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Del.icio.us

In the almost constant stream of announcements we had during last weeks (Amazon, Apple, Google, HP, …), one of the potentially most interesting and useful tool of the web has gone through a restyle in the shadow. Del.icio.us (it’s now delicious.com, but I used to love the old URL), probably the most popular social bookmarking web services, has been bought by AVOS System (the Company founded by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen … anybody said YouTube?) back in April, and at the end of September it launched with a new look and a new feature.

I joined Del.icio.us in 2006, when I was starting to have a lot of interesting websites and pages to store somewhere and to access from everywhere. I used it a little in the beginning, then I froze my account for some 4 years, since I really didn’t find the service as useful as it promised to be. I didn’t exactly know the reason I stopped using it at that time, but I simply found out I did not go through my past bookmarks as frequently as I first thought.

Last year I logged into Del.icio.us once again. The need to store information was at a high level and I really needed a tool (a web tool) to help me with it. Unfortunately, for the second time Del.icio.us failed to satisfy me. I then started to figure out why it did so. And that was the reason why I surfed through the net and found tools like WebNotes, Diigo and Amplify. None of these web tools are state-of-the-art, but each of them is a few steps ahead Del.icio.us, even after its last restyle and the introduction of “Stacks”.

Delicious.com - Social Bookmarking Logo

Read why Del.icio.us failed to satisfy me (and possibly many other users)

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Amazon Kindle Fire Unveiled!

Here it is! Amazon’s Kindle Fire!

Amazon Kindle Fire

Everything you need to know about Amazon’s Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire?

Tomorrow is the day of Amazon.com Press Conference, the one where, as many believe, the first tablet from the worldwide known bookseller will be announced. It’s a Conference to look at with interest, since many people think that the new Kindle Fire (this should be the name of Amazon’s Tablet according to this article.. quite an aggressive name) could be the first and unique real competitor for the Apple iPad.

Amazon Kindle Fire announcement event invitation

What to expect from Amazon Kindle Fire

Facebook Timeline

During F8 Developers Conference yesterday, Facebook announced the new users’ profile, which they named Timeline. Of course, I couldn’t resist trying it right away and here are my first impressions and feelings about this new Facebook revolution.

Facebook Timeline - My Profile

Meet Facebook Timeline

Facebook vs Google Plus

The battle between Facebook and Google Plus is getting hot. And as someone said some days ago, the winner in this battle is the user, who gets new long-awaited features and improvements to social networks (and, for those who are that sort of person, new reasons to complain).

Google Plus vs Facebook

See all the new features in Facebook and Google Plus

New Facebook Subscribe Feature

Facebook is about to launch a new feature for its users that will allow people to “subscribe” to profiles without becoming “friends”. Facebook users will have the possibility to choose whether to put a “subscribe” button on their profile, therefore granting the possibility to visitors to follow their public updates without entering in their “friends list”. This is a feature Facebook designed expecially for “journalists, artists and political figures”, and in general for all those users who want their public updates spread without necessarily accepting friendship requests by unknown people.

Facebook feature, new subscribe button

After putting the “subscribe” button in your profile, everyone will be able to follow your public updates (the choice in the updates is between “public”, “friends” and “custom”), and you will not be asked to approve subscription requests. You can, on the other way, decide whether subscribers can comment your updates and whether you will or you will not receive notifications for each new subscriber.

Find out how you can control your friends’ news feed with this new feature

Web Notes

In the last few months I’ve felt more and more the need to store the web pages I read (and which are of some interest to me) in one single place where I can access them easily. Needless to say that “browsers’ favorites” is not the tool for me: it is somehow “local”, while I was looking for something more “free”. I therefore tried to go back to del.icio.us, which I used some years ago, but once again I was not fully satisfied (and in my case “being not fully satisfied” is the first step in the very sad path also known as “giving up”, when it comes to technology in general).

What I was really looking for was a tool that would allow me not only to store web pages on the web, but also to annotate them, highlight crucial sentences and points (so that I don’t have to read the whole page again to remember why I saved it), store them in folders, share them with friends and co-workers and access them wherever I go. I started Googling and one of the first result was Web Notes, a tool I now can’t imagine my weblife without.

Web Notes - A tool to annotate and share web pages

Find out more about Web Notes