So one of my biggest New Year's resolutions has been to read more. I recently came across this blog and am now becoming a fan of Falcon. Self-described as Rapportive for the web, once it is installed as an extension in your Chrome browser, it becomes a useful tool for sourcing. Now note that Falcon does only operate in Chrome, and my Chrome browser on the work pc, well let me describe it as temperamental. But when the stars align and it functions as it should, Falcon is a tool I use all the time on Twitter (and it has other sites it will hone in and reveal information on as well, like Github, Dribble, Hackernews, etc.)
I enjoy any tool that gives me competitive information without requiring me to do a gazillion and two click-throughs and so far, Falcon has lived up to that want.
How? Let's look at 4 ways Falcon delivers information:
First, the straight up profile assessment from a Tweet. I started following @mvelic a couple of months ago because he's well networked into the SQL scene in DC. By hovering over his name, Falcon reveals in the sidebar a ton of information, including his email, additional profiles, and so on. It's a nice quick reference.
Fantastic. What if I want more people like Matt? Falcon helps me out there too. If I go to Matt's main profile on Twitter I can scan over the people he's tweeting…like @mrdenny…who turns out to be another SQL expert.