WordPress launches WordPress TV

Automattic, the company behind the blogging platforms wordpress.com and wordpress.org launched a new service today: wordpress.tv.

WordPress TV is meant to become “your visual resource for all things WordPress“. The new platform will share all videos on WordPress insights, skills, hacks and knowledge. Focus lies on both the blogging software wordpress.org and the free bloghost wordpress.com. But there’s also room for interviews, presentations and reports from WordPress related events. From the WordPress.tv blog:

Our goal with WordPress.tv is simple: To make it easy for you to find up-to-date, WordPress-themed video content within a couple of clicks. Without having to wade through spammy promotional videos, out-of-date content, and missing chunks of presentations.

For now WordPress.tv already contains more than 200 movies, but I’m sure the total amount will increase significantly in the weeks to come…

Google favicons, a history…

Since almost two weeks, Google uses a new favicon. It’s the second time in less than one year Google changes its favorites icon:

Google favicon 1

This classic favicon was used for almost 8 years.

Google favicon 2

In May 2008, the favicon was changed for the first time ever. The protest was immense and in June 2008, Google started to encourage users to submit their own favicon suggestions.

Google favicon 3

In January 2009, a final new favicon was deducted from all user suggestions. Once again, the reactions are not exactly enthusiastic. But I’m sure we’ll get used to it…

Since the last update, the GMail favicon has unfortunately disappeared completely , but the Google Analytics favicon still stands… for now.

GMail favicon

Google Analytics favicon

Hey YouTube, I don’t want to search before watching an embedded video!

As YouTube stated, almost 44% of all YouTube videos are watched embedded on other websites. No need to say the YouTube guys are looking for ways to seduce those embedded viewers into watching more videos and thus spending more indirect time on YouTube.

And that’s why in the beginning of november a few new features were launched, including a search box at the end of the video you just watched:

YouTube embedded search box at the end of the movie

Smart and handy if you ask me. I’m sure this extra feature will increase the time users spend watching YouTube videos. But today I saw a little variation I haven’t been able to reproduce yet. On a page with three different embedded YouTube movie, one of the three had a search box added to the player at the beginning of the movie (hey, I don’t want to start a search before watching the video…). I don’t know whether it was just a test or something they plan to roll out in the near future. It looks something like this:

YouTube embedded search box at the start of the movie

Looks strange, doesn’t it? Maybe you can reproduce it or know something more about it. So far, I found several articles and posts about a search box at the end of the movie, but I didn’t manage to find one about a search box before the movie starts…

The Google Chrome browser countdown has begun

Google Chrome browser logoIn a few hours, Google will launch the first version of Google Chrome, an open source browser, powered by Google. The rumors have been around for a long time and there were even moments when Google denied they were working on a Google browser. But today, a little earlier than expected, a mail containing a comic book about Google Chrome was sent to a few Google minded bloggers. As a result, Google made an official statement confirming the imminent launch of Google Chrome.

Apparently, Google took the best elements of all browsers available and mixed them into what they hope to be the ultimate browsers. I can’t wait to give it a try. And there’s more, all code will be made open source. I know which page I’m going to check first thing tomorrow morning…

Google Chrome browser

Another small step for Google towards total internet domination ;-)

Facebook hits the 100 million users

Earlier today Facebook was proud to announce its 100th million user. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the social networking site announced it himself on the Facebook blog:

Facebook not really protecting your privacy

We hit a big milestone today — 100 million people around the world are now using Facebook. This is a really gratifying moment for us because it means a lot that you have decided that Facebook is a good, trusted place for you to share your lives with your friends. So we just wanted to take this moment to say, “thanks.”

We spend all our time here trying to build the best possible product that enables you to share and stay connected, so the fact that we’re growing so quickly all over the world is very rewarding. Thanks for all your support and stay tuned for more great things in the future.

Trends indicate that Facebook is now growing faster than rival MySpace that counts more than 200 million users. It took Facebook four and a half years to hit the magic number of 100 million users while MySpace did it in just 3 years.

The new Facebook design that was launched a few weeks ago seems to be a big success (?) since more than 20% of the users has already adopted the new interface.