Nick O'Neill

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Flixster: A New Site for the IMDB Community?

There’s been a fair amount of buzz in the blogosphere recently about the new social network, Flixster. Much of the buzz is a result of the company closing a new round of venture capital. As Read Write Web pointed out yesterday, Flixster provides users with movies, actors, photos, news, reviews, ratings, previews, quizzes, showtimes, and […]

The Impact of Superbowl Commercials on Web Traffic

Yesterday, Hitwise released some interesting statistics about the impact of Superbowl commercials on web traffic. The results were pretty interesting. Some sites showed a significant increase including Budweiser, Budlight, and infoUSA. Showing the most significant increase was Snickers; a result of their controversial commercial with two men kissing. The Hitwise article poses an interesting question, […]

Program the Web With Yahoo Pipes

Yesterday Yahoo launched a new service called Pipes. The service is an extension of the pipes Unix feature. As yahoo describes it: Pipes is a hosted service that lets you remix feeds and create new data mashups in a visual programming environment. The name of the service pays tribute to Unix pipes, which let programmers […]

The New Version of Go2Web20.net Launches

Orli Yakuel and Eyal Shahar’s Web 2.0 directory Go2Web20.net launched a couple days ago. The site has a bunch of new features including a faster load speed, a new user interface, and more information for each site. The site is a complete digest of all the Web 2.0 sites. The site helps illustrate the sheer […]

Why the Buzz About Gmail?

Today there was a bunch of buzz in the blogosphere about Google opening up their service to everyone. I’m not quite sure why the buzz happened today. I’ve been openly creating Gmail accounts without the invite for months. Apparently Google released a statement today saying that their service has officially been opened to everyone. Not […]

Futurephone.com Becomes a Thing of the Past

About 6 months ago, a small website Futurephone.com came out with a new service that allowed you to make free international phone call by simply dialing an Iowa phone number. Once you were connected you typed in the international number and were immediately connected. I personally used this service a number of times to call […]

Walmart Launches Video Download Site?

Today Walmart launched their video downloads store. Whatever you do, don’t view it in Firefox or else you’ll get a screen looking like the one above. Techcrunch posted on this this morning and they still haven’t fixed the problem. This should probably be a quick fix for the person that worked on setting up the […]

Steve Jobs Wants to End DRM

Steve Jobs posted this month’s manifesto titled ‚ÄúThoughts on Music‚Äù. Jobs outlines three alternatives for the future of digital music: ‚ÄúThe first alternative is to continue on the current course, with each manufacturer competing freely with their own ‚Äútop to bottom‚Äù proprietary systems for selling, playing and protecting music. It is a very competitive market, […]

OpenId Closer to Mainstream

Last week I examined whether or not OpenID has gone mainstream with the integration of Firefox 3.0 and OpenID. As of today another big step has been taken to ensure the future success of the web identity standard. Kim Cameron has announced a new collaboration to ensure interoperability between OpenID and Windows CardSpace. If you […]

Google Helps Webmasters

Today, Google released their Google tools for webmasters. Not only are these tools useful for webmasters, but they are key for search engine marketing firms. Google provides a useful keyword analysis tool, as well as an external links analysis page. I can’t say that the external links tool is particularly effective considering my search for […]