Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Facebook Feature: "Page Browser"

New "Facebook Page Browser" makes finding new facebook pages a bit easier, faster, and simpler, and it's nice to look at, too:. 


Finding facebook pages have been a challange.  The search function to find new facebook pages have been problematic.  Facebook doesn't allow exclusive Page Names.  There could be many pages named exactly the same (though vanity URL's are unique obviously --but that's another blog post).

Here is how to use the new facebook page browser:

Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Neither Success not failure is ever final" ~ Roger W. Babson

Success and failure continually occupies the mind of any entrepreneur.  Many believe "Success Breed Success" and "Failure Breeds Failure" and some belive "Failure Breeds Success." 

Here's an interesting quote that stands out, and it's a very good reminder for those of us in business, by the founder of the famed business school, Babson College in Massachusetts, Roger W. Babson:


In addition to being a founder of Babson College, Roger Ward Babson was an entrepreneur and business theorist in the first half of the 20th century. He founded Webber College (now Webber International University located in Babson Park, Florida), and the now defunct Utopia College, in Eureka, Kansas.


Related Posts on Success and Failure:

Randy Seitz's Powerful Quotes on "Failure"

Biggest Successes Often Bred from Failures?


Thursday, September 23, 2010

And the verdict for the New Twitter Web Interface is...

Received the notice earlier today that the new twitter interface is available for the @OfficeDivvy twitter account.



After half-a-day of use, here is our multi-dimensional, and totally scientific results based on our own user testing:

★★★★★  First impression
★★★★★  Functionality
★★★★★  Ease of Use 
★★★★★  Ambiance
★★★★★  Food Quality

Thumbs Up For...
Aside from all the obvious and wonderful improvements (such as the ability to see images and video in the twitter stream), one thing I like is the single-click individual follower statistics. In the old twitter interface, learning about a follower was burdensome.  Now, a single click shows me who the follower is, making me decide whether or not to follow back.

Overlooked?
It appears the "tweet source" field is no longer there.  The old interface showed where each tweet came from, i.e. Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Twitterfeed, API, facebook, etc. etc.  Because I am hyper sensitive to absentee tweeting (to me if the source is showing API or twitterfeed or similar, I'll totally discount your twitter account),  I find this information very useful.  Though it seems the tweet source is not showing in the new web interface.  I'm hoping this is temporary and will be fixed.




Of course there is always room for improvement, but I like the new direction and the new set of functionalities, and that gets the new twitter a very high rating from me.  Further, much of the improvements seem more oriented towards "listening" (tuning into other people's tweets), and that puts the core of twitter right where the core of twitter should be... 





Ky Ekinci : Co-Founder Office Divvyposted by Ky Ekinci
Co-Founder, Office Divvy
Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Twitter's Big Announcement: Merging Rich Media to Timeline!

A tremendous improvement on the part of Twitter has been formally announced: Inline Mulltimedia (images and videos) will be available right on your twitter timeline.

Twitter says:
" We've learned something since starting twitter: Life Doesn't Always fit into 140 characters or less."



Here is Twitter founder Evan Williams' timeline breaking the news as he was announcing the changes at twitter:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Twitter Announces built-in URL Shortener

Twitter announces they are soon to release t.co --twitter's own URL shortening service built-in to the twitter's own web interface.


Other than convenience of doing it all in one place for those folks who tweet using twitter's own web-interface Primary, it appears primarily security is on twitter's mind:
" Twitter’s link service at http://t.co  is used to better protect users from malicious sites that engage in spreading malware, phishing attacks, and other harmful activity. A link converted by Twitter’s link service is checked against a list of potentially dangerous sites. When there’s a match, users can be warned before they continue."
Twitter seems to still mention and even endorse their strategic (?) partner, bit.ly, however in long term as they improve the service and reporting and metrics, it is certain that they will eat bit.ly's lunch.

You can read Twitter's official announcement here


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Angel Investor, Ex Googler, Aydin Senkut on Google & Angels

Good interview with Aydin Senkut, and ex-googler-turned-angel-investor; founder of Felicis Ventures.  Whether you are a startup founder, an entrepreneur, an angel investor, or angel wannabe, you will enjoy this video interview...

To give you a taste, here is one gem (one of Aydin's quotes) that I though stood out:
To be a good angel investor, " you need to be able to relate to the founders, and good at closing deals."


Aydin also says that back in the day he worked at Google, one interesting view was:
" Any project that can't be done with three people in three months, shouldn't be done; or the team is bad."

Without further ado, enjoy:




Ky Ekinci : Co-Founder Office Divvyposted by Ky Ekinci
Co-Founder, Office Divvy
Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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