Twits That’ll Teach You Something

Today Mashable posted a list of 18 People to Follow for a Real Time Education, the list was kind of long, so here it is in a nut shell:

I can’t make any promises to teach you anything, but it would be great if you followed @Duhh too!

Buzz Opens to Everyone

Buzz, Yahoo’s effort to annihilate Digg and AOL’s Propeller has finally upened up the the public. Untill now content could only be added from sites that used Yahoo Publisher Network ads, allowing Yahoo to test the waters and filter out smaller spam sites easily.

Unfortunately for Buzz it’s hardly compairable to Digg or Propeller due to Yahoo’s persistance to add editorial discretion to reduce gaming, but the rush of server downing traffic caused when Yahoo publishes the stories to their homepage more than makes up for the extra trouble of making your story popular.

You can submit news stories to Yahoo! Buzz here.

I’m Not Spam And Blogcatalog Should Know That

After the Duhh blog relocated to our new domain (duhhblog.wordpress.com) I’ve gone through the process of changing the address on Technorati and updating everything to reflect this change.

But when I submitted the new domain to Blogcatalog, Duhh was rejected as spam:

The URL you submitted is solely for commercial purposes, or is suspected to be spam.

The Duhh blog obviously isn’t spam, there are no ads or referral links, I added all the proper links and everything should be the way it should be, so I resubmitted thinking it was just a mistake, but I was rejected again.

So what now? Screw you Blogcatalog, I’ll no longer support Blogcatalog, they been degrading in service in the past months and it’s impossible to get a reply from any of the admins so I’m not even going to try. Anyone wanna hook up at MyBlogLog?

SMS is Gone, But Everything Will Be OK

Two days ago Twitter came out and said that they would no longer be “delivering outbound SMS over our UK number.” Meaning that everyone not in the US, India and Canada wouldn’t be able to receive updates to their phone, while users can still send messages to the UK number for them to be posted on Twitter you’ll have to go online to read your friends tweets.

Twitter took a lot of flock for their decision and some user suggested twitter was “90% less useful” for users not in the US, India and Canada.

Eventually Evan responded, saying that Twitter was still a global service. (As long as your in the US, India or Canada)

Eventually tonight Twitter decided to stop taking all the criticism siting down and post to the Twitter blog with a lot of mumbo jumbo about how few users were being effecting by this. Overall this shows the weakness of Twitter, their evident lack of a revenue model for funding a better service.

Twitter Buys Summize

As expected Twitter had bought Summize as announced by the Twitter blog. Unfortunatly for the guys behind Summize the Twitter search platform will no longer be Summize and the Summize domain now points to Search.Twitter.com.

In the post however Twitter neglected to mention what Twitter will do now that they can’t use the Summize servers and api to lessen the strain on Twitters own.

This does bring the happy news of search integrated on every page of twitter.

People Don’t Care About Twitter Downtime

TechCrunch once said that Twitter may not have to worry about uptime any more because “I now need Twitter more than Twitter needs me.” After hours of downtime every month and even if the early adopters have migrated to Friendfeed the masses are content to stay and wait it out.

Hitwise has released their latest Twitter usage data, and despite the recent and multiple appearances by the fail whale Twitter is showing some resilience. That share of users that return to Twitter is the same at around 55%. Even through the constant downtime and missing features no one cares enought to try out any competing services.

Twitter site traffic is also growing, going from .0004% of all internet traffic in January to .0024% in July with Twitter’s nearest competitor seeing about 1/10th of that.

For some reason people just wont leave Twitter no matter how badly they screw up, most likely, because their friends are already there.

Twitter might buy Summize

Summize is a service that allows you to search Twitter conversations in real time, and for awaile now Summize has been one of the four third party developers with access to their XMPP stream.

Twitter in the past had also directed smaller third party developers to Summize to help reduce the load on Twitter’s own XMPP.

Earlier this month Summize employee’s have been seen at Twitter HQ and now some say Twitter might buy Summize. Unfortunatly even thought Summize as already built a reliable Twitter search engine Twitter would no longer be able to direct app developers to Summize to reduce the Twitter XMPP load.