The Google Social Graph API

From the site blurb:  “With so many websites to join, users must decide where to invest significant time in adding their same connections over and over. For developers, this means it is difficult to build successful web applications that hinge upon a critical mass of users for content and interaction. With the Social Graph API, developers can now utilize public connections their users have already created in other web services. It makes information about public connections between people easily available and useful.”  Watch the video too – more info here

Microsoft LISTAS

Listas is a tool for the creation, management and sharing of lists, notes, favorites, and more. It allows you to quickly and easily edit lists, share them with others for reading or wiki-style editing, and discover the public lists of other users.  We encourage you to try using it for meeting notes, bookmarks, shopping lists, to plan a night out, or whatever other creative ways you can think of.

Windows Live ID or Passport account needed.

WEBSITE TOOLS INSTANT TEST WIZARD

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Test the performance and availability of your website from 11 locations around the world. Simply click on the button for the test that you would like to run and input your info. This is the only testing wizard online that gives you results from around the world – FOR FREE

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Visual search tool

oSkope is a neat little visual search tool which will allow you to search and organise items from various sources, such as ebay, flickr, youtube etc.  The results are presented in an intuative way and you can arrange them in a number of ways such as a graph, a stack, a pile or as a list.  I like the stack as it feels like you are browsing through photographs of things.  Very nice and worthwhile service.

QUECHUP social networking

Well, I stumbled apon another social networking site called Quechup which came to me as an invite.  I was talking to the friend that sent it to me and they were telling me that he never actually sent out any “invites” … it turns out that as part of their registration process Quechup will helpfully offer to search your mailbox to find any contacts who are currently on Quechup and add them for you.  However, it also then sends out an invite to all your contacts in such a way that it looks like you personally sent the mail.  Two things strike me about this, firstly that’s just spamming by another means and pretty sneaky.  Secondly, who the HE*L gives out their mailbox password to a random WEB site as part of registration …. have people learned nothing about WEB security !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have not read the Quechup T&C or privacy agreement nor have I tried this myself, but I can’t think of anything which would make me feel safe about giving my mail password over to anyone.

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WEB strategy – Twitter under the microscope

This is an interesting article on Twitter, [a WEB service which lets you post items of micro data about yourself to let your friends know what you are doing, as well as keep a track on what your friends are up to].  I have been tweeting on twitter for a while now (does that make me an early adopter????? probably not !!) and I still found this article very interesting.  Although it is aimed at the Web Strategist there are some good summaries and concepts about why & how twitter should be used and where it could all be going.

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An Inspirational Facebook application

The Inspire Me Facebook application does what it says on the tin … your friends can send you words of insipation to help you through your day, or to do those tasks, or to cheer you up.  This actually seems like an interesting idea with some potental !!!

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