One of my favorite iPad and iPhone apps is Instapaper. Like the iPad itself, Instapaper seems almost foolishly simple and derivative until you experience it. Then it becomes something else entirely: A product so useful you may ask yourself "how did I ever get along without this?" Insta-What? Instapaper is a mash-up of social web bookmarking, readability and reformatting, and … [Read more...] about Instapaper for iPad and iPhone Enhances My Web World
Although "don't be evil" isn't Google's official corporate motto, the company and its admirers have embraced the concept implicitly and explicitly. But pride goeth before a fall, and the buzz around Google isn't just about their new social networking feature: Cynicism and disillusionment with Google is growing. Why Do They Hate Me? Last week I wondered out loud about this: … [Read more...] about Google’s Evil Buzz Is Building
Google Reader has long been my RSS feed reader of choice, but using it was never much of a social experience. The earlier attempts at community, from shared feeds to comments, just fell flat. Good thing the solo experience (not to mention the iPhone version) was so solid or I would have given up a long time ago. Today, Google announced improvements to Reader, making the … [Read more...] about Google Reader Gets More Social
Google is the most important company to the Internet. Hyberbole? I think not! Without Google, the Internet that we all know and love would be a very different place, as would the business of IT. Along with Microsoft and the supporting community around LAMP, Google is the very foundation of modern computing. But the foundation of Google itself, its ability to rank Internet … [Read more...] about Google Is Heading For A Cliff; What Will They Do?
Yesterday afternoon, Twitter made what they called a "small settings update" to their eponymous service. Who cares? That title fooled me, too, but let me tell you, everyone cared. Within hours, this change spread across the worlds of bloggers and micro-bloggers alike. And less than 24 hours after announcing the change, Twitter's founder, Biz Stone, was forced to admit that … [Read more...] about Twitter Loses Control Of Twitter