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Boosting Twitter Productivity

July 6, 2009

If you have a fair number of people following you on Twitter and you want to know who all your followers are, you can have Twitter alert you whenever a new person follows. The challenge is in order to learn more about a follower you have to click on their link to get to their page on the Twitter server. This is where the "fun" begins as Twitter can get overloaded and response times can be painfully slow.

In order to alleviate much of the waiting pain, set up a rule which sweeps all email from Twitter into a folder which you can check very early in the morning or late at night.

Problems at Joost

July 1, 2009

Om Malik sums up the problems over at Joost quite well... The company is having a large round of layoffs and is losing the video war to Hulu and others. While Om explains all the factors which led to the company's demise such as their rapid growth, lack of focus and geographic distribution, I wonder if the biggest problem isn't the lack of intriguing or popular content (which he points out and elaborates on). The few times I used the service I was amazed at how little interesting content it had.

New Tools: Pixelpipe.com, Etherpad.com, Tr.im and namechk.com

June 25, 2009

I came across a post from David Strom today which sums up some of his favorite web tools to increase his productivity. They are Pixelpipe.com, Etherpad.com, Tr.im and namechk.com. I would have to say for me either Etherpad - a site which allows simple document sharing and Tr.im -- an enhanced document shortening service are most useful. I haven't had a chance to try any of these services yet but look forward to giving them a whirl.

I hope you find some or all of these tools useful.

Twitter and Iranian Democracy

June 18, 2009

I have always been proud to be an American for a number of reasons including the fact that our great country has almost always pushed for human rights and democracy around the world. Like any country, we are not perfect but at the end of the day there is a reason some of the best and brightest flock to the United States to live.

I am prouder still that technology which was primarily developed in the US, the internet, social networking and more recently twitter have allowed people around the world to communicate more effectively.

Most recently twitter has been responsible for communications in Iran at a time when the government there has been trying to clamp down on communications.

Photo Hijacking

June 6, 2009

Early Thoughts from Sprint Palm Pre Launch

June 5, 2009

 


In one of the more memorable product launches of recent times Sprint CEO Dan Hesse took the stage to speak to a packed room about the launch of the new Palm Pre and how he expects it to help Sprint grow its sales. Hesse appeared after a brief introduction from Paget Alves President Business Markets Group and once onstage he proceeded to tell the audience he has used the Pre for six weeks after using Blackberrys and Windows Mobile devices in the past. He said it is a far superior device and is great with music, multitasking, has a great touch screen and an innovate way to charge without requiring a cord called Touchstone.

It was apparent there were many comparisons being made the iPhone which wasn't specifically mentioned as some of the benefits Hesse touted of the Pre are missing only from that smartphone.

Preparing for the Pre Launch Event

June 5, 2009

Some weeks back I received an invitation to an event in New York City from Sprint that started like this:

Good Morning Rich,

This summer, the blockbusters are not just opening at the multiplex. From this week's headlines, you've inevitably heard some "big talk" about the Palm Pre from Sprint, the device's exclusive carrier, before its June 6th debut. I'd like to offer you an opportunity for an intimate look at the Palm Pre and hear from Sprint directly.

Lost Smartphone? Take These Precautions First

June 1, 2009

I spent much of Sunday in Manhattan with the family and while there stopped by one of our favorite restaurants for lunch. A bit later in the day my wife realized her iPhone had gone missing. The last place she knew she had it was the restaurant so we placed a call only to learn it wasn't there. We then walked back to the restaurant and conducted an exhaustive search with the help of the manager and still nothing.

Attention Developers: You Could Win!

May 29, 2009

There is nothing that builds a resume more like an award and if you are a developer, you definitely want to keep an eye on the new Dialogic Innovator Award contest which will not only give you some great bragging rights, you could win some prizes as well.


Dialogic was nice enough to ask me to be one of the judges in fact and I am looking forward to being part of this program. Winners get a free one-year service and support contract, a $5,000 credit towards future Dialogic products, t-shirts, press releases and an Innovator logo which I imagine can be invaluable in boosting a company's marketing efforts.


Sure it isn't a $75,000 motorcycle - which makes a great gift for your favorite blogger by the way, but hey, times are tough.

Will Google Wave Transform Communications?

May 28, 2009

Google Wave is an ambitious project from Google which allows true real-time communications by integrating chat, email, a wiki, social networking tools and more. In many ways it competes with other services such as Facebook and as such it really isn't that new. Still, it does seem slicker and it is more open than many other services which provide communications solutions (a promotional plug -- you may want to check out TMCnet's newest news-driven Global Online Community called Communications Solutions). It also allows real-time IM sessions meaning you can see what the other person is typing before they hit enter.

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