Archive for June, 2007
We’ve all heard of all the great news about Facebook Platform, but are there any major issues that come along with it? Well, indeed there are.
When you’ve got the audience that Facebook has (20 million unique users each and every month, and counting) and you give them all access to your application, which is hosted on your own servers, then something has got to give if your application becomes even mildly popular.
My latest post at Blog Herald involves futureproofing your WordPress admin page’s CSS changes so that if you modify it, it does not get replaced by any upgrades that you make to your blog.
Here’s an excerpt from the post:
Being able to modify the CSS file to make quick design changes to your WordPress admin is very useful indeed, but the problem is when you upgrade your version of WordPress, the wp-admin.css file is replaced with the newer version because it’s not considered a file that should be modified by users.
Here’s where a new plugin that I came across comes in. It’s called the WordPress admin themer plugin, and what it does is simple. It allows you to create a separate wp-admin.css file that does not require modifying the default wp-admin.css file.
I’m curious, how does Technorati define what a blog is and is not?
If you do a search on pretty much any website at Technorati, you’ll see that they have it listed there. Examples include Google, Yahoo!, and MSN – all of them ranked 0, because they are not considered blogs by Technorati. How does it discern the difference?
If anyone has any ideas, then feel free to post them in the comments!
As a web developer, one thing that I’ve been curious about is whether or not Safari also brings with it special Mac fonts and improved graphics to Windows users, and it turns out that it does, as CNET points out at Safari ushers in better browser colors.
This is not true. 307 simply states the number of Applications that Facebook deems is allowed to be in the Directory, meaning that these are high-quality applications that they believe gives value to most Facebook users. Facebook Application developers can still create Applications, but they are not listed in the Directory unless approved by Facebook.
As TechCrunch points out, the long tail is getting fatter. This basically means that the average internet user is beginning to adopt sites that we label ‘web 2.0‘ as a website that they commonly visit.
The article gives examples such as iLike’s Facebook application, with over 6 million registered users, and Safari, which has had over 1 million downloads since its launch a few days ago.
This basically makes a point that most internet users don’t care if something is web 2.0 or not; they will use it as long as it’s useful to them.
Business 2.0 has opened up voting to invite people to “vote for the businesspeople who inspire, inform and infuriate you, from CEOs to entrepreneurs to media stars.”
Kevin Rose of Digg and Revision3/Diggnation fame is leading the pack in terms of number of votes by an extremely large margin, with 293,422 (the runner-up is Mel Karmazin, the CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio, with 90,229 votes.) Even with the large number of votes, Kevin is only in 9th place in terms of his rating, whereas Mel is 5th.
Recently, I’ve been seeing a little icon on websites more and more often. Sometimes, when I least suspect it, I’ll be visiting a well-known open source project or a popular web application, and then my eyes will shift to a box that shows prominently on the homepage, linking to the same site.
I’m talking about the upcoming Webware awards, of course!
The button shown above is a common image seen on websites that have been nominated by the website in a total of 10 different categories; in the end, a total of 100 of the ‘best web 2.0 products’ will be announced on June 18, this coming Monday.
A few weeks ago, Darren from ProBlogger asked me to create a new WordPress plugin for him, one which would save him countless hours that he had to spend before. That plugin is the Group Writing Project plugin, which is now used to help simplify the process that Darren has to go through whenever he decides to start a new project.
I’ve posted about the non-technical side of the plugin and the benefits that he gained from the plugin before, so in this post, I will walk through how a plugin like this is created, and the typical workflow and thinking that goes behind creating something like this.