CrowdReel Launches

CrowdReel launched in Toronto. CrowdReel is a web service that combs through Twitter’s real-time feed for photo data and URIs including Twitpic, Yfrog and Tweetphoto  to build a real-time feed and trending of photo-only data. There are real-time news and trending services like Thoora, OneRiot, PostRank, and others. CrowdReel is built by Toronto Rails shop Nulayer Inc.  

Introducing a new way to experience Twitter pics: Facebook meets Twitpic with Crowdreel

Crowdreel delivers real-­time access to images posted on Twitter and lets you search, share and add context to pictures in your existing Twitter network

Toronto – Crowdreel offers an unprecedented glimpse into the Twitterverse, allowing users to browse tweeted images in real-­?time and immediately see pictures posted by the people they follow.

Nearly half a million images are uploaded through Twitter everyday. The problem is this content is lost in a sea of hard-­to-­navigate links. Crowdreel makes it easy to find exactly what you are looking for and uncovers content you might have missed out on in your feed.

This new service offers the ability to browse trending topics, popular retweets and content your followers are sharing – all without missing a tweet. The result is an enhanced, Facebook-­?like experience, putting what users want to see first.

Week in Review

Network Hippo

Congratulations to Scott Annan and the Network Hippo team for their great demo at Demo Spring 2010. Scott Lake wrote about the performance on StartupOttawa, and I’d agree it’s worth taking the 5 minutes and 24 seconds to watch a great demo.

Funding Details



No direct competitors. Secondary competitors include Gist, Plaxo, Xobni, Highrise, and Batchbook.

Product Description

Network Hippo is the smartest way to manage your network. We help individuals and businesses manage and stay connected to people across social, professional, and business networks. Network Hippo aggregates and organizes contact information intelligently from email and social networking sites and has proactive, addictive tools to engage your network. Close more deals, crowdsource your next product design, or change the world: Network Hippo and your network make it possible.

Market Opportunity

Jack Myer’s Media Business report forecasts spending in social marketing to grow from $800 million to $3.2 billion by 2012. AMR projects CRM revenue of $22 billion in 2012 (up from $14 billion in 2007) and Gartner predicts 80% of the immediate growth to come from “social application vendors.”