Archive for January, 2008

Bush Presidency Countdown Vista Sidebar Gadget

January 30th, 2008

bush countdown

There are many of these, no need to explain the why of the gadget in this case, the only news here is that you now can have it in your Vista Sidebar

Bush Presidency Countdown

via InsideMicrosoft

Widgetop: Widget focused Start page for your PC and Mobile

January 30th, 2008

Widgetop

Widgetop is a start page focused entirely on widgets that works pretty nice and makes all dead simple to use, so if you like widgets and like the idea of having a start page like that intead of the usual ones, you can try this one out.

widgetop desktop

The edge Widgetop has over other Start Page services is that you can also have a mirrored version of your regular Widgetop start page you use in your PC on your mobile.

widgetop iphone

Right now it only works on high end Nokia Phones and the Iphone but with the next gen Mobile browsers  releases being around the corner you will be able to use it in a windows mobile or symbian device soon enough.

My only niggle with the service right now is that it don´t support IE7 yet, something i find insulting, how a service like this can not support IE is beyond me, so i hope they get their act together soon.

the same goes for not having a windows mobile version of their desktop, but that one i can understand, but it would be nice if they had it already without having to wait for the new opera, firefox and IE mobile releases.

Widgetop

via Orly Yakuel

Twitter Balloon Widget Badge

January 30th, 2008

korelab

So you like Twitter?, would you like to have a more personalized Twitter badge? and you would like to be able to place that badge everywhere?

Then you need Korelab Twitter Balloon.

The idea is pretty simple, you put a picture of you or your favorite Picon (personal icon) and that way what you tweet will be twittered inside the badge as if it were said by you or your Picon.

here you can see a example of it with me:

This example speaks by itself (pun intended), so if you like the idea of placing this badge on your Myspace, blog and other social networks just go here:

Korelab Twitter Balloon

Myspace apps to open Feb 5th

January 30th, 2008

Myspace announces developer platform to open Feb 5th. Pre-registration (requires Myspace account)
Google Open Social to be supported from beginning. Open Social developers will have head start.

myspace-dev.gif

People have been wondering… when is Myspace releasing their developer platform?
Facebook has seen tremendous growth that I think can be somewhat directly related to the opening of the Facebook developer platform and the addition of a ton of creative functionality.

I will admit that I spend little time on either Myspace or Facebook. For starters, I’m not a highschooler looking to chat and interact with my friends and share pictures with them. I have determined that my time is more valuable. Besides, Myspace is like the “trailer park” of the Internet.
Facebook has so much to offer…in fact, too much to offer. Navigation on the site has gotten confusing to the point where it takes more effort than its worth just to get back to where I was. Its nice to have an awesome feature set. But who wants to have to remember that just hitting the “back” button on your browser isn’t going to bring you back to where you think.

Is Myspace turning into Facebook?
Indication is no. Myspace has taken their time in creating this developer platform. Watching the trials and falters happening with the Facebook platform. You can rest assured that Facebook was not the only dev platform that they were observing either. You will remember a flurry of platform activity shortly after the Facebook release. Bebo, Friendster even TypePad has a widget platform.

Myspace concentrates on…
Privacy being one of the main concerns. Plagued by acceptable use issues including cyber bullying and stalking, this should be a top concern. As Adam Ostrow (mashable) pointed out:

the company (Myspace) will avoid the feed spam issues that have plagued “other players in the space” (he wouldn’t mention Facebook by name, but he didn’t have to). Additionally, don’t expect anything like Facebook Beacon to be a part of the MySpace Developer Platform.

Another area of intense interest is monetization. Specifically to help Platform Developers to receive premium revenues utilizing Myspace’s extensive advertising sales force. I know I wouldn’t mind earning a couple thousand extra each month. But until this becomes proven…don’t put all your eggs in this one basket.

Look for more “Data Portability”
What this means is that potentially you will be able to display things like your “Friend List” on third party sites like a blog or other editable social platform. Unfortunately these “portability” features seem, at first glance to conflict with privacy and security issues. I suggest staying tuned it to see what unique solutions Myspace comes up with to address these issues.

Related articles:
Mashable: http://mashable.com/2008/01/29/myspace-developer-platform/
Snipperoo: http://blog.snipperoo.com/2008/01/myspace-platfor.html

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