Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Why the New Twitter is All That!

Ok, so Twitter has started rolling out its new web interface. Users will gradually start viewing the new interface over the next few weeks.

I have been using the new twitter for past couple of days and I have to admit its pretty cool and sleak looking. I like how they have made things more interactive and available to users in the right panel. One of the best features is how one click on someone's name can open the page up in the right panel, all the while keeping your personal page running on the left. Now that is cool! It's loads better than clicking on someone's name and then going to their page and then coming back to your home page.

One of the things I found slightly preplexing for the first day or two was the missing 'Find People' button. I couldn't locate it anywhere. The new twitter interface offer you better search options. Now we can not only search for terms but also find people via the search box loacted at the top. You enter your search term and get a new page where there are options to furture specify your search. Nice!

What's left is Twitter adding paid ads at the bottom of the right panel, since there is space to do something like that there. Or perhaps they'll have more ideas. Anywho, overall its a more sophisticated interface which is more organized and is definately more faster (since I don't have to click on the 'More Tweets' button anymore.) All you have to do is scroll down and twitter will keep showing the older tweets without you asking twice. Is that cool or what? :D

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Caffeine + Instant = Google Me. Duh!

Like Google Caffeine and Google Instant, Google Me is likely to lead webmasters and website owners into a SEO frenzy. Sure, Google is doing all this to provide us with 'authentic' results but why can't they make an update and then let us be for a while longer than just a few months? I wonder!

Google Me is working in collaboration with Facebook and will be providing a 'social layer' in the search results that will top all other results, including basic search, videos and Maps. Read more>>

Google Instant searches are based on assumptions. Even before you finish writing your longtail query it will start giving search results and your target audience is likely to go for a more general term that comes up first and seems nearest to the query. Read more>>

Google Caffeine added quality to the search results. Good thing about this is that now the webpages get indexed faster, producing results in real-time. So now instead of the search engine taking months to index sites it will do it within seconds. The focus is now more on social media sites like Twitter etc.

One question though, if all of this is based on providing real time results then why launch 3 different things and not provide all on one deal?

Seriously, the people at Google who came up with these names (Caffeine, Instant) sound seriously addicted to coffee and maybe it went up to their heads, rendering them incapable of thinking straight and launching so many updates like this :s