Exciting times for online interactions

Wow, hot on the heels of the ADN (app.net) revolution, Diaspora today announced that it will become a community driven project.

This excites me on a number of levels. App.net is being shaped by the users and developers, as it set out to. Diaspora will now follow a similar path.

This has to be a good thing. We are on the verge of a shift in online interactions, in social media as we know it.

This makes me happy, it makes me excited, we are at the dawn of new tools, new apps and some fuck off brilliant ways of interacting with others.

What do you think, is this the start of the shift to something better?

 

Path updates to v2.1

Path has dropped a great update to its already brilliant iPhone app, adding a new filter and improving those already included in the app.

There are more great tweaks and updates. Check out the screen grab below.

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What’s your go to service?

It dawned on me today, that the first app I reach for in the morning, my “go to” app, has changed. For as long as I can remember, Echofon Pro has always been the first app I’ve opened up of a morning. Twitter has always been the service I’ve checked first. Twitter is still the place I interact most, the place I discover and discuss, but I’ve recently taken to reaching for Path first thing in the morning.

 

The Path app is very well designed but what really makes it a great service, as with all such services, is the interaction. It’s the people using the service. Path is a much more closed affair, much more intimate. As people have to request permission to view it forces one to be more selective.

Thus far, I am loving the posts, the discussions and the folk.  If you haven’t tried Path I really do recommend it.

Take a butchers at what it has to offer here.

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Blogsy…. testing

I’ve just downloaded Blogsy after watching a couple of the tutorial videos. It seems like a great way to connect your various media streams to your blogs, making photo and image selection (and video) very easy when drafting a blog post. The drag and drop (from your Picasa, Flickr, YouTube accounts) feature works very well indeed. The image below was dragged from my Picasa albums in just a couple of tap

The interface seems fairly straightforward and the app runs very well on my (old!) iPad 1. I was concerned that performance might be lacking on the old iPad but it runs very well indeed.

Anyway, just an initial post to try it out. I shall post more thoughts on it later, when I’ve had chance to use it more.
So far, so good!

I am @iCraigt on Twitter.

A new Warwicktweetup website?

Yup, the Warwicktweetup team don’t rest for long (ever?) and it seems they have already redesigned the website, with the expert help of @surefyre and @liquidblu_….. it’s due for release “soon”.

Head over to the Warwicktweetup Youtube channel for a glimpse of what’s coming, or watch below…..


Video produced by LiquidBlu

If you are in Warwick or the surrounding area, check out the Warwicktweetup website for upcoming events, how to get involved and sign up to meet and network with like minded people. Warwicktweetup works closely with the WNAA to help raise donations and support one of the regions most amazing, life-saving services.

Hope to see you at the next Warwicktweetup…… #WTU5

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Memolane updates

Meghan Krane (@meghan_krane), the Community Manager over at Memolane, today dropped an email with some much anticipated updates to the excellent Memolane service.  The changes highlighted in the email (see below) are all around privacy settings.  I particularly like the idea of being able to set the privacy settings for individual feeds (services).  One of the things I wanted to do was set up both a personal (family and friends) Memolane and a public Memolane.  With these changes there’s no longer a need to maintain separate Memolanes (I should point out that the service only allows / supports one Memolane, so this is a hypothetical rambling).  I highlight that as it was something I suggested as a potential future feature (support of multiple Memolanes).  However, I like this implementation much better.  I only have to maintain one Memolane and control the content via privacy settings.. nice.

Here’s an extract from the email:

Here’s a preview of some of the changes you will see on Memolane today:

  • Instead of selecting a privacy setting for your entire Memolane, you can now choose a privacy setting for each of your online services, to set their privacy.
  • We offer a new level of privacy, now you can set your online services to be completely private, shared only with your Memolane friends, or public.
  • The “Online Services Settings” page has been renamed “Privacy and Services” and redesigned.
  • Your existing privacy setting for your Memolane will initially be applied to all of your added services, so the privacy of your lane will be exactly the same as before this change.

We have been working very hard on the new privacy settings and we hope that they give you more flexibility to share your online history with your friends and re-live great memories!

The site will be down from 5 a.m. PST to 7 a.m. PST (2 p.m. CET to 4 p.m. CET) today in order to add these new features.  I can’t wait to start updating my Memolane!

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