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 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.
A Google love story. Makes me think we are heading for a time where remembering facts and figures will largely be an irrelevant skill as we jack into the Googlesphere. Thought processes, creativity, these will thrive in an always-on world.
Just in case you think HTML5 video support will be inferior to Flash when it comes to controls, overlays etc. SublimeVideo HTML5 Video Player. No plugins.
Ignore Apple shacking up with Microsoft Bing in rivalry with Google. The story for my ears is the skunk-works Apple search project coupled with Apple’s recent advertising company acquisition and the many mobile Apple devices (iPhone, iTouch and possibly iTablet) ready to switch their default search provider. It comes right at the end of this Gruber post.
Cuban’s Think the Internet Will Replace Cable post gave me a small idea; a self-service TV network. Log on to the website, pick a free channel number, pay for the number of hours you want, upload your video and press go. If cheap enough you could setup up channel for your family and friends, for your office or your social club.
The MODIS Rapid Response System provides publicly available daily satellite images of Earth which Russ Garrett has neatly used in a script for your desktop wallpaper. Daily satellite images bring up a slew of other ideas. Someday the “Google Earth lets robbers see you leaving your house” myth will become a reality.