After Instagram, Its now Swaylo for Facebook TakeOver

Facebook just made what appears to be another “acqui-hire,” with the purchase of Threadsy, a TechCrunch Disrupt startup that went on to make a marketing tool called Swaylo. The terms were undisclosed.

What’s interesting about the deal is that the startup’s paid product SwayloPro will continue to run as a separate company for its current investors. Threadsy was backed by August Capital and Maveron Capital. There have been a few other cases in the past where Facebook has approached a team for talent, and only part of a company wanted to join (or alternately, only part of a company passed Facebook’s rigorous hiring process). When Facebook did a partial acquisition of Zenbe back in 2010, it took three employees.

Threadsy started out as a way for people to see all of their social feeds and communication from different networks like Facebook and Twitter in one place. But they then changed toward a paid service that helped brands see which influencers they needed to establish relationships with to find new customers on social networks.

Source:

On Swaylo’s Blog, It is written

Swaylo offers you the opportunity to see what kind and how much attention you’re getting for the things you post, share, and like on social media networks. Through an analysis of your social graph, Swaylo reflects your Sway – the impact your online activities have in your social circle and across the social graph.

Today we’re announcing that Threadsy will be acquired by Facebook. Threadsy is the company that operates Swaylo.com, provides people with their Sway score, and helps businesses, organizations and brands connect with their social influencers. ….

http://blog.swaylo.com/?static=true

HostGator Sold Out to EIG for $225M

EIG has just added Hostgator to its list of Web Hosting Companies Hosting Power-House “HostGator” with a deal around $225 Million.  in plain terms “The major hosting giant HostGator has been sold

According to the sources HostGator has been sold to EIG [Endurance International Group]. The deal is already signed however there is no specific reason mentioned for it. This is a major occurrence in the web hosting industry. EIG is a group of web hosting companies and over a period of time they have acquired many prominent web hosting companies. Among the arena of web hosting companies, EIG also has HostGator now.

People Talk: http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1168297

For a list of all Web Hosting Companies own by EIG, Check http://forums.eukhost.com/showthread.php?t=17120&p=101246, many of these hosting companies include ipage, powweb, and fatcow.

Are you a Customer of Hostgator like me? Then you are probably wondering how this will affect you? Well on the surface it shouldnt if EIG keeps the standard from HostGator but History may not be on their side due to other messy acquisitions. I simply say start some major backup and get a portfolio ready for shipment, Why?

This kind of acquistion will results in many of the Following

  • Prices Review which you may not like anymore
  • Service Change / Offerings (Downgrade or Upgrade) which may not favour you
  • Service Stability (especially if EIG decides to ship the Hostgator to its own Data Center, then Downtime here i come)

So Just saying, Be Happy and be sad at the same time…Question is ever thought Hostgator could be bought over?

The 2011 Internet Vs 2010 Internet…2012 Internet?

Where were you on the Internet in 2010? What about in 2011? The folks over at Royal Pingdom have compiled a nice set of data for the Internet, by the Internet. That is, an entire list of data about email, websites, web servers, domain names by their .dot web addresses, Internet users by country, types of social media, web browser usage, mobile users, videos and images. We decided to take a look at the data points that tell us the most about the read/write web: websites and domain names, Facebook, Twitter and Internet users by continent. More importantly, we’ll look at how the Internet of 2011 compares to the Internet of 2010.

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The World Wide Web is 20 Years Old ~ aUG 6

The historic NeXT computer used by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, on display in the Microcosm exhibition at CERN. It was the first web server, hypermedia browser and web editor.

Berners-Lee created a browser-editor with the goal of developing a tool to make the Web a creative space to share and edit information and build a common hypertext. What should they call this new browser: The Mine of Information? The Information Mesh? When they settled on a name in May 1990, it was the WorldWideWeb and It was August 6, 1991, at a CERN facility in the Swiss Alps, when 36-year-old physicist Tim Berners-Lee published the first-ever website. It was, not surprisingly, a pretty basic one — according to CERN.
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A world of 2.09 Billion Journalists

Yes! Our world can lay claim to over 2.09 billion journalists covering everything from everything. And yes that includes you and I using the Internet, Ha ha you get my point, Whatever you do on the Internet today as long as you give your feedback online you have joined the news train. Years ago, the Web was all about static pages where we just read from but today thanks to feedback systems and flexible web systems we all write to and for the Web.

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Google Chrome OS-based laptop: the Cr-48 is here

Google has officially unveiled the Cr-48, the first Chrome OS laptop. But the only way to get one soon is to be a member of the upcoming pilot program.

From Google’s Chrome OS website…

“The Chrome operating system is a work in progress. We’re looking for the right users to try it out and tell us how we can make it better.

Each participant in the Pilot program will receive a Cr-48 Chrome notebook; in return, we’ll expect you to use it regularly and send us detailed feedback”.

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Google Instant: A new search enhancement

Do you know that Google is 12 years this year 2010? September to be precise and the search giant is still a giant. read about google from the early days at stanford here

Google Instant

Quoted from the service page “Google Instant is a new search enhancement that shows results as you type. We are pushing the limits of our technology and infrastructure to help you get better search results, faster. Our key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type“.

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HTML5 – The Future of Web Developments

What is HTML5?

HTML5 is currently under development, as the next major revision of the HTML standard and like its immediate predecessors, HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.1, HTML5 is a standard for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. However, It is not to be released until 2022, Yes 2022 (thats funny or crazy?), Thats like 13 years from Now. One good thing though is that some browsers have started incorporating the HTML5 features into their capabilities like mozilla 4, Chrome 6, IE 9 so developers may not have to wait that long for this holy grail. read more on HTML readiness at webmonkey and its timetable.

HTML5 buzz has been on since for a while now so why would i still call it a buzz? Well, Implementation is just taking place with the standard <canvas> release in most browsers, the use with CSS3 and the rapid adaptability of the web browsers to HTML5. Bzzz or no buzz? If release is 2022, i think a buzz is still safe…lol

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Dynamic HTML Drop down Menu using PHP

Many of us are familiar with the HTML drop down menu which allows us select a choice within a list of options. A typical example for Male and Female is written as

<select name=”select”>

<option value=”m”>Male</option>

<option value=”f”>Female</option>

</select>

However, using this input during Form filling poses no threat until when you (as a developer) want to call/retrieve the users profile from the database with the chosen option in the List Menu. Well this is one thing HTML will sure not help you with. Server side scripting does a lot of its “magic” between the Browser, Web Server and Database. Using PHP, I have seen in some blogs and site where the HTML List Menu was tweaked to generate the desired result like;

<?php

$sql=mysql_query(“select gender from profile where user=’$_POST[‘user’]’”);

$row=mysql_fetch_array($sql);

echo “<select name=\”select\”>”;

If (isset($row[‘user’]))    {

…..

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