One of my guides for creating a slick FB profile recently made PC World’s list of 10 tips for Facebook Power Users (Tip #5). That coverage sort of endorsed me as a thought leader in tweaking Facebook. The user interface and design of Facebook is only of interest to me because I enjoy the service so much and like sharing my experience with it.
As you might guess I’ve been following the redesign of Facebook pretty closely. My pal Bryan just posted a link to another great PC World article on Facebook “caving” to user concerns in the redesign. The article contains a good summary but also some important links worth checking out:
I just returned from an week-long trip in Norway with a handful of Babson MBA visiting students at ITNU in and looking at renewable energy businesses. It was a great time, and I hope to blog about it soon.
For now I wanted to push down my last post about gmail being down with something suitably awesome. Just before leaving for Norway, my pal Rob Teel tipped me off to a new music video from Peter Bjorn and John titled, “Nothing to Worry About.”
PB&J are not Norge, rather Swedish but I like this tune and more people should see this.
A comment by “Joe” on Booooom.com described it thus: “These guys are in their element, and they put alot of their money into it, but they feel relax and have no worries when they are doing their thing.
Others would call them crazy for their lifestyle but it’s what they want and like th lyrics says: aint got nothing to worry about.”
I don’t think I can put it much better than that. This serves as the song of the month for March.
I noticed gmail was not working and on a whim searched the news for “gmail down.” It seems I am afflicted by the same temporary service interruption that others have been seeing. Things were working fine until about 10 minutes ago.
I consider myself a gmail power user and recently chose to upgrade my account with a $20 / year payment for 10 gigs of additional storage. I route a number of accounts to my primary gmail account and use it throughougt the day, almost every day. So it was a no-brainer to pour some money into more cloud storage. However, it is worth noting: paid or unpaid my account went down like the rest.
Since it is 1:30am, I’m not really upset about the outage–but article linked above does point out the important idea of forwarding copies of all mail you receive from gmail to a second, different cloud storage provider.
I shudder at the idea of using Yahoo or Hotmail even as a backup. Simply seeing these domains in people’s primary email addresses gathers up some initial judgment about the person’s basic computer saviness.
Email is like electric power. You expect it to be cheap and ubiquotous. For the rare times that there is a brownout in your neighborhood, it does make sense to look at having a full backup of mail destined for your gmail on a different service provider.
I just checked and gmail is working again for me. Back to it. I’ll spend some more time thinking about a backup cloud for my gmails.