My daily readings 07/06/2009

  • tags: Startups

  • tags: File, sharing, simplicity

  • tags: iPhone, report, stats

    • AdMob has released its metrics report for May 2009 (PDF download link), and looked closely at the actual distribution of users of the iPhone apps in their network this time. The main take-away? There may be tens of thousands of applications available for the iPhone, but a whole lot of them simply never actually make it onto the device.
  • tags: iPhone, report, stats

  • tags: Nokia, Android

    • Talk of a possible Android / Nokia tie-up has been ongoing since time immemorial, and the latest fuel to the fire comes from the Guardian which is sourcing “industry insiders” as saying that the world’s largest phone manufacturer will reveal an Android-powered touchscreen handset at its Nokia World event this September.
    • It seems that adopting Android (even if only for a select number of models) would be an admission on Nokia’s part that it has failed to be a Maker of Standards, despite its overwhelming size and market position — not to mention a major bet that it can continue to win customers based on the strength of its hardware alone, since it’d now be working with a common platform adopted by dozens of companies large and small. So, here’s the million- (or maybe billion-) dollar question: all things being equal, can Nokia outdo HTC and Samsung on the same platform?
    • This is what they need, because lets be honest, they suck at software. Hardware and design is over all great from nokia. I still have old nokia phones that work and hold a 3 day charge from before the time of color screen phones.

      So the phones are good, the software not so good. Android will really fix all that is hurting them

  • tags: wikipedia, mobile

    • Although Wikipedia’s mobile site has been in various stages of development for quite some time, Wikimedia’s Lead Mobile Developer Hampton Catlin recently announced on the Wikimedia technical blog that the site is live on a new server and ready for action.

      Currently, the site supports iPhone, Kindle, Android, and Palm Pre in English and German with other languages in the works in various stages of translation. “Our goal,” wrote Catlin, “is to grow slowly and do it really well… Things are looking good so far.”

    • An important note for Wikipedia editors is the use of default redirects to the mobile gateway. Editors working on the fly from mobile devices will have to click a link reading “View this page on main Wikipedia” to disable the redirect. Catlin wrote of this change, “The 99% of people using mobile devices to read Wikipedia on-the-go have a seemless experience… We suspect an initial outcry from the editors that use their mobile devices, but hope that will calm down.”
  • tags: service, bitly, URL, Sharing, stats

    • It can’t be too far off. Anecdote: In the last three weeks, I’ve hit a Stack Overflow site in a normal Google query three times, and an ExpertSexChange query once. Out of curiousity, I clicked the SexChange link for completeness, and the score is, StackOverflow 3, ExpertSexChange 0. (Yes, I know about scrolling to the bottom. No answers, just fumbling around and questions.)

      Granted, I was searching for Erlang and Perl stuff, but that’s still a change vs. two months ago. Average users, which I will define as “Googlers”, will probably get there soon.

      (I’m assuming you’re not talking about “my grandmother”, who will never know what Stack Overflow is. But that would be a very silly standard to apply, so I’m assuming that’s not what you’re getting at.)

    • This is really very extremely selfish way to look at it. Really, what is the value of knowing that someone went to some page because they clicked on your shortened url to it. How much lazier can a content producer be, they aren’t even producing content.

      It’s so short term focused it makes me want to puke my guts out. People with no vision create products for people with no vision and then people with vision get harmed by it. The future of the internet is getting harmed by it.

      URL Shorteners should be outlawed for the sake of humanity.

      Short urls = short focus, while the Internet = vision

      I don’t think I’m being overly dramatic here. Shortened urls reduce future generations’ ability to find information. Information and access to it will simply Vaporize!

  • tags: bitly, URL, Sharing, stats

    • In the background, is analyzing all of the pages that its users create shortcuts to using the Open Calais semantic analysis API from Reuters! Calais is something we’ve written about extensively here. will use Calais to determine the general category and specific subjects of all the pages its users create shortcuts to. That information will be freely available to the developer community using XML and JSON APIs as well.
  • tags: bitly, URL, Sharing, stats

    • This is dangerous territory we’re veering into now, as Joshua Schachter explains.

      So there are clear benefits for both the service (low cost of entry, potentially easy profit) and the linker (the quick rush of popularity). But URL shorteners are bad for the rest of us.

      The worst problem is that shortening services add another layer of indirection to an already creaky system. A regular hyperlink implicates a browser, its DNS resolver, the publisher’s DNS server, and the publisher’s website. With a shortening service, you’re adding something that acts like a third DNS resolver, except one that is assembled out of unvetted PHP and MySQL, without the benevolent oversight of luminaries like Dan Kaminsky and St. Postel.

    • Every tiny URL is another baby step towards destroying the web as we know it. Which is exactly what you’d want to do if you’re attempting to build a business on top of the ruins. Personally, I’d prefer to see the big, objective search engines who naturally sit at the center of the web offer their own URL shortening services. Who better to generate short hashes of every possible URL than the companies who already have cached copies of every URL on the internet, anyway?
  • tags: bitly, URL, Sharing, stats

    • The core service, which lets users shorten web URLs into something suitable for Twitter and other services with limits on characters per post, has continued to grow quickly. 7 million URLs are shortened via the service each day, the company says, and 2-3 million of those are unique URLs has not seen before. Those URLs are clicked on 150 million times per week across a wide range of services – Twitter, Facebook, instant messaging, email, etc. Twitter itself now uses for URl shortening, and the service has quickly taken the lead in their market.
    • has been on a tear since we launched it last summer — let me sketch out what it is, why its useful and offer some data points on progress. is on its surface a link or URL shortener, helping people take long and unwieldy links and make them short and easy to share via email, Twitter, Facebook etc. But once you shorten a link with the fun begins. You can put a simple “+” on the end of any link and see, real time, the pace at which that link is getting shared and clicked on as it moves around these social distribution networks.
    • But only 20,000 or so new links a day are submitted to Digg (compare that to 2-3 million for And Digg has to constantly fight users who try to game the system and get access to home page traffic. They also rely on users to categorize links and provide other metadata about the stories.
    • I grew tired of Digg a year or so ago. I think a lot of early adopters may have left due to all the trolls and immaturity of the comments. One story in particular that got dugg to the top was about this poor nerdy kid who put up a singles ad & the vicious mob just ripped him apart for putting himself out there; poor kid!

      It no doubt is still huge, but for me I find Twitter to be a better place to find, share & converse about interesting links with trusted sources.

    • Yes, indeed. Twitter has grossly reduced the value of Digg. Once upon a time, Digg was everything for information sharing. Now it is Twitter. The very fact that Twitter’s trending topics have become the talk of great blogs like TC is evident of its growth as an information sharing medium.

      Now, with planning to launch Now, Digg may suffer a huge setback. Digg has to find out new ways to redeem itself, for sure.

    • Poor old tinyurl, who was it that was writing a year ago that this is what they should have been doing?

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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