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MashupAds Launch to Great Fanfare

November 11, 2008

Today, we’re launching MashupAds in private beta. We believe with MashupAds we have a real chance on fixing display advertising, making it an effective, useful and relevant communication and marketing medium, which can stay up to par with search marketing. We think an ad should provide relevant, rich content and that the best way to improve the value of ads for publishers and advertisers is to improve its value to the end users. I think it’s time for advertisers to stop thinking of ads as a broadcast mechanism and start thinking of it as a mechanism to inform, communicate and converse with their medium. Ads are becoming the platform for distributing content and content is the best ad.

Here’s a video our very own Paul Knegten brewed to illustrate what MashupAds are all about:

To read some of the press coverage of our debut check out the links below:

techcrunch , RWW , VentureBeat , zdnet , wired , cnet

and of course, go sign up for some MashupAds goodness

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Oh what a week…

August 8, 2008

So, as many of you have noticed, Dapper had a rough week, with dapp serving being down for a few hours and the dapp factory being down for more than a day. The cause of these unfortunate outages, at the end of the day, was a poor choice of ISP way back when. The events of the last week caused us to accelerate our work on a new infrastructure (with much better ISPs) that will have the kind of reliability our users demand of us, and we demand of ourselves.

We would like to truly thank all of our users who had the patience to endure with us as we were handling these unfortunate issues. I’d also like to thank the Dapper team which has worked nights and days on these problems and managed to fix them in record time.

Please stay tuned for some cool updates on our new infrastructure, as they emerge.

If anyone still experiences problems, please let us know as we’re cleaning up the mess,

Best,

Eran

PS: All Dapps and services should now be fully operational.

Scrumming on the Dapper Lawn

May 12, 2008

At Dapper, we’ve started the process of deploying Scrum into our dev cycle. To those of you who don’t know, Scrum is an Agile dev methodology flavor (read about it more in wikipedia). That gave us an opportunity to bring the dev team  from both Israel and San Francisco together in the Dapper villa, and take some cool photos. There’s a guest in the picture, see if you can spot him 🙂

Now when you want a feature of want to complain on a bug – you know the faces to hunt down..

The Dapper Team (+guest) is enjoying a relaxed moment in the sun

Downtime for server maintenance

April 17, 2008

The Dapper website will be down for about 10 minutes tomorrow, April 18, at 2:00pm PDT for maintenance.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

ISP Troubles

April 2, 2008

Dear Dapper users,

Due to some serious problems with our ISP, the Dapper website and service are currently experiencing an outage. We are working quickly to resolve the issue with them. More information as it comes, and our apologies for in the inconvenience.

Update: we are back online.  We are truly sorry for the unannounced disruption of service.  If anyone knows of a reliable, high-performance ISP, we’d love to hear your recommendations as we’re losing patience with our provider.

Reports on Service Status Move to a New Home

March 19, 2008

Howdy,

Dapper’s got a new blog: dappertech.wordpress.com.

The new blog is used to update the community on new technical issues, when they arise, and on Dapper’s service status – and that means that the service status reports will no longer be found here.

If these matters are of interest to you, we’d recommend not to read dappertech.wordpress.com as a regular blog (it’s not exactly John Grisham), but rather to subscribe to the Service Status, and to read about new issues when you encounter a problem.

Subscribe to the Service Status feed
View current (unresolved) issues
Check if a certain issue you encountered a while back is resolved

Enjoy Dapping,
Ilan

Presentations from DapperCamp

February 5, 2008

For your viewing pleasure, all of the presentations given at DapperCamp are online on the DapperCamp wiki, under Presentations.

Partners Speak

February 5, 2008

Day 2 @ DapperCamp: Presentations of real-life applications of Dapper and how our partners are helping us take our vision further.  Highlights: Dan Gisolfi from IBM and, pictured below, the guys from MindTouch!

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Hack Hack Hack!!

February 4, 2008

DapperCamp update: 2:55PM

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Day 1 @ DapperCamp!

February 4, 2008

Hey Dapper-ites,

We’re underway!  I’m listening to Mitch Kapor give his keynote right now, and hearing such a pioneer talk to us about the origins and development of the web is just invigorating.  I’m sure everyone here is feeling the energy…more updates today as the Camp progresses!

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Dapper Got Some New Magic

November 21, 2007

Hi guys,

Usually at Dapper, we don’t do a big song and dance every time we introduce a new feature or fix a bug, if only because we introduce features and bug fixes daily. Today, however, we’re introducing a big release – MagicBox – of which we’re especially proud.

MagicBox is first and foremost about your Dapper experience. Previously, in Dapper, there was a limit to the ways in which you could select the content you wanted to be a part of your Dapp. We’ve worked really hard to make that process much more flexible and scalable, and we hope, even entertaining. MagicBox is a new learning engine that infers from your clicks what you actually want to define as a field, and helps you converge towards your ideal definition rapidly. In fact, MagicBox’s learning engine is the first learning engine we’re aware of to be implemented in Javascript on a real product, and we’re very proud of it.

One of MagicBox’s important features is that it also listens to what you don’t want. If it highlighted too much, you can click on the extraneous items and MagicBox will suggest a new configuration that better suits your needs.

Our main goal with MagicBox was to simplify the experience, and using our new learning engine and the ability to “deselect” elements we’ve managed to get rid of the more cumbersome tools that we had before, such as the “sensitivity slider” and the “isolate” option. Now, to use Dapper, the only thing you need to be acquainted with is your mouse’s left button. Just give it a try and click away. If MagicBox didn’t highlight enough, click on the missing stuff and you’ll see how rapidly MagicBox corrects itself. If it highlighted too much, just click on the unwanted stuff and MagicBox will get rid of it in an instant. Don’t worry – just play with it – we promise that eventually MagicBox will always get you what you want (we have a strict money back guarantee policy :).

The second major update in MagicBox concerns Dapper’s backend engine. It just got faster, in some cases much faster (up to 10-15 times), more robust and more scalable. In particular our new backend will allow us to introduce new algorithms and abilities to Dapper much faster, and you’ll start experiencing it very soon.

Here is a list of the major updates in MagicBox:

– Clicking interface overhauled. Clicking page elements behavior completely changed, slider eradicated, new adaptive learning algorithm implemented. Result is that when you click something and it grabs too much, you just click the extraneous instances, if it removes something you want, you just click it. The algorithm learns with each click and approximates accurately what you’re looking for. This increases usability and robustness.

– Backend algorithmic infrastructure overhauled. This will make it easier for us to release algorithmic updates in the future. On some sites, we’re also seeing a 15x improvement in speed in Dapp execution.

– New algorithms implemented improving ability to extract content reliably.

– Bugs with back links improved.

– Borders in Dapp Factory switched to inner rather than outer, eliminating the case where you can click on the border accidentally.

– Timing issues with gray overlays, particularly when editing a Dapp, resolved. Fixes the bug where you’d edit a Dapp and it would have a Javascript error, requiring a reload of the page several times.

Some known issues remain and we’re working hard to resolve them. We can’t do it without you, so please let us know when you encounter an issue.

Happy Dapping!

Interview about Dapper on BungeeLabs

November 17, 2007

A few weeks ago Ted Haeger and Alex Barnett at BungeeLabs interviewed me about Dapper, our technology, the Semantic Web, content ownership, and business models. The interview was posted today to their blog and if you’re interested in hearing more about what we do, check it out. Check out the interview here. Thanks to Ted and Alex for a fun conversation. Don’t forget to check out their other episodes – they speak with great people in the web-services area (Jeff Barr from Amazon, Jeremy Zawodny from Yahoo, and more).

Server Errors

October 8, 2007

Hey folks,

We’re aware that there are some server errors being displayed on our site right now – bear with us, it should be fixed shortly.

Thanks for your patience.

Thanks, FOWA?

October 5, 2007

Hi all,

Some of you may have noticed that we’re experiencing performance issues in the last few hours. What’s going on is that we’re currently experiencing a huge surge in traffic, more than what we anticipated and so are quickly running to grow our capacity and deal with all of this welcomed traffic. It seems our talk yesterday in Future Of Web Apps was quite successful and had many people interested about taking a shot with Dapper. We’re really happy with this outcome, and promise to quickly stretch our capacity to withstand this surge,

(UPDATE: Thanks to quick work by the Dapper team, things seems to be mostly back to normal. There may be some lingering issues in the coming minutes with regard to DapperFox and Facebook, but all of these issues will be resolved promptly)

Going back to the Sit. Room.

Eran

Content Partner Answers.com wins August “Best of Facebook” Award

September 4, 2007

Congrats to our friends at Answers.com for winning the “Best of Facebook” monthly award at bestoffacebook.com with the Dapper AppMaker app!

Powering Facebook Applications

August 26, 2007

Everyone loves Facebook, right? And lately it seems that everyone wants their own Facebook application. So, in response, the Dapper team (especially Uzi and Itai) has been working hard over the past few weeks to provide a framework for powering Facebook applications using Dapper, called the “Facebook AppMaker”. This means that anyone with a website can now use Dapper to create their own, automatically updating, Facebook application with no programming necessary. The AppMaker allows for branding (logos etc.) and provide functionalities such as remote search and retrieval, remote login, and multi-page apps. We’re currently opening up the feature in a private beta, but you can see a few examples here:

Answers.com
Customizable Google News
Personalized 43things
go2Web20.net

and many more to come.

If you want your own application, apply for the beta at facebook@dapper.net

The AppMaker is joining our month old DapperApp, which allows you to get content from all over the web into Facebook effortlessly. If you want to get latest movies, a search for patents, or anything that is on the web, you can consume it in Facebook with the DapperApp

As You Like It

June 19, 2007

Creating Google gadgets from your site with Dapper is a breeze. Dapp the site, choose “Google Gadget”, give it a name, and you’re pretty much done. However, in many cases our vanilla styles and design are not enough, and you’d like more power to conform the gadget’s look and feel to what users experience on your site. To achieve this, we’ve introduced a new advanced feature in the google gadget transformer pane, which allows you to define your own CSS styles and have them applied to your gadget.

Here are the steps:

1. First, checkout the gadget’s CSS template and read the instructions and class definitions.

2. Create a CSS file that uses the same class definitions (you don’t have to use them all) and have it available over the Web.

3. Insert the CSS file’s URL into the “URL of CSS file” field in the advanced options pane.

4. Get the resulting gadget url.

Done.

By default, the CSS file is cached by Google once an hour, which makes it problematic to tweak, change and develop the gadget. To disable the caching and have the gadget fetch the up to the second version of your CSS file, add the variable “&noCacheCSS=1” to the end of your gadget url. Don’t forget to remove it or your file will be requested every time a google user views his iGoogle page containing your gadget.

Happy gadgeting, as you like it

Welcome, Swivel

June 19, 2007

Swivel is a great start-up we really like, pushing the envelope on data usage and transparency in a way that is extremely disruptive and captivating.

It is a great pleasure, thus, to introduce Swivel as an approved Dapper content provider, giving Dapper’s users the ability to consume and build upon all of their content in new ways. You can now get recent Swivel graphs as a Google gadget, or a filtered RSS feed which brings back graphs about America. Go have fun.

Swivel is joining the hundreds of other content providers who’ve already joined Dapper. They have chosen the “Traffic Back” license, which allows anyone to use their content, in exchange for linking back to their site, providing them with an attractive opportunity to generate more traffic, by setting their content free. This is a great opportunity for many other content owners who would like to tap into new traffic growth opportunities.

We believe this is only the start of a great relationship between two teams with a similar initiative: providing power to the users at large to take hold and mold all of the world’s data and content.

RSS filtering is the new black

May 14, 2007

As many of our users know (and use), one of Dapper’s main strengths is the ability to get relevant content feeds by providing search terms to virtually any service on the web. But sometimes, that’s not enough, and for these situations, we’re introducing a new transformer called “Filtered RSS feed“. This is your usual RSS feed transformer, with a twist: you can define (case sensitive) keyword based filters to the title and the description of the RSS stories. Here are a couple of cool examples:

Traffic jam RSS feeds: Traffic jam RSS for 94102 , Same RSS feed, giving only reports for Hwy-101

Public companies recommendations from Reuters: All analysts recommendations, Same RSS feed, giving only “Buy” recommendations

We hope you’ll find it useful. If you’re a developer and want to extend it, feel free to give it a try. On that note, one of our users (thanks, pascal vanheckea) found Dapper useful enough to create a cool Dapper instruction video.

You know you’ve made it when your users are video-taping 🙂

Web 2 Expo-licious

April 22, 2007

I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my flight back to home office.

…And making a widget to check my bank account balance.  Yes, dorky.  But I can’t help it — last week’s excitement of hearing such positive and helpful critical feedback on Dapper really inspired our creativity and the Dapps are flying.  As Jon posted yesterday, we’re still working out the kinks of the new version, so do be vocal and shoot us a note if you get stuck — Dapper became this great from user contributions, and it will continue to get better because of you guys.

In the coming days and weeks we’ll see jumps in our progress and will be rolling out some really cool ideas, so stay tuned.

And once again, special thanks to Brian at Brickworkz for pulling together the Lego project so masterfully.  The thing, all crated up, weighed about 500 pounds and had to be loaded on a wide-body aircraft to be *overnighted* to San Fran in time for the conference (!)

Dapp on!