As promised, some cool new features have been added to Osnapz during the holidays.  Some of them have been out for a little while now and lots of you have been using them already, but here’s the recap.

  • LinkedIn has been added!  Existing users may now link their LinkedIn account on the “social sites” tab.  New users have the option of registering with their LinkedIn account.  Either way, once you link it, you can then use the LinkedIn button to sign-in to Osnapz.  There aren’t currently any LinkedIn achievement badges yet, but I’ll soon get some badges up for # of recommendations and connections.  You LinkedIn activity is being included in your social media experience points.  See the “experience” tab for details.
  • YouTube has been re-added.  After a brief disappearance, YouTube is back as a supported site.  As usual, you can add YouTube on the “social sites” tab or register and login using the YouTube button.  There are currently 2 different sets of YouTube achievement badges, and your YouTube activity is included in your experience points and level.
  • New experience points and level.  Your quantifiable social media activity is now being rewarded points, which will determine your social media experience level.  Simple activities (such as posting a tweet) are worth fewer points than more difficult tasks (such as uploading a video or getting a recommendation).  The idea is that the more social media activities you perform, the greater your social media experience is.  You social media level increases as you gain more points, with each successive level being more difficult to obtain.  You can see full details of your experience points in your account on the new “experience” tab.  A summary of your points and level is also now displayed in your account dashboard as well as your public profile.  Check the home page to see some example screenshots if you’re not yet a member.
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Well, its been a busy couple of weeks lately so I haven’t had a chance to update the blog recently. Lots of cool things have been happening at Osnapz, here’s a recap of some of the latest.

  • Added a list of Top Foursquare Users, which ranks foursquare users by # of friends and mayorships, filterable by city.  Blocks of users are updated every few minutes to keep the list up to date.  The list is monitoring almost 30,000 foursquare users now, and adding more all the time!
  • Techcrunch did a write up of the top foursquare user’s list on 12/3.  Funny how it turned out to be an article about the most stalker-friendly people on the web.  Thanks for the write-up MG!
  • Both foursquare and Twitter have white listed Osnapz, so that Osnapz can make lots of API calls to keep all our member data and stats up-to-date
  • Updated the top foursquare users list to also rank users by # of checkins, checkin days, and venues visited.  This is only for Osnapz members who’ve linked their foursquare account though.
  • Had to disable YouTube integration for now, because I was previously using Google’s AuthSub for authentication, which had problems.  I attempted to switch to using OAuth, but haven’t managed to get it working yet, so till that’s figured out, YouTube will be disabled.  Members who already have YouTube badges won’t be affected.
  • Working currently on adding LinkedIn, since they recently opened up their API to all developers!
  • Working on a really cool new feature to display your true social media score!

I was determined this week to get YouTube added as a supported site on Osnapz, and I’m happy to report that it’s up and running! You’ll now notice a YouTube login button at the top of the screen, along with the Twitter and Facebook login buttons.

Important: If you’re already an Osnapz member, simply login with your Twitter or Facebook account, then go to the “social sites” tab to add YouTube.

If you’re not already an Osnapz member, then go to the registration page, and choose which site (Twitter, Facebook or YouTube) you’d like to sign-up with.

Either way you add YouTube, you’ll be redirected to the YouTube authorization page where you’ll need sign in with your Google/YouTube credentials, then click the “Allow Access” button so that Osnapz can gather your YouTube account data. As with the Twitter and Facebook login, Osnapz will never have access to your password on those sites. It means more security for you, and eases the registration and login process for you.

The first set of YouTube achievement badges are for how many videos you’ve watched! Here are some of them, with a fun movie snack theme!

The second set of YouTube achievement badges are for how many channel or profile views you’ve received. The more views you’ve got, the more eyes the monsters have! Here are a few of them:
The next set of YouTube I’ll be adding will be for the number of subscribers you have, stay tuned for that!