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Articles by Allen Stern
posted in October 2008
If you use the "real-time short messaging service" Twitter, you know that over the last year there have been many performance issues. So many, in fact, that users have created a name for the outages, called the "fail whale." I started to poke around and began to wonder if bots running on the Twitter network could be causing some of the system performance issues on the service.
One of the questions I'm asked most often on both coasts is "What's the difference between the startup culture on the East Coast and those on the West Coast?" I'd like to share some of my thoughts on the differences. I have noticed that both coasts have very active startup communities with events on nearly every weeknight.
Adding a site search to your Web site or blog can increase traffic and readership by allowing readers access to stories around a topic or subject. Many companies provide site search functionality, including Google, Eurekster, and Lijit. Today another company has entered the U.S. market and it's bringing along a freshly issued patent.
As more people share their lives online, a natural extension is to share information with friends and family about a baby, both pre- and post-birth. We've seen many Twitter births over the past year. But what happens when you want to share more information and media? A handful of new companies aim to create the ultimate baby website.
Blog comment replacement services have been very popular over the past year, with more companies sprouting up offering to make commenting and comment management easier. One of these companies is JS-Kit, which has announced today that it has raised $3.6 million in a new Series B round of funding.
WordPress is a popular blogging platform that's available in a variety of versions, including: self-hosted (WordPress.org), hosted (WordPress.com), and WordPress MU for multiple blogs on a single installation. The current version of the blogging software is 2.6.2 and the hot talk around the blogosphere is what's coming next for WordPress?