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I’ve browsed through a few of my friends’ Facebook profiles recently, and I think they need a “Table of Contents” of sorts, or at least, make one appear when the profile is too long.
Why do I say this?
Because it gets annoying when scrolling through a Facebook profile that is several pages long (I’ve seen a lot that are easily more than 10 pages long if printed out).
Facebook is starting to look like a (more organized) MySpace every day – now if only there was a table of contents at the top of every profile that helped you quickly jump to certain sections of the profile, then it would help browsing considerably – AND it would show you what the person had on their profile, just in case you wanted to find out what their favorite music was, if you wanted to post on their wall, or if they were going to the same music concert that you are going to next week!
Here is an example of how it could look like:
An error message like this from Facebook can really slow down my Facebook Application testing and development.
I’ve made a new post over at Blog Herald entitled “Keeping categories simple to keep readers happy“. I talk about what’s a great way to organize your blog’s categories, and I also use the categories that I have here at King Gary as an example.
Here’s an excerpt:
Whenever I write a new blog post, I always think about which category suits the post best. I keep the number of categories that I have at a minimal level so that an appropriate category for every blog post is immediately obvious to me.
My rule of thumb for naming categories is, if you’ve got two categories that can overlap each other in an obvious manner, then you’ve got to change something there. Either merge the two categories, or remove one and expand the remaining one. I also tend to review my categories every few months, and if I have a category with less than 10 posts, then I ax it and merge the posts with that category into another category.
Go check it out!
It certainly was a surprise to see the changes at first. I used Google Docs back in the day, when it was still Writely (and I conversed with the team fairly regularly, giving suggestions, some which were implemented and still are.) So, I was used to the old view.
This new look incorporates folders, which are new, as well as tags, which existed before. Does this mean that tags aren’t working out as well as Google had hoped? TechCrunch poses the question to Gmail to see if they will also implement folders. I personally much prefer Google’s ‘labels’, as they call it, which are essentially just tags. I like these because they give me all the flexibility in the world, and I’m sure most of you who have worked with tags before know what I’m talking about.
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.
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.
It looks like Apple really wants more than that measly 2% browser market share that it currently holds, with Safari. They’ve just released Safari for Windows as well, giving Windows users the opportunity to try out one of only a few Apple-created application available for the alternative operating system recently (iTunes was a great move for Apple since it was the iPod‘s tipping point.)
People have already told me that is really IS a lot faster on Windows than Internet Explorer, so I’m happy about that. I rarely, if ever, use Safari on my Mac since I depend on my Firefox extensions, but as a web developer, this news is great for other developers on Windows because they can finally test their websites in Safari without a Mac.
I’ve recently been receiving more spam comments on my blog that have bypassed WordPress‘ spam protection program, Akismet, more often than usual. I marked them as Spam, which aids Akismet in detecting these types of spam again and protects other bloggers using Akismet’s service from these comments which currently bypass the filters.
I also commonly receive email in Gmail that are spam and that bypass the filters. The Gmail spam protection system works similarly to Akismet’s, in that they both use a network filtration system by relaying any emails that one user considers spam to all the other users; the more times the same email or comment gets marked as spam, the more the system will believe that to be true and protect the other users from receiving the same item.
I’ve reached the point in both Gmail and WordPress where the number of spam/day that I get in my Gmail and the number of spam/day that I get in WordPress are about the same; I’ve currently got 12140 spam; divide that by 30 days, and that’s 405 spam per day. In WordPress, I’ve got 6130 spam comments, over 15 days; that’s 409 spam/day. They’re nearly the same by now.