Archive for July, 2009

Fluther: Collective thinking

July 28th, 2009


Fluther is a web app that learns what you know and then sends questions to you.

Lets give it a try: (click the badge and see)

My profile on Fluther

…by the way…that is the Fluther badge above. It is currently the only widget listed on the Fluther widget page.

Visual DNA Shops

July 27th, 2009

Your readers can find out how accurate this widget is, just by clicking on the images that interest them. The widget will eventually tell you what basic kind of person you are. (i’m a gamer…)

Then the widget viewer will be presented with some products to browse through.

You, as the “widget owner” make a profit if they buy anything.

to try the “REDO” button

Visual DNA widget have been around for awhile. but if you haven’t seen them yet…or you would like to try them out…here you go.

Netvibes Drag & Follow Widget Modules For Twitter, Facebook And Myspace

July 27th, 2009


Netvibes looks to be finally adding small new features once a month again. Or at least that is what i hope for so we can keep them in the loop longer. The new small feature they introduced is a feature called “Drag & Follow” to the Twitter, Facebook and Myspace Widget Modules. This feature allows you to follow the update from a specific user from those specific stream by dragging the username out of the widget. This creates another widget instantly focused on the updates of that user.

But if you want to read it from Netvibes own words, this is how they explain it:

With the rapid growth of real-time content and activity feeds from sources like Facebook and Twitter, many people are struggling to keep track of multiple friends and interests that change day-to-day. Today, we launched a novel solution and industry first: drag-and-follow widgets. New Facebook, MySpace and Twitter widgets now enable users to instantly create new widgets to follow new interests simply by dragging and dropping any feed item to their personalized page.



via Netvibes  Blog

Popfly To Shut Down In A Month

July 27th, 2009


Proof that you not only need a good idea and good first execution, but that you need to keep up evolving it as time goes. This is precisely how you could describe Popfly, a site that had the original purpose of providing a way to create Silverlight powered mashlets  in the same way you create feed mashups with Yahoo Pipes. Later on as the site was slowly updated and Silverlight evolved to version 2 it became more of a Silverlight Game Engine Editor.

So it is now more known for its silverlight games than for the mashlets that were its focus when it launched. But that is now also coming to an end as it is going to be shutdown on August 24 of 2009.

My guess that it is because of  Silverlight 3 release. Popfly launch version (The Mashlets State) was based around mostly on Silverlight 1 and 1.1 and the Game Engine Editor came on the back of what was Silverlight 2.0 Alpha and then the RTW Final version when the last big updates to the site were made. Silverlight 3 brought huge changes and while is backwards compatible, Microsoft must not see a point in updating it since it would need a big revamp so it could properly highlight Silverlight 3.

That and because of Microsoft Cost cutting, Layoff rounds  and the moving around of employees inside the company.

So it a real shame because a version of Popfly for Silverlight 3 would have needed to be focused on mashlets again like in the first version but with way more power than what you had back when it launched. The same comes to games if they had updated their game engine and game editor.

But if you didn’t knew the site until you saw this very news that it was going to close. Not to worry, a month is enough for you to check out the cool games in the site and if you happen to like some of them; You can also download them before Popfly shuts down and play them later even after Popfly no longer exists. Thanks to the Popfly Game Downloader.

Popfly Game Downloader


via ZDNET (Mary Jo Foley)

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