I suspect that—a lot like both YouTube and museums— this project will benefit from a great deal of curation.
Doodle on Google Australia website celebrates 50th anniversary of 64 meter Australian radio telescope, known as Parkes Telescope.
Five decades of its excellent service to astronomy and astrophysics is well documented here: Five Decades of Parkes Telescope
Now I’m afraid of trying any new Google product, since it may get scraped. Last few weeks we have seen news of change in strategy affecting many services, even to their demise, like no uploading to Google Video, absolute discontinuation of Google Notebook, Mashup Editor, Dodgeball and no made-by-google development of Jaiku.
Jaiku is released as open source project under Apache licence. Jaiku engine is ported to new Google App Engine and, in fact, Google App Engine was a further development of Mashup Editor.
The whole operation looks like a restructuring of Google’s online presence, keeping in mind the hard times coming up due to global slowdown. I think we won’t hear any mega nor under-the-lip takeover deal from Google in the near future. Honestly, even during those glory days, Google as whole didn’t seem that serious about developing those products.
After taking over Jaiku in 2007, it was kept in closed beta (still it was so before this news) and hardly any user witnessed big development, although there were many expectations. Jaiku was serious competitor to Twitter, but, albeit many interesting features, being so closed, like closed chinese economy in 15th century, hardly anyone learned of its richness and it became “unpopular”. Story ain’t different in case of other hurt products. I think dreams of all those newbie entrepreneurs to be a part of Google shall fill the heat and they shall wish those dreams never come true. I am glad there are many entrepreneurs out there, who shall not allow information technology sector to be a part of incumbency capitalism.
Jaiku is not disappearing completely from the scene. It would have been an another shock for me after demise of Pownce. Here is what Google has to say about it:
While Google will no longer actively develop the Jaiku codebase, the service itself will live on thanks to a dedicated and passionate volunteer team of Googlers.
Many microblogging sites are feeling the heat after higher growth trajectory of Twitter, which has found acceptance even among professionals, like reporters, celebrities, players, etc. It can be said the same about Skype couple of years ago, when many reporters started using it in first in remote areas, then on regular basis. But I personally think that the competition is very important for better services. Well, maybe Jaiku has chosen different path, but it shall amuse loyal microbloggers over the course of time.
Update: My tumblr blog has new layout and design than explained here. Yet the instructions given below are still valid.
Update: ”Custom HTML” has been changed to “Edit HTML” in new Tumblr interface. Please keep in mind, while reading the post below!
There are many blog websites which doesn’t allow to put any ads on your website. But Tumblr, the microblogging website, does allow you to put ads, but the way it should be done is not quite that easy like in Blogger, but still pretty simple.
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