What’s the BUZZ?

Got the little yellow word myself today.  Buzz was the pathfinder for Google+ … so long little pathfinder.

Google alerts Gmail users of Buzz retirement – Tech News – IBNLive

Google is now alerting Gmail users about the impending retirement of its Buzz service. The notification in a yellow box reads, “Google Buzz is going away, but your posts are yours to keep” and directs users to a page that provides further information on how users can port their Google Buzz data.

Published in: on October 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Blogger/Google+ Integration on the way …

Blogger Buzz

Today we’re excited to announce the first way you will be able to leverage Google+ — by making it possible to replace your Blogger profile with your Google+ profile. In addition to giving your readers a more robust and familiar sense of who you are, your social connections will see your posts in their Google search results with an annotation that you’ve shared the post. Plus, bloggers who switch will automatically get access to the Google+ integrations we’ll be rolling out in the future.

Published in: on October 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

How to convert a Google+ stream into an RSS Feed


A web service called PlusFeed

Google Plus RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are not officially supported by Google Plus yet, that’s bad if you want to follow a specific user on the new social networking site. Sure, you could add the user to a circle to read all (public) messages on the Google Plus website, or visit the stream of that user directly to access the new messages.

Published in: on October 25, 2011 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

The first fruits of Google+

And now we see that old investment Microsoft made in Facebook and its acquisition of Skype beginning to bear fruit.  If Microsoft can’t compete with Google … it will Borg anyone who can.  Facebook is in serious difficulty.

Facebook confirms ‘awesome’ Skype integration – Computerworld

Skype could be a useful and interesting partner for Facebook, especially with its impending $8.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft. Analysts have noted that in scooping up Skype, Microsoft can put the screws to Google, which reportedly had been interested in buying the company.

Published in: on July 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Evaluating the Next Twitter, Color

Yea, I could have used this at a few rallys where I was too far from the stage.  Good idea.


Why Color May Be The Next Twitter

The ideal use case for Color then, is for events with large groups of people – like a concert or conference. Color ostensibly allows you to share your experience with that group; as well as augment your experience by giving you alternate views and allow you to see things that you’d otherwise have missed. ReadWriteWeb’s resident hacker, Tyler Gillies, recently used Color at a tech conference and noted that it allowed him to see slides from many different sessions.

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Yahoo shopping Delicious to Digg?


First generation social media are falling by the wayside.

Kevin Rose: Yahoo Contacted Digg To See If We Wanted To Take Over Delicious

It looks like Yahoo has been looking for a home for Delicious for some time now. On his Diggnation web show this week, Digg founder Kevin Rose said that Yahoo contacted Digg to see if the company would be interested in taking over Delicious prior to when an internal slide leaked indicating Yahoo wanted to get rid if it and before the December layoffs (which would put the time period at early December/late November). In the video, Rose addresses this around the 36 minute mark.

Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Google’s Social is on Deck

It will be interesting to see exactly what pieces of Orkut, Buzz, and Wave get recycled int +1 with loops.


Google’s Possible “+1″ iPhone App, Facebook Similarities, And Social “Loop” Groups

This is particularly interesting because we have heard that early iterations of Google +1 itself were much more similar to Facebook. But that version was supposedly scrapped in favor of a more all-web-encompassing toolbar approach (at least as it currently stands). So it’s possible that the app is a bit old, or that Google is thinking a bit differently about the social product on mobile devices.

Published in: on December 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Skype hooks up with Facebook

So with Skype 5, you’ll be able to call your Facebook friends.  Or text them.  And log into Skype using your Facebook credentials.  Clearly Facebook needed something to counter Google Voice.  This is it?

Skype and Facebook to Announce Partnership [REPORT]

Facebook and Skype are working on a deal that would integrate Facebook Connect with Skype accounts, AllThingsD has learned citing sources familiar with the situation.

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Windows Live Users Moving Over

Look out.   Microsoft has decided WordPress is great!  Welcome all new bloggers.

Microsoft Replacing Windows Live Spaces with WordPress.com

Microsoft and Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, announced today that the Windows Live Spaces blogging service will be phased out in favor of WordPress.com. Users of the service will have the ability to transfer their blogs via a new migration utility beginning today.

Published in: on September 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Digg Went Live

And its dead to me now.  The little blurb below is so wrong.  Because (just like in the beta phase) the RSS feeds don’t seem to work.

New Version of Digg Goes Live For Everyone This Morning

But fear not, Digg diehards — the Digg you’ve come to know and love is still readily accessible at the top of the page, via the ‘Top News’ section. Clicking this tab will transition over to a version of Digg that’s much more like the current version, with recent news and Top News as submitted across all of Digg.

Published in: on August 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm  Leave a Comment