Sunday, 6 July 2008

I am no longer writing on blogspot

Please click through to my new blog at Thanks

Sunday, 29 June 2008

Back to the subject of Blogger versus Wordpress - two very different software packages for blogs. For those of you still with me, I started a blog recently on Blogger and have now got a second on Wordpress. I write in my Blogger one and cut and paste into my Wordpress blog until I can make up my mind which one to go with. So what is my take now?

In favour of Wordpress
  1. The links from tags straight into a list of others' blogs is just great. Why write in isolation when you can join the blogsphere in one easy move?
  2. You just need to make a link to another bloggers' URL and a quote appears immediately as a comment.
  3. I got my first comment with two hours of starting my Wordpress blog.
  4. You ask a question of their service desk and they get back to you just fine!

Against Wordpress

  1. It looks lousy compared to Blogger.
  2. Lots of different templates but features do not translate from one to another ie Twitter feed.
  3. The CMS is so much less friendly that Blogger and difficult to understand.

But I have come to decision. I will close down my Blogger blog and stay with Wordpress. Why can there not be a package that is somewhere in between - firmly embedded in the blogosphere, good to look at AND easy to use. And why do both of them make it so difficult to cut and paste a screengrab from the web?

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Paul Way's opinion on Viewzi

My colleague Paul Way had some cool comments to make about Viewzi and Searchme which I repeat here:
" I think these new searches are very interesting although I don't know if there is an immediate message we should be taking from this. What I mean is that Viewzi is very, very cool looking. And if it seems slightly familiar to you, then you porably own a recent issue iPod which has a viewing mode called Cover Flow. Cover Flow just lists your album covers in a line and scrolls through them (exactly the way Viewzi does). So this is more about packaging than the actual substance. I will admit though that the Viewzi interface does segment thes things well and actually encourages more interaction (again, something that Apple has turned into an art form).
"Sites like Searchme and Viewzi are the new breed of what's called 'visual search'. What that means is that these search engines provide very visual search results. Viewzi, for example, breaks your search into 15 different 'views', which includes things like photos, video, mp3s adn weather. In that way, it's trying to segment for you and find what you're looking for (especially with regard to rich media). But it's hit and miss at this point, and you have to rely on the 15 views they provide. It's pretty certain the the evolution of this will take it to a more personal level, allowing you or I to create our own views based on our own preferences.
"at this stage, I think Viewzi and Searchme are great personal tools, especially for the very visually savvy (macusers, teens etc) . The one thing is emphasises is that search needs to become more personalised."

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

The Guardian does blogging

Lively debate in today's Guardian Online. Roy Greenslade, who once was the most traditional of journalists and editors, argues for the value of blogging and discusses the threat to journalism of bloggers. It's a neat piece, nothing new, but will undoubetedly carry weight with other traditional journalists in a way that an article by a blogger would not do. The piece gains 28 comments....and counting.
One very strange thing about it, however, is that the comment facility by the Guardian does not link back to contributors' own blogs. Nor do articles have tags linked to any other blog list. Without either, Greenslade's "blog" is not much more than a colum with some comments at the end of it - not much more than the traditional approach to journalism ironically.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Twitter as business tool?

Heh, I got my first first business-to-business contact through Twitter today. I had become somewhat irritated at the slow rate of take-up by some of our teams for an amazing offer by a company owned by our own parent company. I vented by frustration in a Tweet last night. This afternoon, I received a request to "follow" me from a strange. But he looked somewhat familiar. When I agreed, I soon got a direct email from a sales person working for the company in London. He looks up his own company in Twitter's search facility each day. So that shows yer!

Viewzi: what about Searchme as well?

Excitement all round about Viewzi after I had picked up the thrilling review by Craig Stoltz. Everyone at my media company just loved the 15 different views for search. Rather eccentrically I repeatedly inserted "Maria Callas" into the search bar for my one-on-one demonstrations. But it worked. The contrast between videos, from YouTube or whatever, and the comparison of Amazon with ebay was amazing. Even for an old opera dame like that.
But it did not stop there. Soon we were also comparing Viewz with Searchme. It looks far less glamorous at first but picks up speed as your search progresses. In the end, it is as if your iPod screen had become your desktop. If Cinematically Correct thinks Viewz is "a rip-off of Apple’s Leopard operating system", he should look at Searchme.

PS Does anyone know how to pronounce Viewzi?

Monday, 23 June 2008

It's the economy, stupid!

So MySpace is going through a redesign.
"Dubbed 'MySpace 2.0' internally, the redesign will be completed over the next four months and a wide range of new features introduced, all intended to shed its reputation as a media platform for music-crazed teens and make it the prism through which all its users access the internet - from communication to sharing pictures, listening to music to watching TV," reports Owen Gibson, interviewing MySpace's Tom Anderson in today's Guardian newspaper.
Good on you, Tom, but what we civilians want is a piece of software that allows us to aggregate all our social networking profiles into one place. Now that would be an economical use of our time but not what any of them would go for.