I did have an issue with the layout of your own portal page. Firefox had weird boxes floating on the side and it didn't have any flow to me. I know many users need simplicity, but this was a bit bland. Take a look at my first quick page with a few social networks defined:
I then took the step to manipulate the content blocks. While there were a bunch of choices, quick widgets for all the social sites I want to watch would be cool and easy to move around.
I can immediately say that I do not like how they optionally allow you to add your own credentials to get more functionality, but negate the fact that they do not offer SSL for this. Typing in my name for public listings is great, but no SSL for credentials if I want all the functionality is a bad business plan.
So I went about quickly adding in about 25 different site names to see how it worked. It constantly said Content pull pending for a while and then all of the sudden it came to life. There it began. After trying to add Jaiku as I mentioned above, I got a pop-up saying it was not supported and could not get rid of the box. It sat on top of their window and no matter where I clicked it would not go away. Once I got back in clicking around the greyed out area, the rest was the same as other sites. Messages, pictures, a whole string of things. I get the feeling there is something I am missing in how it is to make me stay on their site and use it extensively. But honestly, while it did attach to numerous other networks, I couldn't find the grab. The widget to show my friends stuff that I could post on any blog or page is nice, but they are my friends and I prefer a single portal for myself to look at and not pass their data out on a streaming widget set. Call my mindframe backwards there, but the widget should show a collection of my stuff, not my friends.
So as I opened with, they not only bring all your profiles to one place so someone could come to that page and get all your info, but bring your friends in from all those places to get you using it is some form of aggregator. The downfall, is not being able to post back to all those sites from one single place. I think that is it. A one way funnel in with no way to post back to all the places I exist.
Guy Kawasaki takes a podcast interview to another level, one of the best and most fun interviews I have done about his venture Truemors.
You start by uploading one (to as many as you can) good face shots at different angles of your own face. A Raxxle is a single shot, a Collective Raxxle is many shots of you where you identify your face by dragging a box around. Humorously you can even upload friends to see how you compare when someone says you look just like your friend "Bob". From there the fun went downhill for me quickly. I was not quite sure what the heck to do. They have a Web 2.0 navigation screen as shown here:
But I did not find the easy way to compare myself to stars and didn't want to upload friends without their ok (of course I think they mainly look better than me and don't even want to compare). They offered some nice output widgets for your blog once you get the comparisons moving though.
When I clicked the Celebrities tab I got an exception error and they put a nice humorous twist on telling you what to say reporting the error. But, I was not taken right in like some sites and will visit again later. Maybe I should grab them for a podcast..
They offer an integrated buddylist like Trillian and RadiusIM, even a WAP and browser based. I might be way off since I didn't take the time to load it all, but I see no reason to change or draw myself into yet again another client.
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 20 - Flirt with it, don't date it||00:47:20||43.34 Mb|
|Get the Gist of it||00:06:37||25.14 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 19 - FaceFriend FeedBook||00:45:37||41.77 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 18 - Stop being lazy and filter||00:40:22||36.98 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 17 - Facebook is the universe||00:43:06||39.47 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 16 - I Want the Post, not Pre||00:56:01||48.73 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 15 - Swagger Jackers||00:38:38||35.38 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 14 - Two Personalities||01:00:10||55.13 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 13 - No spit zone||00:56:43||51.94 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 12 - The Return of the Unexpected||01:24:04||76.98 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 11 - The Overachiever||01:07:13||62.50 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 10 - Four Tables, Open Bar and Coke||00:42:48||39.20 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 9 - Out On a Ledge||01:00:33||55.45 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 8 - My Video Comments are under NDA||01:07:46||62.05 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 7 - The Ninja and Stranded at the Beach||01:13:52||67.64 Mb|
Yes this is a blatant theft of the outline that Jess uses on her page, but I asked permission. Why?? Because I am a hardcore admin and can make ugly tables to make you developers frustrated, but this was too nice to pass up.
Yes, I write some of those dreaded admin cert exams you take. I won't say which ones so you don't come looking for me, but I will say they are the real good recent ones that have been coming out.
One dog, a Pug. He has been on this world before and seems to understand slippers and a fine cigar. Mind you that is him in the chair and not me.
Let us now also add a deranged cat that is in the process of being toilet trained. Update: Toilet traning was very very close.
Non-stop. At my desk, in my car, walking to work and back to my car downtown. In the house there is a crazy zoned set-up for you home automation geeks.
I am a self-proclaimed MP3 fiend, to which I have tried rehab 4 billion times to no avail. Next is the MP3 hard-drive for the car that I found. Now what kind of music you ask? I will never tell.
Get back to you here
Hershey’s Stomach of Holding: Jess and I are fighting over who eats more chocolate. TWDUFF can help me out and vouch for me.
This will take far more time than I have today. I will start with I was born and still live in St. Louis, MO. Even though for a couple years I was never, ever here and always on the road, this is smack in the middle of the US. Everything is just a few hour flight. That part is nice. No beach/ocean/coast isn't the best. But with the travel I make up for it.
Looking to find me in person? Here is where I will be.
|delayed||customer visit||Minneapolis, MN|
|Mar 31 - Apr 4||Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Apr 30 - May 2||Admin2008||Boston, MA|
|May 10 - 15||Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar||London|
|Jun 4 - 6||Irish Lotus User Group 2008||Dublin, Ireland|
|Jun 16 - 19||Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar||San Francisco, CA|
|Jun 21 - 29||Vacation||Some island I am not telling you|