, Utah, Speaku is a topic-driven social information network that brings real-time communications to forums and blogs. Expected to be available for public use by mid-2011, Speaku aims to combine the growing demand for real-time interaction with longer, more in-depth blog or forum posts to provide high quality — and useful — content to a live global audience.
Bonus points to anyone who can explain the tagline:
1.5 parts Twitter
2 parts blogs
2 parts forums
10 parts super-powers
Here is the official description. It does sound like an interesting concept:
Real-time communications, whether through status updates, Tweets or link sharing, is increasingly becoming a key method of sharing information online. Today’s real-time social media applications, however, only permit brief messages that do not facilitate in-depth analysis or discussion; nor do they enable easy tracking of topics and discussions. With Speaku, Internet users can easily create and publish comprehensive and informative content in real time while also being able to discover, follow and engage with others based on shared topics of interest.
“Speaku does for blogs and forums what Twitter does for status updates,” said Chris Crabtree, founder of Speaku and former CTO of Mozenda Inc., a web data extraction software company. ”It applies the power of real-time communications to these two extremely large conversation outlets, making it the quickest way to broadcast rich content you would typically find in blogs, forums and news sites to others around the world with similar interests.”
With Speaku, all content is submitted via an easy-to-use e-mail-like text publisher and is indexed immediately based on topics, tags and keywords. This makes it easier for users to make significant content contributions and in turn be discovered and followed by those with similar topics of interest. Discovering new topics will be as simple as opening an e-mail inbox and will allow users to automatically discover and receive information on their topic the moment it is published anywhere on the network.
Care to give it a try? You need to go get in line: [click here].
I guess we will see whether there is another player in the social media market. I will be pulling for ‘em because it’s located on my home turf. I’m always pulling for the home-turf companies. What are your thoughts about the idea?