All Me Posts Are Pirate Speak Now Mateys

Support your favorite pirate today! Yeah, it’s on the 19th this year, but I like to party like a pirate a little early. Never heard of Talk Like a Pirate Day? Only cool people do it, so if you aren’t doing it… Well, you already know you’re ‘that’ guy.  Sad…

Anyhoo!  Javascript insert created by Tom Hughes-Croucher of the amazing team at Yahoo! Developer Network.  Get your own Talk Like A Pirate Javascript code here!

NetworkSolutions – Solutions Stars Videos

At BlogWorld Expo, I was interviewed by Network Solutions to answer a few questions that their customers might have. There are a serious of almost a dozen videos up now, with some major big names in social media, but with my ego being monstrous, I’ve only linked to the ones I’m in 😉

The whole series is pretty good though, and if you have a few minutes, I recommend them.

Start with Listening
Strategy Drives Outreach
To Blog or Not to Blog
Rising Above the Noise

Open Yahoo! – Hackday 2008

It’s always nice to be around a throng of smart people, but when those people are developers and those developers are crazy creative and ready to hack, it makes your day even better. Hackday 08 has finally arrived!

Since Web 2.0 Expo, a few trickles of information has been coming out about what we’re planning, from Yahoo! joining the OpenSocial foundation as a founder to our provisioning OpenIDs, there *is* an effort there to open up. Yesterday Yahoo! unveiled a glimpse at what you can expect from us in the coming months. Many of us have been head-down on parts of this initiative for quite a while and have been dying to spill the beans (and you know how difficult it is for a blogger to keep secrets!), but I’m glad a nice chunk of it is finally out in the open (no pun intended).

A few of the cool APIs that enable this more open Yahoo! have already been released (SearchMonkey, BOSS ($3K Mashable Contest), Address Book, FireEagle, GeoPlanet, Music, etc.) but there’s a sneaky peek going on today that gives Hackday developers access to some of the rest of what’s cooking. It includes many of the Y!OS components.

  • Social Directory API (access user profile data and relationships)
  • Contacts (as you might get, this one gives you info about user’s contacts)
  • Status (again, obviously, allows you to get info about user’s status)
  • Updates (lifestream API)
  • App Platform (or YAP, as we call it, let’s you build apps on Yahoo! using the social graph here)

I worked on the YAP team from Nov-May and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to finally share at least a glimpse of this one. Being a part of something that allows developers to reach Yahoo!’s massive audience, and enrich our user experience in the meantime, has been awesome. Today devs are being given the opportunity to build apps and see them running on Mail and My Yahoo. Just a preview, but hey, that means our Hackday peeps are *exclusive*. 😉

The rest of today will be filled with deep dives on particular APIs and some unconf-type sessions from 3-5, then there’s a band tonight (not allowed to blog who it is just yet). We’ll hack all night and begin presentations tomorrow afternoon. I’ve gotta run because I need to scout out where I’m camping tonight. More later!

Open HackDay At Yahoo!

This is one of those things that you don’t want to miss. It’s limited to a few hundred developers and priority is being given to those devs who are hacking. Please request an invite here and add your name to Upcoming if you want to attend. We’ll be sending out invites shortly so act fast.

Community Management Wiki

Tilly and I set up a wiki over the weekend (thanks to a HUGE load of help from Wetpaint) and the barebones of our Community Managers group is up and running now.

Community Managers Wiki
I love working with CMs because they are motivated!  I sent out the invites around 11am and by 2pm, all but 3 of the folks we invited had accepted (and all of them had actually posted a pic!).  CMs just ‘get’ how to interact!

If you are a community manager or your job revolves around community management (ie social media strategist, evangelist, etc.) or if you know someone who is (lucky you!), then please let them know about our little group.

Mojave Experiment – Vista Revisited

I hate Vista. Seriously. After hours of trying to get the damn thing to install on more than 3 PCs, running the beta for 6 months and then running the OS from Jan 07 to May 07, I hate this OS. Leopard had me at hello, but Vista pissed me off within hours… If you are a regular reader, you know that I have a few posts on Vista here already (all of which bring me serious search traffic, so I can’t be alone in my hatred):

But, after seeing the viral Mojave Experiment (thanks Justin), I’m tempted to give Microsoft another chance. Does that sound crazy coming from a Yahoo! employee? 😉

More on Mojave Experiment at TechMeme.

Yahoo Offers Up OpenID

Via TC:

But the real news comes today, as Yahoo and its roughly 250 million user IDs officially jump on the bandwagon. Today, there are only approximately 120 million valid OpenID accounts. In one move, Yahoo more than triples that number.

I found out about this in late Dec, but couldn’t say anything. I was so glad to see that we were embracing OpenID. Developers look here.

New Zimbra Book

For those of you who have fallen in love with Zimbra, or just want to know more, you may want to check out this book from Packt Publishing.

They sent me a copy to review a month ago and it’s jam-packed with all kinds of nerdy goodness. For someone that just wants to find out more about Zimbra, it’s good, but for those of you that want to put it through it’s passes, you’ll love this book.

I think it runs around $40 normally, but you can get it on Amazon for around $30.