Some premature thoughts on Twitter’s Vine

Some premature thoughts on Twitter’s Vine

A few days ago Twitter has unveiled Vine (based on previously purchased startup), a cool new iOS app that allows people to share short video clips - up to six seconds long. I wanted to check it out on day 1, but something got in the way, I forgot, but kept reading nothing but glowing, positive, or at least cautiously optimistic posts from Technology blogosphere. Well, it's Sunday afternoon, I'm catching up on the week's reading, and decided to check out the app. Indeed, the setup is very intuitive, it quickly connects to…Read more
Fix those broken URL links

Fix those broken URL links

If your site's content has a lot of external links, you depend on them for back-linkage and your online reach. It's no longer a secret that your site's popularity is determined largely (besides the quality of content) by the incoming and outgoing links, so you better take care of them. Sure, you can rely on internal server logs, 404 errors and Google Analytics to find out when your users hit broken links, but the problem with these tools is that they are merely reporting. You can be more proactive. 293Read more
Caching external content for site performance

Caching external content for site performance

I recently had to re-install some twitter/tumblr syndication modules on a few small sites. Reason: sudden performance issues. The sites were medium-sized, and depended heavily on externally syndicated content. You've seen these busy sidebars before: a few recent twitter posts, a few more tumblr pics, another FeedBurner, maybe a dozen of Disqus/Echo comments, Amazon widget. This is all good, and wonderful, to spread your content/community around on multiple platforms, and syndicate them on your site. But keep in mind that all these services - while practical and very responsive - are relatively new…Read more

Social sharing all-in-one tools

Social sharing has come a long way in so little time. Just a couple of years ago the concept of 'viral' or 'widgets' didn't exist, and webmasters/publishers were happy just cross-linking to each other's content, getting 'contras', asking to be listed in a directory, etc. But ever since the first 'Digg' icon showed up (or 'tell a friend', I forget what started it), the idea of letting people share and bookmark their favourite web destinations has grown into a separate web industry. Hundreds of widgets, thousands of chiclets (those little icons you see…Read more