Pie for mass consumption

Advanced Pie
Advanced Pie

Yet another great Google API for the masses, on the fly charts. You can simply use a URL and set of parameters to describe your chart and the output is an image file.  So, use the url in your blog post or place it in your href tage and get a great looking chart in a snap.

Down side, there arent as many options as I would like through the API URL; I cant show perentages on te pie chart. Put they look great, they are easy to use and you can update them on te fly simply by changing the URL.

Check out more information on this cool little feature at http://code.google.com/apis/chart/

or try one of these examples:  Pie Chart, Bar Chart, and even a QR Code.

Google Data API’s

Data APIs
Data API's

Get google search results for all data streems

Here is an example of getting their images:

http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/search/images?v=1.0&q=Paris%20Hilton&callback=foo&context=bar

These API’s can be called through JavaScript scripts and class definitions Google provides (see below) or trough URL API  calls.

These API’s are great for mashup sites or to help you increase the on page data you display to your users to show relevant topics and increase engagement or decrease clicks for data as the browse your site. I used a couple of them, for example, on http://www.appmakr.com/try_demo to pull relevant RSS feeds and Images based on a companies domain name.

You can read more about this service and browse through googles documentation below:

Documentation home:

http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxsearch/documentation/

AJAX:

http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxsearch/documentation/reference.html

URL Based:

http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxsearch/documentation/reference.html#_restUrlBase

Data API List:

http://code.google.com/apis/gdata/

Google Data API's

Data APIs
Data API's

Get google search results for all data streems

Here is an example of getting their images:

http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/search/images?v=1.0&q=Paris%20Hilton&callback=foo&context=bar

These API’s can be called through JavaScript scripts and class definitions Google provides (see below) or trough URL API  calls.

These API’s are great for mashup sites or to help you increase the on page data you display to your users to show relevant topics and increase engagement or decrease clicks for data as the browse your site. I used a couple of them, for example, on http://www.appmakr.com/try_demo to pull relevant RSS feeds and Images based on a companies domain name.

You can read more about this service and browse through googles documentation below:

Documentation home:

http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxsearch/documentation/

AJAX:

http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxsearch/documentation/reference.html

URL Based:

http://code.google.com/apis/ajaxsearch/documentation/reference.html#_restUrlBase

Data API List:

http://code.google.com/apis/gdata/

Twitter Quandry

Question

In this first week of my entering into the blog/twitter posting arena I figured I would ask anyone out there a basic question on etiquette. How many twitter posts should one post a day that respects the balance between informative and just too damn noisy.

If  you think you have a list of what makes a good tweet vs. a bad one let me know, I am curious whether “ughhhhh my steak is burnt” is allowable and at what rate people will let it through without un-following.

Here are some posts of what others have had to say:

http://realestatezebra.com/5-rules-for-using-twitter

http://odeo.com/episodes/24599142-Spy-On-Me-or-5-Rules-of-Twitter-by-HotForWords

http://sbinfocanada.about.com/od/socialmedia/a/twitterpromo.htm

http://mashable.com/2008/12/08/how-to-quiet-the-twitter-noise/

Yammer

Yammer.com
Yammer.com

The social graph has once again been pushed onto corp. America.  It’s the ubiquitous comment board that allows the motive of  “I want to tell people, but not specifically anyone in particular or for any particular reason”  model. In this case someone is trying to put a cage around this monstrous beast so we can freely share what on our mind within a small community, such as your office.

After playing with yammer a bit I must say the sign up process is pretty neat. They make it work centric so that as you invite people you begin mapping out your corporate hierarchy. i.e. invite Jon who is my employee and Deborah who is my boss.

Another features I have already found some use for is the in-company hashtags like #sick or #launch w/ announcements, so as not clutter your inbox but still keep you informed and within a timeline.

yammerfox is cool also a cool add-on feature. It puts a FireFox plugin into your browser so you don’t have to be on the site to see what’s up.  They have picked out a nice little space between IM, twitter and email in a business setting.

I look forward to seeing what else yammer can do for the company and I’m curious to see if it seems cooler then it ends up being useful…..

Preface – My First Blog & The Dreaded Blank Page

I have been wanting to start a Blog for sometime now, as it is the thing to do  for any entrepreneur these days.  Although most wouldn’t argue that I have allot to say and love to share my take on the philosophy of life, business, technology and more I have found it extremely difficult to translate those passions onto the ‘digital journal’ scene.

They say a blank page is one of the greatest barriers to overcome when starting a paper, so I decided to post this post about why I’m starting to post and why I haven’ t as of yet as the ‘blank page killer’.

Another big mental barrier for me has been my disdain for the speed limiting need for perfect grammar, spelling and my fear of public ridicule and my comfort in Anonymity.  Writing on a public forum is like walking in public in just my boxers and a big sign with my name attached to my chest, but F*$K it right?