Google lets you migrate out easily, but today is your last chance
RSS junkies have known for months now that their much beloved Google Reader web service would be closing its virtual doors on July 1st, but time moves quickly, and the end is nigh. If you are still interested in preserving your data we recommend taking a trip over to Google Takeout. Here the company will prepare you a .zip file full of everything you need to migrate out, and it’s unclear if it will be available after the service shuts down at the stroke of midnight.
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It only takes a few minutes, but makes a ton of sense if you’re invested in the ecosystem.
When it comes right down to it the modern Internet is really quite young. The term Web 2.0 was coined back in 1999 to help describe websites that had evolved beyond simple static webpages, but most of the web services we have come to know and love are actually less than 10 years old. As we start to pour more of ourselves into the cloud, it’s worth asking the question, what happens to our data when we die? I recently had a close personal friend of mine pass away suddenly at the age of 32, and every time I log into Facebook, I can’t help but notice his avatar floating off to the right in my chat list, smiling away like nothing ever happened. It left me wondering how Facebook will deal with the ever increasing numbers of users who are no longer with us, and Google to its credit is once again leading the way.
Google put itself in political hot water by “accidentally” collecting un-encrypted Wi-Fi data alongside roadside images, but offered to make amends by immediately deleting it with the co-operation of local governments. It’s hard to understand how such a human error could occur, however most people were willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. It turns out however, another human error prevented them from carrying through on their promise, and an undisclosed amount of data remains on Google servers.
Google Maps has long been considered the gold standard for mapping services, despite the heavy competition from Bing and countless others. Between Street View, Google Earth, and the amazing turn-by-turn navigation found on Android, it’s hard to imagine the service getting any better. Obliviously Google would disagree with me however, and are getting ready to release “the next dimension” on June 6th at 12:30 PM ET.
With 25GB of absolutely no strings attached free storage, SkyDrive has always been an amazing value. Of course that’s not to say its best in class, far from it actually for one key reason; it’s painfully difficult to access. Logging into the SkyDrive site using Windows Live is easy enough, but having to add files one at a time is painfully in-efficient. If you modify a photo for example, you need to download it fully, make your changes, upload the new version, and then manually delete the old one. Office Web Apps integration and batch file adding have helped, but it is still no substitute for Dropbox. If the rumors are correct though, this could all be changing soon. Both paid storage, along with Windows and OS X clients are apparently just around the corner.
Google’s filed its 10-K with the SEC yesterday, and the numbers have revealed a staggering increase in the number of acquisitions the search giant made in 2011. Google closed the year by spending close to $2 billion on 79 separate acquisitions in 2011, a number that has grown significantly from the $1 billion it spent in 2010. This number of course doesn’t factor in the Motorola deal which is expected to clear in early 2012 to the tune of $12.5 billion, but includes dozens of other high profile startups.
In an increasingly complex world we’re expected to think faster, do more, and rest less than ever before. In most occupations, multitasking is a must, making the ability to manage one’s time and tasks effectively arguably the most vital skill any employee can bring into the modern workplace—and that’s just during the work week. After hours and on weekends (if you’re lucky enough to have them), keeping track of family events, time with friends and personal projects can be enough to bring those with even the sharpest of minds to their knees. Fortunately, there’s a ton of technology in place to help you make the transition from being a failed life planning chump to an organizational champ. To get you started, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite organizational apps. No matter whether they’re web-based, free or bound to your PC, they all have one thing in common: They’ll help you organize that herd of cats you call a life.
Becoming a member of a site or online service that you love is great. Having to submit your email address to a site or online service in order to become a member? Well, that sucks. Fortunately, Ten Minute Mail has heard our geeky cries of protest, and for answering our whiny call, we’ve made them our Cool Site of the Week.
If you're a twitter user, you might have noticed the popular social site has been having more downtime than usual this month. According to a new blog post from Twitter, this last month has seen the most Fail Whales since last October. What's to blame for this degradation in service? Well, a big part of it is that everyone and their second cousin is tweeting about the World Cup.
Since the World Cup was a planned event, many have suggested Twitter should have been more prepared. The popular site explains they could never have anticipated the "unprecedented spikes in activity". Twitter says that they are working to make real-time adjustments to their setup to avoid excessive downtime, and a more long-term solution is in the works. How many Fail Whales are you seeing out there?
Twitter seems bent on developing official alternatives to all the third party software and services individuals have developed. After releasing a Blackberry Twitter client, and buying an iPhone client, Twitter is announcing they intend to create their own URL shortening service. Evan Williams himself made the announcement at Chirp. Until now, Bit.ly has been tightly integrated with the social networking service, that partnership seems uncertain now.
This isn't coming completely out of left field, though. Twitter investor Fred Wilson strongly suggested in a blog post that URL shortening services would do well to stop relying on Twitter. The speculation is that the recently acquired twee.tt domain would be used for this purpose. Twitter already has short URL service called twt.tl that is used as an anti-spam system for direct messages.
If Twitter does indeed go through with this, it doesn't necessarily mean the end of Bit.ly. Third-party twitter clients could still continue to use the service, though its roll may be decreased. The Bit.ly Pro service could help them along as well. What do you think about Twitter's course of action? Do you feel sorry for developers, or should they have known this could happen?