Posted by buddyscalera on January 6, 2009
Most dedicated Mac users I know tend to use the iLife applications that come with a new Mac. While not particularly glamorous, these apps work well together. Apple’s integration strategy makes the whole suite hard to resist.
But as the Mac market share increases, we see more companies developing new and interesting applications for OSX. Google just released a Mac desktop version of Picasa, which is designed to appeal to iPhoto users.
Based on this video, Picasa for Mac has some interesting features, particularly the ability to sync your online galleries.
I use Picasa to share pictures, so I’m likely to try the new Picasa for Mac. Picasa is functional, but not as good as Flickr for sharing pictures.
But considering the fact that Flickr is owned by Yahoo, it may be time to explore other picture-sharing networks. Yahoo’s future is pretty hazy, and they are likely to get purchased by another media company. That means networks like Flickr could undergo some significant changes.
Picasa may not be perfect, but knowing that it is backed by Google helps me have more confidence that my pictures will survive online. And the step to embrace the Mac platform just makes me plain ol’ happy.
Posted in Apple, Flickr, Google, photography, Picasa, Yahoo | Tagged: Flickr, Google, iLife, iPhoto, Mac, Macintosh, photography, photos, Picasa, Picasa for Mac, Pictures, sharing, Yahoo | 3 Comments »
Posted by buddyscalera on December 27, 2008
I’ve been posting more pictures these days to photo sharing sites. My two current favorites are Flickr and Picasa.
Picasa (owned by Google) offers some nice sharing features, including the ability to embed your photos inside your blog. It makes it easy to share a gallery…except on WordPress. (Unless I pay for a WordPress upgrade.)
At least I can embed a preview image that links to the Picasa gallery:
Flickr (owned by Yahoo) is also a cool service, but it only allows you to insert a link to your gallery. That’s sort of old school, considering all of the cool things you can do with widgets and code.
Flickr has a really vibrant and engaging social network, which is one of the reasons it’s so popular. I can join groups where I can share my photos and I can track photographers I like. By comparison, Picasa’s social community is a little weak.
On the other hand, Picasa offers many cool features, including the ability to upload video and embed slideshows. For the same features, Flickr requires you to pay $24.95 to get the premium features, which include basics like the ability create multiple galleries.
If one of these sites offered the right package, I’d certainly be willing to pay. Of course, I want to pay according to my needs. So, I’d pay $12 a year for upgraded consumer services on Flickr. And if I wanted pro-level services, I’d be willing to pony up $24.95. With only two choices (free or $24.95), I’m sticking with free.
On the Picasa side, I’d like to see Google do a better job of integrating their other services. I already use many Google services, so I’d pay extra to have them synchronized. Again, give me some pricing thresholds, and I’ll choose the one that makes the most sense.
Posted in freeware, Google, new media, photo reference, photography, Uncategorized, Yahoo | Tagged: Flickr, Google, photography, photos, Picasa, Pictures, sharing, upgrade, Yahoo | 1 Comment »
Posted by buddyscalera on July 30, 2008
Okay, sharpen your keyboards, and get ready to search. Which of the 1,400 top search engines do you use?
What? You only use Google? Pfeh! You mainstream, conformist, follower. (Use Yahoo? Don’t gloat, it’s not exactly “indy.”)
By industry estimates, there’s over 1,400 search engines floating around these days. Really. Here’s the Top 100 Alternative Search Engines.
And that doesn’t even include http://www.cuil.com, which recently launched. (It’s pronounced “cool.” Yes, really.)
Some of the others have equally creative names like ChaCha.com, Twerq.com, Twingly.com, Famhoo.com, and Mahalo.com.
So why so many search engines? Well, most engines have highly specialized search parameters. That’s a fancy way of saying that they narrow searches to a specialized audience.
Again, so why so many search engines? Well, if you’re Summarize.com, it’s for profit. Twitter.com bought the Twitter-only search engine Summarize.com for a cool $15M.
Search is big business and it’s getting bigger. Hey, I have a great idea. How about a personal search engine for everyone in the world? I’ll make billions!
What? Oh yeah, they already have that at Rollyo.com.
That’s clever web-speak for “Roll Your Own.” Oh…how cuil.
Posted in Google, new media, Search, technology, Uncategorized, Yahoo | Tagged: chacha.com, Cuil.com, famhoo.com, Google, mahalo.com, Rollyo.com, Search, Search Engines, SEM, summarize, twerq.com, twingly.com, twitter, Yahoo | 4 Comments »
Posted by buddyscalera on June 14, 2008
Lots of people, including me, use free applications. This blog is on the free version of WordPress.
But free really isn’t free. There’s always a price.
As Google grows, more people register to use their free tools, including GMail, Google Documents, YouTube, and this little tool called “Search.” Yes, and it’s all free. We love free, right?
Google is a for-profit company that has a responsibility to it’s shareholders and employees. The smart engineers who write the code for these free applications…well, they need to get paid. Everyone needs to get paid.
So how does Google make money? Well, right now, they leverage the immense amount of data that they capture every time we do a search. Or they monetize the content of our emails. Or our social networks. Or our video viewing habits.
Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, WordPress and others offer free services with the hopes of getting a LOT of people to register. Then, they monetize it by selling profiling data about how we use their free services. (Note: Broadcast television and radio work in similar ways. Newspapers charge a fraction of what it costs to print and deliver the paper. It’s all fueled by advertising.)
Many people are thrilled that there’s a free alternative to Microsoft’s Office suite. But when you buy their software, you get a certain amount of protected anonymity. Microsoft isnt data mining information from your private Excel spreadsheets, but free services like Google Documents and Zoho can. The front end of these services are free, but they need to find a way to earn a profit. And currently that’s done by aggregating user behavior and selling it to advertisers.
There’s really no such thing as free. And with Internet applications, free is a temporary concept. Eventually, we will all have to pay.
Posted in freeware, Gmail, Google, marketing, Yahoo, YouTube | Tagged: data mining, free, freeware, Gmail, Google, Microsoft, SEM, Yahoo, YouTube, Zoho | 7 Comments »