September 25, 2008

Gary's 15 minutes of truth...

Gary Vaynerchuk's keynote at Web 2.0 Expo is bang on.  Very akin to Jason Fried's (who was also at the Expo) talk at SXSW this year.

Look and learn son, look and learn.

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September 15, 2008

TweetFeed in beta

So there's a new little site called TweetFeed (beta) that's been pulling time away from my other online pursuits.

TweetFeed lets you build pages to display the latest Twitter activity around any topic or keyword. This means with a set of advanced search commands and a little tweaking to the HTML & CSS you can build pages like this one about power outages on September 14th (we are experiencing the after-effects of Hurricane Ike).

TweetFeed gives you a real nice set of operators, though it does take a little finagling to get some of my pages to show results.  I think a big part of this isn't TweetFeed but more how people construct their tweets.

This might be a good tool to see how and why people are talking about you or your product or an event (if Twitter sorts out their XMPP service).

Why not sign up and give it a go.

PS - This would've posted last night but guess what. Our power went out at 10.30pm.

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September 13, 2008

Cheap international mobile web access for all...

So my Mum is on a visit from the UK at the moment and one thing she did was but a new mobile phone for the trip.

She wanted to keep in contact with my sister back in the UK and with my Nan, but her old mobile phone would not work in the USA.  So she went to her local Tesco's and purchased one for £20 and what a bargain it was! on mobileThis Motorola W377 phone can browse the internet, send SMS, work overseas, pick up FM radio, take photos and a whole host of other features.  All for less than $40.  Now it is a pay-as-you-go phone through Virgin, so pulling my web site up & checking voice mail  did deplete the funds a little, but still, to buy the same spec over here is around $80.

I think this shows the leaps & bounds the rest of the world has got over the USA on mobile acceptance.  That I could go and get a fully-featured phone, that will do what I need, for little expense and I would have no qualms ditching it if I wanted too after a trip.

Also, by using CSS on my freelance web design site pulled it up fairly fast and was usable.

update: Apparently all the calls my Mum makes she will recieve Tesco reward points (same as if she went shopping) which she can use towards gas etc.  Great idea all round.

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September 8, 2008

Was Google Chrome released a little too early?

So this week saw Google release its own browser, Chrome.  But did they rush it and is it worthing downloading?

Google Chrome logoNow Chrome is built upon Webkit and Firefox 3 as well as the new JavaScript V8 virtual machines from Denmark.  The V8 enables each of its tabs to run independently, so if something causes a crash in one tab the whole browser will keep going. The Webkit/Firefox combo keeps the whole thing web standards friendly.

Tech aside, in my opinion I think it was a little rushed.   As soon as the comic was made public extolling the virtues of Chrome, people were clamoring for it, which is great.  But as soon as the downloads started so did the questions.
As of Sept. 4th Chrome had already taken 6% of the market.  So is this the IE killer we've been waiting for?  Well Paul Boag has a good post on  that which I agree with a lot of.  I personally don't think this version is, but a later version? Maybe.

The problem (as Paul points out) is a lot of people still think of the internet as that little "blue e" and would never think of using anything else - why should they?  This is still the battle Firefox faces.  The thing on Google's side is its apps (being touted on TV commercials for C2) which Chrome will probably join soon, and offering it on their own homepage.

So should you download it?  Yes, I think so.  Anything that can improve your web experience is a good thing and so far it's run pretty well on our old laptop and my shiny new one but it hasn't replaced Flock as my default.

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