July 22, 2010

A Second Look At BlogBooster (WordPress Take Note)

After being underwhelmed with the official WordPress iPhone app, I have been relying more upon third party blogging apps to help me blog while I am on the go.

Unfortunately Apple’s iOS 4 update has yet to be embraced by many blogging apps, whose developers have either abandoned their apps completely or are “too busy” to update their apps (despite the bugs that are appearing due to the lack of an update).

Fortunately BlogBooster (which I reviewed in May) has recently updated their iPhone app, fixing many of the bugs that were highlighted previously, as well as introducing a slightly different UI.

Although this app isn’t perfect, BlogBooster’s approach to mobile blogging is something that WordPress (as well as third party rivals) should take serious note of lest they lose market share upon the iDevice. read more

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Mark Zuckerberg Opens Up About IPO, Social Network Movie And Lawsuits [Interview]

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zuckerberg-sawyerTonight on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens up about the most recent happenings surrounding Facebook, specifically the companies future (IPO), the new Facebook Movie (The Social Network) and a recent lawsuit which claims he gave up his share of the company years ago.

Zuckerberg first talks about The Social Network basically downplaying the movies sensationalism of his life surrounding the founding of Facebook:

“I just think people have a lot of fiction…. The real story of Facebook is just that we’ve worked so hard for all this time,” Zuckerberg said in his interview with Sawyer. “I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? …We just sat at our computers for six years and coded.” read more

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Twitter Is Finally Moving Into Their Own Custom Built Data Center

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Twitter Data CenterSick and tired of those stupid Twitter whales telling you the system is overloaded? So it Twitter! and their finally doing something about it, moving their business into a custom built data center with plenty of space for scaling their systems as needed.

Twitter has essentially had problems with their system since the first day of use with constant downtimes and slow-downs in their system as the company has grown from an experiment in micro-blogging to a site with upwards of 4,000 tweets per second coming in during major events such as the World Cup.

To put their growth into context, the site receives nearly 300,000 users each day. read more

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Thinking of Starting a Blog? Reasons to Begin Blogging Today!

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This article was written by Timothy Ng who is a regular personal finance writer at Credit Card Finder.

In today’s computer-driven society there isn’t much that cannot be done on the Internet. People shop, listen to music, watch videos, communicate with people on the other side of the globe, play games, buy and sell things to each other, and even do business.

One of the biggest phenomenon that has been born out of the Internet revolution has been “The Blog” and blogging.

What is a Blog?
In very simple terms, blogs began life as online journals or diaries that could be shared with friends and family. Years later and blogs have evolved into something much bigger, and more powerful. If you haven’t yet discovered the world of blogging then you are probably missing out.

We will have a look at some of the reasons people blog, and I would hazard a guess that most (if not all of you) will fall into one of the groups that benefit from being involved in the blogging world. read more

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July 21, 2010

Farmville Now Available At Your Local Supermarket

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Farmville - Real World Farmville CashThere’s no denying the social reach of FarmVille, the game made popular by 65 million Facebook users, what may surprise some users to learn is that FarmVille has begun invading the real world.

The social network game has begun offering Farmville Cash on select produce throughout 4,000 supermarkets and retail locations nationwide.

On select produce shoppers will find “farm cash”, specifically 5 free farm bucks, that money can then be taken and used for virtual goods throughout the online game. read more

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Ning’s New Plans Go Live

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Ning dumps free social networksAfter nixing their free plans and embracing a pure premium model, Ning users are now able to choose the plan that is right for them, although Ning is giving users until the end of August to choose a plan or find a new home.

The three new plans – Ning Mini, Ning Plus and Ning Pro – are now live!

I encourage you to take a look at your choices and decide which plan makes the most sense for you and your members. You’ll have until August 20th to purchase a plan, which should give you ample time to make a decision.  (Official Ning Blog) read more

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MySpace Teams With MTV, Will LiveStream Comic-Con

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Comic-ConIf you can’t attend Comic-Con this year, you’ll at least be able to watch live streaming interviews with various stars from Michael Cera and Seth Rogen to Jeff Bridges and the cast of Glee.

According to Mashable, MTV has teamed up with MySpace to live stream those interviews, plus various previously unreleased media content. Comic-Con is going on this coming weekend.

Both MTV.com and MySpace Comic-Con pages will start streaming content on Thursday, July 22 at 12 p.m. PT. The show is set to be hosted by Josh Horowitz from MTV Movies and he will be looking asking fan-submitted internet questions and other questions created by MySpace and MTV. read more

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July 20, 2010

WordPress To Embrace bbPress Outcast

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Unlike a few other WordPress services, bbPress is more or less the runt of the WordPress clan.

Compared to other Automattic services (like VaultPress, BuddyPress, VideoPress, etc.), which are only a plugin away, bbPress is more or less a nightmare for DIY bloggers who are not fluent in the art of geek (aka hosting language).

Coding headaches aside, it looks as if Autmattic is once again revisiting bbPress in order to make it easier to use for the masses.

I think WordPress integration is the most important item on the roadmap for the future of bbPress.

Why?

One, it’s an embarrassing pain in the butt to do now. One of the most frequent questions here on our forums. You have to jump through endless loops, and end up with something worse than most of the WP plugins for forums.

Two, we get the benefit of all the WordPress plugins and themes, which vastly outnumber our current options. Want private messaging? Use the BuddyPress plugin for it. Want OpenID? Stats? Sitemaps? There’s a plugin for that. Social network and profile features, in particular, are useful to the future of discussion forums and it’d be silly of us to duplicate that effort. (Official bbPress Blog) read more

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Google Buzz Firehose Released For Public Use

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Google LogoThe idea behind Google Buzz Firehose is simple, it gives developers the ability to access all public activity from the social networking service. Developers can access that data from a single feed that’s published with real-time PubSubHubBub syndication.

Google chose to release the new option since it was the most requested feature by developers.

To highlight the feature Google showed off Buzz Mood which finds Buzz updates with the same emotion-related verbs and then shows them to users with a slideshow type animation, it’s pretty useless but offers a working example of the new syndication feed. read more

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July 19, 2010

WordPress Ponders Palm Pre App (Plus: Windows Mobile Too?)

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In their quest to dominate the “mobileverse,” Automattic (the company behind WordPress) is planning on expanding their brand upon Palm Pre and Windows Mobile devices.

But instead of having mobile engineers from other platforms create official apps for Palm and Windows Mobile, WordPress is seeking to hire talent from the outside to help turn these app desires into reality.

Take WordPress and other Automattic projects to the small screen by developing Open Source mobile products for multiple mobile platforms. Work on apps for Android, Pre, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, iPhone, and other platforms using such interfaces like our XML-RPC API. (Automattic Jobs Board)

Note: Emphasis mine. read more

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