The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 01:30:15 PM on Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
I found this graph showing the number of site visitors this year. They show MySpace leading the pack but more importantly this shows how many sites draw our attention away from work


by Chris Miller at 02:16:27 PM on Monday, July 30th, 2007
Take a look at the following image, it pretty much shows that Twitter (in blue) leads in news and searches, with Jaiku being a flat orange and a surge of Pownce in red. This is only 2007 but everything before late 2006 was Twitter only anyway


by Chris Miller at 02:17:11 PM on Friday, July 27th, 2007
http://respectance.com/

So I read this with great despair, at first.  Then to see they have worked themselves into some financing of $1.5M in series A "pre-user" funding from some ventures in Europe.  Well that changed things.  Talk about making a living off of the deceased.  How about some social networking around their death, even though they cannot participate in it.

On the serious side, there is some nice memories to those that have passed.  You are encouraged to share your own memories of stars and friends.  They use the bold 2.0 icons for navigation with lots of pictures of the loved ones that have left us.

Wait, what is this?  You can create your own with no death date.  More like a living respectance wall.  I have no idea what to think about this site yet.

by TheSocialNetworker at 11:00:00 AM on Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
A quick online review can be found here...
http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/twittergrams-the-next-step-for-twitter34370.html

I looked at the site (too bad for them someone sneaky bought twittergramS.com to try and suck in users).  But we are moving beyond the idea of a simple small text file and heading right into higher bandwidth usage.  The basic idea of Twitter was to send short SMS based messages to keep people in sync, not to download a couple hundred K of audio bytes that in most instances will sound terrible.  Then they reply with the same audio response.  Pretty soon bandwidth becomes an issue and the instance of having to pause to download instead of reading under 160 characters quickly.  While layering technologies is the way new ideas are born, this was supposed to be a simple interface with a simple solution to meet the needs of many devices.

So who has uses TwitterGrams so far?  Any insight into whether this is just a bother or you actually like it?

by Chris Miller at 10:00:00 AM on Thursday, July 19th, 2007
So I got an invite to the site, which I could hardly read, admittedly.  But with the assistance of some online conversion and a friend I popped into a duplicate of Twiter to us.  It allows Google Talk, MSN, WAP interface and some other chat programs to interact.  There is an interesting mixture of English and Chinese characters so you can half read postings in many instances.  Fun to play with and loading the other language packs on your machine makes it all light up.  Unfortunately then you have a full page of Chinese characters instead of question marks all over that you can't read either way.

by Chris Miller at 01:16:30 PM on Thursday, July 5th, 2007
In a swift move, Google snatched up GrandCentral.  If you didn't play with that service yet, it allows you to list one phone number that then rings to numerous other phone numbers at one time.  You can toss calls around between the phones as you move and even block spam callers.

If you did not get in early on the beta program, you now need an invite from someone with an account.  I am happily in the beta and only found a couple minor things that have been fixed or implemented recently.  They are on a great path and I am curious as to how this will fit into the big Google picture.


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