As part of my ongoing plans to experiment with how things work, I’ve sprung for a hosting package and moved my blog to be hosted directly within my domain so this blog is now on davereinhardt.com. All posts have (eventually) been migrated and over the next few weeks I’m sure I’ll work out how gadgets and plugins work as well.
In case its of interest, here’s my migration to-do list
- Setup hosting account [done]
- Point existing domain to hosting account [done]
- Install WordPress [done]
- Migrate old entries [done, had to run through WordPress Export / Import process a few times to get all entries, not sure why but it does not create repeats so alls well that ends well]
- Install preferred theme [done, theme is Titan, although the wordpress.org version is less configurable than wordpress.com version, might need more research]
- Post last entry on wordpress.com site [done]
- Install widgets / plugins to get theme looking as I want it to
- Update Twitterfeed to publish to Twitter from new RSS feed
- Update my Yahoo pipe consolidated RSS stream which feeds Facebook notes
C’mon Disneyland Paris, “real time news” – 3 days? Really?
That’s a pretty epic demonstration of trying to hang out with the web’s cool kids but just not getting it. Getting the technology is only 10% understanding social media. Just like the old days, it requires engaging, relevant and up-to-date content.
The site also advertises that you can follow the characters on Facebook. I checked that out, the characters seem to have joined late in February and there’s been not a peep since. The added dimension of social media is engaging with your audience – creating an online presence is the beginning, not the end.
And don’t even get me started on the fact this this website blasts on music on first load.
When I went for the iPhone, one of the key reasons was a sense that the app ecosystem would mean I used the phone more than any other model, even if it meant accepting some of the (widely documented) shortcomings.
This remains the case but there are still a few apps which I’d love to see launched:
- Pizza ordering. Whichever of Domino’s or Pizza Hut get this out first will make a killing. And if I can convince them to shove the pizza through my living room window I won’t even have to heave myself off the couch.
- A today screen. An app which shows next 2 or 3 appointments, most recent emails, etc. I think this is blocked by the SDK but it is such an obvious productivity app.
- Tesco grocery ordering. I know that Ocado have an app but we’re a Tesco household so, truth be told, I want a Tesco ordering app. It should link to my online grocery shopping account, be able to display my “most commonly ordered” list from my online shopping account and be able to place orders on the app. Tesco do have some innovative iPhone apps in play (Tesco card on iPhone, storefinder) so hopefully they’ll get onto this and bring it all together.
- Household management. In discussing the idea with my wife, she suggested a “household management” app which would suggest ordering basic supplies (toilet paper, cleaning products, etc.) based on average consumption for a household of the size of mine. I guess I’d need to put in how many adults & children are in the house and then let the app do the rest. It would need to be integrated to, or part of, my grocery shopping app so it has knowledge of when I’ve ordered what. Then it can popup reminders, create baskets, etc. One less thing to think about.
- Museum audio guide system. Most museums have an audio guide for hire. I’d far rather download to my phone than carry around the poxy headset device most museums offer. Better quality, easier to use, etc. And the app could include museum maps and illustrative pictures. The app could be standardised across all museums and just the content downloaded, either at the museum or in advance – depending on the cost model.
Any other ideas?
The recent iPad hullabaloo has overlooked one significant thing – the iPhone is a magnificent device which is, hopefully, still maturing.On the tube recently I was pondering – what would I like to do to it to make it more magnificent? I decided to ignore all the ideas I’ve heard before (multi-tasking, better camera, mp3 ringtones, unified messaging, removable storage, etc.) and think about real game changers. I came up with two…
- Add a programmable RFID chip. This would allow app developers to programme the chip to do whatever can be done with chips. Why bother with your Oyster card? Just download the Oyster app and use your phone. The same thinking could be applied to any RFID identifier / micropayments type requirement.
- Add photovoltaic cells to the casing and allow the phone to solar charge. This is not to replace traditional charging, just add to it. And get you out of trouble if you’re running low on the road.
And the iPad – well, just because Apple can put an iPhone in a photocopier on 200% enlargement doesn’t mean they should.
Any other suggestions?
During the course of the summer, I took a break from this blog in order to work out some aspects to do with its publication. These issues have now been addressed and I’ll be regularly posting pieces again.
Today’s big idea is to bring some management to Twitter favorites. I often use these when I browsing twitter on a mobile to bookmark for later reading on a PC. This got me thinking two things:
- [Across twitter] The number of times that a tweet has been favorited is a measure of how interesting people find it (relative to other tweets). This could be used to drive traffic to more interesting twitterers. It could also be used to order results of searches. I think of this as ‘Twoogling’.
- [Within my account] The ability to add tags to favorites would mean I could manage my favorites like they were bookmarks. The obvious next step is integration to services such as Google bookmarks, del.icio.us, etc.
Is anyone working on this? Does the API even allow access to favorites data?
PS Apologies to the folk at Quality Street, I know it should be “favourite favourite” but Twitter is a US service so they spell it “favorite”.
I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that whenever I use specific hashtags on twitter, my tweets get retweeted. I wanted to see if I could work out how to do this and so I set myself a little project, here’s what I did…
Keeping track of silliness on twitter
- Created a new twitter account, sillysillyson
- Search for the word “silly”
- Copied the RSS feed for the search (found at the bottom of the right hand column)
- Created a twitterfeed account for sillysillyson
- Using the RSS feed as the source, created a twitterfeed that will pickup every mention of the world silly and post it to sillysillyson’s twitter feed
One thing I noticed is that twitterfeeds maximum ‘speed’ is to post 5 entries every half hour. This means that I will surely miss some silliness. Is there a better way of doing this? Also – I’d like to include the twitter username of the tweeter in sillysillyson’s tweet. I have a suspicion I can do this using Yahoo pipes to manipulate the RSS feed but haven’t managed to work it out yet.
Uhm, that’s about it really. It was just a little experiment for me to see how it all worked. Any help with the ‘issues’ above would be appreciated.