Monthly Archives: September 2006

Google Reader updates (and a video too!)

Wow, just read this over on TechCrunch that Google Reader has been updated and they put up a video too. Nice! But I’ll still go over and do a more in depth video. I’m also downloading it and will see if it gets me to switch off of my favorite NewsGator.

UPDATE: I’ve loaded all my feeds into it. It’s quite nice. Works fast, clean UI. Does what you’d expect a news reader to do (brought in my OPML file from NewsGator without complaining).

Some things I’m still missing. Is there a “river of news” option here? That’s what I’m looking for. I want to just have a continuous scroll where I can go through my news feed. No folders, just a chronilogical view of all my items. OnFolio used to get pretty close to that, but I haven’t see any company really change the news reader metaphor very much. I’d also love to see a reordering of the list of feeds based on who publishes most (right now it’s just alphabetical). Or, who has the most links according to Google BlogSearch. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Some problems exist. I clicked on “email” at the bottom of a feed item and it gave me a “Bad Request” error. “Your client has issued a malformed or illegal request.” I’m using latest version of Firefox.

I don’t understand what the “Share” icon does at the bottom of each item. I click on it and it just changes to “Unshare.” OK, I guess I gotta go do some homework about where that gets shared to. It’s a mystery to me. But, what do I know? I’m blonde.

Oh, yeah, where’s the integration with Google Blog Search? One of the most powerful things I’ve been showing audiences lately is you can track anyone in the world who says anything on a blog. Say someone says “Scoble sucks” on a blog, even one without any readers, well, it could show up in my Google Reader. I don’t see a way to build a “search subscription.” NewsGator has that built into its online reader. NewsGator also has a community ranking feature built right in. Imagine if Google were going to build its own “Digg-style” community? In fact, there’s a URL where you can star things, but it’s not clear that there’ll be a site where I can subscribe to everything that people have “starred.”

It’ll be interesting to read the reviews about this and see where it goes.

HP news all over the place

I promised no more HP news, but sorry, this story (seen here on Google News) just continues to get attention from all corners of the business world. I never imagined that it would get so bad when I first started reading about it and reacting to it. But, my initial instincts (that the smell from this board were awful and a huge price needed to be paid by HP’s top management) are still in place. I wish it weren’t so, but Congress was firing away today.

Best quote I saw was in this article by the New York Times:

In a brief moment of laughter in an otherwise tense interrogation, Representative Joe Barton, Republican of Texas, told Dunn, “If I called you up, Dunn, and asked you for your phone records for the last six months, would you give me that?”

“In your position,” Dunn said, then added after a pause, “I would give you my phone records.” The room exploded with laughter, and Barton replied, “Well, praise the Lord, I wouldn’t give you mine.”

Bay Area geeks: Lickety Ship will get you stuff fast

I’m trying LicketyShip out (just turned on publicly this morning). Unfortunately the first thing I wanted (some more Avery business card holders for binders) aren’t available from LicketyShip. But my friends who’ve tried the service say that it works great and gets stuff to your office in a few hours. I wrote about them a while back, but they are using shipping services and couriers to get stuff to you in less than a day.

I imagine one day I’ll be able to jump on a service like this, say “I’m heading to San Jose airport at 1 p.m.” and have it tell me if there’s a package waiting nearby that I could pick up and make some money. Anyway, nice UI.

One thing is that it starts up an IM if you have a problem. So far no human has answered. That’s not good. I’d love to see a webcam of who’s answering customer service questions so I would know if he or she is on break or not. It says they are online…

Is Diggnation really a success?

Frank Shaw, who is Vice President of Waggener Edstrom (Microsoft’s main PR firm), asks an interesting question: “If “Diggnation” were on a national cable or broadcast feed, would 250k viewers be seen as success or the road to to cancellation? You decide….

Here’s a question I have. If you have a new technology product or service to launch, would you rather launch it on Diggnation or on the front of the business page of, say, USA Today?

By the way, Frank is one of those gatekeepers who can get you in front of Microsoft executives. It’ll be really interesting to see if Diggnation is ever broadcast from BillG’s office. Imagine Kevin Rose drinking beer with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. If that ever happens I’ll know the world has really gotten loopy.

Audio and VideoCasting heats up with $15 million to Podshow

Congrats to PodTech competitors Podshow, who just got $15 million in a second round of VC financing, John Furrier learned. Can’t wait to see Adam Curry and team at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo (I’ll be traveling down there this afternoon, drop me a line if you wanna get together. My cell phone is always on my blog — over there on the right side. No, down lower.)

Looks like things are going to get even more interesting in the new media world.

UPDATE: more info on this story over on TechMeme.