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Hunch: A New Social Networking Tool?

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

I read an article about Caterina Fake, the founder of Flickr, in the current August 2010 edition of Wired that offers an interesting look at where the web is heading. It is a must read for designers/developers because it is describing the process of learning more about everyone, so that web services can better target specific users, and give better services. What you want: Flickr Creator Spins Addictive New Web Service is an interesting story of a person deeply engaged in web technologies, and one who focuses on connecting people to one another, which is what interested me the most. Her success with Flickr, using it as a tool to provide social networking for its users, was an intriguing step at the time. Now she is teamed with Chris Dixon who had created Hunch, and needed someone who could “ask the right questions”, to move the project forward. You may be concerned about their approach, but it is unique and seems to be breaking new ground, hopefully in a positive direction.

See the site yourself at http://hunch.com. I am not recommending that you join or participate, but do look around and see what it is about.

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Google Reader now adds changes to any website

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Google Reader, is another content aggregator which is part of your Google account. It was just announced that it has now added the ability to add any update to any website on the web, whether it has an RSS feed or not! This could turn out to be a major advantage and another first for Google. Although Netvibes and other portal products as well as some “cloud based” notebook/database products (Zoho’s Notebook) can story any type of site on their pages, the ability to receive any updates on a non-RSS based document page is big news! Check out the announcements and see how it works.

http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2010/01/follow-changes-to-any-website.html

http://mashable.com/2010/01/25/google-reader-custom-feeds/

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New blog on WebTools

April 24, 2008 Leave a comment

I just upgraded one of my blogs to WP 2.5 and decided to begin a site I have been wanting to do for several years about WebTools. I continue to be fascinated by the quality and usefulness of web-based applications and some open source applications that are downloadable. The purpose is to write about specific WebTools tha I find meaningful and to have people contribute articles on tools they find interesting and useful, so this is your chance to get involved! As you discover new tools that meet your needs and interests, send a comment to WebTools and if you contribute regularily I’ll add you as a content provider and you can log in and write posts.

Next article coming soon, my PLE set of tools I use most often.

New Version of WordPress.com!

April 4, 2008 Leave a comment

Wow! This is the new version of WordPress (2.5). I mentioned in class that the software would change shortly, and it happened! Now everything I showed you about interfacing with WP is changed! Actually, whatever settings you established will work the same way. The administrative menu has shrunk, and functions shifted around, but it is easier and more compact to get things done, and there are a lot of new features “under the hood” which I will explore with you in class on Thursday. Play around and you’ll discover how it all works!

I am posting the blogroll for our Spring ’08 class, so look at the right column to find the links to each class member (who has sent me their gmail and blog address).

A new class!

April 3, 2008 Leave a comment

This is a new class and we are introducing WordPress.