I love Techmeme and of courseWebmeme.In. Yesterday, I put together this word cloud to visualize what was buzzing on each of them during 2010.
Webmeme.In – Indian Tech Blogs Aggregator
Techmeme – US Tech Blogs Aggregator
The data comes from stories posted on Webmeme.In and Techmeme in 2010. I pulled the words from the title of each post — a fairly reliable representation of what was trending. And used Wordle for the cloud visualization.
Google, Facebook and Twitter dominated the trends in both the markets. Key difference was in the mobile industry. In US 2010 mobile buzz was all around Apple, Android, iPhone and iPad; while in India 3G, Android and Nokia dominated.
Last week, we had a blast at the Yahoo! internal Hack Day. Suraj, Kunal & I created an application: Updatesville which was the overall winner. And another social hack, which Uma, Kumar and I did, also bagged a prize!
Updatesville makes sharing updates on Yahoo! fun. More updates you share more points you win. You also unlock badges on reaching milestones like tweeto on sharing 5 tweets, buzooka on buzzing up 7 times, Beh.roo.piya (impersonator in Hindi) on creating an avatar, etc.
Last Saturday I was at unpluggd. It was the best startup event I have ever attended. While most of the speakers were tech entrepreneurs, one of them was Gaurav Jain, founder of Mast Kalandar. It is a VC funded fast food chain in Bangalore.
Gaurav responded telling one of the key inputs to their pricing strategy is the turn around time of the tables. On an average people spend 25 minutes to finish their main course and another 20 minutes for desserts. Gulab jamuns are served at an opportunity cost of main course for someone else on your table; making them expensive.
Another interesting fact which came out during his talk was that an average McDonalds burger is three months old deep frozen!!!
If you are in Bangalore, I highly recommend Mast Kalandar for a casual dine out because of their good, healthy and hygienic food. Unlike McDonalds, they cook every day.
This evening, I was adding new links to my Google Profile so as to improve my social search experience. As I added MyBlogLog profile, I got totally thrilled to see that all my social profiles were automatically identified by Google. These were the sites and services which I added to MyBlogLog earlier.
Now, this is really a great use of such open data and results in a wow experience. Lijit, a social blog search tool, and some other services have been using this data since a long time. If you are a developer, you can also grab this data using our APIs or microformats.
But, one way open is not enough!
While Google lets you import data in, you cannot export the same data out. Looking forward, I hope Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others will become more two way open and will drive creation and adoption of such open standards.
Librarians are great people. Instead of knowing everything that is in the library they know exactly where to find the information to solve a problem. As a cleverly lazy developer you should do the same.
As a developer, you and I should know where to find the best solutions and how to use them. Be up-to-date with what’s happening in our domains and smartly solve our problems.
If you are developing web applications, you should read chris’s blog, you will find it interesting.
Rediff.com (a leading Indian web portal) has launched the new design with minimal stuff on it. Lot more clean and tidy. The focus is essentially on search, as Ashish writes at pluggd.in:
The bet is very simple – content game hasn’t worked (the good news is that it’s not working for others as well). Search has higher CTR (clickthrough rate) and that’s where the monetization might work for Rediff (though the search intent falls under Google’s purview!)
Another thing to note is ads are gone from homepage now. This means better user experience but a drop in short term revenue for rediff. Given they are struggling to retain users, this move looks good.
I appreciate the new design much more. But, like earlier I won’t use it. Also, looking at initial reactions, I doubt if this design will appeal to their existing users. Their focus on search can actually prove fatal.
Did they forget Next button?
Search results do not show a next button, though previous button is present.
Rediff mobile is still the same heavy site. I hope its redesign will follow soon.
If you like Techmeme and are interested in following Indian technology news, then Webmeme.In is for you!
Webmeme.In, an Indian technology news aggregator, is my brand new mashup built on top of Yahoo! BOSS. Its a meme, presenting you the hottest Indian tech stories that are buzzing on the web. Want to know more about a story? Just click on it and you will reach the source blog. Sidebar presents the most recent stories from Indian tech blogs. You can also search amongst the tech news right from the site. Try it now.
Most of the stories you see on Webmeme.In are from Indian blogs. At the same time, stories from the top international blogs related to Indian tech industry will also flow into Webmeme.In river. So, you will not miss if TechCrunch is talking something interesting about an Indian company.
Follow @webmeme (top stories) or @webmemeFH (Firehose: all posts) to receive new updates in twitter. You can also subscribe to the RSSfeeds.
How it works?
Data aggregation: I use YQL to aggregate and extract data from all the sources.
Related Stories: Related stories are found through similarity calculated over several features like content, tags, links, etc and is easily accomplished using text mining methods present in BOSS Mashup framework.
Search: Site restricted search powered by Y! BOSS.
Trending topics on Twitter are useful to catch up with the interesting happenings of the moment. We at MyBlogLog also launched Hot Topics a while back, showing a moving list of the hottest topics that people are buzzing about in the MyBlogLog universe.
One of the key problems that is prominent in these trending topics is low relevance as these systems do not consider user interests. Ramanand did a tweet yesterday, wishing for “Trending topics for people I follow” which encouraged me to do this hack:
Twitter Trends hack presents the trending topics in your friends’ stream on twitter. Wanna know why a topic is trending in your network? Just check out the recent hot tweets from your friends. It uses OAuth. No passwords required . IPL (A cricket league in India) is the buzzing topic in my friends’ stream right now. Find out what is hot for you: Try here.
It took me just a couple of hours to complete the hack, all because of simple Twitter APIs, Tweetapp framework and App Engine. OAuth integration was very easy with Tweetapp. The hack analyzes recent two hundred tweets from your friends, finds keywords out of the stream and those referenced with more frequency are trending topics for you.
This hack is just a proof of concept. It is no where close to a perfect personalized topic trends. In ideal world, I would like to build user interest profiles, consider demographics and accordingly show trends. But, it will no longer remain a hack then
Update (24th April): Twitter has re-enabled OAuth. Try out twitter trends now .
Update (22nd April): An OAuth security issue has been discovered and several OAuth services including twitter have disabled it temporarily. You cannot try the hack right now
Have you heard about Matt? He has traveled around the world and filmed himself dancing the same dance in the most exotic locations on the planet. His videos are just viral and you can’t stop laughing while watching them. Click here to see the popular “Matt Dancing” video which has been viewed more than 11.5 million times on youtube.
Matt Harding dancing with Hulis Wigmen in Papua New Guinea, in zero gravity in Nevada, with Bollywood dancers in India
and in front of the Sydney Opera House. [Photo source: The Age]
Matt also visited Yahoo! HQ in Sunnyvale and shot 33 scenes across the campus. Jerry, Sue, Y! execs and several Yahoos joined the Matt dance. Video.
A few days back I was trekking with my IITB friends at Siddarabetta, about 100kms from Bangalore, and there the idea to dance like Matt stuck us. It was damn funny to dance like Matt, we all were just laughing all the time. Hope you will enjoy watching the video. Take a peak:
Dancers as they arrive in the above video sequence (L to R): Kuldeep Gharat, Saurabh Sahni (me ), Kanika Nema, Bhavana Dalvi, Meghana Kshirsagar, Aditya Mishra, Kautilya Jain, Anuj Tripathi, Uma Sawant, Esha Palta, Unmesh Deshmukh and Janak Chandarana.
This hack is an extension of Vik Singh’s qna service, which finds answer using the popular phrases in the top search results for a query. I do image search for the best answers and blend them with the regular image search results. The hack is a basic prototype and natural language image search gets triggered only for questions (queries including who/what/which).