Nexus Gone

I had such high hopes for the Nexus One. The promised features were great, including the tight integration with google services. Unfortunately, there were some serious flaws that prompted me to cancel my new T-Mobile service within the 14 day ‘buyer remorse window’ and send my new phone back to the Googleplex. First and foremost,[…]

Google vs Microsoft: the Operating System Wars

Sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough.. Mark Scholl just tweeted: “Google now making an OS. Strategy of taking on Microsoft by becoming Microsoft?” That is absolutely the only information I have on the OS. But yes, I already have thoughts. My immediate response (but I have plenty more thoughts I’ll have to return to later,[…]

SEO is dead, long live Social Media?

Yesterday at the Thin Air Summit, I attended a panel entitled “Search Engine Optimization with New Media.” Panelists were Brett Borders, Elizabeth Yarnell and John Fischer, and the session was moderated by Micah Baldwin. The presentation consisted of a slide overview by Brett, some general recommendations by the other panelists, and then a few brave[…]

More thoughts on Google FriendConnect

Today I was walking someone through the Google Friend Connect examples. I’m always logged into Google, so I wasn’t aware of the number of authentication steps that are required to actually use GFC. We had to go to the appropriate site, then sign into google. THEN register with the appropriate social network. At the first[…]

Google Friend Connect – first (premature) thoughts

My thoughts are premature, because I haven’t actually seen Google Friend Connect (GFC; can I call it GFC?) in action, I’ve only seen the few screenshots that google has released. That being said, I thought I’d respond to my impressions or understandings of the service, before seeing what it really is. That way if I’m[…]

Google Does The Open Brand

Resource’s Love Triangle = Google Friend Connect Sign-in (OpenId) = consumer Friends (OAuth) = community Apps (OpenSocial) = brands The consumer and the community exist, and there is some infrastructure available to support what they wish to accomplish. OpenId and OAuth are examples of how we are aware of user needs for data portability as[…]

Headers and Images – Alt Text and the Weight Factor

I am drafting an article for the RI:Technology blog on Screen readers and Search Engines, and was reviewing a paper a colleague wrote about Search. He mentioned sIFR as a technique “to bring content to search engines”. I asked another colleague about this, as I’d always just considered sIFR as a “stylability” technique. We started[…]