Posts Tagged ‘personal awareness’

Official Interactive Twitter Flash Widget

February 2nd, 2009

I don`t know how this passed me up but it must be more than 30 days or so old because i have not seen it mentioned in no one of the big blogs. i guess that we are so used to Widgets made from the Twitter API that we no longer look directly from the source.

But fortunately i stumbled with it on a blog and saw that it was a Official Twitter Widget in Flash. and not only that but that it was interactive!. you can check it out live right in this post.

This widget is the equivalent to a Web To IM Widget but for Twitter. so that would be Web to Tweet. that means your visitors can reply to your tweets directly from the Twitter Widget. that is really cool i am just surprised you are unable to update your own status from the Widget too while you are at it..tmp37  tmp35

The design is sound, you count with the info of the Twitter user if you are logged in and it allow you to follow the user right from the widget too.

But it is certainly one of the best Twitter Flash Widgets  around and it is a good thing it is a Official one.

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You can get it in 3 sizes and 3 colors. you don`t have much help in terms of quick install link or high spread sharing for this Widget. the implementation of that leaves a lot to be desired, Twitter has not really promoted it and it is little bit heavy. but even then it is a great widget. now we only need some more themes or color customization  for it and the option to tweet from it and  we are all set. it would be the best widget around. right now it is just pretty close to being so.

Official Twitter Flash Widget

Plurk Timeline Widget for Blogs and MySpace

October 20th, 2008


A new, not so new Plurk Widget. this time is the Flash based Plurk Timeline Widget. as all may or may not know Plurk is a Nanoblogging Social Messaging service like Twitter and Jaiku. but it shares more things from Jaiku. Plurk UI is Timeline based and it got many Quirks and Features specific to it.

It now even has two desktop apps doing the rounds in Beta, one in Private beta and the other in Open Beta if you don`t want the Timeline UI. you can also get other official Plurk Widget that is JavaScript based and that i have talked about before.

This is now the turn for the Plurk Timeline Widget.


The Widget is very simple. it is flash based, it depicts a mini version of Plurk showing your last posted plurk notes and the last plurks from some of your plurk contacts too and it also carries a quick invite link to plurk if you decide to go join and follow the widget owner. in this case that would be me.


And once you have set the size( i choose 300px.). you are presented with only two choices. Myspace or grabbing the code and paste it yourself wherever you want it. weird because they previously offered a Gigya Wildfire High Spread Sharing module. so, i wonder why they dropped it from the options. so if you don`t use Myspace, you can then grab your code. drop it and it will look like this one here:


I like the Widget. it is ok and it got a novelty approach in how it “replicates”  plurk most notable differentiator. but it really needs to add Customization for Height, Colors and skinning so it can be compelling enough as a representation of Plurk. and also bring back High Spread Sharing. one single supported Quick Install service and the embed code does not cut it anymore.


Plurk Timeline Widget

AOL goes further into Lifestreaming, Follows the trends, prepares for the future.

August 15th, 2008


Two weeks or so ago, no one would have thought of AOL as a company you would associate with lifestreaming. It was just after that Frank of SomeWhatFrank revealed in a tweet that he was using BuddyUpdates that the mention of Lifestreaming and AOL conjured an association. That association landed in Mark Krinsky head and off he went to write about it. Certain major blog ran with the story a little later without giving credit of that and then suddenly everyone knew about it.

Little we did know that that week would end with the news of AOL acquiring SocialThing! For a undisclosed amount (a rumored 1 million) as broke by Techcrunch. It was weird news because it almost seemed random of AOL to have acquired a Lifestreaming Service. That impression just lasted seconds to me because of the still very fresh impression of the BuddyUpdates lifestreaming Service for AIM.

BudddyUpdates is clearly a Lifestreaming Tool, but its focus and goal is only of relevance to AIM IM users up to this moment. It is more of a Funneling Service for Updates. It lacks a common ground in terms of being a Lifestreaming service. It is more of just a bridge.

That is because it may not be meant to be more than that. SocialThing is now the base of AOL lifestreaming services.

A Boulder based startup founded in 2007 and funded by Techstars , a startup incubator from Colorado started with a little hype and then the hype died down because it was a private beta and also because it was quite snobbish and it only worked right using firefox and downright blocked IE browsers from accessing the service. Even then, I have used it since I first got in because it solved a problem for me offering support to my favorite Nanoblogging (twitter) and Microblogging (pownce) service.

SocialThing is quite unique to others even if it is often compared erroneously to Friendfeed. Even if they don`t have anything alike in principle. Something SocialThing CEO rightfully agrees with me. There is a simple why on that:

Socialthing! Is a about cross posting, lifestream aggregation and service specific replying. There is no local reply in SocialThing, there are no rooms and there is not even an actual user profile. The replies are posted in the respective service you aggregate. SocialThing serves as bridge in the same way Posty, the AIR app from Cesare Rocchi, allows you to check your microblogging (or nanoblogging if you will) rivers, cross post and also do service specific replying to notes from your contacts.

Friendfeed aggregates but also centralizes interaction within friendfeed and it exists as a social hub with a accompanying user profile. You cannot cross post, or reply to the specific note in the specific service that is being aggregated in the same way you do in Socialthing!. So please stop comparing them. The only thing alike as a web service would be HelloTXT because you can cross post and view your respective service lifestreams without being able to reply directly.

So please, could all of those saying that it somehow competes with Friendfeed just knock it off?

I even had posted about it. First as a mention in a post about that caused a response from Ben Brightwell that gave me 25 invites and I have added quite significantly to that having invited over 100 people to the service up to now.

I criticized them for their lack of IE7 support that is pure nonsense for ANY web service that wants traction, coverage and goodwill. I did the same for their lack of badges and widgets. Something that has proven a popular tool and I would say now indispensable to any web service where it makes sense. A lifestreaming service sure fits the bill. Because of that and many details I have seen while using it. I do now come to the conclusion that a acquisition was their only way out because I really doubt it would have succeeded on its own given its extremely limited set of supported services and snobbish way of doing things so far.

I am being harsh? Of course I am. The reason for that is because I believe the tool is great and it got a great potential. Mathew Ingram said that he found it less useful because it didn`t steal away the conversation in the way Friendfeed does and because it is user centered instead of note centered like friendfeed. I disagree completely. Because for me the services are completely different as I already have stated above. I think some will also agree with me on that.

Now, a whole week after the news of AOL bought SocialThing! broke loose . The confirmation from Frank Gruber gave it new life again and finally cleared SocialThing to disclose it in public.

Now it is all about how AOL gets to integrate it with Bebo and Buddy Updates. What else they can do with the service is also still a big interrogation mark. I of course wish there is a Widget involved (please frank, it would be cool, pass it along) so I can get another chance to revisit Socialthing! here at Widgets Lab.

*Yes, yes, I know this is one of those unusual posts that somehow get into Widgets Lab even if there is not a Widget involved at all (at the moment) but at least I am not posting about big foot like Techcrunch….nope, I am not joking. They posted about big foot.*


TwitStamp: a sleek twitter active badge generator

August 7th, 2008


Yes, this is another Active Badge generator based on Twitter. but the good thing is that it is even better done than the competition and it also looks different. having a choice is important and twitstamp also gives you a bit of that.

The page is as sleek as the one by Tweetsnap if not more but uses the design approach of TwitterTag for the badges and the design is sleeker than the one from Tweetsnap or TwitterTag:

Unlike Tweetsnap that offers one single design or TwitterTag that allows customization only by changing the colors in it. TwitStamp offers you choice with six designs for your TwitStamp Badge:


So, you have 6 different styles for your badge and that is good addition. i would still like even more styles and color settings but even then. this badge is already good as it is. just like the others. you can use it everywhere. from your blog, to your website, to a forum or even in your e-mails if you want

One extra detail TwitStamp got is that you can also generate a static badge for a specific Tweet:


You only need the status number of the tweet as instructed in TwitStamp and you can also generate a static badge of one of yours favorite tweets or your favorite tweet from anyone in twitter.

TwitStamp is a project done by FluiMarkup who speciality is doing PSP specific projects. so this looks like their first web project for the general public. i like what i see from them , so that gives them some extra points and they should be able to get more customization and styles to this service. will keep my eye on them.


*UPDATE 08/08/08*: they now got the domain so i changed it to the now official domain, they added two new styles and i also added them to the previous picture in this post.

*This Widget was submitted directly to Widgets Lab, Submit yours now.

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