Futures Lab Update #95: Digital Profiles via 360social; Behavioral Analytics via Trialfire

    by Reuben Stern
    February 27, 2015
    360social tracks users' social footprints in a neatly structured sidebar that appears in a browser. Screenshot courtesy of RJI.

    This week we look at a tool that reassembles scattered social media fragments and a code-free way to track behavior on individual Web pages.

    "You don't have to write any code; you don't have to integrate anything; you don't need a developer." -Michael Lieberman

    PART 1: 360social

    Built as a Web browser plugin, 360social could help reporters more quickly comb through someone’s digital trail across various social media platforms. We learn how the system works from founder Albert Dijkstra.
    Reporting by Tim Leible, Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise.
    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]


    PART 2: Trialfire

    Trialfire makes it possible to track specific behaviors on individual Web pages without writing any computer code. Co-founders Max Kremer and Michael Lieberman tell us how it could complement other analytics tools.
    Reporting by Daniel Shapiro, Reuben Stern and Rachel Wise.
    [To skip directly to this segment in YouTube, click here.]

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    Trialfire also offers a plugin that automatically inserts the necessary code into all pages of a WordPress site.


    A similar behavior tracking system is offered by Heap Analytics.

    Reuben Stern is the deputy director of the Futures Lab at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and host and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

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