Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The buzz on Google Buzz!

Mashable is on the job, finding the latest on Google Buzz -
It’s official: Google has just announced Google Buzz, its newest push into the social media foray. This confirms earlier reports of Gmail integrating a social status feature.
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This is probably what Google was going to do with the Google Wave, but failed - I still have unused invites from my wave. Integrating the Buzz with Gmail is the killer feature here, who doesn't use Gmail anymore? Going to Wave, setting it up, figuring out what to do and even why was a major buzz kill(pardon the pun). My husband and I "waved" a few times for the novelty of it and then forgot about it.

I am off to check out the new features already - just wondering if this will go right to the Google Apps on iPhone and Android or not...

How to make the most emailed list...on NYT

Here is a very interesting article from the NYT - Will You Be E-Mailing This Column? It’s Awesome - talking about something that is dear to the heart of anyone who is interested in social media for fun or academic reasons. The article is about the findings of a research study focusing on the most emailed articles from the NYT to figure out what made an article more or less likely to be circulated.
People preferred e-mailing articles with positive rather than negative themes, and they liked to send long articles on intellectually challenging topics.
Perhaps most of all, readers wanted to share articles that inspired awe, an emotion that the researchers investigated after noticing how many science articles made the list. In general, they found, 20 percent of articles that appeared on the Times home page made the list, but the rate rose to 30 percent for science articles, including ones with headlines like “The Promise and Power of RNA.” (I swear, the science staff did nothing to instigate this study, but we definitely don’t mind publicizing the results.)
Interesting on one hand, but not very surprising, eh? People are more likely to want to share good news, surprise and inspire their friends with information most of the time - unless it is me emailing my husband a bunch of links to beat him up in a debate...I am a barrel of laughs, why do you ask?.

There are a lot of lessons in this to not just bloggers, but to investors in social media - a sunny disposition that also disburses knowledge? Social media gold!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Great News for UI Developers

I am a big fan of Firebug for FireFox - I couldn't have developed a lot of applications without it's help. Of course, the limitation was that you are stuck with testing on FireFox and any cross-browser errors are as usual hard to figure out. Now you can relax!

New Firebug Lite Adds Web Dev Tools to Any Browser

This new version is a significant update to Firebug Lite. While the full power of Firebug still requires Firefox (see our coverage of the recently released Firebug 1.5), Firebug Lite 1.3 adds some great HTML and CSS debugging tools to any browser, including IE6+, Opera, Safari and Google Chrome.

The lastest beta release of Firebug Lite — which is bookmarklet script that you can add to your browser’s favorites bar — features significant speed boosts and many improvements to the HTML and CSS inspectors. The visual interface of Firebug Lite has also been revamped to match that of Firebug 1.3. For more details on everything that’s new in the Firebug Lite 1.3 beta be sure to check out the release notes.

Oh Dear!

Apple Bans 'Android' from App Store Descriptions - Reviews by PC Magazine.

This takes it to a completely new level of obtuseness on Apple's part -
The original preview for Tim Novikof’’s Flash of Genius SAT flashcard app mentioned that it had been a “finalist in Google’s Android Developer’s [sic] Challenge.

Seriously, that’s an issue? Come on, Apple! Grow up! This is a just a little bit less ridiculous than the incident of the school girl getting handcuffed for the horrible crime of doodling on her desk (via Althouse)! Over reactions to little things.

update: Looks like Apple is banning location-aware ads from the apps too! Soon, it might just be easier to find what is allowed in an iPhone app than what is not!