When developing applications, most teams are focused on the features that the application must have. This is fairly normal given that many applications only manage data created by the application itself. However, more web applications or more similar to mashups than the client-server applications of the 1990s. That means that more data may be coming… Read More The Often Forgotten Task Of Data Integration
It has been a while since I looked at the state of social news sites. Given that they have been in the news in the past few months, I figured it is a good time to review them again. At this time, we are only looking at Digg, Mixx and Reddit. I previously included Propeller,… Read More The 2010 State Of Social News
By now you have heard about the user revolts and the general feedback on the new Digg. Some people like it, others understand that the stream-based interface was implemented to compete with Facebook and Twitter, and there are lots of people that just hate it. Well, it looks like those people that hate the new… Read More Did The New Digg Bury Itself?
Given the Twitter.com redesign and the plethora of articles being posted about it, I wanted to take a different type of look at things. First, if you are looking for a good overview of what Twitter has changed, take a look at the TechCrunch coverage. Essentially, Twitter redesigned the main page to have two panes,… Read More What Can We Build On Top Of The Stream?
The stream is the user interface design for many popular sites now. Facebook is using it as the main news feed and your home page. Twitter has never used anything but the stream. FriendFeed used the stream, but also made more popular or recent items “bump” to the top of the stream. Digg was not… Read More Did We Miss The Boat With The Stream?
Recently, I have been looking at various APIs again. Social media sites like Digg, Twitter, Facebook, etc, add new features to their API all the time. Working with these APIs is fairly easy, especially when you are using a library to do much of the work. Because of this, I have a feeling that we,… Read More Developers, We Still Need To Pay Attention To HTTP Responses
Yesterday, Richard MacManus of ReadWriteWeb wrote about the RSS reader market being in disarray. One of the interesting trends of 2009 has been the gradual decline of RSS Readers as a way for people to keep up with news and niche topics. Many of us still use them, but less than we used to. Richard… Read More RSS Readers Are Fine, But They Are Niche Products
I know that Google’s Social Search was released days ago and is now old news, but I wanted to use it for a bit before really commenting. Generally speaking it is an interesting idea to use your contacts from various social sites to drive search results. The idea they are exploring is that your social… Read More Social Search Is Useless Without Context
Several blogs have already talked about the new changes at Technorati. Louis Gray goes as far as saying Technorati roars back to life. He does summarize his feelings nicely as well: Technorati may not be the big giant we once thought they would be, and they will need to have some consistent successes to become… Read More Is It Too Little Too Late For Technorati?
The more things change, the more they stay the same. This weekend we saw Michael Arrington raise a ruckus due to the “mob behavior” on FriendFeed. He states that FriendFeed is an example of what is wrong on the internet because all of the comments are together and that gives rise to a mob quicker.… Read More Don't Blame The Platform, Blame The People