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Dan York
I've been blogging since May 2000 on a variety of blogs. Check out my most recent blogs in the links below or at
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What do you need to do to get your blog post noticed? When we are drowning in a sea of content, how can you make your post stand out? How can you maximize the chances that people will actually find... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Disruptive Conversations
I haven't written about our journey with cancer for a while because my wife's own journey has been one of the ongoing tedium of Tamoxifen ... another day, another pill... and more fatigue, joint pain and so many more issues. It is, though, unfortunately our "new normal" ... and will be for at least two more years of Tamoxifen. We just try to keep on going through it... But in truth, it's been a rough period of time for us since I last wrote in July 2014 in regard to cancer around us. A brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Dan York
The team over at webrtcH4cKS (aka "WebRTCHacks") have been publishing some great articles about WebRTC for a while now, and I thought I'd point to two in particular worth a read. Philipp Hancke has started a series of posts examining... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
jradson - No, I hadn't seen either of those clients. The demise of Yammer's Mac OS/X desktop client coincided with a decrease of interest by the team I was part of in use of Yammer... so it was basically abandoned by all of us. Good to know someone stepped in and provided a desktop client!
Doug, Yes, I think dropping the desktop client was a major failure on Microsoft's part. I'm now finding myself using Slack a good bit for some similar types of interactions... and one of the strengths is that Slack *does* have a desktop app! Thanks for the comment - best wishes with that Yammer web interface! Dan
Fifteen years ago today I did something that I had no clue would transform my life in the years ahead. On May 10, 2000, I was sitting in cavernous basement office of Linuxcare on Townsend Street in San Francisco. It... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
WOW! In companion blog posts today Cisco and Tropo announced Cisco's intent to acquire the Tropo team and platform: Cisco blog: Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Tropo Tropo blog: Tropo joins Cisco to Power next-gen collaboration APIs As someone who... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Why do I like SoundCloud as a podcast hosting platform? What advantages can SoundCloud offer podcasters? Why should you consider SoundCloud as a place to distribute your podcast? Last week SoundCloud announced that its podcasting features were now publicly available... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Yesterday the team over at Wire launched a new WebRTC-based "Wire for Web" app that lets people on Windows, Linux or any other platform now communicate with people using Wire on iOS, Android or OS X. You can get to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
As I checked my AppStore updates on my iPhone this week I was surprised but pleased to see that WhatsApp now includes "WhatsApp Calling". As it says: "Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they're in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Congratulations to Emil Ivov and the whole team behind Jitsi for their acquisition by Atlassian! As they say on the Jitsi news page: The Jitsi Community just got a lot stronger! BlueJimp, founder of Jitsi, is now part of Atlasssian!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
How do you make your website “mobile-friendly”? Given Google’s impending April 21, 2015, deadline to start using mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor for mobile search results, what can you do both in the short-term and in the longer-term to both... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Jay, The UCF team is no longer maintaining the "Theme Updater" plugin I referenced in this article. I would instead switch to using Andy Fragen's "GitHub Updater" plugin: It uses the same syntax as the UCF plugin so there is nothing you need to change in your theme. The GitHub Updater plugin is also under active development and frequently receives updates and changes. Hope that helps, Dan
There went another hour! I wanted to do some writing tonight but first I sat down and said "I'll just take a quick look at Facebook"... and there I was... an hour later... having learned all about the lives of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Never. Give. Up. I was vividly reminded of that lesson last night in the championship game of the Men's Curling League at the Petersham Curling Club where I play. Our team, which had played extremely well together all year, had made it through the playoffs to be in the final championship game against another excellent team. This was it. The end of the long curling season and a chance to have our names inscribed on the league trophy at the club. After 5 of the 8 ends (think "innings" in baseball or "periods" in hockey), both teams were tied. Then... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Dan York
Unless you've been offline or ignoring social media for the past couple of weeks you've no doubt seen the dueling "livestreaming wars" between the iOS applications Meerkat and Periscope. Perhaps you've viewed some of the streams... or broadcast some yourself.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Dave Winer is at it again. The creator of some of the original blogging software back in the early 2000s and one of the creators of RSS released last week his "radically silo-free" blogging editor MyWord Editor (MWE) with this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Want to learn more about what's up with Skype right now? Tomorrow, March 27, 2015, at 12 noon US Eastern, my friend Jim Courtney is going to be discussing the new second edition of his "Experience Skype to the Max"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Can we create a royalty-free (RF) video codec that can be deployed ubiquitously and become the new open standard for video communication across the Internet? THAT is the fundamental question of the Internet Video Codec (NETVC) Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) happening at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
This one hurts. There have been many failures in the tech media industry, but the death of Gigaom is one that hurts. The word started filtering out early last week from people such as Mathew Ingram: This hurts more than... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Farewell, FriendFeed! Goodbye! Ever since Facebook acquired Friendfeed back in 2009 we wondered what its fate would be... now we know. This past Monday, March 9. 2015, the FriendFeed team posted a simple note that said in part: We wanted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Is your website "mobile-friendly"? Does it display nicely on a mobile device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android or other smart phone? If not, you have until April 21 to make it mobile-friendly... or you will suffer a drop in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Thanks for the suggestions. I was aware of DivvyHQ but not of Marketing.Ai. Many thanks!
Dean, Thanks for the suggestion. I had looked at CoSchedule before, but it seems to be similar to EditFlow in that it is focused on a single site and also tied to WordPress. The big thing I need is the ability to track planned content across many different sites - possibly as many as 8 or 10. Thanks, Dan
What kind of tools or services have you found most useful for maintaining an "editorial calendar" for the content creation your organization does? What have you found helps you best plan out your content strategy? For the last 3.5 years... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations