Archive for March, 2007

Making Web Sites into Web Services

March 21, 2007

Read/WriteWeb has an excellent writeup about the evolution of the current web into a web where every website can be accessed in structured form.  Their analysis of the current state of affairs is insightful and definitely worth a read.

With regard to the section about content rights and legality, some great points are made.  It’s important to note that Dapper has been working hard to provide solutions for content providers to retain control over their content while granting legitimacy to content consumers who want to use content without pirating it.  If you haven’t checked it out already, see our content licensing mechanism.  And keep checking back, as we’ll be adding new features in the near future.

It’s exciting to see this space evolve and to be involved with providing access to the structured content that fuels the newest and coolest applications on the Internet.

Technical Difficulties

March 11, 2007

The dapper.net and dappit.com domain names are currently not responding due to a major outage at our DNS provider (GoDaddy). While they’re working on the problem, you can access the Dapper service directly using its IP address, 207.150.191.84.

We’re sorry for the inconvenience and hope that it is resolved soon.

Update: the problems seem to have to been resolved.  Thanks to everyone for their patience.

Dapper Hardware Upgrade

March 6, 2007

In the early morning hours of tomorrow, March 7th (US time), Dapper’s servers will be undergoing an upgrade. You can expect the Dapper website and the Dapper service to be offline for a short while. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that the impact on your services, feeds, Dapps, and applications will be minimal. When the service comes back up, we anticipate that everyone will benefit from improved performance. Please contact us with any questions or if you notice problems once we are back up.

DapperFox: RSSify the Web

March 5, 2007

DapperFox Logo

Today we’re releasing DapperFox, a Firefox extension for RSS lovers. It allows you to create an RSS feed for any website you’re browsing as well as preview and subscribe to feeds other Dapper users have created. As a bonus, it also shows you the Dapps that exist for the site you’re on.

DapperFox, along with the power of its community, brings thousands of RSS feeds to your fingertips, even for sites that don’t have their own feeds. Feeds you create are shared with others (unless you make your Dapp private), thus creating an exciting network effect in which everyone benefits. Before long, every site will have an RSS feed.

We hope this will also make the process of creating RSS feeds (and Dapps) for website faster adn easier, by allowing you to do so while you’re on the site. In the coming months, we’ll be releasing additional exciting features to DapperFox, so check for updates and, as always, please provide us with your feedback.

Happy RSSing!

PS: Check out Mashable’s writeup about DapperFox.