Category Archives: Web 2.0

App Store: Die RUB kommt an

Social Media: RUB kommt an. So lautete vor fast zwei Wochen die Überschrift einer Meldung im Aktuellportal der Ruhr-Universität, meinem Arbeitgeber und meiner letzten Ausbildungsstätte. Als jemand, der sich sehr stark mit der RUB identifiziert, habe ich wegen der Verbindung zu meinem Hobby, dem Internet oder der Social Media im speziellen, die Entwicklung der Uni in der digitalen Welt mitverfolgt, seit ich zuerst mit ihr in Kontakt gekommen bin.

Tatsächlich hat sich in den letzten Monaten viel getan: Die Facebook-Seite der Ruhr-Uni ist nun offiziell, auch einen entsprechenden Twitter-Account namens @ruhrunibochum betreibt die Stabsstelle “Strategische PR und Markenbildung” seit September selbst. Der Twitter-Account hatte zu dieser Zeit bereits etwa 1200 Follower, zuvor war er zwar aus der Uni heraus, aber nicht direkt von der Verwaltung betrieben worden.
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NetNewsWire for iPhone

What had been so great – if anything – about NeNewsWire for iPhone was that it was able to sync the status of your feeds with the desktop application. This means that if you’ve already read an article on your Mac and then left your computer to…say…meet some friends and then checked again, the built-in NewsGator account support would show you the articles you’ve already read so you could continue with the next unread.

A few weeks ago, a new version of NetNewsWire for Mac was pushed out, discontinuing the company’s own synchronization service and switching to Google Reader Sync.

For me, this was the beginning of a major problem. First, the new NetNewsWire had no Clippings any more (which I tend to use quite often). Second, I somehow had to rearrange my Feed groups because I had never used Google Reader before. But these “issues” were fixed soon after the first update.

Now another Problem emerged. Regarding what was called the only feature of NetNewsWire for iPhone that (besides its name) made it look like belonging to its Big Brother on the Mac, namely the ability to sync with NewsGator, has been kind of removed because NetNewsWire on the Mac now syncs with Google. And for three weeks now, the iPhone Version still lacks an Update which includes Google Reader Sync, making the App show thousands of unread Feeds though I’ve already read them on my Mac and though making it nearly useless.

So, NewsGator, if it was really necessary to switch over to Google Reader Sync, please make NetNewsWire for iPhone do the same.

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Testing WordPress for iPhone

WordPress for iPhone is an interesting App that lets you publish Blog Posts from everywhere in the world using your iPhone.

It supports landscape mode which I think is very important because blogging in portrait mode is even more uncomfortable.

With WordPress for iPhone you can create drafts, publish and update them later. It supports multiple accounts if you need access to more than one blog – no matter if they are hosted by wordpress or yourself. All you need is the URL and your username and password.

It’s the right tool for you if you just have to share some thoughts which you can’t shorten into less than 140 characters to fit into a Tweet. You need to be good at typing on your iPhone, anyway so I’d recommend to wait until you have your computer near you and use its full-size keyboard if you need some more words to say what you want to say.

Since I don’t consider myself to be one of the fastest iPhone-typers in the world, I declare this the end of today’s post because my hands are aching -_-

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iPhone 3.0 is way ahead…even of itself

So Apple has begun seeding the new version of its mobile OS, 3.0, last week. Great that is. A day later, the iPhone Dev-Team released its Jailbreak Tools for 3.0 and last night even the new Unlock came out.

After a day of looking around for the best Twitter App to shorten a URL which I copied in Safari, I found out that neither Tweetie nor Twitterfon nor Birdhouse are capable of shortening a URL after having pasted it into a new Tweet.

‘Twasking’ for help delivered only one advice: Use free Twitteriffic for that.

Well, no.

How come you have to feel such geeky because of testing a bunch of Twitter-Clients until you find the one that fits you most, just to realize that it won’t be updated for weeks after the new OS release to finally support its new features? I don’t want to blame anyone, may the reason be the developer of the Twitter-App or Apple’s App-Approval Policy. I just wanted to say: sometimes an innovation is even more ahead if its competitors than, you know, the ads.

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PRC Government blocks Twitter

Two days before the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen incident, the government of the Peoples’ Republic of China has cut off access to Twitter and Hotmail. This is certainly not only a a measure to make people save bandwidth…

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