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Tweetdeck, Google Reader and the Death of Web Apps

20110427-tweetdeck2Yesterday, Twitter shut down Tweetdeck for the iPhone and Android and, at the same time, ended support for Facebook in the app, ending its ability to read and post to user Facebook accounts (Note: As of this writing, my Facebook columns are still working on Tweetdeck).

However, this wasn’t the first time Tweetdeck made a major change that sent users scrambling for alternatives. In December of 2011, months after its purchase of the app, Twitter recoded the application entirely, renaming it “Tweetdeck by Twitter”, and stripped out many of the apps most popular features, including LinkedIn and Foursquare support.

Though the app was able to battle back some and win over some of the people who left it, there are many, even today, who still pine for the original Tweetdeck over any other version.

But this isn’t the first time in recent memory that important Web applications have been shuttered or drastically changed. In March, Google announced that its popular Google Reader service would be shutting down July 1st and, in April, Posterous announced it was closing in a mere 30 days. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: Why You Can’t Hop From Platform to Platform

Image of Train PlatformBloggers love to argue about what is the best blogging platform. Whether they’re backers of WordPress, BlogSpot, Tumblr, Posterous, MovableType or a custom solution, there are very good bloggers who are strong believers in all of the major tools.

The simple truth is that every blogging platform is a perfectly fine way to run your blog. They all succeed in doing the major task of putting your words, images, etc. online. While they have different features, strengths and weaknesses, you can easily run a good blog with just about any platform you choose.

Unfortunately though, blogging platforms tend to become flavors of the week. As one company or platform draws a lot of attention, many bloggers are tempted to try and ride the wave and move their site to new platforms in a bid to stay on the bleeding edge.

However, this can be catastrophic for a site. Because, while your blogging platform doesn’t determine how good your site is, it does impact your site in other ways. As such, changing platforms, especially doing so routinely, can create serious problems that even a good blog will struggle to overcome.

So, before you chase the latest blogging platform fad, you may want to understand the implications of moving your site and why you might want to think twice before jumping ship. Read More

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Posterous Makes Group Blogs Fun Again For Android, iPhone

The Posterous team have recently updated their iPhone and Android apps, which now allow users to create private groups without having to power up the notebook.

With today’s iPhone and Android releases, friends, family members and colleagues can now create and participate in a Posterous Group from their phone, the Web or via email without limitations.

And because every group deserves a home, each Posterous Group gets its own beautiful private web site. In other words, you can communicate with members entirely by mobile and email but your group’s memories are permanently archived and viewable on your group site. (Official Posterous Blog)

Posterous fans can add friends directly from their contact list, although unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a way to add new members later on from within the app.

Users can also comment upon group blogs as well as like individual posts within the apps as well (two features which are sadly unavailable for regular Posterous blogs).

The only major bug that I discovered in iOS was when adding images from ones album, as Posterous does not show any images (note: is anyone else experiencing this?).

The latest update is available to Android and iPhone fans, and for those of you sporting a Blackberry device you may have to resort to email until Posterous launches an official app.

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Posterous Mimics Tumblr, Adds Long Overdue Feature

Taking a cue from their frenemy Tumblr, Posterous has introduced the “like” button for their users (which is similar to Facebook’s like button).

Now it’s a lot easier for your readers to “like” your posts on Posterous.  A simple click on the heart button is all that’s needed to show some love.

The new “like” feature is available on all themes and replaces favorites.  When someone likes your post, a comment will be added making it easier  for everyone to see your latest fan. (Official Posterous Blog)

Unlike WP.com who tried to differentiate themselves by using a star, Posterous opted for using the heart icon instead which is a smarter move as they don’t have to put the word “like” next to the icon (which both WP.com and Facebook do).

Surprisingly Posterous did not opt to include one’s avatar when a post is liked, choosing to link to the readers profile instead. (hopefully the Posterous team will reconsider as avatars would help make the site feel much more personal).

With Posterous jumping aboard the “like” revolution, Blogger (aka BlogSpot) is the only major platform with no official like button of their own (although users can create one via Blogger’s reactions feature).

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Is OnSugar Challenging Posterous?

With Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr dominating the headlines, it’s sometimes easy to forget that there are other (albeit smaller) contenders trying to survive in a crowded blogging market.

One such contender of late is OnSugar (a blogging platform from Sugar, Inc.), who has previously seen a spike in traffic starting in November of 2010, pushing ahead of rivals like Posterous according to Compete.com (as seen in the chart below). Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: Why You Need Your Own Domain

Many bloggers, when they first start out, are unsure if they are going to continue blogging over the long term and either don’t want to spend the time or invest the money into securing a domain name of their own.

It’s an understandable decision considering that WordPress.com and Blog*Spot, along with a slew of other services, make it trivial to set up an account at their sites and get blogging within just a few minutes.

But while getting started on one of these sites might be a great way to get up and going, there is a hidden danger in it. Relying on someone else’s URL carries with it not only a lot of baggage, but a lot of risk.

If you’re serious about your blog and it is something that you want to take beyond a short term whim, even if it is just a “slightly more serious” hobby, securing a domain of your own is a rite of passage you need to undertake. Failure to do so will not only hold your site back, but may cause your site, along with all of your work, to simply disappear.

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Problogging On Posterous: 10 Tips For Guru’s And Newbie’s

After launching their switch to Posterous campaign (which upset a few rivals), many probloggers have left their dying or complex platforms in favor of Posterous’s “keep it simple” blog system.

Unfortunately many users have yet to take the platform as seriously as Blogger (or even the micro blogging service known as Tumblr), despite the fact that Posterous does present a few advantages over many of its rivals.

For those seeking to turn their Posterous blog into a full fledged problogging service, here are ten tips which can help you not only improve your blog’s appearance, but also earn revenue via Adsense (yes, you can do this on Posterous folks!). Read More

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