Several people have been talking about the new Alltop and the customizations available for MyAlltop. So, I figured I should try out the customizations to see whether Alltop was ready for the mainstream. Disappointingly, it is not ready yet, but it is getting closer. The good thing is that it probably has the foundation needed… Read More New Alltop Still Not Ready For Mainstream, But It Is Close
You may not have heard that another personalized news service has launched out of private beta. The new application is called Veritocracy, or Veri for short. They have a post regarding their launch which describes some of the basic features: Simply put, Veri gives you a personalized view of the topics and news stories that… Read More Veri Looks Very Interesting, A Q&A With The CEO
Well, it took several days, but I finally got the new Facebook homepage. With this redesign, Facebook realized the battle is for conversation. Conversation makes a site more of a destination for people, and the new redesign is completely targeted towards this. As much as sites like Twitter and FriendFeed have been battling for the… Read More Facebook Won The Conversation Battle
By now you have heard that Google Reader has added a “private conversations” feature. As with most things Google, people have been praising the new feature. First, a few details from the official announcement: Comments can only be seen by friends of the person who originally shared the item. Comments are not yet available in… Read More Google Reader Hijacking The Conversation
Yes, I have another guest post. This time it is not on Mashable or LouisGray.com. You can see the guest post on SearchEngineJournal! Many thanks to Ann Smarty for helping me get a guest spot. The following is a short excerpt from the post. By now you have seen the various articles regarding Facebook’s homepage… Read More YAGP: Imitation Of Success Does Not Guarantee Success
I have talked about the importance of backups before. With YackTrack, I had a planned maintenance outage extend due to database issues. Because I had a database backup, I was more willing to try “something risky”. Magnolia had backups but did not realize that the backups were corrupt or unusable. Prior to the holiday season,… Read More Do You Have A Backup Ready?
I will admit that I do not agree with Michael Arrington very often. He tends to be a bit of a sensationalist, but I guess that goes with the news territory. However, he wrote something this morning that I completely agree with, and I do not think he went far enough. Twitter as a search… Read More Twitter, The Analytics Provider And Data Mine
The big trend in social media has been mass unfollowing. You have heard about people dropping a large number of the people they follow on Twitter. However, I am not going to talk about Twitter, I am going to talk about RSS readers. A trio of posts from the past week have got me thinking… Read More I Am Keeping My RSS Reader