Posts Tagged ‘tracking’

Stock Market Widgets

September 26th, 2009

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Macroaxis.com offers one of the largest selection of financial widgets on the internet today. They cover almost every aspect from simple stock symbol lookup to displaying current market numbers to sharing your portfolio with your blog audience.

All widgets appear to be FREE and that is my favorite price to pay.

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Marcoaxis financial widgets and gadgets are portable, reusable, and highly encapsulated Web components that can be installed within any separate HTML-based document by an end user without requiring additional resources. This may include financial portals, business school or investment related sites, or personal blogs. Our reusable financial widgets and gadgets are used to distribute on-demand financial information including stocks, funds, ETFs and world market quotes, changes, and fundamentals. /blockquote>

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I counted a total of 25 different Investment widgets to choose from. Visit macroaxis.com/widgets today to outfit your blog with the market information it deserves!

Polldaddy at the top, now getting into ratings

July 12th, 2009

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A year ago, Polldaddy widgets were already a big deal and that is why they got acquired by Automattic. Now they look to be at the top of the game when it comes to Polls and Widget Polls:

PollDaddy has just released some of its latest stats, and they don’t fail to impress: the company is now serving 430 million poll impressions per month, with a reach of over 74 million people worldwide, giving it a Quantcast rank equivalent as the 22nd most visited online service in the world.

I do have to admit that before Polldaddy came to be all the way back in  2006. Poll widgets were boring and not really well done since they were kinda ugly and not asynchronous (caused extra page loads)

So i think it is well deserved for them to be at the top spot. enough for them to be going into JS-KIT territory with Rating Widgets. that will be a interesting thing to see since according to Techcrunch they even plan to integrate that data to their Polldaddy Answers site. Something that could also mean a new kind of sub-site can emerge from that too. Techcrunch talks about a Digg competitor but i don’t see how they could manage a social news site or how Matt would want that. If he were to enter that space i think it would be more logical for him to build a social blog directory for WordPress powered blogs first since social news site are very tricky to manage. I am seeing them more probable to step into RateItAll territory with consumer review ratings. so maybe it is time for Lawrence Coburn to keep alert on that possibility.

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via Techcrunch

JS-KIT Acquires Sez Who To Consolidate Online Commenting

March 17th, 2009

It had to happen. do i am surprised?. no because i was the one talking on and on that Sez Who only out  was to be acquired by JS-KIT or Disqus. back when IntenseDebate was not part of Automattic it was also the way to end any chance of any other competitor to ever touch them. They now have to worry about Automattic, Facebook and more than surely Google coming with something in this space now that Facebook has got into this too.

Fortunately for JS-KIT this acquisition and the accumulation of deals and talent puts them into the position to be able to fight Google, Facebook and Automattic and hold on the space since they are the true experts of the space with lots of history on the market.

So far in terms of acquisition JS-KIT acquired the old Haloscan and Sez Who. the first served trackbacks and alternative comment systems and Sez Who serves commenter reputation and Identification. both are good complements but i think that the missing link now is actual comment tracking and harvesting tech. that sounds like Cocomment. they already got a deal with them but with the recent fallout of Cocomment last competitors (co.mments and Commentful) as one has gone off and the other has stagnated and its also dying. Cocoment is a great opportunity to expand the tech and talent in order to anticipate possible threats like backtype that is a new kind of Comment tracker and harvester. the reason is because disqus could be looking into that too since it is pretty much their only chance they have to not be overwhelmed by the now very strong competition competition in this space. i see it hard for them to survive on their own unless they have one last ace to show.

The Sez Who acquisition surely will help JS-KIT to compete but it will still have to fight for the first place. i think a Cocomment acquisition would make sure they get the first spot as the combination of talent and tech should allow them to evolve their services faster and grow at a faster pace.

But now i also wonder about a possible brand name change and image revamp as they are not longer just JS-KIT’s anymore.

I’m very pleased to share with you that JS-Kit has acquired SezWho.

Here are the highlights

JS-Kit continues its meteoric rise as the largest distributed social network by acquiring competitor SezWho.

Given the adverse funding market, SezWho has been unable to raise the capital needed to continue operations.  As a result the service will shut down.

The founders have arranged, through JS-Kit, the resources necessary to continue the service for an additional 30 days.  This will give publishers an opportunity to transition JS-Kit’s complimentary Comments solution or make other arrangements.

All new customers will automatically receive JS-Kit Comments.

This adds 30,000 registered sites to JS-Kit’s customer base.

This follows our acquisition of Haloscan last year (see TechCrunch) as well as the first implementations of Facebook Connect, OpenID 2.0 and Yahoo ID.

JS-Kit is also winning big business with customers that traditionally work with more expensive alternatives Pluck, KickApps and BazaarVoice. Deals like those with Sun Microsystems, JetBlue, WorldNow and Evite continue to surprise the market.

Our clear and simple business model is a key point of differentiation. Khris Loux’s post about ‘the cost of free widgets‘ explains the value of a partner who has a revenue model. We offer Free, PRO, & PRO+ subscriptions in order to lock in revenue and assure continuation of services for customers.

From our friend Jitendra Gupta, CEO of SezWho

I am excited to be working with JS-Kit to ensure our customers have the best possible support and technologies moving forward. Thanks to their support, we have been able to continue operations for an extra 30 days and provide users a clear upgrade path for rating and comment technologies.

About JS-Kit

JS-Kit is the world’s largest distributed social network, connecting over 630,000 publishers with light weight, cross domain services, including Comments, Ratings, and Polls. These community building services are easy to install, simple to customize, and support fine grained administrative controls.  Publishers can save in-house development and join a network of sites which include AOL, Evite, Experian, JetBlue, Sun Microsystems, & WorldNow by simply embedding a few lines of HTML.

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Via JS-KIT and Techcrunch

PostRank Top Posts Widget

January 3rd, 2009

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PostRank was originally used as the tech name of AideRSS. i posted about AideRSS back when it came out and even included a little interview with one of the Developers that happened to be a good online friend of mine. that was 9 months ago and they have come a long way since then. they even decided to change the name of the Widget to be named like the tech behind it. so it is now simply named PostRank.

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The new widget got a little over 2 weeks old and now includes search along with a new more pleasant design. search is indeed a great addition because it allows for better user engagement with the widget and gives it more purpose turning it into a real utility widget instead of just display widget.  they got a new  widget page and the widget is fast to configure and customize.

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You enter the blog domain or feed and it will show you a instant live preview of the widget while you set the colors and the number of posts you want to display in it.

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Unfortunately. the PostRank Widget is still just JavaScript based and you can only count on 2 quick install options, one advanced option if you are using WordPress and the generic JS code for you to use in the sidebar. i truly wish they had a Flash or Silverlight based version of the widget. it would make it more appealing. the customization also leaves a lot to be desired and there is no way to adjust the size of the widget properly.

So, while it is a good widget. i feel it needs a little work to be what it should be and more options to be something great instead of something that can go from OK to Good depending what your Blog Platform is.

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