Permanent Record

Update. I added the following as a comment, but am pulling it up for those that might not see it otherwise:

Why is President X So _____?

The Atlantic used Google search autocomplete to discover 50 cities’ stereotypes. I wondered what I could learn about some recent presidents.

whyisobamaso

whyisbushso

whyisclintonso

whyisreagonso

whyiscarterso

Apparently, not much. ;-)

Did any of these surprise you?

Update: Thanks to a comment on Facebook suggesting that these might be honest questions rather than statements, 1 I reattempted the searches. Looks like Reagan and Carter reversed sentiments.

See what you think.

obamais

bushis

clintonis

reaganis

carteris


  1. Thanks, Jeff! 

Buh Bye, Feedburner — Hello URI.LV

I was using Feedburner to provide provide my email subscriptions. Rather than wait for Google to kill Feedburner,1 I have moved my email subscriptions to URI.LV. If all works as planned, those of you who subscribed to my blog will continue to get my new posts (including this one) without disruption. If not, I’ll have some debugging to do.

I also had been using Feedburner to serve my RSS feeds. Same dealio; now URI.LV is doing this.

The subscribe buttons at the top and left now connect to URI.LV’s email newsletter service. RSS feeds should be automatically go to the right place.

Fingers crossed. Looks like it worked. I’m so happy. :-)

1With Google killing Reader, Feedburner is next. Some would argue Feedburner has already received the fatal blow and we just don’t know it.

Buh Bye, Google Reader — Hello, Feedly

I’m one of the 500,000 making the jump to Feedly. I read scan 228 feeds, so quick navigation from one item to the next is of prime importance. Reader’s j/k shortcuts are permanently wired into my finger memory and I was overjoyed to find that Feedly also uses them.

I’m playing with Feedly’s touch interface on a 7″ tablet, but finding it not near as efficient, not even as Reader’s Android app.

It is exciting to see all the development taking place in RSS readers, now that Google is leaving. This may actually be a good thing.

I posted this as a comment at TinyScreenfuls, but figure it was worth a post here.

What about you? Are you an RSS feed consumer? Now that Google’s leaving, what tool will you be using?

Buzz Kill

Google Buzz IconWatch Dave Winer’s opinion of Google Buzz drive off the cliff:

  • Twitter-killing follow-up. (Scripting News). #
  • My first Buzz tweet. Not sure if you’ll be able to read this. Let me know. #
  • After 15 minutes I remember that Google is mean and distrusting and filled with side-goals that have nothing to do with delighting users. #
  • When I first tried Flickr it was pure fun. Same with every other product that ended up being big in the social media space. #
  • I got to the API and saw: No Twitter compatibility. That’s a big red X over the future of Google’s latest misadventure. Pfffft. #
  • Google Buzz? Pfffft. (Scripting News). http://r2.ly/38gi #
  • How do I get Buzz out of the user interface of Gmail? Show me where I opted in to this horror. I want the option. This is so f***ed up. #
  • They put a virus into Gmail. They’re killing their own product. Fools. Stupid. Grrr. #
  • There’s a command to turn off Buzz at the bottom of the Gmail page. #

Ouch! I’m still waiting to try Buzz.

Easy Cash With Google?

From The Official Google Blog:

“Use Google to Make 1000s of Dollars!” or “Easy Cash with Google: You Could be Making up to $978 a Day Working from Home!” You may have seen offers like these using Google’s name or logo that sounded too good to be true. Unfortunately, nearly all of them are, and, despite hundreds of consumer complaints and our own efforts to keep these sites from tricking people, some scams continue. [Emphasis added.]

Only “nearly all of them”? Google, can you identify one true offer for me? ;-)

Google Wave

Z.O.M.G. Google Wave looks great!

If you e-mail, IM, blog, comment, create documents, edit documents, collaborate in a team, track versions, manage projects, create lists, edit wikis, use social media, etc., then Google Wave, or something very similar, is in your future. This is the future. I want it now!

Watch the demo video above. It’s long, but worth it.

More information: