April 28th, 2006
Presumably the new del.icio.us feature “Your Network” is just the start of a roll out as it falls a bit short of the hope and promise from Joshua’s talk at Berkman last year.
Two most critical missing features
* tags from my network (otherwise I just have a new link stream to drown in)
* what did my network think of this link? (as an API!)
Also I want multiple networks.
* if the brilliance of del.icio.us is it allows me to simply express the various vectors of my interest, shouldn’t my interest in having someone in my network (which is opaque, and 1-directional, and definitionally about interest, not squishy social stuff) have as rich an expressive language?
April 13th, 2006
My favorite Google calendar feature: Daily Agenda, a daily email overview of the days events. Though when you’re in there looking at the nofitications tab you’ll notice no notifications via IM support. (even for those of us using Jabber/GTalk)
Least favorite: Search public calendars is wrong wrong wrong, not the least because it shows me calendars for 2005.
Feels more done then recent Google releases, but what will make it is the GMail integration. (or break it if we all migrate away from GMail at some point)
Bonus: a new Google syndication namespace with event elements: http://schemas.google.com/g/2005
<gd:when startTime="2006-04-14T15:00:00.000Z" endTime="2006-04-14T16:00:00.000Z"/>
<gd:where valueString="100 Somestreet St., Jamaica Plain, MA"/>
March 8th, 2006
Yup, I saw the Michael’s coverage of Google Calendar aka CL2. From what little information we’ve got sounds like they’re doing a huge amount of it right.
Personally most intrigued by the idea that they’ll “combine their event creation feature with a web crawl and parsing of event data”. We ask a number of things of our calendars (well at least three), and one of the most important and least served to date is synchronicity.
update [6 hours later]: Well, some of it right at least.
February 8th, 2006
I use the GTalk Jabber network via Adium and I’ve been very happy with it, especially since they turned on federation. And I practically live in Gmail. I should be the GChat target audience. So initial impressions.
It slows down Gmail. And that isn’t good because I already spend way too much time waiting for Gmail. Some of this will be corrected with time, but loading time is noticeably slower, and it feels like day to day operations have taken a performance hit as well.
I’ve had at least two messages take 30-40 minutes to arrive. Presumably this is just launched hiccups.
I’ve got a 12in screen, and when the chat dialogs are up Gmail starts to feel claustrophobic. This goes double when I pause for a moment, and the chat enticement dialog pops up.
Gaim and OTR (and by extension Adium) mean that for the first time its trivial to have decent privacy in your messaging, practically for free. I’m not ready to give that up, and I can’t see GChat adding it.
December 9th, 2005
Gmail’s new web clipping feature is nice. Decent if sparse selection of feeds (doesn’t feel like a straight pay for placement deal), good interface for adding, selecting.
Minor detail: adding new feeds to the system seems to be broken. (Google is really cutting themselves slack these days about rolling out half finished features aren’t they?)
Best possible feature? No text to unbold! My days are already spent unbolding text, or feeling guilty about the ridiculously large bold (now turning red, now blinking) number which signifies my news folders’ backlog.
Much nicer. Obviously not a replacement, but as an addition to my existing aggregator, its great.
On a related note, what are people subscribed to for their news these days?
update: Well that was short lived. Should have seen it coming, but would it be too much to ad just one feature not targetted to selling more ads? I’m pretty sure “Catch More Bass”, wasn’t listed in any of my feeds. Siiiigh.
August 24th, 2005
I’m sure the VOIP integration will be a long term interesting feature of Google Talk, but today the transformative experience is that my contact list just tripled as the number of people whose Gmail address I know is several orders of magnitude larger then the set of people’s IM names.
That and the choice of Jabber means, a comparatively transparent experience of participating in the new system.