Posts tagged ‘socialsoftware’

Last.fm Redesigns!

August 19th, 2005


last.fm

Woah, last.fm has gotten a major overhaul! It’s now possible to tag music; the new tagging interface is pretty good. The player has been made a native application — a wise choice.

But alas, it doesn’t work. Oh no, yet another great service I can’t use because of showstopper bugs. Those nasty things…and there’s only one way to get rid of them…I guess it’s called ‘debugging’. Perpetual beta angst.

UPDATE: It seems to work! This thing is really rocking now.

Up(and)coming

May 6th, 2005

Andrew Baio (creator of upcoming.org) just told me that the upcoming API now has full tag support. I’m now displaying tags on the event feed here.

The addition of tags+API definitely was the tipping point — now I’m really using the service. I’ve got several iCal subscriptions; Stockholm, Helsinki, and Berlin.

Couple of things; The hierarchy of metros should probably be flat altogether, editing of events could be more wikified, the fixed event categories should be dropped in favor of folksonomy. All in all: Kudos to Andrew!

Backpack is out!

May 3rd, 2005


Plazes

Last weekend reminded me that breaking up with girlfriends sucks. Big time. Anyway, I’m slowly recovering, and things got a bit better after trying out Backpack, the new wiki/todo-list/PIM web app from the signals. Really can’t decide if this is useful social software or not. Still missing realtime collaborative editing though — heard some rumors about them working on that. I’m in bad need of a SubEthaEdit for the web, and I guess lots of other people are too. They just don’t know that yet.

Giving Plazes a chance

April 20th, 2005

After Jyri told me about the exciting possibilties for location aware social software, I once again gave Plazes a chance. The showstopper last time I tried it was their ugly and buggy OS X “launcher”, which you need to use in order for Plazes to discover where you are. Since then, they’ve opened up their API, and Martin Pittenauer from Coding Monkeys has made a much nicer launcher that sits in the menubar just like it should.


Plazes

I figured it would be cool to have a badge on my blog, announcing where I’m currently at. However, I quickly had to give up on getting that to work after encountering too many stumbling blocks too quickly. I’ll share them here; hopefully the Plazes guys are listening.

  • The new launcher plugin did indeed turn out to be buggy; its auto-login feature didn’t work, and it crashed several times when my Powerbook wake up from sleep. That makes it practially useless for now.
  • It could not identify the VPN network that I have to use at my school. I read that the Windows version had VPN-support though…
  • There is no way to customize the badge, and the current badge code sucks. I ended up parsing the current code, extracted the location link with a regex, and wrapped it in my own container.
  • The website doesn’t keep me logged in (by using a cookie).
  • I won’t talk more about the actual website here as it contains so many profound design mistakes that it would take up too much space to list them all…

What I’m realising is that if a site is going to be in beta, it’s still very important that does it’s core business right from the start — in this case providing people with a transparent way to announce where they are — otherwise users will leave after the first hype. Now Plazes is left with 30-40 concurrent users and 10-20 new plazes per day. There are 50 plazes in Stockholm, and 11 users.

It will take a lot more than fixing the bugs listed above to push Plazes out of its current state.