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  • Joe 11:06 on April 12, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: , early applications, geeky applications, , Jabber protocol, open IM protocol, protypical web   

    Twitter vs Jabber 

    Twitter logoAs you might know, Twitter is the hype of last months. Everybody and their dog are updating their current activities like crazy.

    As a spin off, many secondary purposes are being created on top of the public Twitter API.

    This reminds me of the old days when Jabber was started as an open IM protocol. Lots of geeky applications sprung into life, like monitoring incoming email (headers), keeping an eye on your computer logs and such. Now the Jabber protocol (XMPP) is being used as the basis for a couple of IM platforms, like Google Talk. Many of those early applications are now official a XMPP extension. The platform has matured, but lost its appeal to the geeky crowd.

    Today, these kinds of applications are being built on Twitter by the dozens.
    Without any effort, I found lots and lots of them. I estimate these are less than 5% of all Twitter applications out there, so the list is really getting huge.

    • MoniTwitter (answering one simple question: What’s your website doing?)
    • TwitterIsWeird (displays pairs of twitter quotes in comic balloons)
    • PingTwitter (update Twitter when you publish a new blog post)
    • TwitterChat (2-way live shoutbox-twitter integration)
    • Twitterific (Mac OSX client application)

    And then we have the Twitterforum, an unofficial Twitter related discussions site, listing even more twitter related applications and sites.

    So does the Twitter API popularity have to do with its incredible simplicity? And its pluggability for the protypical web 2.0 platform (yes, it has a JSON interface)?

    I’m not sure, but I hacked togeter my own little contribution to this madness in just half an hour: Browse with Twitter, a Greasemonkey script for Firefox.

    Update your twitter.com status with a message “Browsing: [document.title]” whenever you load a web page.

    Fair warning: don’t install this script if you do value your privacy (or at least restrict it to the sites you explicitly want to show up on twitter).


  • Joe 13:48 on March 26, 2007 Permalink
    Tags: a lot of W3C protocols, , Jabber protocol, Semantic Web technology, Semantic Web technologies, Web technology, Web technologies   

    Joost 0.9 enables Mac Remote 

    This weekend, the new Joost beta 0.9 was seeded to a select group of “super special beta testers“.
    The first impressions are very good. A few highlights.

    Support for Mac Remote!
    So now my iMac really behaves like a TV set on steroids. Zapping works fine, other navigation still is a bit crude.

    Fast Forward
    Until now, rewinding and fast forwarding was possible only for content which was already viewed (and thus available in a local cache). This beta enables forward skipping to any point in the stream. If you skip beyond a previously viewed point, you first get a preview still image. Then the playback is started after some delay (buffering period?).

    Improved UI
    Controls and widgets have been redesigned and look really slick now.

    New content
    There are a lot of new, interesting channels. In the preview-beta, many of these are not available yet.

    Behind the scenes

    The promise of Joost is way beyond yet another replacement TV distribution channel. The most interesting things have yet to come with the extensible social / sharing components.
    This morning, the website was relaunched with some more hints at what is coming too.

    Extension API
    No details are revealed, the site just says:

    Coming soon… Write your own add-ons, watch yet more great content. Come back regularly for updates.

    Some guessing…

    Mozilla XUL
    The Joost application is based on XUL Runner 1.9 – which makes it likely that the extension mechanism is somehow based on XUL and XPCOM. If so, there are really exciting possibilities ahead. Likely, many Firefox plugins could be ported for the platform. Imagine having one of these running as a transparent overlay on your video screen!

    The Mac OS version of Joost appears to be Applescript aware as well. However, nothing beyond the obligatory standard suite appears to be defined and a simple test script throws exceptions. This may simply be a remnant of the Applescript core in XUL Runner. And because Joost is platform independent, Applescript seems a very unnatural choice for extensions. At the other hand, Skype has a (very awkward) Apple script interface.

    Powered by Semantic Web technologies

    The Joost development team has strong roots in Semantic Web technology. Until now, this has been used mostly at the back end. But at a few places it appears at the surface: the chat widget uses the Jabber protocol, there is a RSS reader widget (OK, hardly semweb) and the there are traces of a lot of W3C protocols scattered all over the place.
    This all means that the social component has the potential to become really, really rich. I’m not sure what wil happen here, but my expectations are high!

    • Jigsaw hc 19:04 on March 26, 2007 Permalink

      Fast forward is a great add. I’ll have to check it out.

    • Vinicius 01:39 on March 28, 2007 Permalink

      Great features!! My expectations are very high too, but there is a problem…
      I’m not invited yet. Could you help me?

    • Jeff Songster 18:16 on March 28, 2007 Permalink

      Looking forward to checking this out… hoping to get an invite… currently looking into all sorts of options for IPTV… about to buy a 24″ iMac to use for it… planning on the HDHomeRun ATSC tuner over IP from SiliconDust…. Joost sounds fun… got any spare invites? Really liking the idea of Free TV again.


    • Jean-Denis 18:48 on March 29, 2007 Permalink


      A “me too” here: may I please have an invitation? I will be good, I promise 🙂

      Thanks a million



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