Futures Lab Update #122: Getting Social With Hello and Finding Records via Sqoop

    by Reuben Stern
    September 24, 2015
    This week, Futures Lab look at a service called Sqoop, which gives journalists a way to watch for stories.

    This week the RJI Futures Lab takes a peek at a new social platform centered around users’ passions, and we explore a new tool that can monitor public records.

    "When it comes to content, we connect you to content on a global level." -Orkut Buyukkokten, Hello.

    PART 1: Hello

    A new social platform called Hello, created by a group of former Google engineers and supported by the company, centers its user experience around specific interests or passions and also integrates gaming elements into the social space. Founder and Chief Executive Officer Orkut Buyukkokten and Community Manager Ashley Pengilly give us a peek at how it works.


    Reporting by Daniel Shapiro.

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    Hello’s founder previously launched Orkut, Google’s first social platform, which was shut down in 2014.

    More details about Hello can be found on the company’s website.

    PART 2: Sqoop

    A service called Sqoop, currently in beta testing, provides another way technology can automatically keep watch and alert journalists when there’s something to report on. In this case, the tool assembles and monitors several types of public records. Bill Hankes, founder and chief executive officer, explains how reporters are already using it.

    Reporting by Haley Reed.

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