RockMelt: New Social Browser

\"RockMelt\"Meet RockMelt, the new browser in town. It is made for sharing and it defies the norm of web browsers. It uses Facebook authentication and it is on the cloud, storing and synchronizing your setting, bookmarks, etc.

All these features are cool but I\’m not sold.

At first I wanted to try it but it is asking too much from my Facebook account. It asks for my name, profile picture, gender, network, userid, list of friends, and other information that I\’ve shared to everyone. It may also post status messages, notes, photos and videos to my Wall. Sounds too much for me. Clearly, this browser is for sharing but I don\’t want my browsing habits to be profiled. No thanks.


If you happen to use Rockmelt, the first you\’ll see is the landing page. It says: share easily, search faster, connect with friends, and keep up on news. Most power users already have a \”workflow\” on sharing, searching, socializing and keeping up with news. Whether it improves the whole experience is subjective. I\’ve tried the original social browser Flock and I always prefer to use another software to manage what I share online.

If Flock is to Firefox, then Rockmelt is to Chrome. Rockmelt is built on Chromium with added rails on the left and the right. On the left side are your favorite Facebook contacts. On the right are your bookmarks. Honestly I don\’t like it. It looks cluttered.

There are so many things going on. Updates and notification are pushed on the interface. If you don\’t know how to filter your media consumption, the experience won\’t be faster or easier, just noisier. There goes the saying, \”more is less\”.

Meltrock asks a lot of change to early adopters, Robert Scoble wrote. I agree.

As long as Meltrock does not allow non-Facebook login (i.e. Twitter), I\’ll probably not use it.

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Digg Bury Button Returned

After launching the fourth iteration of the popular news website most users revolted against the new In particular, many missed the bury button.

The bury button serves us the opposite of \”digg\” and when someone bury a story, it actually make the story disappear off the front page when certain amount of votes are tallied. Even silly stories get promoted to front page if they get enough votes but they are easily countered by groups dedicated to mass burying unfavorable stories. The new system created a bias to users with more followers and it left no option to demote stories.


The return of the bury button is one of few steps made by the new Digg CEO Matt Williams to stop the decline of traffic and to win back the disappointed community that made it one of the best social news website.

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Twitter Ads, Promoted Tweets, Comes to Hootsuite

It’s time for Twitter to make some money. Starting today Twitter is rolling out its ad platform, Promoted Tweets, to more than 900,000 Hootsuite users.

Hootsuite is one of the most popular third-party Twitter client and I personally use the service. The Vancouver-based startup will share the money generated from Twitter ads.


Just this morning, I saw how promoted tweets looks like in Hootsuite. The advertisements are inserted to the user’s Twitter streams from companies like Virgin, Starbucks and Red Bull, according to sources. I didn’t see ads from these companies but I saw a promoted tweet from Washington Posts. It is straight forward and looks exactly like a normal tweet except that it is labeled “promoted by [advertiser name]” below. It is not intrusive. As long as it looks like a typical text ad and kept to tolerable level, this will be the equivalent of Google’s Adsense in Twitter.

Next month, Promoted Tweets will be available in Tweetdeck.

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Disable Facebook Group Chat

When I first used the new Facebook group chat, I was annoyed that I could not turn off the the messages flashing on my screen. I could minimize it but it still annoyed me. The chat feature was designed to be a fundamental element in FB groups but there are times that you just don\’t want to read chats, e.g. you\’re busy and you just want to skim through published posts, links or docs.

Due to insistent public demand, FB now has an option to disable the group chat in two easy steps. I wish that it could be just a one-click step but Facebook wants to hide the option, apparently.

Anyway, just follow the screenshots to disable the group chat:



Once you have opt-out of group chat messages, you will no longer receive the messages from online users but if you wish to enable FB group chat again, just go back on the same option and check it.

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New Feedburner RSS and Problem in Technorati

Ove\"Feedburner\"r the weekend, I configured my Feedburner feeds and email subscription link and it took me several hours to get the result that I really wanted. It has been a long while since I used Feedburner so it was quite frustrating but rewarding at the same time. I really appreciate what Google did in improving Feedburner.

In addition to that, I also realized that I already have a number of RSS feed subscribers much higher than I expected. If you are one of my subscribers, the old RSS feed may not work because I have to redirect my old RSS feed to the new Feedburner RSS address. When it happens, kindly add the new RSS address, please?

Right now I am fixing my accounts in the blogosphere website Technorati. I know a lot has changed since I last used it but I don’t understand how my blog dropped to an abysmal authority of 1. Was it because of the site change that took place last October? The worse thing is the website rejects all information that I try to update. Basically, it’s not working!

\"Technorati\"Later on, I found out that I am experiencing a 3-month-old problem. I’m really disappointed. Where is the website that I used to enjoy before? Somehow, I am getting the impression that it is losing its magic among bloggers.

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Delicious Bookmarks: Always Mark As Private

\"\"Delicious bookmarks, originally, has been around for years already. It revolutionized the way we share content in the internet, especially on how we use bookmarks. Social bookmarking suddenly became a hot trend and many alternatives popped up.

Competition is good. It should drive innovation and give more freedom for users but nothing really beats the original, most of the times.

For those people who are stuck in Delicious bookmarks, many wishes that we  get an option to filter what we share publicly. For instance, I like to opt out some tags as public because I want to keep some bookmarks private. I was thankful when Delicious team introduced Delicious private bookmarks on March 2006 but until today, the functionality is still lacking more controls or options.

Fortunately there are two ways that I know to make all new bookmarks in Delicious marked as private by default.

Note: From my last test, this works with Firefox 5 using the official Delicious add-on.

  1. Use userscript. You must have Greasemonkey, then install this nifty Private checkscript.When I tested this, it only works with bookmarklets but it does not work with the official Delicious add-on.If you are using the official Delicious add-on, then I suggest you use the next option.
  2. Configure about:config
    1. Go to about:config, right click somewhere then add a new integer
    2. Then, type [email protected] and enter 1.After adding that, you should see something like this:\"Private

So now that you can bookmark privately by default, you only explicitly choose which bookmarks to share.


Update (2011/07/18): as you may know already, AVOS bought Delicious from Yahoo. Acording to their timeline, Delicious migration to AVOS management will be in transition until July 2011. If you have not allowed your bookmarks to be moved outside Yahoo your bookmarks will be gone.

For the complete details read this post and the FAQ.

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