Twitterverse Launches

Twitterverse Launches

Apr 10, 2007

Ideacodes is pleased to launch our first release of Twitterverse, a mashup and a visualization layer that mines and archives the public timeline of Twitter and provides a visualization of the most commonly used words in a given time period.  Twitter, the hot new product by Obvious, is a “sophisticated, device-agnostic, social message routing system […]

Social Visualization, Looking Inside Out

Feb 9, 2007

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about different aspects of data visualization (see an earlier post). Patterns in the Ecosystem Since my first job on the web as a graduate assistant information designer, I’ve been interested in web metrics, thanks in large part to my friend and mentor, Rebecca Bernstein, the founder […]

Provide Feedback on Snap Preview Anywhere

Provide Feedback on Snap Preview Anywhere

Feb 9, 2007

I added Snap Preview Anywhere (SPA) to eHub back in December (eHub entry here). The free service provides a quick visual preview of a site whenever you roll over an external link. This lets you get a quick glimpse of the sites I’m linking to. In eHub, this also makes it easier to browse the […]

Saturday Maintenance

Saturday Maintenance

Feb 3, 2007

Seems like I’m not the only one working on new site developments on a Saturday evening. As I’m re-architecting and working on what I want to add in 2007, it seems Twitter and Flickr are also at work :)

I Like Being in Other People's Stats

I Like Being in Other People’s Stats

Jan 31, 2007

This morning I checked my feeds and stats and various web searches and saw a referrer from WipBox, an application I had added to eHub. The long tail at work… From the WipBox blog. What a great way to start things off!!! Had awesome feedback from people right out of the gates, was written up […]

Internal Elegance

Jan 19, 2007

In mathematics, the highest measure of a mathematical forumal is to have internal elegance. I think the same is true for web apps and design.

Stylehive Fashion Show in Second Life

Stylehive Fashion Show in Second Life

Mar 24, 2006

It’s not every day that we can teleport ourselves to the world of high fashion and style. But tonight, Friday, March 24, 2006, you can! Join us at the Stylehive virtual headquarters in Second Life for a fashion show to celebrate the launch of Don’t miss the Stylehive virtual event featuring Second Life models […]

Explore CommunityWalk

Explore CommunityWalk

Mar 18, 2006

CommunityWalk, the web 2.0 mapping community, has launched the new Explore feature. The Explore page lets you zoom into the map, select a category, or use a live search to find different public maps on CommunityWalk. You can even enter a search for a specific area of the map, or right click to zoom out. […]

BlogBurst: Getting Blogs into Mainstream Media

BlogBurst: Getting Blogs into Mainstream Media

Mar 7, 2006

I’m always interested in new blog networks. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a healthy increasing readership and acceptance in several online networks. Most of these, however, push content out to other niche sites in the blogosphere. BlogBurst is a new product by Pluck, a company based in Austin co-founded in 2003 by Dave Panos and […]

Foldera Simplifies Your Digital Life

Foldera Simplifies Your Digital Life

Mar 4, 2006

These days, like many of you, my life is filled with electronic communications, whether that’s email, chat, collaborative project management, mobile messages, or other data sources. I’ve written about this in the past. On any given day, I spend hours on communications and between my work as Ideacodes, eHub, and personal communications, I pretty much […]

Design 2.0: Minimalism, Transparency, and You

Feb 6, 2006

Today happens to be the four month anniversary of eHub Interviews, a series of email questions and answers with the creators and companies behind many of the new web 2.0 services and applications that we’ve been witnessing and using online. According to many of you who write in, the interviews are “one of your favorite […]

Stanford on iTunes

Stanford on iTunes

Feb 3, 2006

Having spent many years developing web products for higher education, I’m always interested when universities or colleges open up their knowledge banks to the public using new technologies (see OpenCourseWare Finder). I can’t wait to try out Stanford on iTunes, a collaboration with Apple to provide public access to a variety of digital audio (will […]

Ajax Calendaring with Spongecell

Ajax Calendaring with Spongecell

Jan 30, 2006

I received email from Marc Guldimann tonight from Spongecell, an “absorbful calendar.” They’re having a launch party here in San Francisco at Ritual Roasters on Wednesday and we’ll be stopping by. There have been a lot of Ajax calendar applications (see the events and calendar category in eHub). Spongecell differentiates itself with the Spongebar, a […]

New Startups and Web 2.0 Products Debut at E27 Technology Symposium

New Startups and Web 2.0 Products Debut at E27 Technology Symposium

Jan 28, 2006

Earlier today, I went to the E27 Technology Symposium at Stanford University. E27 is “a forum for young entrepreneurs to showcase their upcoming or new products to influential representatives from newspapers, popular blogs, progressive companies, universities, and venture capitalist firms.”

Pretty Supr

Nov 5, 2005

SuprGlu “gathers your content from popular web services and publishes them in one convenient place.” My first thought was that it sounded like another simple feed aggregator. I gave SuprGlu a spin tonight and was pleasantly surprised by both the ease of use and the sense of personal discovery. Upon sign-up, you’re given a user-friendly […]

Netvibes on My Screen

Sep 22, 2005

I had gotten an email from the Netvibes team to take a look at the site last week and signed up and took a quick spin around. I finally had a chance to explore further tonight. The buzz around Netvibes is well warranted.1 In previous posts, I’d been writing about the desire for tools that […]

Google Visitor Map Zooms

Sep 18, 2005

There have been some excellent examples of Google map applications recently like Plazes, which allows you to discover locations and find people by proximity or location, and Mappr, where you can view Flickr photos by US geographic landmark or region. While these apps provide a social network for specific social purposes, the other wave of […]

Social Design Opens Wide

Sep 4, 2005

It seems that every week there’s a new web application or service that allows you to organize another facet of your life online – then share it. Whether it’s collecting bookmarks or books, photos or events, new social software sites and web applications are popping up that let you take your offline habits online, play […]

Besuku ajax flickr gallery

Aug 28, 2005

It’s late Saturday night (okay, it’s Sunday morning… I’m in denial) and I’ve been experimenting with various image galleries. Tonight’s new find is the Besuku ajax flickr gallery, a very elegant image gallery by Ben Sekulowicz.  The gallery is powered by flickr and the flickrArray (which Ben released in July). Configuration of the gallery couldn’t […]

Jalenack’s Ajax Periodic Table of Elements

Aug 27, 2005

I’ve been wanting a new way to have a grid of thumbnails that pop-up larger images.  While I like the functionality of my blog photo gallery, it’s not as seamless to click to each photo and to the next page or all the way back to the thumbnail page.  Once you’ve experienced inline loading or […]

Virtual plazes become real

Aug 26, 2005

The web has always attracted me because of the play between what’s real, virtual, and how one can become the other fairly easily.  While others have framed this much more eloquently than I (eg. Tim Berners Lee on the semantic web), it’s the asynchronous and networked nature of the web that feels the most like […]

Wiki from Adaptive Path’s Ajax User Experience Week

Aug 26, 2005

If you’re interested in gaining further insight into the many facets of Ajax (see my post about Ajax from Feb 05), there’s a wiki with conference notes and perspective from Adaptive Path‘s User Experience Conference held last week in Washington D.C. To understand the primary differentiators of Ajax, see the notes and examples (at the […]

Pingoat rocks

Aug 21, 2005

I’ve been looking at ways to increase blog traffic and I’ll be posting more about the services and various techniques I’m using, but for now, you’ve got to try pingoat, a great new service that Max found and talks about in his post, The Ultimate Blog Ping Service. On my other site,, after adding […]

Plazes location mapping

Aug 20, 2005

Twenty-four hours ago, I was playing with IndyJunior and wishing I could add more real-time data to the map or share the data with someone in more ways than just a hover with text information (date, name, note). Ask the Internet and you shall receive. Visit plazes, “a grassroot approach to location-aware interaction, using the […]

Web Mapping Technology

Aug 19, 2005

I was searching to see if anyone had released some Ajax-driven maps and came across “Build AJAX-Based Web Maps Using ka-Map” by Tyler Mitchell which led me to an open source map tool called ka-Map.  I’ve downloaded it and plan to try it out this weekend. Also, if you have seen these already, some other […]

Mash-up the Web

Jul 27, 2005

While the term mash-up has its roots in hip hop culture, the web mash-up seems a natural evolution of our need to customize and our love of hacks.  (See an earlier post on creating “clever solutions to an interesting problem.”) In Sampling the Web’s Best Mash-Ups, Business Week provides “a guided tour of the some […]

Choosing Blogging Software

Jul 22, 2005

A recent article by Susannah Gardner in the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review titled “Time to Check: Are you using the right blogging tool?” is a great starting point if you’re new to blogs (features, terminology, uses) or looking for a blog software comparison chart.

How much does a college or university blog really cost?

May 26, 2005

If you’re a school that wants to start a blog for reasons of recruitment, communication, academic voice, strategic planning, or community-buiding, but you’ve been hesitant to, I feel your pain.  I used to work for a “marketing communications consulting firm in higher education” where they once recommended an admissions-focused blog for a client with a […]

Organize Your Brain, Then Share It

May 13, 2005

As big fans of Basecamp, we were excited to try out 37signals‘ personal information manager, Backpack.  A lot of applications have claimed to be online organizers, but Backpack is the first web app that really comes close to being a true web-based brain. In 1996 after learning HTML, I attempted my own web organizer — […]

Ajax the Web

Feb 22, 2005

In his essay, Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications, Jesse James Garrett articulates a new use of several existing technologies – XHTML, CSS, DOM, XML, and Javascript, which, when used together as an “Ajax engine” could change the nature of web applications.  By moving to asynchronous patterns of delivery, the whole paradigm of a […]