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Google Buzz turns Gmail into a social networking site, Facebook and MySpace beware

An XKCD comic shows the following morning routine – 1) wake up, 2) catch up on the lives of friends around the world, 3) get out from under the covers. It sounds weird when you put it like that but it’s nonetheless true and it’s social networking that made it possible.

big Google Buzz turns Gmail into a social networking site, Facebook and MySpace beware

Now Google is launching Google Buzz – a social networking tool that integrates into Gmail and taps into a lot of other sites you might be using, like Twitter, Picasa, Flickr and Google Reader.

Facebook is apparently working on an email service, which will likely jump to a spot in the top three email services the moment it starts – Facebook has 400 million users or thereabouts. Google Buzz is doing the opposite – turning the (current) number one in email into a social networking site.

With Google Buzz, the search giant is playing to their strengths. When someone comments on an update you’ve posted, the comment goes straight into a dynamic entry in the Gmail Inbox.

Positioning is an important part of Google Buzz – but it’s not just your current coordinates, it’s the place you’re in. This uses Google Places – you can post a comment about the place, check out information about it and other places near it, look through comments of others about the same place and so on.

Google Buzz makes sharing photos and videos a child’s play – there’s a quick and easy to use photo browser and video player and posting images and videos is as simple as it gets. It imports content from Flickr and Picasa and it will even pull the images from a link you posted, so you just click on them and they are embedded into the post.

Buzz also shows the Twitter streams of your contacts and will recommend posts by your friends’ friends. By selecting which ones you like, Google Buzz will get even better at recommending comments that are interesting to you. For now however, it can only display Twitter feeds. Buzz also integrates the news feeds from Google Reader to push you to the brink of information overload.

Google Buzz will be heavily used as a mobile app – Apple iPhone and the Android are the first to get it, because they have HTML5 support for location-based services. Gizmodo has posted a hands-on for the mobile version, check it out.

Well, well – being a big company has its advantages, doesn’t it? Facebook email will get a huge user base even if only a quarter of their users sign up for the service, and because Google Buzz is integrated into Gmail and automatically imports you email contacts, it will get you through the hardest part of creating a new social networking account in an instant.


February 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Recently discovered www.Ping.fm and it blew my mind.

We’ve put together a little feature to help your blogs and websites gain some social traction. Not only that, but you can ping the awesome stuff you’ve create or run across right from your browser.

Introducing “Ping this!”

Add Ping this! links to your blog so your readers/users can link your article of interest straight to their favorite social networks right from your website.

Click here to get in on it

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

CodeIgniter v1.7.2 Released

EllisLab is pleased to release CodeIgniter version 1.7.2 for ready download.  What’s new?  Among other changes:


  • Compatible with PHP 5.3.0
  • Added a new Cart Class.
  • Improvements to the Form helper
  • Added is_php() to Common functions to facilitate PHP version comparisons
  • Modified show_error() to allow sending of HTTP server response codes, and all internal uses now send proper status codes.
  • Numerous bug fixes

Version 1.7.2 has been baking in the subversion for quite some time, and has been compatible with PHP 5.3.0 since late July, but many users understandably haven’t been running from the in-development version.  While I’d have liked to have had time to add a few more “big ticket” items to this release, making it 1.8, time is a cruel mistress.  Many of our users develop on Macs, and OS X Snow Leopard ships with PHP 5.3.0, so we felt is was more important to push out this stable maintenance release instead of waiting for an even later date – it’s been almost seven months since a refresh, afterall.  But there are still a few good surprises, and welcome changes.  Enjoy!

December 28, 2009 Posted by | CodeIgniter, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Web Development

Web development is a broad term for any activity to developing a web site for the World Wide Web or an internet. This can include e-commerce business development, web design, web content development, client-side/server-side scripting, and web server configuration. However, among web professionals, “web development” usually refers only to the non-design aspects of building web sites, e.g. writing markup and coding. Web development can range from developing the simplest static single page of plain text to the most complex web-based internet applications, electronic businesses, or social network services.

For larger businesses and organizations, web development teams can consist of hundreds of people (web developers). Smaller organizations may only require a single permanent or contracting webmaster, or secondary assignment to related job positions such as a graphic designer and/or Information systems technician. Web development may be a collaborative effort between departments rather than the domain of a designated department.

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment