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Leaked Info: Digg.com getting a facelift

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Diggers will love the new options coming soon to Digg.com.

My trusted source gave me some of the new options that Digg users will have available very soon.

Long story short, here are the options:

Save to Read Later: Allows you to flag story headlines you find interesting, and Digg will keep a list that you can easily access later, so you can read the articles at your leisure.

Digg Verticals: Allows you to discover the most popular content by thousands of areas of interest, from broad topics such as Technology, Sports and Entertainment to niche topics such as iPhone News, Nintendo and Surfing. You can choose to be notified when stories in your favorite verticals become popular.

Anonymous Digging: You can Digg and bury stories without logging in to a Digg account, so that it’s as easy as 1-click to tell us when you like or dislike a story. (Don’t worry, Digg has mechanisms in place to prevent a user from Digging the same story multiple times.) You can log in or create an account to save your Diggs.

Digg Breaking News: presents “hot off the press” news topics on the home page based on a rapid rise in interest by the Digg community. See the most talked-about topics at a glance, and browse and read related stories. Hot topics will remain on the home page for as long as they’re newsworthy — as determined by the Digg community.

Digg Groups (best one I like):Β  Allow you to create, subscribe to or browse groups so you can discover and share content with people who share your interests. By connecting you with similar Diggers, you can discover great content on specific topics that may never hit the homepage.

Customized Digg: Gives you the latest popular stories tailored to your interests on the Digg homepage, based on what you’re reading and Digging. You can also easily customize your likes and dislikes with a few simple clicks, or opt to look at the traditional Digg home page of the most popular stories.

That’s all for now,Β  I have to go Digg some more stories πŸ™‚

A Simple Video Chat Room (TinyChat) #WIWG #4

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Have you every wanted to see your grandmother online through video?

Unless you live with her, you probably did!

Did you want to setup a video conference call but wasn’t sure which software the other party is using?

I can tell you exactly how long it will take you to setup everything so you can chat using video online with any person. 63 minutes!

That’s how long it took me on the phone (My call duration was 1:03:22) to a friend in another state just to start the video chat, download and setup skype, install the new driver for your cam because it didn’t support MAC computers, setup your mic (Her mic was muted the entire time!) setup your speakers source… ETC.

Sounds familiar?

What if I told you that on June 13th of 2009 while I was waiting patiently to snag my Facebook username (facebook.com/GuruOfSales) Pete Cashmore of Mashable.com along with 2 friends of his (one of which was actually in facebook’s HQ for the event) were all doing a video chat room on mashable, and you know how long it took them to set it up? 22 seconds! Not because they all had their cams already setup, not because they all knew how to use skype, but simply they created the chat room using the service that I heard of that night: TinyChat

At TinyChat.com all you need is just a twitter account, name your room, login to twitter and you have a high quality video audio and text chat, it took me 22 seconds to setup the entire room, didn’t even have to promote it, people just jumped in, how did they know? A tweet and a facebook status update was sent instantly to my friends and followers with the link to the room, even more, I had the option of tweeting every chat line I enter, which I think is a neat feature.

However, the coolness doesn’t stop there, many readers of this blog will love the next option: Screencast your desktop, NICE! With one click you can record or live stream (screencast) your desktop or website tuturial in a very high video quality, but for this option you will have to pay for the pro membership, and you will not believe this, it’s only $14.95 to get pro, Holly Cow! An entire $14.95 (Just being sarcastic), a screen cast or recording software like Camtasia will cost you $100’s of dollars, mean while this cool service will do almost the same job with the addition of live casting chat voice and text, I mean… come on, my Flickr pro Cost the double of that!

Anyways, check it out here: TinyChat.com

P.S. This was not a paid review nor I am an affiliate for the service, I just simply liked it and wanted to share it with you guys. Enjoy πŸ™‚

Skype 4.0 is out!

I am a huge fan of Skype and have been for a very long time, since Skype version 2.0 to be exact πŸ™‚

Oprah uses Skype almost every other week since she started using it on her show last year.

Skype 4.0 for windows is out, with a lot of enhancements:
First, you will notice the “Windows Vista” skin to give you the look and feel of a light application.
The software is lighter, they have even removed the Skype Extra manager from running in the background like it used to before.

The new look is 100% redesigned to get you everything you need in one screen, whether standard or compact, you still get an entire view of options in one shot, very cool.

Voice and video enhanced to crystal clear and video calls are still in the same window of the person you’re calling.

Juggling between people and conversation is never easier, they kind of copied the multi-chat window idea from digsby!

One thing Skype is still missing, is the automatic update, I got a notification from my iSkoot app on my phone, but never got it on my computer, so unless you are reading the Skype blog or have iSkoot installed on your Android phone, how should people know that there is a new and improved Skype?

Also as a sneaky addition, eBay (The owner of Skype) is pushing a new FireFox plugin during the installation of the new Skype, the new plugin will dedict items on shopping websites that are available on eBay and will highlight it and compare the pricing on eBay. It’s useful for shoppers that really don’t know how to shop! For me, I uninstalled it soon after I tried it.

The new version will take some get used to time for native Skypees, but it’s worth it, I have been playing with it for 2 days now and I am loving it πŸ™‚
You can download the new Skype here.

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