April 30, 2010
Today, in an open letter published on Apple’s website, Steve Jobs shared his thought on Adobe Flash and its place (or lack thereof) on Apple devices such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Steve’s “Thoughts on Flash” can be found here. I break down his points after the jump.
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January 8, 2010
Have you ever looked at an html web page and wanted to get the content of that page in a feed? Or maybe you use a service like the Google Calendar that has feeds but not in a standard format?
I was recently asked internally to find a way to feed that content in as an RSS feed so it could be loaded into a WordPress.com site – out of the box, they don’t support Google Calendar – and I stumbled upon a tutorial for converting that feed into RSS using Feed43.
The tool works by entering the feed you want, and then setting up some regular expressions to pattern match the data you want, and then outputting that into a feed – believe me, it’s easier than it sounds.
The service allows you to take any site the outputs a structured document – an XML feed, html, etc – and make that into a useable feed. It’s ideal for sites where you want to make an RSS feed, but don’t want the overhead of creating an RSS feed on your server – one less page to maintain.
It even works for those pesky non-standard RSS feeds that people seem so fond of creating (still don’t understand why it’s so hard to stick to a simple standard like that given the benefits of doing so).
The only downside I can come up with is if the source document changes, the feed will stop working until you modify it. Oh, and you might want to make some of the feeds private for your own use. You don’t want to start infringing on copyright do you?
It’s a free tool – they say in the FAQs that it will always be free – but registration gives you an opportunity to manage your feeds more, and the paid service gives you more control and faster updates.
Feed43 is well worth checking out, even if you want an RSS feed for one of your pages without the overhead of actually making the feed.
October 7, 2009
Great little idea. Dell are attempting to create the world’s biggest online choir: The Dell Amplichoir. My friend Richard has already got involved (see fig 1) so I’m off to record mine now.
May 11, 2009
Energize, a Dutch marketing agency is taking a bold (pronounced odd) step in recruiting applicants for positions within their business.
They’ve created an application page that looks just like a twitter page and expect applicant to submit themselves for a job within 140 characters or less. Apparently their looking for candidates who actively use social media such as twitter, but I can’t help thinking its a little bit silly, gimmicky and unprofessional.
I guess though, that they’re trying to get more candidates, and put themselves in front of more eyes and well, I’m blogging this aren’t I??
Think you’re capable of getting a job in 140 characters?
May 8, 2009
It was bound to happen I guess. With all the jokes and ‘stories’ about people finding dates on twitter, a company – Radaroo – have finally decided its time to devote way too much time to making it happen.
Users sign up by sending a tweet to @radaroo, specifying their gender, the gender(s) they’re interested in, and which activities they’d like to participate in on a first date. See below:
I don’t know about you but I love mystery in a woman, and in 140 characters or less… could be just a little too much mystery for me.
Radaroo (good luck to you)
April 29, 2009
Yesterday morning whilst eating my breakfast I heard the Sunrise team ask the question…is the internet runing out of room? well, I was obviously bemused by this interview
April 19, 2009
Razorfish Group VP of Experience Planning, Garrick Schmitt, posts on this topic to AdAge here: http://adage.com/digitalnext/article?article_id=136019
Noteworthy among the services mentioned is FFFFound! which Garrick refers to in this context as “crowdsourced inspiration”.
March 13, 2009
In what may be a watershed moment for old media, The Guardian has announced this week their APIs will now be available for third parties to develop applications using ‘full fat’ feeds and complete articles, dating back to 1999.
The move has been explained by MD Tim Brooks as a ploy to “invite the developer community in”, to keep inline with the Guardian being a “value-driven and not a profits-driven” company and to build an ecosystem around its brand.
Detailed information about the release of Open Platform can be found on the Guardian’s website. They’ve even explained how you can use the Data Store for you, should you be interested in such information.
This news comes just after the New York Times unveiled Times Extra, which features integration of related news and blog feeds alongside their online news coverage.
Expect to see more of these moves by old media who are, by all accounts, struggling to fit into a world being progressively dominated by the digital medium.
January 22, 2009
Thanks to Mashable.com for this really in-depth article on: 40 brands on Twitter and the People Behind Them.
A follow up to their article last year on Why Brands ABSOLUTELY do belong on Twitter, Mashable gives us insight into exactly why Twitter is so super useful and effective for getting in touch with customers and being a part of the Groundswell, not just a spectator.
November 21, 2008
Gmail users will have noticed a bit of a change to Gmail in the last couple of days as Google rolls out the latest version of its hugely popular webmail client. The delicate blue border has been replaced with a brighter version, but that’s just the start. Just into your settings and you’re greeted with an extra tab for selecting visual themes.
There’s a lot to pick from but, really, they’re mostly a bit tacky. Standard themes with oceans, trees and clouds are predictably in abundance. The cartoony style of ‘Bus Stop’ and ‘Tea House’ are a bit cute and if you’re a nostalgic geek and/or no longer wish to have functioning retinas, check out ‘Terminal’ for some eye-searing ascii art goodness.
There’s a ninja theme, but it’s a cartoony ninja theme – not a silent-dealer-of-death-ninja theme, which is a bit disappointing. It’s understandable though, because as we all know, real ninjas are invisible.
November 5, 2008
Perspctv is a web service that shows and compares online coverage of up to five issues across twitter, news and the blogosphere.
Currently the site is automatically tracking coverage of the US Election going on right now, but users can make their own dashboards by clicking on the link at the top of the page.
That’s the first one I made, comparing "android”, “blackberry” and “iphone”. Coincidentally, that’s the first one that TechCrunch tried.
Check it out at http://www.perspctv.com/