February 2008

Google Talk Adds a Chatback Widget

Google’s engineering department is pretty busy. They are releasing a tons of new services, incremental updates and features every week. The newest feature, called “Chatback Widget“,  is an extension for Google Talk.

Google Talk Logo

If you are a Gmail and/or Gtalk User, you can now integrate a widget on any external website, that allows visitors to start a chat session with you – directly from the website.  The visitors do not need any extra application nor a Google account. This means ANY! website visitor can have chat with you. Another advantage is, that there is no need to run Google Talk. Having Gmail open in the browser is sufficient. A pop-up message will inform you that someone has started a chat session. I have added the Chatback Widget on this blog, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and see if i’m available for a chat session.

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Interesting Article: The Economics of Free

I’ve discovered an interesting article on Wired.com titled “Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business“. The author is Wired’s editor-in-chief Chris Anderson. Chris is probably well known for writing the book “The Long Tail“. The article now on Wired is just an excerpt of his new book, to be published next year, about the idea of “free” in the old and new economies. The article is quite fascinating. Right after i finished reading the article, several ideas came up in my mind. I think there are some pretty good examples of freeconomics business models in the telecommunication industry. Voice over IP for example has dramatically changed the business for long distance calls. A VoIP call is free, if both parties are connected to the internet. Or think of Blyk, the ad-funded MVNO in UK. Subscribers are getting a certain amount of voice minutes and SMS for free in exchange for their attention. Advertisers are paying for the mobile services, not the end-user.

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Blog recommendation: Telco 2.0

One of my favorite blogs covering the telco industry is Telco 2.0. They are creative and innovative in their thinking. Providing new insights by drawing comparisons with other industries and how they tackle challenges. I highly recommend their blog to anyone looking to read more about the state of the telco industry.

The quote of the day is: “If content is King, then distribution is King Kong�

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Negativ Rekord

“Akismet has caught 100,349 spam for you since you first installed it.”

Die Grenzkosten für einen weiteren Spameintrag gehen gegen Null und die Spam Einträge gegen unendlich…

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Back at home

Hey guys, i’m back at town after a fantastic trip to Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. Together with my girlfriend, i had a great time exploring New Zealand with a Camper van, driving from the southern island to the northern island. I just want to mention two of my personal highlights of this trip. The first one is the Shotover River Jet in Queenstown. Just one word: Thrilling! I have no clue how the driver was able to manage not hitting the rocks.  Several times i thought that in the next couple of seconds i have to die…but fortunately i survived. Definitely a must do if you are visiting Queenstown.

The second highlight of trip was the boat cruise on Milford Sound. Milford Sound is the most famous tourist site in New Zealand and a must visit for every traveler. The landscape is just breathtaking and probably one of the most beautiful places in the world. You need some luck, because 2 out of 3 days it’s raining – if i remember it right – but even under rainy conditions it’s worth a visit.

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