throw-app thursday

wakulu
I promised to do the Help site of aktib.ph before May ends. And, since May is almost going to end, I’m now cramming. =) I love making Help pages, which nobody ever read. =)

But before that let me reminisce. For some reason aktib.ph reminds me of wakulu. And, I guess it’s because, the programmers working on it are those who worked on wakulu before. It’s like having a reunion.

And, I can’t help but see the differences now. I always thought Fred and Norlan are good at programming back then. I mean they’re great at their craft. But now, the difference is that they’re probably more mature, and knows pretty well how to go around building an app. As such, it feels more relaxed now. Or, maybe, I just don’t know. =)

While I could not bother much about the Help pages like how I fuss about it before.

I guess it probably has to come down to the point that after all the apps and downs, we know when to panic and not.

Or, I dunno. =)

Medium’s Strat on Acquiring Users?

A few friends are sharing posts from medium, and most of the time I would waste my time reading them. I thought medium was posthaven (long story). So I thought that I better pay posthaven so I could get those good reads.

But then I found out medium is not posthaven, and I got reminded that it’s twitter’s new blogging platform. If you’re following posterous, I guess we all know now why it’s killed.

Anyhoo, medium is still in beta stage, and by invitation. I think I did sign up for an invitation long time ago. But maybe I’m not too cool for them.

So it kind of made me think about their “getting-users” strategy?

I guess it was something like twitter before where the “cool geeks” loiter. You know how everyone wants to get invited inside the “cool geek”club.

But I guess more than that, they were able to control the quality of content. It kind of sends a message that you’re supposed to post in this standard.

(Pic from Katy Haynes post.)

Less Sucky Commenting Feature for Blogger / Blogspot?!?

Blogger has the worst built-in comment feature because of its anti-spam captcha step. It’s a sure way to kill someone’s enthusiasm to comment or join in the discussion.

Anyhoo, you can now add the Google+ for commenting, much like the facebook comments. Not at all brilliant since there are not much Google+ users, but nevertheless, it’s nice to have an alternative commenting feature. 
I know there are a lot comment apps I can use in blogger. But I’m too lazy.
So I’ll just share a screenshot of how to add Google+ commenting on your blogger blog.
And, I also just learned that I can tag people from my Google+ network by doing something like this +Rose Buenconsejo +Mark John Buenconsejo. Cool! =) Now let me encircle a lot of people to spam! =)

Dead, Before, APPSter, (for)EVERNOTE, & the Next-Big Thing

I randomly downloaded the Evernote app (iOS). I used it before, not so long time ago. But if you based it on iOS versions, it was very long time ago as the iPod gen 1 now is almost useless. I stopped using it because I’m really no-good at organizing notes — they’re everywhere.

Anyhoo, when I signed in to my newly downloaded Evernote, I was totally shocked how different the UI (interface) now from the one I used before at iPod gen 1. Then memories came rushing in. Oh, how I used to LOVE apps! I think I still love apps (software apps) nowadays except that it was not like before that I download every new one, then follow each version update they have, and use them madly, and even following the stories of the people behind it.

If other girls do impulsive buying of shoes and dresses, it was apps for me. Maybe because I married a software programmer, but then even before that, I could say I was really into it.

Anyhoo, I looked for my iPod gen 1 and checked the old Evernote to see the difference.

before
after

Then I checked the other old apps from the iPod gen 1, and following are some interesting finds.

TWEETIE 
Tweetie is now the twitter client. Twitter bought it because they didn’t have a mobile app, or they had but it sucked. I guess that what made twitter fun before because it was very open, and everyone had their own version of twitter. And everyone was making money except for twitter. Kid!
Though, I was not a fan of it. I think I was more of the Echofon (which was twitterfon) fan, twittelator, and that Chinese-made twitter app (forgot the name). It’s also popular now. But tweetie was like the tapbot of today because they said it has the coolest UI/UX whatever and all cool geeks used it. But I think it was overrated, but it was bought so maybe I was wrong.
And, can you also see the YouTube icon before Apple un-defaulted it in their units.
Tweetie / YouTube before
GOWALLA / BRIGHTKITE

My gen 1 iPod is also a witness to the good old days of location-based social networks. I know there were more other location-based apps before, but only these 2 are still saved.
Gowalla and Brightkite were so pretty UI-wise. I no longer remember why they went dead, and foursquare is still alive. 
Gowalla

Ain’t brightkite yummy?!?

FOURSQUARE
before
after

AARDVARK

And, I did take time to answer questions on Aardvark before. They’re bought by google, and as expected, killed it.

DEFAULT GOOGLE MAPS

Like the youtube, google maps was also booted out by apple as the default map. If you’re a map user, you could say that old times were probably the better times.

GOOGLE+

It’s still alive! =) I think it will not be dead because just like the “jeje”, the anti-social, the elite ones, the snobs, and people with complicated privacy settings will always be here forever!
before
after

But one thing has not change though, Robert Scoble still talks about the next-big thing.