Will Microsoft’s New Bing Search Engine Quick Launch Save Them?

Microsoft Bing Search Engine

The new Microsoft Bing search engine announced only five days ago, is online and now marked as “Preview”. Where you can test drive it now yourself. Microsoft initially stated in a press release that the roll out of Bing is set to fully be released on June 3rd Continue reading

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Ning Network Gets A Star Studded Boost From The Collective

Over the last few months celebrities have become something of a currency on the social web as services vie to attract big-name stars (and gather the resulting media coverage and new users in the process). Twitter has garnered the most attention for its roster, which includes celebrities like Ashton Kutcher and Oprah. FaceIbook too has been making strides in this area, especially since releasing its redesigned ‘Pages’ that allow celebrities and brands to broadcast their updates to fans.

Another contender in the celebrity hunt is social network platform Ning, which is already home to a number of social networks dedicated to celebrities, politicians, and musicians. Today, the company has announced that it has forged a partnership with The Collective, a management company whose clients include Enrique Iglesias, to create custom networks for a number of The Collective’s biggest clients.

Along with Enrique, Collective clients including comedian Eddie Izzard, and actors John Leguizamo and Taylor Momsen will be deploying their own social networks on the platform. And some clients, including The All American Rejects, Staind, and the Plain White T’s have already launched their own Ning networks as their homepages.

Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch spoke with The Collective partner Aaron Ray, who says that while the company’s artists will continue to maintain presences on other networks where appropriate, Ning has offered a greater degree of access to support personnel than other social networks have – clearly the site is going out of its way to foster its relationship with celebrities. But Ning SVP of business operations Jason Rosenthal says that the company is only interested in working with celebrities that will use their Ning networks to truly connect with fans, not just as vanilla corporate celeb properties.

Rosenthal also says that while many celebrities maintain presences across multiple sites, they tend to use Ning as their central hub, with their other profiles serving as satellite ’spokes’ linking back to their social networks. This isn’t surprising given the increased level of control a celebrity has over their Ning network, than say, a Facebook page. But celebrities won’t be dropping the other services any time soon – a Ning network may offer a richer experience, but casual fans are more likely to subscribe to a celebrity’s Twitter feed or Facebook page than they are to join an entirely new social network.


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Ping.fm – The Woes of Uncontrollable Downtime

As of 11:40PM CDT, Ping.fm’s infamous domain issues have been resolved. Why did this happen? Well, since the site was down, the guys behind Ping.fm couldn’t blog and tell you about it. So, had to used other forms of communication to get the word out as to WHY this happened and it would be fixed.

From: http://ping.fm/3jX8r

Let us know your thoughts on this or if you use another service for multi-posting right here in the comments.

Major Web Service Ping.fm thrown off the map by GoDaddy

GoDaddy “screwed over” another major site today ping.fm is down. This kind of stuff has been documented before, even Wired got wind of this last year when they did this with insecure.org owner Fyodor with a one minute notice and many other

No worries though, the service is still around. A quote from the guys at Ping.fm states, “If you’re seeing “GoDaddy” pages, we’re in the midst of some transferring and they’ve seemingly “screwed us.” Should fix momentarily.” and in response to thier earlier quote; “Apparently we are waiting on a “paperwork correction” that has to be “escalated” in order to be resolved. Hang in there, pingers!”

In my honest option, this is why I’ve advocate a boycott on GoDaddy for years now by not supporting thier adds on my blogs, and posts and using alternitive regerstries, and join the folks at nodaddy.com in their fight against poor customer service and corporate anti-trust. While in the mean time, it looks like we’re back to using our desktop clients and visiting the various web 2.0 service sites themselves.

The Day the Tweets Went Silent, Using Twitter Metrics and Blogger Resources

The teachings of Master Den Zuko

There has been tons of buzz on the web about micro blogging, in particular about twitter. If you haven’t heard about twitter by now then where have you been for at lease the past 6 months? At macworld the service went down do to all the flood of tweets. Then along came SXSW and in anticipation they quickly upgraded and was well prepared for the influx of tweets on the service. Then there was Monday April 7th, 2008(Twittergate), the live stream of the internet marketing gurus Ed Dale and Dan Raine‘s Thirty Day Challenge vodcast. Their goal was to get as many people to sign up for twitter as possible. A part of me thinks that they’re only half right on this as there are several other services for micro blogging with a social network out there, just not with the same community of geeks and application writers whom seemingly can’t get enough of being bombarded with information overload. But I digress, in the course of minutes the web server hosting twitter died, so much for lighttpd ehh??, and for a good hour and a half at the very lease, didn’t bother to count the mintues being too busy with ustream.tv at that moment, twitter was dead. Though in the misted of the slience and how rare it is with the web these days. Your digital sensi and master cyberlord found the one thing that just about every blogger from CenterNetworks’ YouTube Adds Full Video Metrics; Where Are Twitter’s Metrics? to big name blogger Robert Scoble himself complaining about not being there.

Its called TweetStats, and its a great way to keep track of your stats and usage metrics or anyone on twitter for that matter of fact. I’ve tested out the service and its great. Its got a nice clean interface, quick and ease usage. Plus, you don’t have to sign up for anything, there’s not even an advert or click tracking on any page. You just simply enter in the twitter user name and with in a few moments, depending now much the service has to gather, you’ll have a nice graph of all the tweets that have been done. Though, I will say this since it hasn’t even broken the Alexa top 100,000 barrier and its clear tnat Damon aka dacort has put a lot of effort into the site. Before, bookmarking or graphing any tweets, please do click on the donate button. Then rush off to enjoy all the new graphs and metrics that where previously hidden away on someone’s web server access log.


Never heard of twitter? Play the video and find out what the buzz is about.

While I found that little gem, I also found another web service that puts my article on using google hacks to find twitters to shame. its Tweet Scan. This gem is a real-time Twitter search engine. Its free to use, there is a free member subscription for keeping track of your favorite searches in much the same way as Google Alerts or any top meta-search engine does. Plus, a wiki area for users and a blog from the behind it. The also do offer up a clickthru advertisment to its members to help generate traffic from the site’s sidebar. Which is a single link, at 140 charactures for $10 USD a week. I don’t know about you, but that does sound like a very tempting way of generating traffic to any given site.