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Web Apps Is a Q&A Forum for Web Application Enthusiasts [Forums]
Q&A web site Web Apps brings the novel forum-meets-social-news setup of the very popular programmer site Stack Overflow to the web application arena, providing advanced users of web applications with a forum to ask and answer questions about their favorite webapps. More »

Apps - Ask an Expert - IPhone - Stack Overflow - Computers and Technology
Forums  Q&A  web_applications  Webapps  from google
july 2010 by tinynow
The Two-Year Lag from Web 2.0 to Enterprise 2.0
by Hutch CarpenterThe Enterprise 2.0 sector draws heavy inspiration from innovations in the Web 2.0 world. Indeed, the name itself, Enterprise '2.0' reflects this influence. From a product management perspective, Web 2.0, and its derivations social networking and social media are great proving grounds for features before coding them into your application.A fruitful area to review is how long it takes for a feature to go from some level of decent adoption in the consumer realm to becoming part of the mainstream Enterprise 2.0 vendor landscape. The list of features that have made the jump - forums, wikis, blogs, tagging, social networking, activity streams, status updates - is impressive. Let's look at three features that made the leap, with an eye toward how long it took.Here's the back-up for those dates.Wikis: Wikis got their start back in 1995. From there they grew, and the application became popular with computer programmers. But it hadn't caught hold outside that culture. Wikipedia was launched in January 2001, and grew rapidly over its first two years. It wasn't yet mainstream, but it clearly had caught a wave among early adopters. As recounted on the history of wikis page in Wikipedia, 2004-2006 saw an explosion of interest in wikis from companies.Social networking: Defined as enabling social profiles, and connecting with others. Facebook started in 2004, and grew very popular among colleges. In 2006, it opened up its membership beyond college students, and turned down a $1 billion offer from Yahoo! Clearly, the company was on fire (even then).In April 2008, Jive released Clearspace 2.0, which was touted as Facebook for the enterprise. Socialtext 3.0 was released in September 2008, and it included Socialtext People, its social networking feature. And I can tell you that at BEA Systems, there was a second quarter 2008 release of a Facebook for the enterprise in the Aqualogic product line.Microblogging: Twitter. The source of it all. Twitter actually was conceived as an idea back in 2000, and company was started from a 2006 brainstorming session at Odeo. But it really hit big with the early adopter set at 2007's South by Southwest (SXSW).Microblogging broke into the Enterprise 2.0 world when Yammer won best-of-show at the September 2008 TechCrunch 50. But that doesn't count as mainstreaming into Enterprise 2.0. Yammer proceeded to grow strongly the next few months. And Socialtext introduced Signals in March 2009.So there's some documentation backing my 2-year cycle for Web 2.0 innovations to move from hitting the early adopter set to the Enterprise 2.0 sector. Note that this doesn't apply to every Web 2.0 innovation. No one ever talked about "MySpace for the Enterprise" and there's really not a Flickr in the Enterprise 2.0 umbrella.Which raises a question about today's hottest Web 2.0 trend...Foursquare for the Enterprise?Foursquare, and its up-n-coming competitor Gowalla, are all the rage these days. These location-based social networks are good for seeing what friends are doing. Foursquare also integrates features that reward participation (points), add a sense of competition (mayors) and provide recognition (badges).Mark Fidelman recently wrote about Foursquare and Enterprise 2.0. And using our handy two-year lag calculation, somewhere in early 2012 the first mainstream Enterprise 2.0 will integrate Foursquare features. Actually, two of them.Location check-insEmployees will check in their locations from all around the globe. Sales meetings, customer on-site deployments, sourcing trips, conferences, etc. Sure, this info might be in the Outlook Calendar. But even if it is, Outlook Calendar entries aren't social objects. These check-ins will allow you to know where colleagues are, including those you don't know well. But wouldn't it be nice to know if some other employee visited someplace you're investigating?These check-ins can be even more tactical. Folks who are part of a meeting in a conference room all check-in. Voila! Meeting attendance, which everyone can see. For an individual employee, these check-ins become a personal history of what you did over the past week.Mayorships, Badges, PointsFoursquare makes it fun, and for many people, addicting, to check-in. You get points and *bonuses* when you check into the places you go. If you check in to the same place enough times, you get to be mayor of a venue and tweet it about it. You earn badges for accomplishing different things in the Foursquare system.These features have had the effect of motivating legions of people to participate. It's fun to see your stats. It's fun to get a little competitive. It's great when you get that notification that you've earned a new badge.Andrew McAfee wrote a series of posts exploring the question of whether knowledge workers should have Enterprise 2.0 ratings. This chart was from one of his posts:Well, the Foursquare approach certainly takes us down this path, albeit in a fun way.So what do you think? Personally, I'm looking forward to more Foursquare in the enterprise.Don't miss an article - Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Continuous Innovation group!Hutch Carpenter is the Vice President of Product at Spigit. Spigit integrates social collaboration tools into a SaaS enterprise idea management platform used by global Fortune 2000 firms to drive innovation.
Social_Network  Foursquare  Web_Applications  Web_2.0  Innovation  Hutch_Carpenter  Enterprise_2.0  from google
march 2010 by tinynow
Web Resizer Shrinks Your Photos to Bandwidth-Friendly Sizes [Image Editing]
Photos still look great for web-viewing even when they're at resolutions well below the optimal size for printing. Resize and resample your images down to a more reasonable size at Web Resizer.
Photo by docentjoyce.

Upload a photo to Web Resizer and you can not only resize the image to smaller dimensions, but tweak its appearance and image quality. You can round the corners or leave them square, add a border, crop, rotate, sharpen and adjust the image quality to push the image size down even further. If you're unable to decide which image quality setting is best, you can check the "Compare Image Sizes" box and Web Resizer will lay out images in increments of 10 points on the scale for you to compare. You can also do basic adjustments to the contrast, exposure, and tint of the image.

It's not a tool for batch conversion or heavy editing but for individual tweaking to optimize a handful of site images or adjust a profile picture to fit within the size and resolution requirements of a site you want to upload it to, it's a handy and free tool. Have a favorite online editor? Let's hear about it in the comments.

Web Resizer [via gHacks]
Image_Editing  digital_images  Images  Photos  Pictures  web_application  web_applications  from google
march 2010 by tinynow
LessProjects Organizes Your Projects Into Bite-Sized Pieces [Project Management]
If you're in the market for a project management application that lets you organize lots and lots of little tasks that make up the bigger picture, LessProjects may be just the app for you.
This free, web-based app helps you manage all the assorted tasks that make up large projects, and also track who you've assigned them to and whether they're complete or not. LessProjects makes it easy to tell at a glance if tasks are in development, under review, completed, or not even started.

One of our favorite features is the sticky notes view that displays all a project's tasks in column form. You can easily drag individual tasks around and sort them in different ways via drag and drop. Each task is color-coded so you can tell at a glance whether the important things are getting done or not.

Sifting through projects and tasks is a snap; sort according to priority, status, finished or unfinished tasks. As tasks are completed, its value is added to the "project completed" total so you can enjoy the satisfaction of edging toward the 100% mark.

We've written about various project management apps before, like recently mentioned Gantter, but LessProjects' is another solid option that makes it easy to corral all those little details and to-dos that sometimes slip through the cracks when you're working on a big project.

Less Projects
Project_Management  Project  task_management  web_applications  from google
january 2010 by tinynow

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