Comments On Google Changes

Image via WikipediaOn Wednesday, Google announced changes to or shutdowns of several services. Google also shut down Lively, the 3D chatroom that I always looked upon as a rather silly Second Life knock-off, beginning January 1—just a few short weeks ago. (“Reasons Google should kill Lively” was actually a topic in my to-blog list for several months, but it looks like I didn’t have to blog about it for Google to see that it wasn’t a good fit with their other projects. Nice work saving effort there, self. 😛 Anyway…) I’m rather unconcerned with the fate of Google Catalog Search,…

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Microsoft Word’s Grammar Checker

Just in case you haven’t noticed, I generally like to hold my writing up to high standards. Perfect spellingg, Ccapitalization, punctuation, etc. are all things I aspire to. (Ending sentences with prepositions is fine by me, though. 😉 From all those feeds I subscribe to in Google Reader, one of them brought me an amusing screenshot that shows Microsoft Word’s grammar checker mid-mistake. I shared that item and it showed up in my FriendFeed, where my mother (who just started using the site) saw and commented on it. Incidentally, I just started sharing things in Google Reader in addition to…

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Alert Thingy v1.1: Better, Somewhat

Yesterday, when Alert Thingy for FriendFeed came out at v1.0, there was a lot of buzz in the FriendFeed community (two examples) about all the things that were annoying about the program. The developers listened to the feedback and drew up a list, getting up early this morning to implement the highest-priority requests. It was released not too long ago — not more than an hour. First and foremost, the new version can be made opaque. The translucency was very annoying to read sometimes; I personally have twhirl set to be opaque when active, and I would love to have…

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First Look: Alert Thingy for FriendFeed

It’s been a couple weeks since I last blogged about FriendFeed. Today is the perfect day to write about it again. This morning, an Adobe AIR client for FriendFeed was launched. I already use twhirl for my Twitter account, and have for weeks now. I don’t want to go back to the website; twhirl is that much better. The new FriendFeed client is refreshing, and a wonderful sidekick to twhirl. I do have a couple things to say about it in the aim of making it better. Alert Thingy, developed by howard/baines, is locked in a semi-transparent display mode. There…

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FriendFeed Improves in Leaps and Bounds

Since last month, FriendFeed has made numerous advances in functionality and service support. In March alone, there have been six posts on the FriendFeed blog, some containing news of multiple enhancements and/or additions to the service. Here’s a run-down of all the improvements FriendFeed’s made in just one month. The first thing to happen was a speeding-up of the service. Bret Taylor posted “FriendFeed is now a lot faster” on March 11, and indeed the site was blazingly fast from then on. It still is. The joke at the time was that a new Ethernet cable sped it up (FriendFeed…

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FriendFeed Officially Launches

After five months in private beta, FriendFeed has now opened its doors and enabled simple, immediate registration for anyone who desires to join the community. FriendFeed, which provides a stream of friends’ activities aggregated from a pool of nearly 30 services (as of this writing), also raised $5,000,000 in funding through two of its co-founders. The changes have been coming thick and fast at FriendFeed, and I anticipate that they’ll just keep on coming in the future. Since working on the UI, things have been getting better and better. Why just a few days ago, they added tabs to the…

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Xoogler Kevin Fox’s Destination Revealed

When all the Google blogs (notably Google Blogoscoped and Google Operating System) picked up on the departure of Kevin Fox from Google, all that was known was that he was leaving to join a start-up (the only information he left in his blog entry). Now we know where he’s going. The start-up is FriendFeed, whose widget can currently be seen in the sidebar of this very blog (you might have to scroll down a bit, er, a lot). Kevin Fox designed the interfaces for Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Reader’s current interface, and now is heading to FriendFeed HQ to…

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