How popular is Twitter? It's so popular that some would suggest it's worth billions of dollars. But as many of us who lived through the first .com bust know all too well, it's disappointingly easy to take something that looks like it has a future filled with success and turn it into fail.
In the case of Twitter, I think there are 5 things that the company's management needs to do to avoid that fate.
It's a good to be an independent developer. The number and variety of
development platforms on which to build has exploded over the past
several years. From the iPhone to Salesforce to Facebook, opportunity
knocks at every turn.
But if you're an independent developer, choosing which platform to
develop for can be a difficult task. Many developers today decide to
develop for the platforms that seem to offer the quickest path to
Is augmented reality a mobile killer app? Already, brands are experimenting with it and the opportunities to apply augmented reality to a variety of applications are intriguing.
One startup that's attracted attention recently in the space is Amsterdam-based Layar, which has created an augmented reality 'browser'.
I spoke to Layar co-founder Claire Boonstra to learn more about Layar and the business potential of augmented reality...
Local online reviews site Yelp has come a long way in the United States, where it now competes head-on with IAC/InterActiveCorp's Citysearch. Yelp launched in the UK earlier this year and recently rolled out functionality that gives business owners the opportunity to respond to reviewers.
I spoke with Laura Nestler, Yelp's London Community Manager, to find out more about Yelp's efforts in the UK, how Yelp can be used by businesses and where Yelp is headed.
When it comes to add-ons, there's arguably no browser with more cool stuff than Mozilla Firefox. But creating an add-on is out of the reach of many who lack the necessary technical skills or resources.
But thanks to Mozilla Labs' latest project, Jetpack, the creation of Firefox add-ons just got a whole lot easier.
With the rise of 'open platforms' on the web, particularly on popular
consumer-oriented services like Facebook and Twitter, it's never been
easier for individuals and small upstarts to get their applications in
front of millions of consumers quickly and efficiently.
The appeal of open platforms is easy to understand: instead of having
to deal with the dreaded chicken and egg challenge most new consumer
internet upstarts have to contend with, you can leverage the existing
userbases of popular services.
Facebook is already pretty open. Its developer platform enables developers to build applications that leverage Facebook users' 'social graphs' and its Connect API gives developers the means to 'connect' their websites with Facebook.
But, perhaps in an effort to compete with the service Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg can't have (Twitter), the social network is set to become even more open.
As more and more web-based companies look for new ways to distribute their service and enable third parties to help them build out their services, the availability of APIs seems to grow larger every day.
It's now possible to develop applications for social networks like Facebook and MySpace, for retailers like Best Buy and just about everything in between.
Offering an API seems to be the internet equivalent of wearing the latest high-street fashion. And it needs to stop.