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May 18, 2008

LetsProve Debuts Open Two-Way Lifestream Platform, API

The lifestreaming market is a crowded one, with each new service differentiating itself through design, customizability, ability to enable conversations, or engage community. A new entrant to the space, called LetsProve, offers developers the ability to connect their own services to the site, and offers more than just a coagulation of friends activities, also enabling popular sites to update you within the feed, much like RSS.

LetsProve is founded by Peerapong Pulpipatnan, a 24 year-old from Bangkok, Thailand. Initially aimed at being a site for people to give visual updates on their location, similar to Twitter, Pulpipatnan expanded LetsProve to record all of a person's activity online, capturing updates from disparate Web services, like Twitter, Del.icio.us, Digg, Google Reader shared items and blogs. Now, featuring the core elements seen on many lifestreaming apps out there, LetsProve is opening up to users, hoping they'll use the site to share their activities, to connect with friends, and join groups.


One LetsProve feed of activity, prior to adding friends.
(Note the updates from ReadWriteWeb, TechCrunch)

There are a few interesting wrinkles to LetsProve on day one.

While it's not uncommon to offer updates to your feed from our own activity and that of your friends, some of the default applications you can add to your LetsProve feed are popular tech blogs, including TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb, Engadget and VentureBeat. In theory, by adding these applications, you could stay in LetsProve and have the news come to you, rather than jumping to an external RSS feed reader, or waiting for a friend to share it in their Google Reader shared items.

Also, LetsProve offers syndication with your Twitter account, so that updates to your LetsProve feed can be posted as Direct Messages (DMs) directly to you.


I can customize my LetsProve feed.

Unlike many other lifestreaming services, LetsProve also offers an extremely customizable user interface. Users can do more than just select an avatar. They can pick a background image for their feed, or edit background, link and font colors, making the LetsProve stream unique to each individual.

Beyond the basic lifestreaming capabilities, LetsProve is also thinking ahead. At launch, LetsProve offers a platform which the site says "enables anyone to build applications that can update your activites from exeternal services, and send notifications." Think there are users on the site who would like to tap into your content? LetsProve has already developed an API in beta to make this happen. (See the Developers Page)

Additionally, you can find other users of LetsProve by importing friends from your Webmail accounts, inviting users from the site, or even clicking on the "Maps" tab, letting you see if there are any users in your geographic area.

What LetsProve doesn't offer today is the kind of interactivity through comments and direct sharing to the feed common on other popular sites, but considering its early stage and humble beginnings, it could be quite interesting to watch. You can find my LetsProve blog at http://letsprove.com/louisgray.