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So Google… When Are You Going to Integrate FeedBurner More Into Other Google Products?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Anyone else wondering when they’ll be able to login to FeedBurner through their Google account? I think Google should actually do this. It will be another wedge in the circle that is Google’s useful and all-in-one-login services. It’s quite handy because I can sign into Gmail, then go to Google Reader, Adsense, Analytics and Docs and already be logged in.

Also, is anybody else wanting to see FeedBurner subscriber stats in Analytics? I’d like to see this, so that I can just go to Analytics and kill two birds with one stone. It’s also be pretty cool to see a graph comparing unique visitors to the number of subscribers you get.

I think if Google does both these things then FeedBurner will be an even better. 😀

Gmail Users to Get Even More Space, Much Quicker

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

GmailThe Gmail Team recently announced that they’re stepping up the Gmail space counter to give us more space much quicker. This is part of their Infinity+1 Storage Plan.

As of writing, the current space is 3110 MB. Approximately every 11.8 minutes you get another MB. So, doing some calculations based on these numbers (and assuming the counter has a consistent increase), on October 28, 2007, Gmail users should have 5 GBs of space! Going forward with these calculations, Gmail should have 10GB on December 21, 2007, just in time for Christmas! Still assuming the counter stays at the same consistent increment (not very likely), Gmail users would have 100 GB by December 15, 2009.


BlogRush, Free Traffic?

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

BlogRushA couple of days ago, a new site called BlogRush was launched. BlogRush is a widget that you place on your blog that displays post titles of blogs similar to yours in the category you chose (at sign-up) for your blog to be in.

For each impression where the widget loads (if it’s on every page of your Blog, every hit on your blog) you get a credit for your posts to be displayed throughout the BlogRush network in similar categories. So, if you have a very popular blog, you’ll have your posts show up more often in the network. Essentially, you can get free traffic for just having the widget displayed on your Blog.

I’ve put the widget on my sidebar. Hopefully I’ll see an increase (however slight it may be) in traffic over the next few days.

The BlogRush site currently has no information about itself… Hopefully it will in a couple of days, it’d be nice to get some more information about BlogRush.

Sign-up for BlogRush!

Update: BlogRush no longer exists and the links in this post have been removed.

Sony Announces ImageStation Closing, Nobody Notices

Friday, September 14th, 2007

ImageStationI got an email in the ‘box yesterday from Sony saying that ImageStation (their uploading, sharing and ordering pictures service) will be closing on February 1, 2008. You can see a screenshot of the email here.

According to their shutdown schedule, after November 11, 2007, you will no longer be able to upload or order pictures. All you will be able to do is view, download and order a backup (CD or DVD) of your pictures. On January 14, 2008, you will no longer be able to order a backup disc. And, finally, on February 1, 2008 the ImageStation servers will be shutdown and all remaining accounts and pictures will be deleted. No copies will be kept.

To make it easier for all their customers, they’ve teamed up with ShutterFly and you can initiate an automatic transfer of all your pictures to them. But they still recommend you either download your stuff or order an archive disc.

You can learn how to download your images here.

I’m guessing that they’re closing down because of lack of people using it. It doesn’t seem like a very popular service. You never hear about it, and I don’t think they’ve added a lot of new features recently. I didn’t even hear anything about them closing down in the blogosphere. I thought at least TechCrunch would post about it… Sony provided the following reason for the shutdown (in their shutdown FAQ):

Sony Electronics has decided to close ImageStation, its photo sharing service, in order to focus on the company’s core businesses, products, and services.

In the early days of digital photography Sony realized the need to provide an online photo service to support their digital camera customers. In the years since, many capable online photo services have become available and our customers now have a broad range of options for storing, sharing, printing and creating photo gifts.

I signed up for ImageStation back when I bought my first digital camera, a Sony, in 2004. I never really used the service.

I went to sign in to ImageStation to see what pictures I had in there, and I was presented with “This Image is Temporarily Unavailable” instead of my images. Nice…

Sony has setup an FAQ on their shutdown.

ImageStation seemed like a good service, but other, apparently better, services have started to replace it. I doubt anyone will be devastated by it’s shutdown.

Google Reader Changes

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

It looks like the Google Reader team has made some minor-ish changes to Google Reader!

You can now hide your subscriptions by clicking a little arrow between your subscriptions and the feed entries. Once they’re hidden, the feed entry space expands to fill the gap. There is then a little “My Subscriptions” link that expands into a dropdown of all your feeds, when clicked.

My Subscriptions Link

My Subscriptions Dropdown

The loading “screen” is different now too. Instead of a Erlenmeyer flask and “Loading…” in the center of the window, it’s a little yellow “Loading…” with a little circle animation in the top center of the window.

New Loading Screen

Even though the new changes are fairly minor, I like them.

Update [September 5, 2007 @ 9:30 PM]: There’s a search box in the top-center of the page now, with a dropdown box to narrow your search to certain feeds and/or folders. Sweet.

Update [September 5, 2007 @ 10:37 PM]: The Google Reader blog confirms this. You can also use the Back/Forward buttons in your browser, and the unread count stops at 1000, now, instead of 100. Awesome.