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Tumblr Directory: Yet Another Directory On Tumblr

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tumblrRemember the time when we told you about WeFollow way back, which is a user-powered Twitter directory to rank Twitter users based on categories. We have just learned that Tumblr has also launched a directory that is similar to WeFollow. But before, we get on that, here are some background info about Tumblr in case you do not know much about Tumblr: Tumblr is a social service that lets you post short blogs called tumblelog that usually consist of links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video in quick short posts with little or no commentary. Basically, you can see Tumblr as a cross between Twitter and a regular blog.

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Anyway, going on, Tumble has just launched its own version of directory called the Tumblr Directory which is entirely community-powered. You get to pick 3 tags to describe yourself and the directory will rank everyone by their “follower” counts. Sounds familiar? That is also the way that WeFollow works. But now Tumblr has something extra. You can also use the new Tumlarity stat to move forward up the list if your blog is considered interesting and popular at any time, but the list will be ever-changing with the rise and fall of new interesting blogs. What I feel is that Tumblr Directory can be seen as a great way to categorize the best and most interesting blogs out there is a quick and easy way but Mashable feels that this might turn out to be another popularity contest, so comment and let me know what you think.

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May 17, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Show Your Best Content: Google Friend Connect Adds Recommendation Features

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google friend connectGoogle Friend Connect is a social service by Google that lets you join a particular site’s group as a member and lets you connect with the other members and your friends. Compared to other social services, Google Friend Connect is relatively new and unique. Just recently, Google Friend Connect has been updated with a new feature update known as Recommendation Gadgets which lets you and your visitors “recommend” the best content on your site. In short, here is a quick excerpt from the Google blog on how it works, along with a quick introductory video:

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Members can recommend the content they like, anything from a whole page to a single photo, by simply clicking a button. Then you and anyone who visits your site can see what parts of your site are the most popular. The items with the most votes will surface to the top of the list, making it easier for others to find even if it’s buried deep within your site. You can even see which members have recommended a given item and learn more about them.

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May 17, 2009 at 3:46 pm

IM On The Go: eBuddy Now On The Android

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ebuddyWe gave you a quick heads-up about eBuddy in one of our early post, 3 Online Free Online Instant Messaging Sites To Try Out but we did not sat much about it so here is more info about eBuddy: eBuddy is an instant messaging client that lets you connect to your IM accounts such as MSN, AIM and Facebook that works on your internet browser as well as your mobile phone so in that respect eBuddy is a really great multi-protocol IM client for you to use. Well, here is another reason why you might want to use eBuddy. eBuddy has recently announced an update on its blog that eBuddy can be used on the Android as well. To start using eBuddy for Android, go to the Android Market and search eBuddy to download it.

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We have not tried it out yet but from the screenshots, eBuddy for Android looks awesome and might makes a good IM client on the Android. Anyway, here are some of the features of eBuddy for Android:

  • – eBuddy ID – one login for MSN, Yahoo!, AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, and ICQ
  • – Free, fast, reliable IM experience
  • – Stay online when you get a call
  • – New message alerts in the Android status bar
  • – Switch easily between chats
  • – Support for emoticons, sound, vibration, and buzzers
  • – Automatic reconnect
  • – Receive offline messages

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May 17, 2009 at 5:04 am

Wolfram Alpha: The Search Engine For Weather Geeks?

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wolfram alphaIf you have been keeping in line with the latest news about Wolfram Alpha, the supposedly Google killer search engine which has been generating quite a lot of buzz around the web, you will be happy to know that it has just been launched recently. We really wanted to know how this newcomer would compare to Google. So in that light, we took it for a quick test drive and here are some of the test searches we found.

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Apparently Wolfram Alpha is more of a data search engine rather than a queries-based search engine and is more of a wiki-based killer than a Google killer.It relies more on a data database with info and stats, graphs and all the analytical stuffs.  Anyway, unless you are the type who likes data and are doing some quick facts research, Wolfram Alpha might not be suitable for you, we recommend you still stick to Google. Here is a quick detailed run-down review from TechCrunch about Wolfram Alpha and below is a quick tibits of info on how exactly Wolfram Alpha works.

As of now, Wolfram|Alpha contains 10+ trillion of pieces of data, 50,000+ types of algorithms and models, and linguistic capabilities for 1000+ domains. Built withMathematica—which is itself the result of more than 20 years of development at Wolfram Research—Wolfram|Alpha’s core code base now exceeds 5 million lines of symbolicMathematica code. Running on supercomputer-class compute clusters, Wolfram|Alpha makes extensive use of the latest generation of web and parallel computing technologies, including webMathematica and gridMathematica.

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May 17, 2009 at 4:31 am

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