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May, 2008 Monthly archive

Thanks to @Techn0tic (Dave K) for the find.

Great Qik video of Robert interviewing the founders of Twitter, trying to explain the reasons behind the recent/frequent/constant Twitter downtime. Given Twitter’s subsequent claiming that the users are to blame and Robert’s recent public concerns over Twitter this is a VERY interesting watch.

Here’s my thoughts though. If Twitter claim that there is too much burden on its system due to the number of API calls being made by the different applications (such as Friendfeed which is seeing huge growth thanks to the Twitter problems!) then why not restrict/charge/control the API?

The application developers are clearly making money (albeit adsense in most cases) off you so Twitter, why not charge these people for the use? You have already said you don’t think there is a good reason to charge heavy users, so why not charge the people/companies that draw FROM the service than the people who contribute TO the service – or at the very least, more strictly control the API (like Facebook do) to ensure that any growth is managed proactively rather than in response to an outage?

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If you haven’t seen Evernote yet, then all you need to do is direct me to my link on your blog and i’ll send the first 19 people an invite.

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So FriendFeed is taking over the planet – tell me something I didn’t know! it is fast becoming THE aggregator of choice for many people, enabling conversations to take place outside of many “closed” networks. It even seems to work when Twitter doesn’t – which technically could mean that even with 50% uptime, it would still beat twitter 😉

NOW, it is looking to create its own content by launching Rooms, a way to create original content INSIDE Friendfeed, making it a destination site in its own right (rather than an aggregator).

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With frustration growing with Twitter and comments creeping in that Jaiku is a) better and b) more consistently up, could this new feature spell the end for Twitter?

Part of me really hopes so, because i see NO other online app/network treating its loyal customer so consistently badly as Twitter.

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Simply awesome! The man has BECOME the web!

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Here’s the link! Thanks to Techn0tic for the find!

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Note: even though Silverlight didn’t work at the time, I was blown away with plenty in his demo (Seadragon, Deep Zoom, Mesh) so all good in the end!

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Cool stuff I was readingMay 19th toMay 23rd:

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Nuff said.

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"Donated" by Steve, created by Hugh! Proof that I am in fact, friendless!

My only concern is that Hugh can remodel it for 2009 when Web 3.0 rears its head and therefore I do not become obsolete!

nb. the alternative, non-complimentary "echo chamber" angle on this image is not lost on me either 😉

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Cool stuff I was readingMay 15th toMay 18th:

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Ferrari website
Steve dug this one out the other day and I was so impressed with the execution of the site, I just had to say something about it – especially as video seems to be the flavour “du jour”.

The Ferrari GT is the next new kid on the block and rather than do the usual visual preview, Ferrari have launched an audio-only website with a countdown timer on it, and the only thing that gives you any kind of teaser is a series of 4 incredibly emotive audio clips.

Congruity is what I am talking abut here and audio clips can achieve this much more than any visual stimulai because they set the imagination racing without visual restrictions and few people can argue how powerful that can be.

Congruity is the ability for people to mentally bridge gaps between words/sounds and images in order to understand a concept. Take, for example a Powerpoint presentation. A good presentation has a limited number of images that don’t on their own, make sense. The congruity comes when people listen to your words and see the images, put the two together and GET the concept you are talking about.

I’m not going to spoil the excitement so go here, click on the audio clips and close your eyes….listen to rumble of the starter motor as you start her up, the screaming V8 as she flies past you…

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