Monday, May 28, 2007

Web 2.0 - Meebo for Facebook

" is a website for instant messaging from absolutely anywhere."

Kristen Nicole (from Mashable) reports: "The Meebo plug-in (created by James Jarvis) lets you chat with other Facebook users right from your profile page.

It is available in the new Facebook applications section, and is easy to add.

You can choose the skin colors, text, background and header colors, as well as your username and the title of your chat module."

I haven't tried it yet, so let's see if it's really cool.

Web 2.0 - Trendalicious

"Trendalicious is a real-time ranking of the 100 most popular web pages as reflected by, digg and reddit.
URLs posted to those sites are collected and ranked by their total number of votes or links."

Check it out here.

Web 2.0 - Online communities map

I came across a very weird map on an even weirder blog about strange maps.

"Somewhat in the style of a treasure map, this ‘Map of Online Communities’ shows MySpace, Wikipedia, SecondLife and other user-generated phenomena now populating the internet.

The geography is not as random as one could assume at first glance. Area and position are significant. Thus, each community’s geographic area represents its estimated size, and the ‘compass-shaped island’ gives clues as to what each quarter signifies:

> North are more ‘practical’ communities
> South is for the ‘intellectuals’
> West lie the communities with a ‘real life’ connection
> East those with a focus on the web itself"

The map was originally posted/created here. They sell it as a poster for 12.99$.

(click on the image to enlarge it)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Random - Say what you "really" think

Totally random site with a totally random selection of e-cards!

In a couple of words:
"SomeEcards may or may not be the greatest thing since ecards. It was created by Brook Lundy and Duncan Mitchell, and designed by Jerry Tamburro. New cards, categories, and features will be frequently added until everyone involved with the site dies."

Send a straight-to-the-point e-card here.

Web - Your website as graphs

The graph above is a visualization of this blog!
Pretty cool, don't you think?

It's a beautiful java application that translates the data of any website to a graph.
The brain behind it is currently traveling around the world (

As far as the colors are concerned, here are some details:
blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (Table, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and blockquote tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

Get a graph of your site here.

Random - Pileus, the internet umbrella

This funky/brilliant invention is brought to you by Sho hashimoto and Takashi Matsumoto.

As it is described on their site:

"Pileus is an umbrella connected to the Internet to make walking in rainy days fun. Pileus has a large screen on the top surface, a built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS, and a digital compass, and it provides two main functions; A Social Photo-sharing and A 3D Map Navigation.

The photo function is connected to a major web service "Flickr". A user can take photo with a camera on the umbrella, and pictures are uploaded to Flickr in two minutes with context tags via a wireless Internet connection. Users can also enjoy themselves watching photo-streams downloaded from Flickr ...with simple operation of wrist snapping."

The prototype is working fine, and investors are welcome!

More details here.

TV - More Iceland fun

Thank you Dan for dropping me a note and sending the links of the Reyka ads.
They just make me smile :) !!

My favorite:
The vodka flavored vodka.

More of the Reyka spots:
Here and Here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Web - Iceland Wodka

"In Iceland, we like to drrrink wodka because we like the taste of wodka. We don't like flavored wodka. If we want the taste of a banana, we eat a banana. The only flavor of wodka we make is wodka flavor. So thank you Iceland."

They are hilarious, and definitely on crack.

Have a taste of Reyka Vodka here

Web - Electrocity

Electrocity is a beautiful site developed to educate people and increase public awarness in New Zealand on the topic of energy.

As described on the site: "ElectroCity is a new online computer game that lets players manage their own virtual towns and cities. It’s great fun to play and also teaches players all about energy, sustainability and environmental management in New Zealand."

Create your city and become its mayor here

Web - Tamagocchi style

I got myself a Chocopet - A rabbit that I called Labbit.

It is a virtual environment which houses two pets, mine and its randomly changing playmate, food and a ball for them to play with.

Scroll down and check him out. Take a few seconds to entertain him.
The more visits he gets, the more points I collect (and then I'll be able to get him more toys and change his environment).

You can get one for your blog/site/forum here

(Kamal - The Great, the links are now working. The reason why I didn't do it earlier, is because I couldn't bother going through the HTML code to fix it, so that the site opens in another window. After 8 years in the web business, I couldn't figure out where to insert the tag. THANK YOU MO)

Thoughts - Confucius

I've been doing some major philosophical thinking lately.

Is a blogger that doesn't blog everyday a bad blogger?
Why is a high number of visits on a blog a good thing?
Is it that important that people read what I have to say or tag my site?
Does that make me an interesting person?

I'm confused.

Insights, anyone?

Thoughts - 22 days of silence

May has been very busy, packed with very emotional moments - and less emotional ones.

I got back last week from a surprise vacation to Santorini (you couldn't get a better bday gift, but then again, not everyone has a cool husband :P), and haven't been able to share anything since.

So, here I am again. Let's see...

Oh, and if you're bored, here are some pix to look at.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Web 2.0 - Twingly screensaver

This is possibly the best way to demonstrate the web 2.0 phenomenon.

PrimeLabs developed a screensaver application that depicts the blogosphere activity in real time! It's unfortunately not available for Mac users, but PC users are definitely going to have a blast.

The website also offers a video demo of how it works, if you want a preview before the download.

Web 2.0 - The status of the blogosphere

Technorati released the status of the blogosphere for April 2007 (great insights, & scary numbers, when you think of it).

In a nutshell:

> 70 million weblogs
> About 120,000 new weblogs each day
> 1.4 new blogs every second
> 3000-7000 new splogs (fake, or spam blogs) created every day
> Peak of 11,000 splogs per day last December
> 1.5 million posts per day
> 17 posts per second
> Growing from 35 to 75 million blogs took 320 days
> 22 blogs among the top 100 blogs among the top 100 sources linked to in Q4 2006 - up from 12 in the prior quarter
> Japanese the #1 blogging language at 37%
> English second at 33%
> Chinese third at 8%
> Italian fourth at 3%
> Farsi a newcomer in the top 10 at 1%
> English the most even in postings around-the-clock
> Tracking 230 million posts with tags or categories
> 35% of all February 2007 posts used tags
> 2.5 million blogs posted at least one tagged post in February

Google - Earth day

I forgot to post the Google Earth day logo artwork (just because I like to keep track of these things and I'll publish them in a book someday, if Google doesn't do it before me).

So here you go.

Thoughts - About nothing

It's been a while since I've posted anything.
Maybe because my brain is fried. Or just because I'm confused.

And most probably because I have nothing to say.
And because nothing exciting is happening in the industry - Or is it that I just can't bother finding anything interesting to post?


I'll be back, says the Terminator.