Who Said Yahoo Doesn’t Share for Free?

Just last week, pre-Valen­tine’s Day, Yahoo! shows it love to the pub­lic by launch­ing User Inter­face Library and Design Pat­terns Library. Not to men­tion, the crazy cats over at the Yahoo! UI depart­ment have start­ed a blog as well. Dang, they seem to be grind­ing and shar­ing great tools with every­one. I like that. You may read more about inter­est­ing tech­nol­o­gy via Yahoo! Devel­op­er Net­work.

Spe­cial thanks goes out to Blingo.com, that I came across Peter Fre­itag’s blog entry about it. It’s just too bad I did­n’t win any­thing =|

Services Like FeedXS to Reinvent Blogging?


Oth­er than it’s bold ORANGE col­or, FeedXS launched yes­ter­day. A Nether­land-based com­pa­ny,

FeedXS gives every­one in the world and every busi­ness its own per­son­al feed. By cre­at­ing a feed, every­one who sub­scribes to your feed, will always be on top of your lat­est news.

It’s total­ly FREE!

Mean­while, while this looks like a promis­ing web appli­ca­tion, I won­der how it will effect the Blo­gos­phere. By read­ing the Per­son­al Feeds tour sec­tion, I under­stand that you pret­ty much just add entries and pub­lish them to your feed. Some­what like the work­flow on Blogger.com (or any blog­ging tool) but instead of pub­lish­ing your lat­est entry on a web­page, it updates/appends your lat­est entry to the feed.

Will we see a decrease in blog-site cre­ation in the future because of ser­vices like FeedXS? Peo­ple are always want­i­ng to take the easy route. I see this as one of those things. But, blog­gers are a dif­fer­ent class of their own. They seem to want every­thing they cre­ate and write under their com­plete con­trol; for me at least. Also, what would hap­pen to those blog­gers who get some cheese by writ­ing great con­tent (i.e. Om Malik, Andy Budd and Michael Arring­ton to name the least)?

Inter­ac­tion. What willl hap­pen to the com­mu­ni­ca­tion that blogs thrive on between the author and his/her read­ers? I guess this is a draw­back. Instead of just post­ing a com­ment on the entry page of the post, one will have to click on the entry’s archive page URL; that’s even if the author has a site. I guess I just see this prod­uct as a one-way ser­vice. Even though it’ll be easy for every­one to pub­lish an RSS feed, it does not pro­vide the read­ers a way to give a way to send feed­back or thoughts back to the author. Or does it?

SearchFox Bites the Dust

I just got an email from Este­ban Kozak, Prod­uct Man­ag­er of Search­Fox, with the fol­low­ing sad news:

Search­Fox will shut down on Jan­u­ary 25, 2006

Thanks for all your help in mak­ing Search­Fox what it is. We have enjoyed pro­vid­ing this ser­vice, and hope that you have enjoyed using it. Please export all of your links and an OPML file with your RSS sources before the site shuts down. In accor­dance with our pri­va­cy pol­i­cy, we will delete all per­son­al infor­ma­tion on Jan­u­ary 25 after we shut down the ser­vices.

This came as a com­plete sur­prise to me. Noth­ing in the blo­gos­phere sig­naled it’s per­il or what have you. Oh man, I guess it’s back to News­ga­tor for me till I find anoth­er web-based RSS-read­er that can do the job the way Search­Fox did it.

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Linkage Finds Interesting Treasures for the Mind

One of the “weak­ness­es” that I have (oth­er than a suck­er for FREE food) would prob­a­bly be the fact that I like to learn a lot of new things. How can this be a weak­ness? Well, it’s kind of like play­ing sports. You would like to get into each sport you see on TV or the ones that your peers love to play. By doing so, you get to become a great ath­lete. How­ev­er, a down­side to that would be you not being able to become a great play­er of a par­tic­u­lar sport. Now, this might not be true for every­thing and every­one but col­lec­tive­ly, it is.

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The Future Is Bright

The future is real­ly, real­ly bright! Today, I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sit down with my com­pa­ny for a meet­ing with Tick­le Founder/CEO James Cur­ri­er. Tick­le was for­mer­ly eMode.com (if you don�t know), which was bought by Mon­ster World­wide last May. eMode.com, or should I now say Tick­le, pret­ty much gave out tests for per­son­al­i­ty, IQ, favorite num­ber, your oppo­site-sex type, what kind of dog you are, etc. The list is pret­ty much end­less even back then.

Mean­while, even though the time allot­ted for the com­pa­ny sit-down went over, way over, I real­ly learned a lot. More than I was expect­ing. Rein­forc­ing what Mon­ster Founder Jeff Tay­lor quot­ed a few weeks back (in his own sit-down ses­sion with us), “Big ideas don’t cost no more than small ideas.” Bot­tom-line, GO BIG OR GO HOME.

But that�s were it�s some­what an argu­ment as well. Some great com­pa­nies now start­ed with small ideas as well; so it can go both ways too. But what I’m get­ting from it is, don’t be restrict­ed to think big in the beginning—or think and dream at all.

One thing that I found very inter­est­ing from James’ pre­sen­ta­tion was that the Inter­net is just bare­ly get­ting start­ed. New tech­nolo­gies are being thought of every­day. Some of these to note are: AJAX, CSS2, XML, RSS and Atom Feeds, etc. Yes, some­times we think that all great ideas (that can make us mil­lions) are thought of already. But that�s one thought process we should­n’t bar us from extend­ing our cre­ativ­i­ty and imag­i­na­tion.

For exam­ple, look at the suc­cess sto­ry of Google. Before it, there was Yahoo, Lycos, AltaVista, etc. But how did it become suc­cess­ful? You may ask. It was through peo­ple; and small talk. Seri­ous­ly, I did­n’t find out about Google through ads or any­thing like that. It was through one of you. “You should try Google out. It’s real­ly sim­ple to use.” Right? Right.

Virility—to say it in all in one word. It�s just fun­ny to how this is true with Google’s recent prod­uct, Gmail. How did peo­ple find out about this? Well, it all start­ed prob­a­bly when the Google peo­ple went to a par­ty and met some peo­ple from Blog­ger and said,

Hey, we’d like to push our new email sys­tem out. How about if we invite your (Blog­ger) mem­bers to try it out?

So the idea sparked. Blog­ger mem­bers got the Gmail invites. Then they were sold on eBay for $100–200 the first few days. I think it�s those damn geeks that want­ed to reserve their new email address. Pret­ty much get first pick from the creme of the crop.

Any­ways, I am learn­ing a lot from these com­pa­ny sit-downs. It shows: how peo­ple react to busi­ness; how peo­ple react in busi­ness; how ideas are made, and how those ideas make oth­er ideas; etc. The list of the things I’ve learned so far has exceed­ed my expec­ta­tions in the past three months I’ve been here; and the fact that there is more to come makes it even more excit­ing and a priv­i­lege to work for ’em. That, and to serve those peo­ple who pro­tects our freedom—the troops.

From my mind to yours, keep think­ing. Keep explor­ing. Use your imag­i­na­tion. Net­work your­selves and don�t be scared to fail or fall from those small and/or big ideas. After all, we fall “so we can learn to pick our­selves back up.”