Well, this is helpful. On Friday evening I noticed that my Facebook home page was displaying a "Show (number) new posts" alert after I left the site open for a while and some of my friends have posted new status messages, links, or what-have-you. This is something that had been notably missing when Facebook debuted its redesigned, "stream"-focused home page this spring.
Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 136 Honda unveils dog-friendly car The Tweeting Cat Door (Thanks Nathan!) New worm-like floor-cleaning robot threatens Roomba’s dominance
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The 404 crew goes to see the new "Star Trek" film by director J.J. Abrams. It's a reboot of the venerable Star Trek television series that most geeks grew up watching. Our good buddy and Photoshop contest winner Jacky W. Chen came with us, along with Edouard, our new bouncer.
We try to keep the show spoiler-free today, but in case you didn't know from the movie poster, Tyler Perry is in the movie. Overall, we think it's a great, fun film, but there are some deep plot holes you could fly the Enterprise through. Check out our video wrap-up from the opening here in New York on CNET TV.
On today's show, we find out the origins of the name Twitter. Apparently, its etymology is whale-based. The Natural History Museum Whale also follows us today. In more crazy news from the Web, "DJ Hero" comes out soon to ensure that the next generation of children will not know how to play a single real musical instrument.
In more video game news, Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier is rated T for teen, but on the box, it contains "alcohol references, fantasy violence, mild language, partial nudity, and suggestive themes." We wonder what you have to do to get a M-rating now. Finally, if you're still living your mother's basement and playing World of Warcraft, we've got a gadget for you that will ensure that you will never get a girlfriend. It is a hut that will let players isolate themselves from the outside world, feed them, and possibly even wipe their butts. We're not sure if the last one is really a feature, but it's definitely in the same vein.
Keep calling into the show at 1-866-404-CNET (2638). We love your voice mails. Next week, we've got Molly Wood joining us on the show along with the equally lovely @LizMoney from the Gadget411 and Anna David!Episode 338 Download today's podcast | Subscribe in iTunes audio Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Whenever Twitter's servers take a tumble--which, longtime users undoubtedly recall, used to be pretty frequently--the microblogging service brings up an image of a whale being lifted out of the water by a flock of birds. The creation of designer Yiying Lu, the "fail whale" has become pretty much iconic among Web geeks.
But the official blog of the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Mass., has informed us all that the word "twitter" was associated with whales long before Evan Williams and Biz Stone were dealing with customer complaints, sort of like how "muggles" was pothead slang … Read more
It's a-hole Thursday on Buzz Out Loud today, as we regale you, the listening audience, with tales of cyber douche baggery on Wikipedia, Facebook, and computer fair failures. Also, warp drives (space rant!), the death of Duke Nukem, and Meatspace.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 969
It’s 5/7/09. Why do numbers people like stuff like that so much? http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/05/06/national/a195730D93.DTL&tsp=1
WiGig Alliance formed: Seeks to codify an in-room wireless spec that can handle HD video and everything … Read more
Correction: Santosh Jayaram's title at Google has been corrected.
Twitter Search will become a lot more useful soon, the microblogging site's new vice president of operations said Wednesday night.
Santosh Jayaram, who until recently was manager of search quality operations for Google, was on a panel I was moderating in the evening. During the panel and later in a one-on-one discussion, Jayaram confirmed that Twitter Search, which currently searches only the text of Twitter posts, will soon begin to crawl the links included in tweets and begin to index the content of those pages.
This will make Twitter … Read more
Loic Le Meur, the CEO of Seesmic, was beginning to get on my case whenever I posted a Twitter update from my default Twitter desktop app, TweetDeck, instead of from his new app, Seesmic Desktop. So I headed over to his office to see why this mattered so much to him.
Seesmic Desktop, as we've written previously, is the successor to the popular Twitter/Friendfeed client Twhirl. It looks like it will be very competitive to TweetDeck soon, although it has a few UI glitches at the moment.
This app is a critical but early piece of Seesmic's … Read more
Twitter's notification emails when you get a new follower have been in plain text since the site started. Today, Twitter finally rolled out a richer, HTML version of their follower notification emails. These emails include the number of people that this user is following and how many are following them back, along with their total number of updates tweeted.
This is a big step up from Twitter's old follower notification system. With the old system, you were just blindly clicking into their account with no knowledge of the user. While it's still not perfect, at least getting … Read more
Caroline McCarthy rightly rebuts all the "so-and-so will buy Twitter!" nonsense, but there's a very good reason for this nonsense:
The microblogging service still makes little to no money, and the assumption is that it will continue to fail to do so, absent a big-brother type that can turn its community (that word again!) into cash.
As Google discovered with YouTube, however, big community doesn't necessarily equal big cash. The same is likely true of Twitter.