is a Cloud application designed to no less than bridge Facebook and Microsoft Photosynth. Essentially, the app allows users of the social networking website to integrate content created with Photosynth into Facebook profile pages. “MySynth” was developed by speakTech with CEO Aaron Sloman presenting the application at the Real Estate Connect Conference, and is currently available for Facebook members, revealed Chris Pendleton, the Virtual Earth Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. At the same time, MySynths is a pure Cloud application, as it leverages not only Facebook and Photosynth, but also Microsoft's Cloud operating system, Windows Azure.
“Once you find the Photosynth you want to publish, simply complete the form on the application page. The Title can be anything you want. You can choose to use the name of the Synth itself from the site or make up your own. Next, put in the URI string from the Photosynth site. You can get the URI from landing on the actual synth page (out of the address bar) or by clicking the EMBED tag (the little <> carrots) on the page. Next, add an URI to the thumbnail. This is a little trickier for the novice, but I went to the user’s collection of Synths, right clicked on the respective thumbnail of the Synth, view the image properties, copied the URI from there and pasted it in,” Pendleton explained
MySynths will first of all enable Facebook members to add Photosynths to their page. Each Synth needs a Title and a source URL. But Facebook users are also free to add a Thumbnail Image URL, a Thumbnail Description, extra details, location data, and even external URLs with more information on the content shared. For every Synth added, a thumbnail will be displayed on the profile page featuring a link to the Facebook page that hosts the embedded Photosynth.
“The Thumbnail Description, again can be anything you want, but you may be best off to just copy the content from the site. Same goes for the long description,” Pendleton said. “The location is a bit trickier. If there is a globe icon on the Photosynth page, that means that it has been georeferenced and you can sort of reverse figure it out for yourself. If you uploaded the Synth yourself, you obviously know where the Synth belongs in this world and can enter it yourself. Add a URI for more information – in this case I put the Real Estate Agent’s web site URI.”
Users will also be able to opt for their Synths to be added to the application tabs and even for them to be published via their Facebook feed. Of course that MySynth also offers the possibility to manage and edit synths after content has been embedded. “Before you can publish to your feed, you have to grant the application the ability to publish posts or comments, so remember to click the link and configure that before you continue. Click “Add Synth” and BOOM! you’re done,” Pendleton stated.