Oh, I guess someone IS reading my Twitter account (this time over at Zoho). Heheh. On Friday I went to their offices in Pleasanton to meet with Raju Vegesna of Zoho. Zoho is building an impressive suite of “Work 2.0″ services (things you can use at work to collaborate with other people).
They have spreadsheets, word processors, meeting apps, and many, many other things. Have you tried any out? I’m trying some out. The Work 2.0 space is hot and Zoho is a big reason why. As to Twitter, I post a lot of stupid, lame, things there. You’ve been warned. Oh, and don’t check out Twittervision. That’ll keep your attention for at least two minutes. Twittersearch is a good way to search for anyone who has said something lame about anything. Like I said, it’s lame. But I’m addicted. So are thousands of others.
Tweets are what we call posts on Twitter. Tweet. Tweet. Tweet. Good night.
I was over at Bessemer Venture Partners today and the topic of TV came up. I was told that I had to check out ABC TV’s new player. Unfortunately it works only on Windows (a lower-quality version is available for Mac users — UPDATE: I’m unsure about that, will test when I get home on my Mac).
Boy, does this rock! It’s sharp and clear — does full-screen video. Lost is stunningly beautiful on it. Only downside is you gotta download a player from Move Networks. I wonder how this compares to the Stage6.Divx player/codec/plugin?
Demonstrates that on YouTube or on iTunes we sure aren’t getting anywhere close to the full experience that is possible today.
UPDATE: heh, just minutes after I posted this a Webware article about ABC.TV’s new player showed up on TechMeme and on Mike Torres’ blog and on Gizmodo. Sounds like news of this is getting around the word-of-mouth networks all on its own.
Last Friday I visited the famous South Park area in San Francisco. It’s a small park south of Market street where a number of cool Web 2.0 startups are located (Twitter’s parent, Obvious Corp, is located in a building on one end of the park). Anyway, I was talking with a number of people and I heard that Technorati’s blog search quality had seen a fairly large improvement lately and was better than Google’s blog search again. It’s hard to test blog search engines unless you know when an event started and can count up the good links and count up the spam.
There’s no way I can — alone — test out the search engine’s quality.
So, thought I’d open it up to all of you. Which engine is now better? Why? Give us some things to test out and reproduce what you’re seeing.
Here, I’ll start. It’s Videoblogging Week this week. So let’s compare both for “videobloggingweek2007.” That’s a top search on Technorati, so it should bias pretty well for Technorati, right? Let’s see!
Technorati for videobloggingweek2007. 147 results.
Google Blog Search for videobloggingweek2007. 76 results.
I didn’t see any obvious spam, did you? I think there might have been one on Google’s results, but it’s hard to tell spam blog, or splog, from actual real blogs anymore.
Also, I didn’t notice any duplicates on either service, did you? How about on the searches you’ve tried? It does look like Technorati has pulled ahead again in this race. The UI on Technorati is certainly ahead of Google’s, especially with the little chart of how many mentions a term has gotten. Search Technorati for EMI, for instance, and you can see that it really spiked today because they announced non-DRM music which got a lot of bloggers all excited.
So, try some searches of your own. Which engine is working best for you?
Microsoft’s Mike Torres notes that Apple TV — to his eyes — doesn’t look sharp on HDTV screens (he’s not alone, several of my friends saw them in Apple stores and say they don’t look sharp). I saw one on display that wasn’t set properly. Mine came by default set to something other than 1080i. When I changed the setting to 1080i it got a TON sharper. I’m wondering if the ones in the stores aren’t set to the best resolution? I’ll have to go back to the store and see what they’re set at. Or, do they look unsharp just cause of the Internet video content they are displaying on them (iTunes content is NOT HD stuff, so if you are expecting HD, you’ll be disappointed)? Or, are they just unsharp because the video card inside sucks (I don’t think that’s it, cause when I put HD content on my Apple TV it looks just as sharp as stuff coming off of my Media Center/Xbox 360 setup).
But, I want to test it out — and not with a biased dude like me. Anyone got a good way to test out the Apple TV? Anyone want to meet up this weekend and check out mine next to a Windows Media Center PC (high-end AMD box)?
What should we use as the test as to whether it’s sharp or not?
At SXSW I hung out in the hallways. That’s where you always see the coolest stuff. This year was no different. A couple of guys were introduced to me and showed me their new app that uses a variety of Web services. It’s from Thirteen23 and is a design prototype that uses Microsoft’s Windows Presentation Foundation along with Web services from Flickr and Netflix.
You’ll see a ton of apps like this one this year from both Adobe and Microsoft as they try to convince developers to use their new platforms to build Rich Internet Applications. You can try these apps yourself on Thirteen23′s “labs” page. Windows Vista recommended (it works on other OS’s that have .NET 3.0 loaded, but was really designed for the Vista aesthetic and usage model). It’s the first set of apps I’ve seen that made me want to load up .NET 3.0, which is why I call it a “killer Vista app.”
I just did an interview with Compete’s David Cancel, CTO, and Donald Mclagan, CEO who showed me their new features, just turned on today.
First, Compete is a site where you can see metrics from the million largest Web sites. Sorta like Alexa, but different.
Here’s how to use it. First, let’s look at traffic of Techcrunch.com. Yowza, Mike is up, way up!
Now, the new features: Attention. That shows how often people click on TechCrunch and how long they stick around. Clicks are up, average stay is down (Click on Engagement and select attention).
Finally, click on “Growth” and select “Velocity.” This shows you how fast traffic is going up, or down.
Oh, and you can compare big sites to each other. Here’s TechCrunch compared with CNET’s News.com compared with Om Malik’s GigaOm.
How does your site compare?
The timewasters I see on Twitter that I must share with you. Here’s the latest: Web 2.0 Grocery. Waste everyone’s time! That’s my goal. But it is funny. Sorta. Blame it all on Sam Harrelson. He said it was the funniest thing he’s seen all day.
UPDATE: Actually, can’t really blame Twitter on this one. BoingBoing linked to it first. Oh, wait, hold the presses. Jeff Pulver was first and said it all is Yossi Vardi’s fault (it was first shown at Yossi’s Kinnernet camp).