Twitter Labs for applications?

Those who use Google – and who does not use? – Are already accustomed to the Labs site that the company describes as “an adventure playground where users can play with prototypes of our wildest ideas and talk directly to those who developed them.” Some of the recent announcements of the laboratory of ideas is the key that undoes the sending of an e-mail in Gmail and search of similar images on Google. Cool, eh?

So cool that it seems that the developers of Twitter like the project so that Google decided to create its in the same way. A network of microblogging is planning to create a site similar to the lab to demonstrate the applications of tomorrow, just like the engineer Britt Selvitelle let slip in his Twitter: “It was great talk of the conference Future of the Web Apps today! I just mention Twitter Labs ? Whoops! “.

There are already hundreds of applications using the Twitter API, which is open. The difference with the Labs is that the add-ons would be official, integrated into the site. Aguardemos.

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October 9, 2009 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Twitter combat spam

Twitter has added to its service a tool to report spammers. The option can be found in the sidebar of the page User, or the dropdown menu to the right side of the button Follow / Unfollow.

The tool does not delete the User immediately denounced – only forwards to a line of evaluation. However, when you report a profile, it can no longer follow it or answer it directly.

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October 6, 2009 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

Coffee by phone at Starbucks

The American chain of coffee shops Starbucks is launching a new form of coffee – or at least buy it. With the application for iPhone myStarbucks, the store allows consumers to pay their bills through a barcode displayed on the phone. However, the system is only available in selected stores in the United States in the cities of Seattle, Cupertino, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and San Jose.

The application also lets you play barista by developing new combinations to choose your drink. He also lets you share recipes, check the nutrition information, and to locate the nearest Starbucks to where you are.

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October 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

Beware of social networking during working hours

Pay attention to access Facebook, Twitter or MySpace at work. A U.S. survey showed that 54% of CIOs (chief information officers, or CIOs) interviewed said that firms in which they work do not allow employees to visit social networking at work for no reason.

Were interviewed by telephone more than 1,400 CIOs from U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. To them the question was put:
“Which alternative best describes your company’s policy regarding access to social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, during work hours?”

54% of heads said it was completely banned, 19% said that access is allowed only for business, 16% allow for limited personal use, 10% for any use and 1% did not respond.

The company cites a few tips to protect the “professional reputation” in social networks:

– Know the rules of your business what is forbidden and what is allowed

– Protect photos and personal details

– Be professional while using social networking at work – follow the industry news and make connections with colleagues and clients, not with friends and family

– Be positive and do not complain to the boss or co-workers

– Keep your image polished. In social networks, you are building a professional reputation

– Even if your boss is liberal, monitor is not to be distracted.

Social networks can distract employees, but can also be important for business. Professionals should let common sense prevail when using Facebook and similar sites.

September 30, 2009 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Ex-CEO of Feedburner will be new chief operating officer of Twitter

The founder of Feedbuner Dick Costoli, who sold the system to Google in 2007 for $ 100 million, left his company in July and now is the Chief Operating Officer of Twitter.

It is an initiative of Twitter toward the hiring of more experienced professionals – not to say ‘professionals who have worked on Google’. Alexander McGillivray, hired as a counselor in July by Twitter, also came from Google. The current Director of Operations, Santosh Jayram, which must remain in the company and to report to Costoli, is also a former Google.

September 27, 2009 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

England enter the era of legal notification via Twitter

The false profile of a political blogger caused a paradigm shift in the functioning of British justice: the first time in U.S. history, a subpoena was delivered via Twitter.

The User summoned signs on Twitter as @ blaneysblarney – passing by the site author namesake Blaney’s Blarney, and thus infringing the copyright laws of the blogger Donal Blaney. According to the BBC, UK law does not require that a subpoena be delivered by hand, and can use means such as fax or e-mail.

The blogger, who is also a lawyer, decided to proceed with the order via social network after learning of a similar case in Australia, where it was used Facebook.

September 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

Social networking and IT sustainability

IT sustainability issue is related to those articles below in a way of how the media can use the new technologies to work on issues that helps the environment. Nowadays the most discussed subject is the usage of paper. Large media groups use a huge amount of papers daily to delivery information that can be delivered online. The big problem in this case is the difficulty of the media to change the concept of the readers that online information does not bring the same credibility than the newspaper.

This lack of credibility from online media sources is based on the facility to post news on the net. This facility brings a huge amount of non worth information, what makes the readers confused to choose the best source. Actually the newspapers work in the fact that their information is more detailed and organised and has more credibility that the information spread online.

Also the impact of technology on journalism is changing the way that the newspapers deal with the news. The new “citizen journalism” became a good source of information. Such citizen journalism is happening in some cases almost accidentally with most people just sending the information off to their friends. Those sites are informal modes of news dissemination.

Today mainstream media is learning how to utilize better the online social networking to connect with its audience. Either this connection may be helpful (by gathering more information from many sources) or it also can have the intention to receive a feedback from the articles published already to see the reaction of the readers.

The relation between this to the sustainably is that the media agents are using the internet to replace the journalist that goes to work in the office. Many companies nowadays are using journalists who works at home, since it may save energy to the company and if we thing about the whole environment it also helps to reduce the air pollution once that this professional does not have to move from home to work.

To sum up, the mix of the use of online reader as sources of information and the advent of this new category of journalist which works from home can be helpful to reduce the use the energy in the planet.  Also the change of the way to deliver the information from the physical paper used today to online newspapers can be an important step to help the environment.

September 22, 2009 at 3:18 am 1 comment

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