Friday, July 20, 2007

Twitterfeed Your Blogs

Twitterfeed takes almost any blog RSS and feed it into a Twitter account.This is cool application which is nowhere related to Twitter as a company and it enables you see new items when you're on Twitter or using any of the Twitter applications.

Twitterfeed can make (almost) any blog into a Twitterbot.My suggestion is to create a Twitterfeed from an existing blog though it allows you create a new feed.If you do not have a Twitter account then create a Twitter account and you will also need an OpenID account to log in toTwitterfeed. OpenID is a quite a different site authentication system. If you don't have an OpenID, just go to MyOpenID and sign up for an account.

So logoin to create a newTwitterfeed using OpenID,tell it your blog's RSS address (rss.xml) and how often you want it to check for new items (once an hour is reasonable), and then wait for Twitterfeed to start scanning.So once you are done with it you have a blog update available to all your Twitter friends.

A new cool way of getting more traffic through Twitter to your blogs.Isn't this a good tool to use, share your thoughts, folks!!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

RSS Integrator:Profilactic

Profilactic is a personal feed aggregator and very suitable for the bloggers who write on different topics and need to come with one widget having all their posts to be read from one location.One has to tell it where one posts online, and it pulls all the feeds together.You can invite friends and can point them to this "mashup" page.another facility that this site provides is to add widgets provided to one's webpages or blogs.

There are other websites like YourMinis and Widgetbox provide a facility to create widgets from RSS feeds of your blog or website but does not give an RSS integration facility.Profilactic is much easier to set up, though.Another good feature is that it can read from websites like Jaiku,Digg,Del.icio.us,Twitter, Pownce,Flickr, and several more and all you have to do is put in your public usernames for the accounts you have.

As this site is in its early stages so I think it will enhance its services for posting to several social websites and blog websites from one central location.I am still in look out for such a website.It just provides only reading facilities and that too from a limited number of websites.Facebook is not supported as yet or may be in time to come that will also be done.

A nice way to get more and consolidated exposure of one's posts.Here I have also shown what I have made through integration of two separate RSS feeds of mine,one on Advanced Technologies and the other on Interview Questions on Java and Java EE:


Monday, July 16, 2007

Rediff:Another Organization To Be Acquired

India-based Rediff, a widely-used consumer Internet portal is most likely to be taken over by Google or Yahoo.The recent launch from Rediff of a website for consumers to submit user-generated content such as audio, images and videos for free, has helped Rediff's NASDAQ stock to move upwards in the past week when it moved from $17.94 per share to $25.41 per share. Its trading volume has also increased to a reported valuation of $1 billion. Other companies like AOL and Microsoft may also be in foray of acquisition.
 
Yahoo's business is very much in line with what Rediff currently offers and if acquisition happens then it gives a clear edge to Yahoo than others for penetrating a large piece of Indian online consumers market.Google is aggressively trying to diversify its line of businesses by strategic takeovers of the companies and Rediff interests them from that point of view.
Rediff, from all options,is in a good position to get the best possible deal.It will be interesting to see in times to come who will get Rediff in one's kitty.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

SlideFlickr:Make Slides Out Of Flickr Photos

Recently I stumbled upon SlideFlickr which is in Beta version and it is a new flickr tool helps in making slides out of your Flickr photos. SlideFlickr will help you create and embed Flickr slide shows in less than 10 seconds."

So, I embedded a flickr set I created on my Switzerland trip photos in last December,you may check this slide here.There are set of advanced features like changing width,height,text,background,speed,logo and url.The most striking I found was adding background music.I also added one to my slides.You have choice of putting this music off.I think one can add one´s voice over as an MP3,though I did not try it on my own.

An overall cool tool.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Online Video Hosting Consolidated

Recently came across HeySpread which lets users upload a single video to multiple video-hosting providers. It is a cakewalk to do so,just pick the video you want to upload from your hard drive, and HeySpread will pull up a listing of various video hosts. You provide log-in information for each of them, and the file will automatically get sent out to each, assuming you've not messed up with your credentials.

The video hosting websites it works with are :

-YouTube
-MySpace
-Google Videos
-Yahoo Videos
-Dailymotion
-Blip.tv
-Photobucket
-Metacafe
-Bolt
-Putfile.

In fact this service is helpful in saving lots of upload time, in case if you have very slow internet connection, on multiple video hosting websites simultaneously.

Moreover you can add title,description,tags and categories associated with your videos.It definitely makes availability of your videos to a larger audience in much faster and efficient way.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Free Online Sharing Of Presentations/Video Conferencing

There are several website which provide facility to collaborate powerpoint presentations online.

WebEx - Cisco owned on demand web meeting tool is very simple to use.

Slidelive is a browser-based free WebEx competitor in beta. Presentations can be easily uploaded and conference calls scheduled to review them.

Zoho Show
helps in creating and sharing presentaions.One can publish uploaded presentations inside their websites and blogs.

Zentation it is where one can combine presentations with Videos.

TeamSlide is a personal web application to actively present PowerPoint®-type slides to one or more viewers over the web.

Scribd is a YouTube like website where one can upload presentations and share it with world.

DimDim (open source)

1VideoConference is an Open Source web conferencing facility which allows its Web, Audio/ Video phone, Skype, MSN and Yahoo users to instantly participate in live web conferences without the need for lengthy downloads or complicated installations. It is now known as VMukti.At any time, one can simply drop a small piece of code onto their websites and INSTANTLY create their very own online video conference room.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

FeedBurner Goes Free With Its Paid Services



Google accquired FeedBurner this year in May and now they have made their two premimum services free.A very much welcomed news by publishers community.

Stats PRO and MyBrand services are free to use.

FeedBurner Stats PRO, a service that provides detailed statistics including subscriber numbers, item clickthrough tracking, podcast downloads and aggregate item uses amongst other features, becomes free.

FeedBurner MyBrand, a service that allows users to control the URL of feeds is now free as well; a move that will be strongly welcomed.It was an issue with most of the publishers that they have to loose the ownership to their RSS feeds.This will boost FeedBurner's popularity and more and more people may join in.

Though both FeedBurner PRO and MyBrand are now free, FeedBurner users are required to upgrade themselves for these new services within the FeedBurner control panel.