Author: darnelltv

Is Tumblr The Largest Blog Network Around?

Have you seen the latest Tumblr stats?! Yes, I know some people will say “Yeah, but WordPress powers 30% of the web!” (stats which I highly dispute as not even Google has indexed half the web, especially in web savvy 3rd world countries) But it’s very difficult to track every installation of an open source CMS/blog software as there is no “tracker” installed upon every WordPress website. I’m not sure how many Blogger/Blogspot has, but it’s probably not as many as (who I think is firmly in second place). Note: It’s interesting how Tumblr produces more posts in a day than does in a month! Years ago Tumblr use to be a place for teenagers to hide away from their parents on Facebook. Now I’m seeing everything from federal government departments to celebrities to businesses power their site through Tumblr (the latter which is becoming surprisingly popular). I’m not sure how long Tumblr can sustain their popularity but as their presence increases we will probably see more developers create businesses around...

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Vine’s earned a spot on my first iScreen

Yeah, I like Vine (which Twitter bought many moons ago). Vine makes creating videos fun again in a way that Hipstamatic and Instagram make creating and sharing photos fun again. It’s an addiction watching friends create captivating six second clips (as opposed to trying to Instagram it by simply slapping on a video filter). Honestly I wish I could create a Vine within Twitter (or at least select it as a video option) now that they are finally shutting down Posterous. But for now I’ll just enjoy the app. Speaking of which I really need to start creating Vine’s...

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iWelcome The Pay-To-Play Internet

With Posterous shutting down at the end of April, I’m starting to see more discussion around paying to access social networks instead of having them free and full of ads. Squarespace, and (soon to be launched) PostHaven are leading this front, with hopefully more services on the way. While these pay-to-play sites will never match the popularity or revenues of their “free as a bird” counterparts, they will never have divided loyalties between their users (or clients) and some random advertiser. Not having to worry about a company prostituting my personal information to a random advertiser is soooo refreshing! Note: Not to mention not worrying about how the company will keep the lights on as new users will help contribute towards its financial success instead of being an expense. While every site/service can’t be free (as people wouldn’t be able to afford it), hopefully the pay-to-play Internet services will inspire their free rivals to provide ad free options (like Evernote and...

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Dear Google, Please Save Blogger

No, the Google overlords are not pondering shutting down blogger. Rather they have focused their undivided attention upon Google+ (especially on mobile). Since we live in a “Post PC era” and Google has an official blogger app (which I’m using) I thought I might add a few suggestions. Markdown Support: Notice I said Markdown support instead of HTML (the latter which you can use if you know the code). Markdown would make it easier to write posts on the go as well as satisfy über geeks like me. Although WYSIWYG HTML editor would be fantastic, unless done properly it will simply overcrowd the screen, adding unnecessary complexity (not to mention make the contents of the post look ugly). Also use Google+ version of Markdown for italics and bold instead of the original by Daring Fireball as the former is much easier to use. User Friendly Image Placement Pretty much “borrow” from what BlogPress is doing. YouTube Capture Integration This would make video blogging very fun upon Blogger again. That’s it for now, although as of today I’m back upon Blogger. And no I still haven’t abandoned Tumblr!...

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