August 28, 2007
Today I was looking for some information about a Microsoft Product I need for my work and I find something I didn’t know: Windows Live Writer Beta.
I’ve just tested it and everything works ok. It looks really nice and it’s very comfortable because it provides to bloggers the chance to manage (write, edit and delete) blog posts into a win application.
I still don’t find the way to test grammar check and things that Microsoft Office offers. Maybe it’s not available on this Windows Live product but in that case, users can add an add-on with that functionality. Anyway , it uses Blogspot, WordPress and Typepad API to get all the information on our blogs so we can feel just like if we were in the web interface.
The best issues:
- Web Preview option gives us an immediate preview of the post into the website.
- User Interface
- Manage multiple blogs
- HTML Editor
I think in this web world we are living now, this is a really interesting application that give us all the flexibility and facilities to blog on our own desktop. They also provide an API so developers can extend it (just like Facebook but in Windows Apps) and plugins (add-ons like Firefox) so each user can use Live Writer application just the way and with the things each want.
Here is the Download link and some product information here and here.
Hope you find this as interesting, useful and amazing as I did.
By the way, this post have been written with Windows Live Writer 😉
July 12, 2007
In my second day in this blog I think I could start talking about some things I want to, but I found yesterday two other blog posts of people I usually read that make me change my idea of what I was going to write.
I will figure out my two cents about “Linkedin v Facebook: the generation divide” in the Simon Blog, he talked about how linkedin and Facebook will be fighting for being the leader in the social networking business.
First of all, he mention Ecademy at the end of his post. I think Ecademy is one of the best business social networking on the internet but their main problem they are suffering is:
- Really bad web interface that don’t invite users to use it: Interfaces are not the most important point in a website, but I think is something really important because this is what we see with our eyes , and is an image of what we are doing in that precise moment. Ecademy has really bad interfaces that make me think about “why I don’t look in any other place for a more usable business SN website”.
- Lack of marketing or activities that take people into their site: I’ve been using Linkedin since a year ago and I just hear about Ecademy.com some month ago when I started reading “The Virtual Handshake”. After that I tried to start using Ecademy but I was never attracted to it and I came back entirely to Linkedin.
As Simon said, people in their thirties use Linkedin while people in their twenties are using Facebook and is obvious that people grow so “twentiers” will become “thirtiers”, but I don’t know if that is the point. I mean, if facebook want to cover business social networking then will have to think ideas for the people in their thirties and not in the people that will become thirties soon because, Linkedin is already working , and Facebook must try to win there, in a working plattform, so if they want to beat Linkedin they must try to think things for the people that is using nowadays Linkedin.
The same way, Linkedin must try to do something to attract new people and particularly, more Facebook users. One way is to build a widget for facebook, other way is to open its API and let people do their own personalized Linkedins. Linkedin has an advantage and is that their business platform is already running so new people will go by themselves, and existing people have their valuable profile. Instead, Facebook will not only build an interesting business network but also to atract Linkedin connections and business to its page.
I think the best thing for users will be that both Linkedin and Facebook think about us and think how they can work together with plugins, widgets, or whatever they can build so we can have Linkedin into Facebook if we want and also Facebook into linkedin.
July 12, 2007
In response to the “LinkedIn Apps” in the lisaamorao blog, I think Linkedin Apps will appear when Linkedin API appears, but this is not the problem with Linkedin and its users. The main problem linkedin will have to work with is how long they take to make their API public and usefull for any kind of developer that want to improve linkedin usability.
In the next two or three months I think someone will think about in how to replace Linkedin in a community like Facebook or with the new and “easy to create new social networking sites” ning.com.
Anyway, I guess it will not be easy to beat Linkedin. I guess that they will do whatever they can to stay on top of the business social networking websites and most of all they will somehow use their large community to do it.
Specifically talking about what kind of application will appear I think there will be a lot of new staff there like:
- lot of new widgets like all this widgets we can use on facebook
- CRM integration directly from your linkedin
- CMS integration directly from your linkedin
- RSS widgets so anyone can show what kind of information someone reads.
- Information about pricing, brochures or thinks more important than just a resume.
The question will be when and who will be giving the first step in the new open API linkedin website.