Monday, 7 November 2011

Social network aggregation .. and then where?

When the web was young, the search engine was king, a race to provide the best search ensued.  Time passed...

Searching got good enough that most users could no longer discern the difference, and hung their hat on the simplest and fastest - Google.

Focus shifted to content providers and page hit count was king, hmmm... how to keep people coming back?  News posts and blogs.  Time passed...

Content became so numerous and uniform readers needed to skip to the few interesting articles - RSS and the feed reader were born.

So many feeds, too many virtual lives to follow, what to do? Aggregate.

Or, you could catch up with your old neglected friends and find some new ones along the way - Friends Reunited, MySpace and Facebook came of age, satisfying the urge to share (without the need to blog).

With Google+ being recently launched, many of us are faced with a new dilemna - RSS for social networking? See all your friends in one place?  Some will say "No thanks" and in their own masochistic way will endure the numbing experience of following two or more sets of disconnected/semi-connected/overlapping friends without feeling connected to any.  Time passes...

Facebook and Google+ will fight it out for a year or so, with bets being placed and lives shattered in the process as one or the other crumbles or changes into an ogre (all those friends migrated from "FaceSpace+" will trudge back to "MyGBook" tail between legs).

The one great hope - Social Network Aggregation (or integration) - may happen, or likely it won't, at least not in any meaningful sense where everything integrates beautifully (API's will be mysteriously withdrawn and usage contracts modified).  Time passes...

Some geek, sick of revising for exams will hack a few lines of code over a beer (virtual) and a pizza with an old mate from school (virtual), and Google will be scrapping plans for 19 of their latest G+ add-ons within the week.  The world changes again...

Change is the one thing guaranteed.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Simple Sequence Diagrams

I've recently been looking at sequence diagrams to clarify a customer's process, it lends itself well to this type of diagram.  Without wanting to invest heavily in learning a new UML diagramming tool, a quick search turned up, which allows you to create the diagrams through typing what you want in text.  The javascript based tool displays it right in the web page, even allowing you ta save to PNG, PDF or text.

Simple but effective, Thanks!