Yahoo has finally bravely launched its redesigned homepage. The new page turns out to be a little more familiar than some had hoped for. It actally harkens back to where things left off for Yahoo, Alta Vista and other former leaders that followed the Portal path off into the weeds of obscurity.
Yahoo’s redesigned page includes mobile versions, At first glance one might conclude that this new look is not such a major overhaul or departure. Those of us with a longer jaded perspective see an updated personalized portal approach with content continually updated and refreshed. If Yahoo’s goal is to gives users all the information they want or need, they have done some of that. Although that ultimate goal is near unattainable.
It is not very disruptive nor innovative and does little that you cannot find on olternative sevices. Noticeable new features include infinite scrolling. Also included are new user controls allowing Yahoo users to remove news items they don’t like and features that learn one’s reading habits and interests. There is also a set of utilities/gadgets (weather, finance, sports info, featured videos and Flickr photos).
Pundits and journalists see this new-look Yahoo homepage as dynamic. Yahoo might now have instant appeal to “Newbie” users. However, the real question for the industry is whether this redesign is actually enough to attract new users or draw web viewers back to Yahoo!
I found it amusing that one journalist called it a paint job, another called it a snow job. I think what it is rhymes with snow job. But hey what do I know?
Time will tell.
I have long needed and sought an effective means, method or way of organizing and managing my Social Media activities, profiles and promotions. It is way too much work to indivually develop a self-styled and successful process that can reduce the sheer amount of work necessary for us staff-straped entities to get it anywhere near right.
Sprout Social is a well developed social media management tool well worth a look. So far I have been very pleased although I do not yet have a firm grasp or handle on mastering it. I do not even remember how I found out about Sprout Social, but tI am glad I did, it has helped..
I am only at the early stages of research in this area but I will make a point to report back here on my findings in case others are faced with similar issues and challenges. As I uncover the power and features and functions of these type of solutions you will hear about them. In the meantime you might also take a look at Sprout Social. Please let me know if there are other similar or complimentary alternative solutions out there in the emerging social space that I need to look at.
Update: A reader just informed me that even with Sprout being such a formidable offering there are other alternatives to consider. One of these is Hootsuite. They have a free trial but you can’t casually enable it or utilize without entering your credit card info. I had a time trying to discontinue a training service they automatically started billing me for. However there were steps to cancel this built right into the Hootsuite service and the company was responsive. It was just a hastle!
Hootsuite seems to have a bit of a “first-mover” advantage but Sprout Social is starting to gain quickly and in my opinion is more advanced. Others readers are also recommending Seesmic and Tweetdeck (Twitter) as Social Media dashboards or management solutions to consider. In the Nonprofit realm socialbrite might be an option.
Our thanks to Dan Ciotu (@danciotu) for making us aware of UberVu of which he is a co-founder ,, a powerful Social Media Analysis Platform. As in the case of Sprout Social The Coolness Factor will take some time in the next few days to review and report back to you on this innovative app.
Please take a moment to let us know what you think about UberVU and your experience with it.
GroSocial is yet another player in a growing field of players in this game. GroSocial helps users manage Social Profiles among a list of other important things. Check out AppSumo’s deal for a 1-year subscription to GroSocial or see GroSocial’s web site for a free trial.
PAAS, IAAS, SAAS – Yet another acronym is generating buzz in developer circles concerned with cloud computing. Platform As A Service. What is it? What will it mean? First developers upload Java applications into a cloud Infrastructure providinf essential management functions and services it will provide applications in the cloud to organizations and individuals.It creates and provides a development platform for the development of software. It is the next step beyond virtualization taking us from traditional computer-based-OS into a network-based era.
Although it is not really just an app in the latest sense but is actually more a full-blooded Application, Bento by Filemaker has found its way into my heart and into my core of essential applications for my journalism duties and general business productivity. I have been a Filemaker user about as long as I have used Macs, and since the very first versions I always thought Filemaker had potential and was very useful for building quick powerful (if not necessarily universal relational) database solutions. The power of Filemaker development and use is the rationale and business model that has lead to Filemaker’s launching of Bento now in its forh version. There is a very extensive depository of free templates available in the Bento Exchange allowing users to select from among a number of bite-sized business, organizational, education and productivity solutions to add to one’s Bento solution platform. This is actually a very creative approach that places the exceptional work of many filemaker developers in front of tons of new users.
Filemaker provides a program trial so you can see if you like it prior to purchase. Then if you do, the purchace price is reasonable enough to compel you to dive right in. Then you can begin explorign the Template Exchange to discover and download solutions that fit your workflow or needs. Once you start using Bento you will be surprised just how truly useful it can actually be and it will be hard to imagine how you got along without it.
I strongly applaud the Filemaker team for thinking outside the Bento Box and coming up with this approach. I only wish that other companies (especially in Cupertino) could be as creative and forward thinking.
The fact that you can go in and continue to customise and modify the templates by adding or deleting fields as you chose I think puts Bento into the realm of The Best. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give Bento a firm 10, and a big “Right On” to the whole team that made it happen. Good Job!
I’ve been waiting for YouTube to finally figure out what business they belong in, and while watching a live broadcast from Ad Tech: San Francisco. I think they finally got a handle on it. The It in this case has to with offering up ”Channels” of content. Others have half-heartedly tried it but high-flying YouTube is the exact perfect right source to really make it happen in the right way and make it work on a long term basis. I only hope YouTube can continue to hold their focus and serve up timely and relevant video/visual content that the major boring mainstream media and netwoeks have totally overlooked or naively lack. Plus YouTube has such an incredible backlog of years worth of choice video that we are all so familiar with that needs to be packaged in new innovative ways. Call it a repurposing, mashups, whatever, it just makes sense. for YouTube and their viewers now and in the future.
4/15/11 Addendum: I just got wind that each day YouTube is bleeding $1.2 million in bandwidth costs. I have seen too many great services fail for the very same reason. So, we can hope and pray that YouTube finds their way out of this conundrum because so many people count on YouTube for content hosting and distribution. Interesting questions crop up.- How long can Google sustain YouTube’s burn? What happens if YouTube goes away? Who is out there to save, subsidize or acquire it? Is there anything they can do to reverse the trend at this point?
Almost everyone knows that they can use search engines like Google and Bing to find websites using selected search termsthat target and lead to numerous pages of websites responding to our search terms. An alternative method of discovering new and interesting websites in areas of interests is by using Stumble Upon. Stumble Upon is a “discovery engine” that finds recommended websites in your personally selected topics and areas of interest.
“Stumbling” is a unique way of surfing and exploring the web. It is a game-like process that reminds me of spinning a roulette wheel. Stumble Upon is a very cool way to discover new, weird, cool and often entertaining websites. Quite often one will uncover unexpected gems that probably would not have shown up otherwise using any other method.
Stumbling is almost a form of recreation, and has become one of my favorite things to do online whenever I have a few minutes to spare (which is seldom) and a desire to do something constructive with my time that adds to my wealth of web assets. Over the years I have used Stumble Upon to discover many sites and things that I absolutely think are valuable and essential to my web experience. Caution: Be careful, Stumbling can be big fun and quite addictive! Enjoy!!
One you have registered on their site you can click SU social media buttons to recommend sites to other users.
DailyMotion is an alternative to YouTube that is emerging rapidly and steadily gaining popularity. DailyMotion presents videos, supports channels, has an active community and sponsors contests.
DailyMotion allows users to upload their videos and provides tools for formatting and distributing them. Includes featured videos, special events,
DailyMotion presents music videos, short movies, television shows, and unique videos. Users upload, share, and embed videos or watch premium and videos often for free.
One of the leading sites that I find exceptionally useful in my process of information discovery is and has long been ALLTOP.
Nononina owns Alltop. And is basically “2 guys and 1 gal” in a garage or elsewhere. They are: Will Mayall, Kathryn Henkens, and the ever-active inimitable ex-Apple pioneer Guy Kawasaki.
Alltop helps users discover “what’s happening” within user-specified topics of interest. Alltop stresses that they are not a search engine. Alltop works by collecting the headlines of the latest stories from sites and blogs. They group the collections or “aggregations” into individual web pages and then display the five most recent headlines of the information sources as well as the first paragraph. Alltop pages should serve as starting points. They scour literally thousands of sources for breaking news, compelling stories, gossip and rumors. Alltop also hosts subtopics like culture, celebrities and people, fashion, technology, work, health, and a horde of interests.