It’s a Tweet from Zoho!

Oh, I guess someone IS reading my Twitter account (this time over at Zoho). Heheh. On Friday I went to their offices in Pleasanton to meet with Raju Vegesna of Zoho. Zoho is building an impressive suite of “Work 2.0” services (things you can use at work to collaborate with other people).

They have spreadsheets, word processors, meeting apps, and many, many other things. Have you tried any out? I’m trying some out. The Work 2.0 space is hot and Zoho is a big reason why. As to Twitter, I post a lot of stupid, lame, things there. You’ve been warned. Oh, and don’t check out Twittervision. That’ll keep your attention for at least two minutes. Twittersearch is a good way to search for anyone who has said something lame about anything. Like I said, it’s lame. But I’m addicted. So are thousands of others.

Tweets are what we call posts on Twitter. Tweet. Tweet. Tweet. Good night.


ABC TV’s new player rocks

I was over at Bessemer Venture Partners today and the topic of TV came up. I was told that I had to check out ABC TV’s new player. Unfortunately it works only on Windows (a lower-quality version is available for Mac users — UPDATE: I’m unsure about that, will test when I get home on my Mac).

Boy, does this rock! It’s sharp and clear — does full-screen video. Lost is stunningly beautiful on it. Only downside is you gotta download a player from Move Networks. I wonder how this compares to the Stage6.Divx player/codec/plugin?

Demonstrates that on YouTube or on iTunes we sure aren’t getting anywhere close to the full experience that is possible today.

UPDATE: heh, just minutes after I posted this a Webware article about ABC.TV’s new player showed up on TechMeme and on Mike Torres’ blog and on Gizmodo. Sounds like news of this is getting around the word-of-mouth networks all on its own.

Mirror mirror on the wall, which blog search is best of them all?

Last Friday I visited the famous South Park area in San Francisco. It’s a small park south of Market street where a number of cool Web 2.0 startups are located (Twitter’s parent, Obvious Corp, is located in a building on one end of the park). Anyway, I was talking with a number of people and I heard that Technorati’s blog search quality had seen a fairly large improvement lately and was better than Google’s blog search again. It’s hard to test blog search engines unless you know when an event started and can count up the good links and count up the spam.

There’s no way I can — alone — test out the search engine’s quality.

So, thought I’d open it up to all of you. Which engine is now better? Why? Give us some things to test out and reproduce what you’re seeing.

Here, I’ll start. It’s Videoblogging Week this week. So let’s compare both for “videobloggingweek2007.” That’s a top search on Technorati, so it should bias pretty well for Technorati, right? Let’s see!

Technorati for videobloggingweek2007. 147 results.
Google Blog Search for videobloggingweek2007. 76 results.

I didn’t see any obvious spam, did you? I think there might have been one on Google’s results, but it’s hard to tell spam blog, or splog, from actual real blogs anymore.

Also, I didn’t notice any duplicates on either service, did you? How about on the searches you’ve tried? It does look like Technorati has pulled ahead again in this race. The UI on Technorati is certainly ahead of Google’s, especially with the little chart of how many mentions a term has gotten. Search Technorati for EMI, for instance, and you can see that it really spiked today because they announced non-DRM music which got a lot of bloggers all excited.

So, try some searches of your own. Which engine is working best for you?