Category Archives: Web

Facebook is now “Trending”?


OK, I always seem to go on a rant about Facebook’s new features when released. Some are good, some not so good but one new feature they released earlier this month is “trending” content. This can be popular articles that are posted by Facebook users (trending articles), popular videos (trending videos), you get the picture.

This is obviously designed to resurface interesting or popular content to people who might find it interesting, but really at least recently it almost feels like Facebook are trying harder and harder to be more like twitter.

Facebook’s goal is to connect yourself with the people around you for a more connected world. I guess they are now trying to connect you with news stories instead of your friends? A few quick searches across Google reveal that lots of people are pretty annoyed with trending articles, lots of ‘how do I disable trending articles’ sites out there. It will be interesting to see how well this does, if Facebook refine this idea more or if they remove it entirely.

 

Firefox Personas


Firefox Personas is a great Firefox add-in that I only just discovered, but has been around for some time. It allows you to totally customize the look and feel of the Firefox GUI and is very simple to use and configure.

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Personas are lightweight “skins” that change the look of your Firefox web browser. You can easily switch between Personas with just a few clicks. There are hundreds of Personas to choose from, with more added every day. You can even create your own and share it with others.

ffpersonaMenuAs you can see, I’ve “skinned” my Firefox browser to show one of the default skins available in Firefox personas, but there are heaps to choose from as soon as you’ve installed it!

My clicking the personas’ menu in the bottom left corner of the Firefox window once you’ve installed it, you gain access to the massive list of already available skins to choose from, and if you don’t like what’s on offer there, you can check out the personas gallery to see what else you might like.

You can even create your own “personas” by using images you already have on your computer. The personas how to create personas page has heaps of information you’ll need to do this such as the size the images should be, and a quick 4 step guide on how its done.

I did mine in about 2 minutes it was that easy.

Firefox personas even work with existing Firefox themes. You really have to check out personas, its not even my software and I keep raving about it as if it was my own. I haven’t been this excited about a browser customization pack before, but this really takes the cake!

Facebook VS Twitter


How Twitter has taken charge of the online social networking scene, with Facebook the new number #2. However, don’t think Facebook is down and out for the count. While Twitter has seen larger growth in recent times than Facebook, Facebook’s users have shown to stick with Facebook more than the “fad” of Twitter with 65% of all Twitter users closing their accounts within the first month of subscription.

So which is better?

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(source: flickr.com – metrobest)

Facebook VS MySpace – Need I Say More


 
The popularity increase of MySpace has basically halted, with no more (or less) new users than this time last year, with no obvious fluctuations during the year either. Facebook on the other hand has seen 2.5x increase in new users since March 08, which is testament to the sites creativity, diversity and overall ease of use compared to MySpace (which many really don’t like anymore).

Interesting.

iJustine.com – Streamy’s: Neil Patrick Harris


For a great Web 2.0 (and Apple fan-girl blog), be sure to check out Justine Ezarik’s blog “Tasty Blog Snack”. It’s a good one stop shop for any apple fans out there, and she does her own YouTube videos too.

She’s really into online video/sharing and attended this year’s “Streamy’s” awards. She managed to stop NPH in the hallway just after he won too!

lol, go NPH!

Social Networking Is Out Of Control


You know what I mean right? These days a lot of us practically live on the internet updating this and posting on that. We’ve got Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, Flickr, the list goes on.

How many of you have accounts on at least 3 of these services? I know I do, but how are we all supposed to keep up with everything? We’ve got our day jobs to do, then we come home and update our status on facebook, meet new people on myspace, upload a few videos to YouTube, share some photos on flickr and post a few articles on our blogs…not to mention share with the world what we’re doing DURING the day on twitter!

In Australia at least, most people are really into Facebook at the moment so that makes things a little easier. At least I’ll know where all my friends will be if I want to catch up with them and see what they’ve been doing, and that’s what social networking is great for. But what are we all to do with these other services? Does everyone feel the need to make sure EVERY service they have an account on is always updated or do people merely just migrate towards one or two services only?

What made me start thinking about this? Well, I was interested in starting an account on twitter to see what all the fuss was. Twitter has been around for a little while now, but its one of the only social networking sites I haven’t dropped everything for and run straight to…probably because Facebook is servicing much of my needs at the moment.

I guess the question is, why move and keep creating new accounts on new services? It just means you’ve got more and more to keep updating online.

What do you guys do? How many social networking sites do you use? I’m just going to stick with Facebook for now, but many people on Facebook have really hated the recent changes so who knows, maybe we’ll all be jumping ship sooner than later?

Want To Download YouTube Videos? KeepVid Of Course!


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Have you ever found yourself wondering why YouTube don’t give you an option to download those clips you just want to watch over and over? Well, KeepVid.com have solved this problem. If you find a great video clip you want to save to your computer, all you have to do is copy the URL of the clip into the homepage at KeepVid, then hit download. Simple as that.

Why keep having to stream the video clips you watch often using your precious bandwidth when you can just download them once and that’s that.

I was using this site quite a lot a year or so ago. I wanted to be able to take my favourite YouTube clips with me on the train. By downloading them as Mpeg4 video files, I was able to add them into my iTunes library and sync them with my iPod to watch wherever I go.

Online Social Networking: Social Injustice or Social Greatness?


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These days there are so many ways to stay in touch with your friends online. You’ve got MySpace, blogs, Friendster, Instant Messaging, twitter and Facebook just to name a few. With all this choice online have we started to forget how to socialize in reality? Have we lost most of our communication skills and as a consequence the best we can come up with these days is a short 5 word sentence to update your status, or a ROFLMAO, LOL, WOOT!

Some will argue that social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc have made us lazier with conversation and that many school age children are using these sites for hours upon hours a day. If you’re using services such as this are younger children skewing their English language development just by using websites like these?

myspace Fair enough if you’re a bit older and actually grew up with an English teacher before all this started (web 2.0) as your English skills are probably alright, or at least not half bad, but there are many children these days using sites like Facebook at 8 years old, some even younger. It’s not just learning difficulties that young people may face being constantly surrounded by the online hype but do these types of services make younger people more aggressive or violent?

You can’t really pin this one on social network websites, it would be more fair to lay blame on the internet itself perhaps? When I was younger growing up I didn’t have an internet connection as available to me as most kids have these days. If I did would I have turned out different? Would my education have been affected?

The truth of the matter is, to an extent I think the “online revolution” kids have grown up with these days may be the new “Nintendo Thumb” of this generation but cannot possibly be the sole reason behind a possible rise in violence and attitudes of kids today.

I know for a fact that social network websites give kids greater access to their friends anyone thought imaginable back in the day. Kids can send audio, photos and videos of themselves and we’ve seen problems in some schools with pornographic images taken of themselves and circulated amongst their circle of friends raising all kinds of ethical questions.

Getting away from kids for a moment. You could argue that social networking sites affect us adults in more ways than we first thought. We loose productivity at work if our MySpace or Facebook addictions take hold for too long, some employees have even lost their jobs over spending too much time at work on these websites.

In our society today, are social networking websites as much of a problem to our society than gambling or tobacco addiction? It’s much of a muchness I guess, the question is can you really classify Facebook as an addiction. For most people…it is not.

I’ve gone of on a few different tangents, and granted I didn’t really spend a lot of time exploring any of them. I’m merely just exploring my thoughts. I’m not expecting anything to make sense, but if some of it does then that’s great.

What do you think of social networking sites of today and how do you think they affect our society?

The Pirate Bay Maps Out It’s Tracker Connections


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“We just upgraded the trackers from 12 old boxes to 8 new ones that handle the same load, but now only at 20% CPU usage, so we can grow a bit more,” Pirate Bay co-founder TiAMO told TorrentFreak. “Having some spare power in the servers has allowed us to collect some fun stats,” Source: TorrentFreak.com

It’s pretty interesting stuff. You know all those albums you shouldn’t be downloading illegally…well, this is where most of them all come from!