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?
It has been a few months since the “RSS IS DEAD!” meme popped up, but the release of some new tools has sparked conversation again. I am ignoring the people who just say that they use Twitter to get their news, because you can easily miss too much no matter how diligent you watch your… Read More RSS, Human Filters And Real Time Streams
Image by photopia / HiMY SYeD via Flickr Technology (and technology news) tends to be cyclical. So this week, we are seeing some “old” news resurface. I already dealt with the possible Twitter acquirers yesterday. Today is the “RSS is dead again” problem. It started with Steve Gillmor proclaiming RSS is replaced with Twitter: It’s… Read More RSS Is Not Dead, It Has A Usability Problem
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
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
Image via CrunchBase Today’s BitchMeme is brought to you today by Duncan Riley at Inquisitr. Duncan complains that TechMeme is biased although Gabe Rivera, its creator, denies this. How did this get started? It starts with the Business Week article that listed the 25 most influential people on the web. Gabe Rivera is on this… Read More Is TechMeme Really Our Only Option?
I would be neglecting my duties if I did not mention the new version of Google Blog Search. First, let’s get some minor details out of the way. Is it a Technorati killer? No. Google Blog Search (GBS) is not really a discovery engine or a blog ranking mechanism. Is it a TechMeme killer? No.… Read More The Death of TechMeme Has Been Greatly Exaggerated
In my last post I asked Do We Need Rankings For Everything? The rant was based on the new API for PostRank from AideRss, the launching of Frienderati.Alltop and the ensuing discussion. Yep, it was one of those good, old-fashioned, “I am a cranky old man” rants. Thankfully, Melanie Baker from AideRss beat me with… Read More Rankings Suck, So Now What?
I started this post late last week after PostRank was launched as an API. Conveniently enough, Alltop launched Frienderati today, which caused some interesting discussions on FriendFeed and gave my post a little more relevance. Why is it that people feel the need to rank things? Is it the simplicity of looking at things in… Read More Do We Need Rankings For Everything?