We talk about transparency a great deal, especially in relation to blogging, as in being open about who you are and what you do. The flip side is too much transparency, illustrated by a thoughtful article in Business Week on the real risks about being too open about yourself where anyone can find anything about you on the internet: [...] Today there are two of you. There's the analog, warm-blooded version: the person who presses flesh at business conferences and interprets the corporate kabuki … [Read more...] about You are what you’re Googled
How up-to-the-mark is your site as far as Web 2.0 is concerned? Are you at the bleeding edge with Ajax, tagging, Google maps or community content? Silly or mis-spelled names and rounded corners? Now you can find out via the Official Web 2.0 Certifyr. Just enter your site address, fill in a couple of fields and click to get your score. I did that and came up with a score of 38%. Heh! As with the Web 2.0 or Star Wars Character quiz, where I scored a measly 22, it looks like I have a way to go. … [Read more...] about Web 2.0 certification
After setting up my first Google webpage the other day, I've been playing around with the new Google Page Creator. My cat had a suggestion for a new page... A lot of commentary out there knocking Google for this tool. It doesn't work properly, they say. Why isn't it integrated with Blogger, they ask. What on earth is Google doing with such trash, they wonder. There's no pleasing some people. Ok, the service is groaning under the strain of popularity at the moment. New sign-ups were suspended … [Read more...] about Google Page Creator: Where’s the problem?
News that the US Patent Office has granted a patent to a software developer that gives him the rights to charge license fees for any application development that uses AJAX has not been well received by developers and others with an interest in this set of technologies. Scores of blog posts and hundreds of Digg comments are uniformly negative if not downright hostile about this news. Little commentary yet by mainstream media. AJAX is one of the hottest application development areas at the moment, … [Read more...] about AJAX patent absurdity
Yet another new service from Google, this one aimed at anyone who wants to create a web page (not a blog) with the minimum of fuss and absolutely no exposure to anything techie: We're testing a new product that makes creating your own web pages as easy as creating a document in a word processor. Google Page Creator is a free tool that lets you create web pages right in your browser and publish them to the web with one click. There's no software to download and no web designer to hire. The pages … [Read more...] about One-click websites from Google