Curverider is a company I’ve stumbled across quite independently a couple of times this week.
The first time I was looking for a social networking platform for a small project I’m working on and was impressed with their approach on ELGG “The leading open source social networking platform.” according to their site.
And now they are turning up all over the place as an implementation of ELGG called Explode is doing the blog rounds. It’s a direct competitor for mybloglog, taking a simplified approach to the social browsing space. I assume this is phase one of an ongoing development which will be community driven.
As they say on the main Curverider site “We believe people come first – technology should always fit your requirements.”
I’ve been trying out mybloglog for a couple of weeks now, and while it’s an interestng service, it has a few strange habits. I think I’ll run both in parallel and see how they do.
So that explains the addition to the right hand column.
I’ve been meaning to write an article on LinkedIn for a couple of weeks now, and someone has saved me the bother. The link love. (via)
“I recently posted a question on LinkedIn, to get some feedback on my
blog. I asked people what I should write about on my blog, and for
I got a number of answers back quite quickly, many of which were
technorati tags:startup, linkedin
Is the web2.0 landscape tougher to survive in than we all expected a year ago? I’m pretty sure the answer is yes. With news that Obvious corp are selling Odeo is up for sale I asked 3 ‘web savvy yet not web obsessed’ friends if they had:
- heard of odeo
- used odeo
- thought odeo was any good
- thought odeo was profitable
I got a pretty consistent set of answers
- yep, yep, yep
- yep, yep, nope it killed my flash instal on firefox whiccaused me untold….
- pretty good, yep, apart from killing my peecee the stupid….
- probably, oh yeah, i don’t care they killed my firefox
Now I expect the firefox demise was down to some other more specialist site in actual fact, but that aside, he Odeo public perception is strong, the numbers seem strong too:
“Williams reports the site saw 684,951 visitors last month, 3,012,921
pageviews and perhaps most importantly these days 1,523,963 Flash play” from Techcrunch coverage.
Those are pretty strong numbers, and with AdSense covering the hosting costs I’d expect someone to buy this pretty quickly, possibly to integrate with some other service which has a gap in the speaker interface.
Personally, I just don’t get Twitter, the other obvious product. But hey
technorati tags:twitter, odeo, music, web2.0
The flow of ideas over at Techquila Shots is still healthy. If you haven’t made your way over there yet then DO SO. An interesting mix of references to existing services and the interesting holes in a given space lead to some thought, and arguement, provoking reading. It’s like TechCrunch for ideas, not businesses.
An example proposition from a few days ago:
“Ever run into that problem of trying to recall a website — and
remembering what it looked like, but having no clue the name of it?
Maybe you were lucky enough to bookmark it, but even then, that may not
help you.” (link to the rest)
I recall a site from WAY back called ShouldExist.org which tried this, but the quality of the content let it down badly. Way too many submissions along the lines of “Apple should release an even SMALLER iPod the size of a coin” or “TV shouldn’t have ads”.
The range of topics, and the quality of the posts make Techquila Shots a standout in the tech speculation sphere. Not surprising with Steve Poland running the show. I also quite like the idea that someone working on a dark Beta innocently fires up the site and reads his ‘big unique idea’ being given away by Steve to allcomers, showing that while it may be big, it sure ain’t unique.