Archive for the 'Internet' Category

Subscription Pages for RSS feeds and Web Bookmarklets

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Two add your RSS feed or Web site to multiple services at the same time subscription pages for you tonight.

FeedButton is the first, with a link which will allow you to subscribe a feed to some of the more popular services. There’s a FeedButton javascript button option that didn’t work too well on an earlier version of this blog post. So here’s the cleverhack FeedButton link.

Taking that subscription page to a not as slickly designed but all encompassing level of thoroughness is Add to Any. Add to Any gets my vote because it offers so much.

The cleverhack Add to Any Bookmark Manager button Add to any service

The cleverhack RSS feed Add to Any RSS Reader button Add to any service

[tags]Add to Any, FeedButton, subscription page, RSS, RSS feed, RSS reader, bookmark manager, Web 2.0 [/tags]

A beautiful Sunday Morning Web 2.0 review

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Ok, kids, it’s been a beautiful few days here in Southeast PA and today promises to be just as nice. So on that happy note, let’s talk about some Web 2.0 developments.

1) Crowdstorm has officially gone into public beta. Among the noted improvements, you can search the site even if you’re not a member and the UK centric shopping links are gone. The next step is for crowdstorm to attract, well, a crowd to make it all work.

2) Earlier this week, the founder of Webwag left a comment imploring for feedback on my earlier post about the (yet another) AJAX based start page. I’ve played around with Webwag this morning, and still a few things bother me about the design:

a)The initial page load time

b)Lack of clear instructions on all of the toggles on the start page. From a usability standpoint, the start page controls should either be intuitive (they’re not - I had to read the blog to figure out how to add a module to the start page) or have instructions. Maybe for new webwag users, there could be an instruction box showing on the start page in that upper right hand corner.

c)The gray text on the start page is too light and is hard for me to read.

3)Because it’s the first Sunday of football season, on a lark, I thought it would be amusing to try to find a Web 2.0 site about football…there aren’t many, but I did happen to find a previously unknown fantasy football site called fleaflicker. Aside from the gross-me-out name and mascot that only a 11 year old boy would love, the Web marketer in me cries because this is a site with about ZERO Search Engine Optimization or other Web marketing optimization. In it’s second season and truly a case of it’s built, but very few people know about it.


Thursday, September 7th, 2006

It’s Thursday and that means yet another RSS reader. Today’s reader is PulpFiction, which is new to my logs. With a like interface, PulpFiction runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later and will fetch, organize and display feeds from thousands of sources. Here’s the user agent:

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.8 (KHTML, like Gecko) PulpFiction/1.2.2

[tags]RSS, RSS feeds, RSS reader, feed reader, RSS aggregator, PulpFiction [/tags]

no chacha love

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Has anyone actually tried out the latest and greatest in search engine debuts, chacha? The differentiation point is that chacha is supposed to be better in that real humans are guiding your search. Hasn’t this been done before?

Anyway, I tried searching for Mozilla Firefox in the ChaCha search section (I believe that is previously run searches) and got a big, fat…

Please wait while search results are retrieved …

However, the right hand side ads showed up just fine. Ads on an alpha deployment.

While I didn’t ask for a human to help in this case (that would be the Search With Guide option), I dunno, shouldn’t chacha be deploying with a depth of knowledge?

[tags]chacha, cha cha, human search, Web search, Web, search entrepreneurs [/tags]

Windows Live Alerts

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

When I was writing about the RSS to IM services, I overlooked the still in beta Windows Live Alerts service. Windows Live Alerts allow users to opt in to receive very important cleverhack updates via desktop alert, email, PDA, and/or cell phone.

And face it, don’t you all want to know immediately that I just had most of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream?

Windows Live Alerts

[tags]Windows Live Alerts, RSS, RSS feeds, RSS to Desktop, RSS to IM, RSS to email, RSS to PDA, RSS to Phone [/tags]


Monday, September 4th, 2006

RSS to IM is a relatively unexplored area of development with two main contenders in the Web 2.0 horizon at the moment - Rasasa and Feed Crier.

Rasasa bills itself as a service which allows you to keep up with breaking news. By using Rasasa, you can have the newsfeeds you subscribe to delivered via IM, or to an email account or even to your mobile phone with their premium TXT service (although the premium TXT service would seemingly only benefit people in the Netherlands). Rasasa works with MSN, ICQ / AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk / Jabber instant messaging services.

Feed Crier comes out of the gate by being a more high end and the “free” plan only allows three feeds with advertising.

I would imagine you could get either of these services on your phone if you phone has IM functionality.

If one was just going to try out a service for the RSS to IM functionality, I’d try Rasasa first.

[tags] Web 2.0, Web, RSS to IM, RSS, IM, Rasasa, Feed Crier [/tags]

Hive Spy

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Ever want a real-time glimpse at what the big Web 2.0 social bookmarking sites are collecting, then Hive Spy should fit the bill.

Hive Spy basically collects feeds from digg, netscape and and presents them in a clever scrolling format.

What brought my attention to Hive Spy was viewing the following user agent in my logs. Hazarding a guess, I saw the user agent because a post of mine made it to Hive Spy. I don’t want to publish the IP address the user agent originated from, as it’s a residential Optonline and I’m betting it belongs to the Hive Spy creator.

Agent: yellowJacket/0.9 (Social Site Monitor HiveSpy.Com) AntFarm/1.000.1 HiveSpy.Com/1

[tags]Hive Spy,, social bookmarking, Web, Web 2.0, digg, netscape,, a neat idea [/tags]


Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

A java based newsreader and platform-independent, RSS Owl can be downloaded by almost anyone on Windows, OS X, Linux or Solaris.

I’ve seen the RSS Owl user agent in my logs from time to time, but only by one or two IPs. I’m not sure why the lack of adoption, perhaps it is becuase of a paucity of publicity about the newsreader.

Agent: RSSOwl/1.2 2005-11-06 (Windows; U; en)

[tags]RSS, RSS feeds, newsreader, RSS Owl[/tags]

Yet another Sony PlayStation User agent

Saturday, September 2nd, 2006

This one is for the official Sony media software that manages music and movies on the PlayStation. It even has podcast and video podcast support.

Agent: PSPRssChannel-agent/1.0.0 libhttp/1.0.0

[tags]Sony, Sony PlayStation, media software, podcast, video podcast [/tags]

Amazon aStore

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Amazon is now offering a method to Amazon Associates allowing one to build a standalone store that one can embed or link to rather than just embedding individual Amazon items on a Web page. This concept is called Amazon aStore. It’s still in beta, but here’s the Amazon’s aStore beta demo.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Amazon Associate concept, here’s a blogger’s eye view of it.


Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Want a cutting edge version of Firefox just for Linux? Try Swiftfox.

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; es-ES; rv: Gecko/20060201 Firefox/ (Swiftfox)

[tags]Swiftfox, Firefox, Linux, Web, Web browser[/tags]

Verizon with spam

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

I’m at my folks after work this week - they’re watching my daughter during the last week of summer vacation while I provide tech support to them. They have Verizon DSL with MSN. Basically MSN acts as their primary email provider and Internet portal via MSN Explorer, or as my Dad calls it, “clicking on the butterfly”. I’m sure I’m making the day for some project manager in Redmond by mentioning that.

They were just asking me about spam, specifically how to block a sender from emailing. In the MSN Explorer, all you need to do highlight an email and right click. In the right click menu, just choose “block sender”. If you want to allow a sender, highlight an email, right click and choose “add sender to safe list”.

On a slightly ironic note, I was amused to see that a legitimate transactional email from Verizon was put into MSN’s junk mail folder. Nothing like forging partnerships there.

[tags]MSN, Verizon, spam, junk mail[/tags]