Widgets… All the Buzz

January 22, 2007

(Scott Kirshner, New York Times) “On his Web log, Pastor Hyatt, the leader of the Evergreen Community in Portland, Ore., has woven in widgets, or mini-applications, that show a selection of book covers from his personal library, present the most recent posts from some of his favorite blogs, and serve up random quotes from the television show “Arrested Development.”“You start small, and it’s kind of like an addiction,” said Pastor Hyatt (his blog is at bobhyatt.typepad.com). “TypePad has a whole section of widgets, and they’re adding more all the time,” he continued, referring to a popular blog-hosting service…”

Some Bling for Your Blog – New York Times

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Is MySpace banning Widgets?

January 22, 2007

(Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) “There was a mysterious outage on MySpace this morning. It lasted just 2.5 hours, and the site itself performed mostly as it should. All that happened was this: Anyone trying to add a Flash widget to the site, or show an image via an inserted link, or otherwise embed any sort of code, couldn’t do it. Existing widgets worked fine, but none could be added. And if a MySpace user edited their page, any existing embedded code produced an error…”

MySpace is Getting a Little Testy


Yet More Social Networking – Shycast

January 18, 2007

(Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) “New Jersey based Shycast will be launching later this month and will put a new spin on brand promotion and paid contests. Like Bix, which was aquired by Yahoo in November 2006, Shycast will sponsor video-based contests with fairly large cash prizes…”

Shycast: Social Network for People & Brands


Say Hello to iJigg

January 18, 2007

(Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) “Think Digg for music, plus lots of Flash functionality. Songs are presented on the home page and can be “jigged” by members. Songs can also be embedded into web pages (I’ve done so with one of the popular songs below), commented on, etc. Songs are tagged for easy browsing, and there are most popular and recently posted areas as well…”

Jigg That Music


Is Rewarding Top Users a Solid Strategy?

September 13, 2006

(Marshall Kirkpatrick, TexhCrunch) “Jason Calacanis says in an AOL memo he’s posted that his model for Netscape has been vindicated by the recent conflagration at Digg and rapid growth of page views at Netscape. He says recent events are proving that top contributors to social media sites need recognition and approval, if not payment, in order to continue doing the hard work required to make a social site vibrant…”

Techcrunch » Blog Archive » Top social media users getting paid; is the balance shifting?


Anyone Will Soon be Able to Join Facebook

September 13, 2006

(Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) “The exclusive Facebook social club, until recently reserved for U.S. college students, has been slowly opening up to other groups. High School students and employees of certain corporations are allowed to create profiles. Recently Facebook also created geographic networks and allowed Facebook users to also add one geographic network to their high school, college or corporate network…”

Techcrunch » Blog Archive » Facebook to Allow Open Registrations


Knowledge Sharing on Yedda

August 15, 2006

(lifehacker) “Yedda is a knowledge sharing web site that lets you ask and answer questions of people with similar interests…”

Ask and answer questions with Yedda – Lifehacker