Photo of the Week: This illustration titled cubs by greasy chicken face is my attempt to will my favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, into the playoffs. I know it's not very web/tech related but its the Cubbies, it is mid-September and they are still leading the National League Central pack.
Somewhat Frank Weekly Tidbits: 09.16.2007
Viacom Turns TagWorld Into Flux
There were rumors of TagWorld being acquired in January and it turns out they were accurate. Viacom has turned TagWorld into the social network Flux.
Yahoo Launches Mash Social Network
Yahoo! Mash was launched to offer us yet another social networking option on the Web.
Marshall Kirkpatrick Joins Read/WriteWeb
Congrats to Read/Write Web and Marshall. I look forward to seeing his stuff in the blogosphere. The way Marshall handled getting the word about SplashCast out there goes to show you the value of having an experienced blogger and social media expert on your side. I echo a lot of what Allen Stern of CenterNetworks said about a blogger's meaning. Experienced bloggers can definitely add a lot value via their relationships and online presences to any corporation. It is definitely difficult to put a monetary value on it but if you had to it would be high.
Making Facebook Platform Apps Scale on the Cheap
Just about everyday I hear about another friend, colleague or other acquaintance that suggests starting a Facebook application building company. Facebook's rise in traffic is in no small part due to developers being enabled to deliver their apps using the Facebook API. Some of these apps are getting serious traffic while others are not at all. The Future of Software blog looks into making Facebook applications more economically.
Ask Gets Embeddable maps
Ask has made its web app viral by adding embeddable maps.
New Intuitive Visual Search
oSkope is a Germany based visual search service. It is a search assistant with a highly intuitive visual interface. oSkope lets you browse quickly through a large number of images and preview information with minimal paging. Orli Yakuel reviews the product in more detail.
Facebook is the Hub for Your Personal Brand
Brian Solis explains how Facebook is much more than a social network. Its infrastructure facilitates profile and presence aggregation, channeling all online activity through one main hub. Simply said, it becomes a repository for every social media product, which ultimately transitions from a static profile into a dynamic destination for your personal and professional brand.
Non-Profits on Facebook and MySpace
Facebook and MySpace, both major social networks have prominent sections for non-profit activity. Read/Write Web explores the major efforts on these social networks.
Full Or Partial RSS Feeds - The Great Feed Debate
Full or Partial RSS Feeds? That is the question.
The Two Interesting Things About Netsplorer
Netsplorer has a news reader presents RSS feeds as news tickers on one’s desk top. Called the Netsplorer Newsreader, It is free, downloadable and customizable.
Leaked Google Reader Video - A Sign of FeedBurner Integration?
Google "mistakenly" posted a confidential video discussing Google Reader and some upcoming updates.
Propeller Will Be The New Netscape Digg Clone
AOL has announced that Propeller.com will be the new home for the Netscape social media experiment.
Technorati Launches Streaming Updates Service
Technorati has announced the launch of Technorati Topics, a live river of news stream that delivers a moving list of blog posts.
How To Bootstrap Your Startup
The aim of many entrepreneurs is to take a business idea and convert it into a professional and functioning business on a low budget. This is typically called “bootstrapping” and it is fraught with potential pitfalls and dangers.