Google+ API Now Released

Developers rejoice! Google has now released the API for Google+!! For the uninitiated, in the simplest term possible, “Google+ is the answer of Google to Facebook.” For years now, developers have developed applications, tools and everything you can think of that utilizes the APIs of the top social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. And upon the entry of Google+, developers are craving to incorporate the power and innovation of this new service from Google into their applications. Probably the most requested feature that users, especially marketers, are craving for is to automatically post to Google+ via an API … Continue reading

Relief From the Agony of Facebook Blacklisted Domains

Last month, I wrote about how Facebook¬†indiscriminately¬†blocks domains from its blacklist even if majority of its subdomains are legitimate websites and not abusive. I was one of those webmasters who were affected by that seemingly tight policy. Facebook Like Buttons won’t work on those affected sites, even share the URL won’t work. But recently, I found out that my website was somehow lifted from the blacklist. I’m not sure on what happened, but I can now share permalinks from my website to Facebook. I can even put some Like Buttons on my articles and it works! But I think the … Continue reading

The Agony of Facebook Blacklisted Domains

Updated (Dec. 2, 2010): See notes below. It’s not an uncommon practice that websites today especially those who provide online services and APIs block certain domains known to host spams and other malicious contents. This is to prevent further abuse of the system on question and to prevent further spamming using the website’s services. Facebook is no different. ¬†Since the top social-networking website has millions of members with an API freely accessible to almost everyone with just a simple registration, prevention of abuse and spam is a big problem unless certain measures are done. One of the easiest method is … Continue reading

Twitter’s Snowflake Migration Problems

It is a general knowledge to most of us that Twitter is one of the most visited website and the most used web service. Millions of tweets are being sent per day coming from different users. In a technical point of view, Twitter’s numerical tweet IDs are incremented in sequence by millions each day resulting in unique IDs to nearly running out. According to Taylor Singletary: Hi Developers, It’s no secret that Twitter is growing exponentially. The tweets keep coming with ever increasing velocity, thanks in large part to your great applications. Twitter has adapted to the increasing number of … Continue reading