Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Step 1: Become a member of social networks

First of all I need to become a member of all social networks - I don't want be a homeless anymore ;-)
So I created a facebook account and additional a face-book page which is available at http://ping.fm/vOjDu

I already got an twitter account at http://ping.fm/LCLe3

I was connecting fb-page and twitter so my status updates from fb are shown at twitter, and my twitter tweets are shown at my fb-page - quite easy.

But I've also a blog at http://ping.fm/Qor3M and I also created a Tumblr account.

Ok you can also connect Tumblr to twitter which is connected to fb-page, but I don't want to have the small tweet on my fb-page-wall! I want to have a regular post with preview-image, link to my blog's! Hmmm...

So I'm trying http://ping.fm....

Connect different social networks

Today I’m trying some social network overkill.

I try to connect following:

#facebook-page, twitter, tumblr, blogspot, linkedin, google-reader

So my goal is to find out how I can connect all these social networks. I don’t want to check, post, tweet… on all these networks by hand. I just want to have only one service which I can use to publish and update my things on all these networks.
Google Instant Pages Prerendering Can Inflate Analytics Stats http://ping.fm/3BbEy

Monday, July 25, 2011

Semantic web - schema.org

Microsoft, Yahoo and Google decide to bring up more semantic to web and you can find information's about that at schema.org.
As You can see there are some things which are duplicates to new html5 elements.

Currently Googles rich snippets tool doesn't show up all new semantics.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Google Maps UI Update

Mybe it's one of Googles test, but it seems that the layout of maps has been updated to a better design.
I hink all which are using touch-devices will be happy about that.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Why social search fails, reviews are bad and share buttons are boring

It's cool, everybody is talking about: social search hype!
Was anybody thinking about what this really means?
I'm looking for informations about a specific topic - so far so good.
Normally I ask big-G and it shows me informations depending on relevance to my search request and informations found on websites.
But now it goes to "social-cycle" and search result depends on twitter-tweets and 1+ of friends and known persons. So informations preferred which are liked and tweeted by persons I know.
What does this really mean? I get informations and sites which I already know very often.
Hello! Guys! Anybody there! Social cycle is a cycle! I don't need informations that I know because I was reading the tweets of my friends and an so i know this website from tweet of my friend! I also talk to people in real world about my interests and if someone of my friends find some nice informations which are maybe interesting for me he will let me know!
What about informations which are interesting for me but from persons which are not in my social cycle or brand new informations not already found by someone of my friends? They are banned to lower positions!
I don't need informations from my social cycle because the chance that already know this information is very high - I'm part of my own social cycle and this means part of containing knowledge and informations!

What about reviews of local business?
Nice to get most and best reviewed places but what about the unknown insider tips? If I visit a restaurant with good and many reviews and I also write a good review and many other people doing same the restaurant becomes more and more good reviews.
Nice - isn't it? No!
Because close to this restaurant opens a new one. So it has no reviews. How to get found by people? No reviews means bad ranking means no guests means no reviews and this closes the cycle!
Happy new social cycle world!

And what the hell about the button overkill with "like", "1+", "bookmarks", "tweet"?
Ok it's nice to show that I've found something that I'm interested in. But hey!
I leave a comment, click "like" to share on facebook, click "1+" for google, bookmark on digg, StumbleUpon, Sphinn, LikedIn, tweet the topic and link on twitter and send to my friends a link via mail.
And this I do 3 or 4 times per day, 5 day's a week every month, every year.
Is there a better way for wasting my time?
And now Big-G is looking for my shares, tweets and likes and 1+ to find out which sites are maybe interesting for my social cycle to show up this site on request - but sorry I was faster than Google because I've tweeted, liked, 1+ed, bookmarked, emailed this site to my friends - and hey maybe there are some people out there which are talking about this topic in real world while drinking a cup of coffee....

Where is the sense of all this?
A cycle will be always a cycle!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Bad-behavior new version 2.0.43

A new version of great php-spam protection bad-behavior is released. It seems that Google is now using some IP's from china for crawling.
So it's recommend to update your software.
I had some problems during using google's rich snippet tool with bad-behavior.
Google's tool sends "Googlebot-richsnippet" as user agent sting in http-header and it will be blocked by bad-behavior.
So you can fix it quick & dirty ba adding this header to whitelist file as workaround.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Own Maps - remove collaborator issue

Today we got an interesting report about the own.maps feature on gmaps.
If you create a private map at own maps You're able to invite others.

But if you like to remove someone from list "collaborators" it doesn't work. He will be able to view and edit this map and he will also be shown at list "collaborators" after a short time/browser refresh.
So removing someone from Collaborators-list doesn't work as it should do.

Create a new map and import the old data via URL. Just copy url from "View in Google Earth" from original map and insert into URL-field.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chrome new stable release with performance improvements

Google's Chrome browser got a new stable release with performance improvements from last beta.
Also some changes on user interface are now available for public. Chrome now synchronizes passwords and bookmarks across computers.
For security current chrome uses a sandbox-model to integrate flash player.

You can find the official informations about current stable release of chrome here.

Google instant preview goes mobile android and iphone

Today Google makes instant preview available for mobile platforms.
It's official supported for android and iphone.
You will find a small icon right next to your results to show preview.

You can find the official Google informations here

Places Error during verification request

Currently there seems to be an issue during verification process on German google places.
Error message:
Leider k├Ânnen wir Ihre Anforderung momentan nicht bearbeiten. Bitte versuchen Sie es in ein paar Minuten noch einmal.

This error message will come up if you try to request an verification pin.

First I was thinking it's an problem of a single user account. But more and more users are reporting about same issue.
Hope it will be fixed as soon as possible because at the moment it's not possible to create new business entries in Germany on google places.

Trent Carlyle was tweeting that he could update and verify ownership. Also someone has send a comment at Mike Blumenthal's Post that it's working now. Hope it's still working now for all users and countries longer than only a few hours or days.

Today we got a feedback from Google at german maps forum. This error seems to be fixed.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Spinatmensch goes blogger!

Welcome to my personal blog.
Hope to find some time to keep it up to date with new informations and interesting links about things I'm interested in like Google Maps/Places, PHP programming and other pretty cool stuff.