Are we experiencing a general tools decline? What are the most innovative tool concepts since people aggregators made their appearance a few years ago?
Here are some tools that have reduced functionality or are gone altogether:
- The latest version of MS Outlook no longer supports the Social Connector. The last Outlook version that still supports ir, the one from Office 2013, has stopped supporting LinkedIn.
- Topsy, the search engine that indexed all tweets “from the beginning of time” and searched better than Twitter itself, was shut down in December 2015, some time after Apple had acquired it.
- Broadlook’s desktop-based Contact Capture, well-debugged during its relatively long lifetime, is no longer supported or available for download.
- Lippl, an extension to uncover hidden information on LinkedIn profiles, has been discontinued.
- Connect6 PeopleDiscovery has not been updated since 2014.
- 360social, that was an extension for Chrome with a promise to become a people aggregator, stopped working for a long time; it seems, it may come back, but we have yet to see that.
- Connectifier, a well-known people aggregator, was just acquired by LinkedIn – and has already discontinued sign-ups; most of its staff is moving on. We are not sure, but we expect it will be shut down soon.
So which tools, among those we have left, work best, and what are some new kids on the block? Come to my Tools Webinar to find some answers!