Archive for February, 2007

Pipes

February 8, 2007

Yahoo has released today a new service called Pipes.

If you’re a Dapper user, think of it as a very nifty and visually appealing version of our Dapp linking feature, only today focused around RSS feeds. If you’re a Mac user, think of it as web based Automator. There’s some cool JS mojo in the works there. Really nice. Wish we had such an interface for the linking feature. Kudos to Bradley and the team for making it happen.

Naturally, many people writing about it have mentioned Dapper. It is a good complementary fit, and we’ll see how things unfold with pipes as it transforms from a cool project to show Yahoo still got it into a somewhat more strategic play.

All in all, it’s exciting times to be in this space.

Rock The Mashup

February 5, 2007

If you’re into building mashups, you’ll like this. As of today, and throughout February, you have a chance to win an iPod and a $200 iTunes gift certificate by just building a mashup. Here are the details:

Proto is a cool company we met at Mashup Camp. They have a visual software application (IDE) for building desktop mashups. Last week they launched a daily contest where the most popular mashup submitted to their site that day wins a new iPod. They’ve invited us to co-sponsor the competition, and we’ve gladly accepted. As a result, starting today, if you win the contest AND used a Dapp to power your proto mashup, you’ll get and iPod from Proto AND a $200 worth iTunes gift certificate from Dapper.

You can read more about it in our official announcement.

Getting a fully loaded iPod was never so easy…

Dapp Monitoring

February 4, 2007

Since Dapper launched in August, many of you have approached us asking “what happens when a Dapped website changes? Will the Dapp still work?” The answer has always been that if the website changes a bit, or even quite a bit, the Dapp will continue to function. If the website changes a lot, the Dapp will break. Today we’re releasing a feature that alerts the creator of a Dapp when a Dapp stops working as expected and allows him or her to edit the Dapp and fix it. Please let us know how it works for you and if you encounter any difficulties.

For what it’s worth, only about 1.3% of all Dapps are failing today, and we anticipate that, as we improve Dapper’s technology, this number will decrease. Also in the future, we plan to implement automatic correction of Dapps where possible, but in the mean time we can rely on one another to keep the Dapp pool healthy.

As always, thank you for your feedback. It leads us to implement features like these and we couldn’t do it without your input.

Distribute Your Content

February 1, 2007

Good news for content providers: today we’re unveiling a set of features aimed at making it easy to distribute your content to your users and others on the web. These tools include a wizard which enables you to provide your content to your users in new feed formats, including RSS, Google Gadgets, and more as “chicklets” on your website. Just choose the content you want to distribute and the formats for distributing it, and the wizard will generate the HTML code that you can embed directly into your site or blog. The feeds are simply transformed Dapps, so they are always up to date.

Another exciting part of today’s release is the ability to ascribe licenses to your content allowing you to determine how users can or cannot use your content through the Dapper service. These licenses include several Creative Commons licenses, for those of you familiar with the organization. We’re very happy to be working with the good people at Creative Commons and are sure that together we can do great things. By licensing your content, you can gain significant exposure and traffic for your website as well as empower valuable applications all over the web to use your content legitimately.

We’re excited by these new offerings and we hope that they will bring value to all of you who are out there producing great content. As always, we aim to empower you by enabling you to sensibly distribute your content through the Dapper service. Your feedback is critical in this process and we’re very open to hearing from you. Please contact us with any comments, questions, concerns, or bug reports.

View the press release here.


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