Tag Archives: Internet

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.


Google Search Feature: Best Guess

I was looking around for release dates for a few different things today and noticed a new search feature on Google which aggregates information from a number of different sources and gives you a ‘best guess’ as to an answer. It works the best with release dates (as shown below) but on further experimentation it also works with any data that could yield an arbitrary answer or something that could vary.

I checked the Diablo 3 release date, it was able to tell me sometime in 2012:

It also told me who the CEO of Dell was:

You can pretty much ask it any question and it will pull possible answers from multiple sources to give you the best idea on the answer to your query. Very neat indeed.

Do We Really Need Twitter?

OK, first things first. What the hell is “Twitter”?

Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, informally known as “tweets.”

What is a “Tweet”?

Tweet: A post on twitter

So, we know what Twitter is and what people do on there but is it really all that useful? These days with so many different social networks and ways of keeping in touch with one another, do we all really need to many portals to very similar information?

If I want to know what my friends are up to, I use Facebook. Facebook has the most users of any social network on the internet and is by far the most popular. I hear you, “Facebook is too cluttered”. I agree, over the years Facebook has become (almost) what I really hated about MySpace. The unedited, unprofessional looking pages my friends called “the best thing ever” when in reality every page glittered an endless stream of epileptic nightmares forcing my to call it a day over there on My_. Still, Facebook has things going for it. I just don’t get why people feel the need to join every new social network as soon as it comes along. Is it a cool factor? Please someone out there tell me why I actually “need” Twitter”!

How many social networking/microblogging services can I think of off the top of my head?

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Digg.com
  • MSN
  • Tumbr
  • Foursquare
  • Plurk
  • Pownce (I think)
Do we have too many in the world?…maybe.

In all fairness why do I need to become a member of Twitter to tell the world what I’m doing, where I’ve been & who I’ve just gone out with when I can do it all from the comfort of the ‘Status Update’ on Facebook? If I want to tell people where I’ve been I could use Foursquare (my girlfriend loves it), at least it does a decent job of geotagging (tagging places I’ve been with photos and geographic location), something that Twitter in all its head start it had on foursquare failed to achieve.

Do we all really need so many social networking tools to keep in touch with our friends when basically all our friends are already all on Facebook?

Some say Twitter does a better job of capturing information on live events as the event takes place as people can shoot off a quick 140 character tweet from their phone. It’s just as easy to update your status on Facebook from your phone in the same way isn’t it?

I must be the only one out there who just doesn’t get the benefit of Twitter.

How many social networks or microblogging services did I miss? Check out the list of social networks on wikipedia for further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

The History of the Internet

The “History of the Internet” is an animated documentary which discusses the origins of the modern Internet. If you’ve ever studied computing or have an interest in technology chances are you’ll already know quite a bit about the Internet, including how it all started but if not, take a look at this film its very well made. The film discusses the internet in its different forms of evolution from the beginnings of arpanet, through the association with DARPA and finally the Internet. It also outlines some of the core fundamentals of how early computer networks functioned such as the concept of time-sharing.

This film was created by Melih Bilgil and is really very well done. The film is illustrated using PICOL icons available at picol.org which are licensed under creative commons.


If you are interested in the history of the internet and want to read more about it, here are some great links:

Enjoy and learn something new!

Internet 2010 in numbers (via technoliterati)

OK, If you don’t have an interest in the internet then this article is not for you, but if you’re keen on getting an idea of how many apache servers there are in use out there or how many dot coms were registered last year have a read of this. Its quite interesting and gives you a great appreciation of how large the internet really is (and how many people actually use it).

Internet 2010 in numbers What happened with the Internet in 2010? How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there? This post will answer all of those questions and many, many more. If it’s stats you want, you’ve come to the right place. We used a wide variety of sources from around the Web to put this post together. You can find the full list of source references at the bottom of the post if you’re interested. We here at Pingdo … Read More

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The Daily Post at WordPress.com | Post something every day

The Daily Post at WordPress.com | Post something every day.

Maybe I can do it, maybe I can’t! Who knows, but I’ve decided to take the daily post wordpress.com challenge to try and post something new on my blog everyday in 2011 (or at least every week).

It really can’t be that hard, I used to do it all the time and i’ll see if I can do it again. As I get further into it, I might start a new count on the left pane of this site to keep a count of the number of days I’ve posted new content in a row, and reset the counter when I miss a day. That will be more motivation to keep the ball rolling with new stuff! If I find I can’t keep up, then the counter will likely come down. Either way, this should be fun 🙂

Domain Name Rules Soon To Be Relaxed (Unconfirmed)

I have heard a bunch of stories floating around the place regarding a relaxation of current domain name rules (.com, .net, .org, etc) however I have absolutely no idea on whether its actually true or not.

The word on the street is basically that domain names could soon be more than just .com (.net, etc) giving you the ability to register domains such as “www.pcgames.game”, “www.movies.film”, etc. The regulators of domain name rules (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) have announced this recently at their annual meeting in Paris which will build on the standard .com, .net or country domain names.

Its quite an interesting story, post your comments if you’ve also heard anything about this and if you’ve found sources online, post their links it would be great to find out if this is actually happening.