Yahoo! Publisher Network Blog Launches

Just got an announce­ment from YPN that they have launched the Yahoo! Pub­lish­er Net­work Blog.

This blog is intend­ed to be the Yahoo! Pub­lish­er Net­work resource for pub­lish­ers, by pub­lish­ers. In it, you’ll find not only what you might expect from a prod­uct-focused indus­try blog—the lat­est on issues, new releas­es, and tips—but also in-depth how-to’s, pub­lish­er inter­views, indus­try trends, links to arti­cles and oth­er news and infor­ma­tion you can use. You will also, we think, find a com­mu­ni­ty that will help you to learn how to be a more suc­cess­ful and prof­itable pub­lish­er.

With cer­tain page ele­ments like a call­out and a “Zeit­geist”, it seems appar­ent that they’re pro­mot­ing their new babies: del.icio.us and Flickr. Not to men­tion, a quick CTRL+U (or CTRL+SHIFT+U) expos­es:

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I guess Matt Mul­len­weg and team would be hap­py with that.

Flagr Goes Live!

Flagr - Bookmark the Real World

I just received an email from the friend­ly peeps of Fla­gr with great news that they just went Live! This might be a promis­ing piece of cook­ie. Go check ’em out. Signup for an account over at:


Some info about Fla­gr from Techcrunch’s write­up:

Fla­gr was found­ed by Matt Coly­er, David Wurtz adn Cole Poelk­er — all col­lege dropouts from Boston. They are col­lect­ing emails on their site for a pri­vate beta… but the com­pa­ny promis­es to allow peo­ple to send tips on real world stuff in via a text mes­sage on a cell phone. Type in the title, address and com­ments, send it to Fla­gr and broad­cast it to your friends or every­one. Their tagline is “sharewhere”.

Veerle Got a New Groove

Veerle's Blog - Version 2.0

Awe­some­ness is prob­a­bly the word that I can describe Veer­le Pietersredesigned blog. I found a ref­er­ence to the news via Bryan Veloso’s “res­ig­na­tion”. Moth­af­reak­ers… I usu­al­ly head over to Veer­le’s for some illus­tra­tion tuto­ri­als and ideas, but oh-my-gosh-o-gol­ly, she trul­ly has raised the bar anoth­er notch (or two or three).

Box.net Relaunches

I was for­tu­nate enough to get invit­ed by Aaron Levie to test Box.net’s “Ear­ly Adap­tor Pre­view” this past week­end. I could­n’t blurt any­thing till after the 22nd about it. But yah, I almost for­got as I’ve been busy enjoy­ing my Mon­day off from work.

Any­ways, so far so good. Here’s a cou­ple of my find­ings from the get­go:

  • Sooth­ing and attrac­tive col­or palette
  • UI upgrad­ed to be 2.0‑friendly
  • Right-click (after log­ging in) pops up a Box.net menu. A dis­ad­van­tage I guess, at least for me. Your browser’s right-click menu options won’t work. For exam­ple, Screen­grab FF exten­sion to take a cou­ple of screen­shots. Note: I men­tioned this to Aaron, he said that they might give an option to have it enabled/disabled lat­er on.
  • Upload­ing. At first, I thought the Upload-tab was going to change the actu­al page (com­ing from the Browse-sec­tion). It actu­al­ly just pops up a lay­er onto the view­port with its con­tent. If you are com­ing from any­where else oth­er than the Browse-sec­tion and clicked on Upload-tab, you are actu­al­ly redi­rect­ed to the Browse-sec­tion first and need to click on Upload-tab again to do the actu­al upoad. Note: As Aaron point­ed out through email, this is more of a “usabil­i­ty” thing and should be addressed lat­er on.

    Sec­ond, I thought the “drag-and-drop” was actu­al­ly func­tion­al so I test­ed an image file and dragged it to the brows­er win­dow, only to be greet­ed by the pre­view of the image itself. That is, the brows­er chang­ing its URL to the local files. “Oops.” Did­n’t know the “drag-and-drop” text was a link which pops up a win­dow (Java applet) for the actu­al drag-and-drop.

    Besides the above, I found that rel­a­tive­ly easy and intu­itive to upload your files. Grant­ed it ain’t there ain’t no Win­dows file-trans­fer ani­ma­tion, but its direct to the point—to get your files as fast and as safe as pos­si­ble from your hard-dri­ve to their server(s).

I’ll post some screen­shots lat­er today. It’s so pur­ty believe me. As for now, you may get a glimpse through this Box.net shared-fold­er, or via Box.net’s blog entry about the relaunch.

Note: Here are some pod­cast inter­views with Aaron Levie: a) by Gear Live, and b) Ven­tu­rus.