TechCrunch Wronged Amit Agarwal On The Comments Saga

I have been a blogger for almost 4 years now, and in that period I have met incredible people online, one of them being Amit Agarwal from Digital Inspiration, who I have not yet met in person, but will do sooner rather than later.

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However, knowing Amit online has been a pleasure and we have interacted several times in the past. One thing I can tell you about him is that, he is a person who researches well enough before writing articles, we all do, but Amit has a incredible knack of getting things right, and I have had first hand experience of it.

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A recent post Amit wrote has blown into a controversy, the post in question was about TechCrunch not displaying comments on posts older than 10 days, you can read it here. It was a well researched post and quickly made it to TechMeme (who ignores several of our posts :-( ).

Once you get into the TechMeme river, it is more than natural for every Tech guru to notice it, and it was, by a TechCrunch blogger, Robin Wauters, who wrote a counter post titled "Your Comments Are Safe With Us", which you can read here. Now in that post Robin took the liberty to call it "an allegation", however, it was not an allegation, it was just information that we all would like to know.

Being a regular commentator on TechCrunch and having viewed the enormous amounts of information that is passed on in comments, it would more than affect me that comments on older posts were not being displayed, if I would have got the news first, I would have published it too.

Robin wrote this, emphasis added by him:

I’ll start with the part that checks out: yes, comments on older blog posts are not being displayed at the moment, although they are still stored in the database on our side. But no, we did not remove them because we were looking to decrease our page load time although we’re constantly looking for ways to do so and there’s no big search engine optimization conspiracy behind it either.

Well, if you read Amit’s post, no where in his post did he say that TechCrunch had deleted comments, he just mentioned that (emphasis added by me):

If you are a frequent commenter on TechCrunch blog, here’s a slightly disheartening news for you TechCrunch has stopped displaying user comments on all stories that are older than 10 days. Your comments have not been deleted from the actual WordPress database but they aren’t putting them on the site anymore.

Also, the rest of the post did not make an assumption as to why TechCrunch removed their comments, it just stated some reason’s as to why someone would get rid of comments. It also quoted on why Engadget had to stop comments on their posts.

Agreed that the title was a little bit misleading, however, you just cannot blame or demean anyone without reading the article properly. We all want to know how TechCrunch works and what they do, and Michael has been more than transparent in that area, but accusing Amit without fully reading the post, just because it made to TechMeme was totally wrong.

This post is a silent protest against TechCrunch. And no, I am not asking for any apologies to be sent out or anything, that matter has to be between Amit and Michael. However, I could not sit around and be a silent observer when someone who I know does his job thoroughly and without doubt, being accused of being wrong, when there was only a slight hint of problem in the title of the post.

Rest is up to you.

Logos used in this posts are courtesy TechCrunch and Digital Inspiration

Did Twitter CEO Just Take a Potshot at Goo.gl and Fb.me?

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CEO Evan Williams just posted a photograph on his Twitter timeline with the tweet Miles w/bit.ly bear, the picture in question as you can see below, has Evan’s son along with a bear wearing a Bit.ly Tshirt.

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Considering that Google’s URL shortening service Goo.gl and Facebook’s Fb.me were released today, this tweet (no matter how sincere a reference to Bit.ly might seem) could either be a direct potshot at both Google and , or a indication to Bit.ly that nothing has changed as far as the new launches are concerned.

What do you think is the real cause behind this tweet? Is is a Potshot or a assurance to Bit.ly by the Twitter CEO?

Feedburner Introduces Social Sharing Options for Twitter. Should You Dump Twitterfeed?

Feedburner, the most popular service for sharing RSS feeds, has always been innovating, albeit I personally prefer to call them the stock market of blogs due to the regular up and downs in the Feed subscription counts. Feedburner has now decided to take on Twitterfeed (read our review) by introducing Feedburner Socialize, which offers social sharing options for your feeds.

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The new Social options for Feedburner are pretty similar to Twitterfeed and allow you to share your new posts on . The shared content will use the New URL shortening service from Google called goo.gl. Before you decide to jump on the new Feedburner Socialize feature, take a look at what Feedburner offers, and what Twitterfeed is already offering.

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Google’s goo.gl URL shortening does not offers users an ability to track clicks, on the other hand Twitterfeed allows users to use their custom API key from Bit.ly and other services. This in turn allows you to track number of clicks on the shared URL.

Twitter Generates $6.5 Million Revenue… For Dell

Isn’t it ironic that as a platform has hardly begun to generate revenue, whereas others who have exploited the platform, have made huge revenues off it. In a startling news, Dell has made a cool revenue of over $6.5 million over the past two years.. from TWITTER.

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Dell has several Twitter accounts which they use to promote products and provide customer support to their customers.

It is really amazing that someone has made that much money off Twitter. However, where does Twitter stand? If you ask me, Twitter stands in a very very lucrative position, as it is their platform that has been making revenue for others, and considering that, it would not be hard for them to sign a $1 million deal with Dell or for that matter any big cash cow to use Twitter to promote their brands or products.

Though many may think of it as a revenue loss for Twitter, this revelation makes them more stronger than they ever were, and in a very ripe position to start monetizing their system and to sign on lucrative deals.

With Google going live with their Real-time search in collaboration with Twitter, think of how much influence a premium advertiser on Twitter could have on Twitter itself, and on search results too. Just post a hot deal, it will be promoted on Twitter and users searching for those products will see them as real-time search results.

I personally wish that this would turn into something that Twitter has always been longing for, after all it is simply not just about What you are doinganymore.

What do you think? Let us know about your thoughts.

[Bloomberg via BGR]

When Should I Choose to Remember My Password?

One of our regular readers emailed us to ask this very simple question When Should I Choose to Remember Password on websites and on my PC?. Looking at the question I remembered a big mistake I had made in the past, so let me tell you about that before I give you the solution.

Must Read: 4 Unique Tools to Generate Strong Passwords

This is a real situation I have faced in life, and my work colleagues can vouch for it.

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The Unwanted Situation of Remembering Passwords in Public Locations

I once had to stay home, and had the convenience of internet access. The problem arose when my internet provider suddenly went offline, and I had urgent work to do.

I went across to a local internet cafe and logged onto to follow up with my colleagues, and let them know that my home internet connection was down.

Unfortunately for me the electricity at that internet cafe went off. Now I moved to another cafe to continue discussing with my colleagues.

After about 15 minutes of chatting with my colleagues my Yahoo chat session started acting very weird. It kept on logging off, and when I did login eventually it kept logging me out.

This kept on happening for 20-30 minutes till one of my colleagues called me and said, Why the heck are you sending weird messages to us?.

I was practically bamboozled. I tried logging into to Yahoo over and over again but every time I was logged out. That is when I actually looked at the message. It said, You have been signed out because you signed in on a different computer or device.

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I was puzzled as I usually use very strong passwords, and there was no chance that someone could easily access it.

What was my mistake?

Little did I realize that while I logged onto Messenger in both the internet cafes, I had selected both Sign in automatically and Remember my ID & password. I always did that on my home PC for convenience and followed that trend all over.

Later on I came to know that the electricity in the other internet cafe came up, and someone else who started using the same PC got access to my account, since I had chosen the Remember my password option.

I quickly went ahead and changed my password to resolve the issue and then apologized to all my colleagues, explaining about the problem that had occurred.

When Should You Use Remember My Password?

The feature of remembering passwords offered by websites and applications including web browsers is extremely useful. However, never use that option in a public place or you might end up in much worse situation than me.

In addition to that, buy a portable flash drive and dump a portable browser, and a whole host of other useful that will allow you to continue working privately without having to store anything on the public computer you are accessing.

What else? How do you securely and privately access internet in public places? Do share your thoughts and horror stories in the comments.

Image Credit: Unknown Flickr User

Tweetmeme vs Retweet.com [Spam Edition]

Well this picture should speak better words than what I want to convey.

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I saw this on the newly launched Retweet.com which is a direct competitor to Tweetmeme both of which aggregate links on and show them Digg style to the users.

However looks like Retweet.com has a lot of work to do before they can even come close to the quality that is maintained on Tweetmeme. What is your take on this, do you like Tweetmeme or Retweet.com better?

Which Stats Services Are the Most Accurate? [Open Discussions]

Welcome to Open Discussions, a featured section on Techie Buzz, where we will ask questions to our readers and initiate a discussion with them every Tuesday, this is very much inspired by my mentor Liz Strauss who holds Open comments on Tuesday’s to engage users to discuss things and talk with them.

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Out here we will hold regular discussions on Tuesday’s when most of you are fresh enough from the weekend and have gone through the worst day of the week, otherwise known as Monday’s.

Discussions will involve different things and topics, and we hope and wish you all participate in it.

So here is our first Open Discussion, if you want to discuss something you want, please feel free to contact us, we will involve it in the future discussion and credit you for it.

This week’s discussion involves statistical tracking programs like Google Analytics, Sitemeter, Performancing and many others including some real-time stats tracking services.

We have used many in the past, however at the end of the day most of these services show different statistics, this causes a huge problem on whom to trust and whom not to.

However as a user you might have come across and used many different stats programs, which one do you trust the most? Is there any reason why you do that? We would love to hear everything about it.

About us, well we trust Google Analytics for the stats and rely on Reinvigorate for most of the real time stats, it’s your turn now, go ahead and tell us.

We will do a follow up post on this and include your comments, discussions and links to you, so go ahead and kick off our first Open Discussion, we would love to have YOU the Rockstar to kick start this.

The mike idea shamelessly borrowed from Liz and the mike in itself has been borrowed from here.

Open Source – Is It All Hype or Just Good Software?

This is a guest post by Randy Kemp

Open source software: Is it hype or just good software? Well, before we go into this question, we really need a definition. Let’s start with this good, basic definition of open source.

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They say, Open source software is software for which the underlying code has been made available for users. Users are then able to read it or change it as they wish.This is a good definition. But how do we find good open source software, if such a thing exists?

Are you into country music? If so, do you remember a tune called Dust On The Bottleby David Lee Murphy? Well, the song is about this young lad, who goes to this country wine maker named Creal, for something to impress a young lady. And he pulled out a bottle of wine, covered with dust.

Let’s examine a couple lines from this song, and relate it to open source software. There might be a little dust on the bottle. But don’t let it fool ya ’bout what’s inside.So we get our first inkling about open source. It appears to be dusty on the surface, but it is good inside. And that is the problem. Not everyone has a person called Creal, to tell them what constitutes a good bottle of wine let alone good open source software.

Now let’s take another verse of the Murphy song, that gives us a better clue. There might be a little dust on the bottle. It’s one of those things that gets sweeter with time. Now before we get into this sweeter with timething, let me give you a bit of background, as to why I can speak on these things.

For several years, I was a software developer at Motorola, where I wore many hats. Three years of working with Oracle and Java, and three years of working with ASP.NET and SQL Server. In addition, I wore the hats of technical writer, project manager, business analyst, trainer, and six-sigma black belt. But I ran web servers for engineers, based upon the open source web server Apache, and scripted UNIX with Perl, another popular open source product. So let’s start this sweeter with time, with a product called Tomcat.

apache_tomcat Tomcat is a Java product, which is under the Apache organization umbrella, and the source was initially donated by Sun Microsystems. Tomcat is basically used to be a java interface between databases, like Oracle, and a web server. There was a lot of rumble initially that Tomcat was really buggy. But when it was released as open source, the worldwide community of super coders went to work cleaning it up. Today this product is in the same class as any commercial equivalent. So it has gotten sweeter over time.

lamp_logo Another example of sweeter over timeis L.A.M.P. L.A.M.P. is a hybrid of four products, named LINUX, APACHE, MYSQL, and PHP. What we have is an operating system (LINUX being the open source version of UNIX), a web server (APACHE), a database (MYSQL, even though I consider POSTGRESQL to be just as good), and a scripting language (PHP).

Each of these products has been successful for many years. But together, they constitute a powerful combination, for running complete web applications, with dynamic (database) content.

Now there are a couple of points here, that need to be shared, so as not to see open source as cut and dry.

  1. If you are running critical applications, make sure you give sufficient time, after a new architecture is introduced. So if Apache is going from 1 X to 2X, Tomcat from 5X to 6X, or Perl from 7 X to 8X, don’t be the first on the technology bandwagon. Wait until Apache 2.2 X, for example.
  2. Insure there are software support companies available; it is it critical to get a fix right away. I know, for example, that MYSQL has service contracts available, from the commercial company that oversees the software.

I hope you enjoyed this short introduction to open source software.  If you have any questions, please be sure to contact me, or leave post comments.  I love hearing from open source enthusiasts – even those who also need to be converted.

Randy Kemp is a B2B Technology Copywriter  (B2B-TechCopy), Motorola Six-Sigma Black Belt, Computer Scientist, Writer, Psychologist, former IT Consulting Company Owner, and Inbound/Direct Response Marketer.  He is committed to Providing Persuasion Artistry for B2B Technology Marketing Communications (I.E. white paper, case study, social media).  Please visit his website, for more audio and video social media links,  at http://www.b2b-techcopy.com

Microsoft Wave? A Potshot At Google Wave

OMG Microsoft is at it again, this time around their UK team has launched a new website called as Microsoft Wave, the name is pretty similar to a service Google is working on called .

Now don’t get confused, this service is in no way related or similar to Google Wave, however the name does create a confusion.

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Just a little while back Microsoft took a direct potshot at popular browsers including, and with their campaign, where the Microsoft Australia team launched a $10K IE8 promotional campaign using .

Well only time can say what Microsoft is thinking, however it is becoming more and more clear that they are using their European teams to take potshots at rivals back in US. Thanks @WinObs

Microsoft Office Available For Only $29 In China

Microsoft softwares are one of the most pirated softwares to hit the market, and there is no doubt that they price factor plays a huge role in that.

To tackle the piracy issue Microsoft has been lowering the prices of their software in various countries, however one country at-least is getting the better end of the deal.

If you are in China you can buy a copy of Microsoft Office for only $29, now that is a deal not many would want to miss and also almost close to being free.

This price is to tackle the more than 95% pirated copies of Office used throughout China, and yes the pricing strategy does work. Microsoft has been able to increase sales by 800% since they lowered the price last September.

So if piracy winning the war, or are all Microsoft products just overpriced? What are your thoughts about this, do let us know.

[via The Windows Club]