Google Sitemaps Updated

Google made an update with one of their line of products — Google Sitemaps. Some of the newest added features: Expanded query stats Increased limit of sites and Sitemaps that can be added to an account robots.txt analysis tool addition Comprehensive webmaster help center Quick snapshot of the status of your site in the index Visit Google Sitemap Group and read the Guidline for more information. Related posts: No related...

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Freemium 2.0 Business Model

Fred Wilson strikes out an interesting article about his favorite (google-like, flickr-like) business model, wherein the word Freemium was reinstated. Fred wrote: Give your service away for free, possibly ad supported but maybe not, acquire a lot of customers very efficiently through word of mouth, referral networks, organic search marketing, etc, then offer premium priced value added services or an enhanced version of your service to your customer base. Reference: http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2006/03/the_freemium_bu.html http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2006/03/my_favorite_bus.html Related posts: No related...

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Gtalkr

Google seemed to be unstoppable with their tremendous work, they’ve recently released a new web based client named Gtalkr, which employs Google Talk using a flash-based interface. It’s quite similar to 2entwine’s GUSH and Meebo. But its simplicity defies those online application that uses AJAX, it allows you to store, search and index your recent conversations, it tells you how long ago the last conversation ended, directly add/invite a friend to Gtalkr, there’s also a Gtalkr Notifier, it comes with an extension for developers to directly embed any flash and Flex contents. It’s absolutely a great piece of work. Related posts: No related...

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(SSE) Simple Sharing Extension

Microsoft recently announced their new Creative Common’s Licensed based Specification SSE (Simple Sharing Extension), an extension that utilizes both OPML & RSS Semantics. According to the specification, SSE provides an Item sharing over RSS, it outlines the use of RSS as bidirectional replication, not just the current unidirectional publish and subscribe workflow but it bequeaths asynchronous replication of new and changed items amongst two or more cross-subscribed RSS feeds, thus simplifies the exchange of data across different data sources, such as (Blogrolls, Favorites/Bookmarks, To-do-lists, Events/News Posts etc…). It significantly helps those who were in a collaboration-model of online business and publishing. (From Micrsoft’s SSE) For example, SSE could be used to share your work calendar with your spouse. If your calendar were published to an SSE feed, changes to your work calendar could be replicated to your spouse’s calendar, and vice versa. As a result, your spouse could see your work schedule and add new appointments, such as a parent-teacher meeting at the school, or a doctor’s appointment. SSE allows you to replicate any set of independent items (for example, calendar entries, lists of contacts, list of favorites, blogrolls) using simple RSS semantics. If you can publish your data as an RSS feed, the simple addition of SSE will allow you to replicate your data to any other application that implements the SSE specification. Again, Microsoft’s copyright in the SSE specification are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License (version 2.5), which means anyone can remix, tweak, and build upon the specification even for commercial reasons. Related Note – How SSE will change the web. Related posts: No related...

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Fruitcast – Advertising for podcasts

With the increasing number of people listening to podcasts, FortyMedia indtroduced Fruitcast, a new great online service for podcasters and advertisers which coincides the idea behind Google’s AdSense Program. The media and program itself helps podcasters monetize their show, make money with podcasting by Fruitcast’s Automatic Ad Insertion (adding the advertisements on the fly together with the podcast). Fruitcast basically works just like Google’s Adsense, but because of the problematic/labor-intensive thing when inserting ads each time podcasters publish an episode, they find it frustrating, even google’s AdSense can’t penetrate directly into podcasts and even working out a deal from advertisers is just a hassle. That’s why the simple solution of FortyMedia’s Fruitcast is to automatically insert the ads either at the beginning or ending of the podcast publisher. The workflow is also simple, each time the user/podcast listener downloads the podcast file (mp3 audio file) from the podcast publisher’s feed, Fruitcast checks and see if the podcast file have any existing ads included, after the confirmation, fruitcast will automatically add the ads into the podcast file if no ads were already assigned or detected before the user downloads the file, advertisers will then be charged for a certain amount each time the ads run, part of that will be credited to the podcaster. Fruitcast is paying out on a per-download basis. Once up and running, podcasters can expect to receive $0.25 – $0.50 per listener. According to the site’s FAQ, they’ll be sending checks to all podcasters with a total account balance of $30 or more. Very Interesting. I just hope the premise behind Fruitcast will predominantly benefit users who’s inline with relevant ads. To participate with the Fruitcast service, podcast publishers can visit Fruitcast for Podcasters, advertisers can visit Fruitcast for Advertisers. I’m sure google will be eyeing on this. ;D Additional Resources: Podcasting How to Podcast Start your own Podcast Podcasting News Pinoy Podcasts Pinoypodcast (pinoy padkast) Live.USA.ph (layb at yu-es-ey dat kom) Kuwento Kuwento Mundo ni Sofia Philcast Revolution Radio (pil-kast...

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Microformats

Microformats are set of formats designed to solve a specific problem by reusing building blocks of widely adopted standards. Its simplicity and principles are interconnected and intertwined with the current state of our web now. Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns (e.g. XHTML, blogging). Some Major Information from Microformat’s Website: microformats are: a way of thinking about data design principles for formats highly correlated with semantic XHTML, AKA the real world semantics, AKA lowercase semantic web, AKA lossless XHTML a set of simple open data format standards that many are actively developing and implementing for more/better structured blogging and web microcontent publishing in general. microformats are not: a new language infinitely extensible and open-ended an attempt to get everyone to change their behavior and rewrite their tools a whole new approach that throws away what already works today a panacea for all taxonomies, ontologies, and other such abstractions defining the whole world, or even just boiling the ocean any of the above the microformats principles solve a specific problem start as simple as possible design for humans first, machines second reuse building blocks from widely adopted standards modularity / embeddability enable and encourage decentralized development, content, services Cross References: Microformat’s Evolution Web Essentials 2005 Podcast Elements of XHTML Tantek Econometa Related posts: No related...

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Upated: Writely, Writeboard & JotSpot

Online Document Collaboration seems to be growing vastly. Here’s an update with this three sweet applications to watch out. Writeboard Writeboards are shareable, web-based text documents that let you save every edit, roll back to any version and easily compare changes. Writeboard makes it easy to… Write without fear of losing or overwriting a good idea Compare different versions of a document Collaborate with colleagues on copy, proposals, memos, etc. Subscribe to documents via RSS and be notified of changes Keep your writings organized with Backpack integration Jotlive – Live, group note-taking. JotSpot Live allows you, your colleagues or clients to take notes together on the same web page at the same time. Imagine everyone simultaneously typing and editing the same Microsoft Word document and you’ll get the idea. Everyone types on the same web page End “versionitis” — take one set of notes See changes as they happen Publish instantly — stop e-mailing documents Everything’s stored securely on the web Writely – (Simple & Secure Document Collaboration & Publishing) Simply put, Writely allows you to edit documents online with whomever you choose, and then publish them online. We’ve heard it called a “web word processor” and a “wiki with permissions”. Both descriptions work for us, but present only the start of the story. Yes, Writely is a web-based, collaborative document editor, but it’s also a site in its infancy. To us, it’s the beginning of a whole new way of managing projects and websites online. I guess with the advent of wiki’s, blogs/online publishing, technorati tags and the boom of free shared services around the net, The idea behind Writely may seem to be not new or bluntly derivative. Though hackneyed, Writely (beta) service has a significant point in distinguishing their product out of the notion of being called a “wiki-like” system or a copy of Microsoft Word just treated as a web version, I see this point mainly towards the Educational Systems Category, particularly to Students. Students can freely and securely upload...

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Delineate or Mint?

After the popularity of Shortstat, Shaun Inman created another excellent web application called Mint, a nifty referrer-spam-proof tool that helps your site identify where the most interest is being generate and over what». But the only drawback is you have to buy it for $30/per site. Well, after the success of two, Ben Sekulowicz exposes his “super-secret” project Delineate beta which is a Mint-like web tool. delineate is a community driven visitor tracking service that tells you who your visitors are and what they want from the web. Delineate gives you this information by tracking not only your website’s visitor information but that of every member of the delineate user community to create a greater knowledge base of your visitors and their interests. The system provides all of the information you would expect from a modern day statistics package together with specific information about every hit, search engine request and visit. — excerpt: delineate.com Related posts: No related...

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New programming technique on the rise

I’m not hardcore in terms of programming, but what I see now around the net is the rise of this new approach in programming called AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), a newly-coined term and technique which incorporates XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets, JavaScript, DOM, XML, XSLT, and the XMLHttpRequest object. With this at hand, we can make requests to the server without reloading the page as well as parse and work with XML documents. A good read of AJAX Model resides here. Current Web Applications Using AJAX AJAX live chat room Google Personal Homepage web portal (click on “Personalize your Google homepage”). Google Maps Interactive maps (by Google). Google Suggest Live retrieval of type-ahead suggestions for search terms (by Google). Kiko Online calendar Map of Switzerland (map.search.ch): The first interactive map (by Search.ch). Meebo Messenger in a browser supports yahoo, msn, aim, icq. Netvibes Web2.0 personal portal Protopage Highly-configurable personal start page. Yahoo! Instant Search Yahoo! search with instant results More Resources: Wikipedia Getting Started with AJAX Related posts: No related...

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Track visitors to your website using Google Maps

With the advent relase of Google Maps, developers gained superiority in developing simple yet complicated online programs, like this one. But tracking visitors in our website may seem to be hard if we’re reading statistics and facing line-graphs. We may use Shaun Inman’s free Shortstat, but what really floats my boat for simplicity is GVISIT. Just register and you’ll get your 20 most recent visitors around the world, displayed using Google Maps. Related posts: No related...

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