Tag Archives: web

I’m not making excuses for developers b…

I’m not making excuses for developers but the Facebook platform and API is flaky. I don’t have uptime data but any developer who has worked on Facebook will tell you of the problems. I’m reminded of this by this BetaPond post. It does make me question the idea of placing all your eggs in the Facebook basket though. Having your own, independent web presence is still very important. Exploit Facebook but live outside its walls too.

Aardvark is a grower. I started using it…

Aardvark is a grower. I started using it a few months ago but with a fair amount of skepticism. Questions answered via social networking techniques? Sounds lovely but I doubted it would deliver. And to be honest I haven’t used it much for questions. I still answer most of my questions using Google. Instead I’ve been answering questions, 40 to date. I feel like I have helped people which is a compelling way to engage with users. I interact with Aardvark primarily through IM, a better IM bot I have not used before. It respects my IM status and is quick and easy to use, far quicker than a website or iPhone app. Google have bought Aardvark. I am excited if a bit worried, Google has a middling record when it comes to user facing services (e.g. Dodgeball and Jaiku.) Potentially Google can provide Aardvark with a far greater understanding of the web and its social connections. I hope this merger goes well as Aardvark is a clever and well put together system.