Tag Archives: Web 2.0

With Pinstagram You Can Enjoy Instagram In A Pinterest Style Layout

Instagram, the most popular smartphone app for photophiles, offers a great medium to capture, edit and share otherwise ordinary images in an extraordinary manner. Pinterest on the other hand has pioneered a great way to share images from various web sources and present them in a unique eye catchy web interface. Ever wondered how would it be to mash up two of the most popular image sharing services? Pinstagram offers a similar experience.

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Login with your Instagram account and you’ll be presented with a Pinterest alike floating grid interface with images shared by your Instagram connections. You can like, pin and comment on them the same way you do on Pinterest. The interface is quite appealing akin to Pinterest.

Much like Facebook, Twitter or any popular social medium, Instagram is gradually growing into a platform developers can build upon. Before Pinstagram, there were a plethora of apps which had already provided ways to use Instagram from web, while the service(Instagram) is yet to launch its own web based platform. Notable mentions are Webstagram(Instagram on the web), Statigram(Instagram stats and browsing), Snapwidget(for showcasing Instagram images on a web page).

Contrary to buzz, the credit for even the very specific mashup idea, i.e Pinterest and Instagram, doesn’t go to Pinstagram. Pingram, an exactly similar startup, was there for quite long and hopefully is the first of its kind. Unlike Webstagram and Pinstagram, Pingram offers open access even to those without an Instagram account who can also share images to Facebook. Not to mention Instagram users can also enjoy their Instagram profile with Pingram. Pingram also offers an added advantage of browsing content using geospatial data, which undoubtedly is a great way to connect. Pinstagram, however, presents a much polished look for the users, which compliments the brilliant Instagram images.

Since the time Instagram’s or Pinterest’s popularity soared high, plenty of services have tried to ride on the wave. Leaving apart an initial surge in users, not many have made it big enough to get compared to the parent startups. Pinstagram is new and has been in news for some time now. There’s no question to the fact that it addresses a need and does so with usability in mind, yet, we’ll have to wait to see if Instagram community accepts it or not.

Starting Today Your Not-So Smartphones Too Can Enjoy Twitter

Twitter is one of the leading social networks and unlike Facebook a much cleaner media to interact. You can find almost every soul you ever wished to follow. The minimalist interface and the 140 words keeps sharing simple and more engaging. The native clients for Android and iOS platforms has been great to keep up with the main web interface. Although, until today, the web interface that is still being used by a lot of cellphone users who don’t own an Android/iOS mobile was a step behind. Twitter has finally responded and rolled out the new spiffy mobile web interface which resembles the smartphone iterations. Let’s take a quick look.

Twitter for Android Vs Twitter Mobile Web

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Home: The home screen looks the exact same on both the interface and also similar in how it works . Long pressing or swipe any update gives you choices(reply, retweet, favorite, profile and share) in the native client whereas on the web client for mobile you need a swipe to do that. The “Pull down to refresh” also works on both.

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Connect: The Connect tab is a great way to track replies which also offers a quasi-similar interface on both with a little rearrangement of items. Functionality remains same for both.

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Discover: The most intriguing section about Twitter to keep a tab on the latest and greatest stories, finding people who matter and many more. The interfaces are an exact match and also the way they behave.

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Me: The features and interface remains same here too.

Overall(refer screenshots) the mobile interface seems to work the way it is meant to. Although the screenshots(on Twitter’s official announcement) refer that the top bar exists (and a refresh button is also there) I found it missing(refer screenshot below) while using Dolphin browser which means you may miss out on the search option. . The update button is still there and is clubbed into the top bar along with the other four major options. The elements on the profile viewing screen also remains the same on both the web and native clients. The web client is also quite low on bandwidth demands.

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The timing isn’t so great considering the competition. Facebook has a equally interesting (and Android/iOS equivalent) mobile web interface for a long time now (and perhaps the best way to avoid the app nuisance ). Nonetheless the new interface is an adaptation much awaited.

Create A Photo Gallery With Your Dropbox or Amazon Storage

Dropbox is great way to keep your files in sync or have a backup. Google Drive is out and perhaps you are planning to switch sides. Most surely you wouldn’t be willing to let go of your “hard earned” storage with Dropbox referrals. If you are looking for an alternative use for Dropbox, try using it as a private web gallery for your photos. Wondering how? Well you can always create a public(or selectively shared) folder and put some designed web pages in it and create a website to show off those images. Well if you find the task daunting, Openphoto will do all the hard work for you. All you need to do is use your Dropbox or Amazon S3 account to sign up.openphoto-intro

Sign up for Openphoto by entering your email, opting for a unique URL and granting permission to your Dropbox or Amazon S3 storage. Once you are into it, go to the upload page and upload some of your favorite snaps. You can just drag and drop files to upload them. The upload is powered by Plupload a file uploading service. As the files are listed hit the “Start uploading” to initiate uploading.

Use the Menu at top left corner to go to the gallery or manage photos. You can create groups to add people to share photos with, which is good for creating a private network for buddies. You can also edit uploaded photos to share them with group or add tags to them for better chances of finding them.

Sadly uploading via the Dropbox desktop client is not possible which means if you add an image to the OpenPhoto folder within the Apps folder in Dropbox will not add it to your gallery. Also you cannot use Dropbox and Amazon S3 storage at the same time. The app is somewhat similar to Lightbox only Lightbox can be handled with both mobile and web interface. An app for iOS and Android for Openphoto is wanting in and would have been better to get users more willing to join.

However the network being closed, lets you create a more private page for people you choose to share with. Also the core concept behind this app is to create a social experience without letting others control your data. Your data stays with you and you have sole ownership of the photos on Dropbox(or Amazon S3) and you can take them down anytime you choose. The idea deserves credit in an age where almost every other social network is more concerned about feeding off your data or information you generate. Photo sharing being the latest startup trend, and privacy a major concern, the idea might work for people who want a network for sharing their images without the notion of being chewed for the last bit of data. I just loved it for the second choice alone. Take a look at my album if you wanna get started with how it looks.

Indian Businesses Are The Highest Users Of Web 2.0: Survey

A global survey was conducted by a research firm Vanson Bourne and US-based Purdue University’s CERIAS research group covering 17 developed and emerging nations. It was found in this survey that these 17 developed and emerging countries are the ones who use Web 2.0 the most for businesses. Even a better finding was that India is at the top of these 17   nations where Web 2.0 is used by businesses.

According to a McAfee director, Mr. Ambarish Deshpande in India, market pressure is a big driver for firms to adopt web 2.0 in their businesses. Around 78 per cent of McAfee’s respondents from India cited interaction with customers and partners as the primary reason for adoption of Web 2.0. However, incremental benefits at low costs is also another reason that has lead 75 per cent of Indian firms to use web 2.0.

Other reasons for taking to these web 2.0 services such as Twitter , YouTube and Facebook include ease in performing IT functions, public relations, sales, marketing and customer service. It was also found that businesses in emerging economies like India and Brazil lead when it comes to adoption of web 2.0, while those in the US, UK, Australia and Canada are not so active on web 2.0.

via The Economic Times

YouTube Turns 5: Now Streaming 2 Billion Views Per Day

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The website that spawned a million internet sensations and memes is celebrating its fifth birthday today. If this feels like déjà vu to you, then that’s because back in April, we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the first video uploaded on YouTube.

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There is no doubt that YouTube has come a long way in these five years. The pioneer of the online video revolution is now doing everything from live event coverage and movie premieres to movie rentals. Currently, YouTube serves more than 2 billion views everyday. This is nearly double the prime-time audience of the top three television networks in America combined. Here is a quick look at YouTube’s evolution.


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First Video Uploaded on YouTube

While the most popular video on YouTube is Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance (196 million views), the first video to reach 1 million views was a Ronaldinho video clip. Although YouTube’s top 5 videos list is dominated by commecial productions, the most popular channel on YouTube is nigahiga, which consists of ameteur videos posted by Ryan Higa. Check out this interactive timeline prepared by YouTube, which showcases some of the landmark and popular YouTube videos.

YouTube is sharing touching, funny and interesting stories of how it has affected the lives of people around the world. Head over to YouTube’s official birthday channel to share your story, see what other’s have shared or watch the favourite videos of celebrities like Conan O’Brien, Vint Cerf and Katie Couric.

inforgraphics via TechCrunch

Webby Wednesday: Learn To Cook Anything, Privacy Policy Generator, Post Music To Facebook, Fill PDF Forms Online, New Collaborative Blogging

Welcome to Webby Wednesday, a day where we will talk about web apps which you can use. We will try to cover several useful apps which we could not during the week, so that you don’t miss out on any web goodness. Want to reach out your own web application or software to the masses? Add it to the Techie Buzz Forum and we will do our best to showcase it.

How To Cook Anything: Cook Thing

Learn To Cook Anything

Want to learn how to cook Pasta or a Pizza or may be bake a cake? Cook Thing is a new web service which will allow you to search for things to cook, then choose the ingredients you want to use and display recipes on how you can cook something. Pretty decent for newbie’s, however, it has a bit of limited options, but that is definitely going to grow in future. Check out CookThing.com.

Privacy Policy Generator

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Remember how we told you to generate free privacy policy for your blog or website? If not, here is another service which will allow you to generate a free privacy policy that you can use on your blog or website. Check out Privacy Policy Generator.

Post Music to Facebook: Feeder.fm

Feed Music to Facebook

Want to share your favorite music to your profile? Feeder.fm provides and easy way to do that, just connect your Facebook profile to Feeder.fm, search for song or artist and feed the song to your profile. Oh and you can also listen to the music while you Feed it. More at Feeder.fm.

New Collaborative Blogging Platform Reachby.com

ReachBy.com makes blogging simple and collaborative. With content channels that anyone can contribute to, ReachBy’s unique ReStream function separates it from being just another blog. It also plays quite nicely with all social media and even recently launched Google Buzz.

With a ReachBy Stream, teams and groups of friends can collaborate and develop a content channel on almost any topic. The Head Writer of a Stream can edit content and select what gets published. Anyone can start a Stream and become a Head Writer.

Learn more at ReachBy.com

Free PDF Editor: Fill Any PDF

Fill PDF Forms Online

Fill Any PDF provides users with an easy to use online PDF editor which can be used for free. Users can upload their PDF files and create PDF forms without having to specify fields inside the PDF files itself. Once your PDF form is created you can easily share the link with people who you want to collect information from.

No software installation is required, and it also helps is saving printer ink and paper, give it a try at FillAnyPDF.com.

Don’t forget to add your web apps and software to the Techie Buzz forum so that we can feature it in future editions of Webby Wednesday.