This week's interesting posts (July 1-6 2008):
- Identi.ca, a new open source microblogging service discovered by ReadWriteWeb has a host of attractive features like support for OpenID and the OpenMicroBlogging specification, which allows for publishing of notices across microblogging services. Identi.ca builds on the open source code laconi.ca, with reportedly a number of installations across the web, building a promise of a distributed alternative to Twitter. The code may have some flaws, e.g. the core architecture more resembles a content management system (CMS) than a messaging system, though since it is open source that can certainly get fixed.
- Gnip — ping backwards, is a new free service for data providers and consumers, acting as a proxy between the two, taking API load off providers while increasing the update notification speed for consumers. More features are in the planning as anticipated by Marshall Kirkpatrick. Brad Feld has a detailed story about his evolving partnership with Gnip and MyBlogLog founder Eric Marcoullier, from the first IM from Eric in 2004 to working as partners today.
- Blogged — a blog directory and human powered news aggregator. A potential Techmeme killer, had it only got rss feeds ...
- Ars Technica points to a browser wishlist initiative of the OpenAjax Alliance, "an organization of leading vendors, open source projects, and companies using Ajax". Among the most requested features of the next generation browsers are native JSON parsing, persistent connections, 2D graphics, video support and CSS features.
- Google learns to crawl Flash, for better or worse. After all, less Flash content is something I'd rather see. Visiting a Flash heavy site usually is a noisy experience for me as the CPU fan starts spinning due to the increased CPU usage and temperature.