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Here are today’s startup and entrepreneurial Updates… enjoy!
- Ruba offers a new visual travel guide – Ruba
- The Web2NewYork meetup is relaunching next Tuesday – signup today – Web2NewYork
- 10 Job Search Attitudes that Will Get You More Interviews – SlideShare
- Online ad optimization firm Rubicon has acquired Others Online – Rubicon
- uTest found over 600 bugs in Bing, Yahoo and Google – uTest
- Control the visibility of your social networks – DandyID
- Wirenode launches premium mobile publishing platform – Wirenode
- A Drupal alternative to Squarespace and Ning – Acquia
DandyID describes their service as, “providing a set of tools that help you to collect, manage, and own your online identity.” We first met the DandyID team at SXSW and we filmed a video interview with the team. DandyID has over 300 services listed in their social database. Today they are releasing Pro Accounts and service verification.
Service verification allows you to assure people that who you say you are is who you are on a specific service. DandyID is using oAuth along with other verification services including the Flickr Authentication API and Facebook Connect for the verification. What this means is that after you signup for a DandyID account, you can select to verify a variety of services they have listed.
The Pro Accounts service is available for $4.99 and includes the following services:
- Personal Stats: Track how people are connecting with your complete identity across the web
- Social Analytics: Learn where your contacts exist online and which social networks are most important to them
- Contact Updates: Get notified via RSS whenever one of your contacts adds a new service to DandyID
- Pro Mail: Send 5 messages per month to members who are not on your contacts list
Update: Ken Stewart has posted a good review of DandyId.
DandyID is a new Rhode Island-based startup that the founders say is, "a one-stop shop for data collection and portability." They provide a suite of tools to manage your online identity. They support over 300 sites and developers can pull data from their service via the API. It’s almost like a social OpenID as you can use your DandyID to register on services that are setup as partners.
The partner sites can also use the DandyID API to find other friends on each network based on their DandyID profile. Certainly sounds more interesting than say the "defaults" on Twitter.
I had a chance to meet with DandyID co-founders Sara Czyzewicz and Arron Kallenberg — check out our video below. They also discuss the API contest where developers can win a bunch of prizes by creating an interesting build on top of DandyID.