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Blog has been moved

Posted by Amol Dalvi on August 16, 2008

I now post at

See you there!


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Drive up your Blog ranking

Posted by Amol Dalvi on March 5, 2008

My co-worker Luke forwarded a nice article.

Hey guys, 

Here is a great article I came across that really has some great ideas for driving web traffic. Many of these are tried and true techniques but there are also a lot of other innovative ways included in this article as well…. 

Some of the items on the list are questionable. But it does exemplify why it is hard to make your blog stand out in the mega-crowd of blogs on the Internet. Just posting blog posts won’t drive traffic; you have to do a lot of grassroots effort.

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Interesting articles

Posted by Amol Dalvi on February 17, 2008

I ran across a couple of very interesting articles/posts –

1. Olinda – a social broadcast radio with beheavior mining and a hardware API! Read here.

2. Google’s upcoming data center plans. Can you imagine how big a data center Google needs…? Read here.

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Google SocialGraph API

Posted by Amol Dalvi on February 1, 2008

Google has launched an API around social networking. In the words of Google:

What is the Social Graph API?

The Social Graph API makes information about the public connections between people on the Web easily available and useful for developers. Developers can query this public information to offer their users dramatically streamlined “add friends” functionality and other useful features.

Now here is what I understand of it – 

We all know that Google crawls the web and figures out which pages link to each other. Google is also crawling the web to find out how sites are related to each other. This is done using –

 a) “XFN”: You can change the links on your page (the <a href=””> tags) to include a parameter called “rel”. “rel” basically indicates how is the linked site related to the current site – is it a friend’s site, or is it a colleague’s site, or is it another of my sites, etc.

b) “FOAF”: Include a series of tags at the top of your site page(s) to indicate who your friends are.

Google is basically going through the “rel” parameters and the FOAF xml tags and storing how one site is related to another. And they have now made this information available to everyone via their new API.

Take a look at the 3 minutes video here, particularly the scenario at the end.

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Web 2.0 definition

Posted by Amol Dalvi on December 25, 2007

I was on the O’Reilly Radar home and clicked over to the Web 2.0 page: At the very top is an interesting and refreshing definition of Web 2.0:

“…..Web 2.0 is a transformative force that’s propelling companies across all industries towards a new way of doing business characterized by harnessing collective intelligence, openness, and network effects.” 

I really like that. Web 2.0 is not about technology or AJAX or video sharing or blogs. It’s about:

a) collective intelligence;

b) openness (which I think goes hand-in-hand with collective intelligence); and

c) network effects (a wide, easily available, easily accessible and open network makes the collectivness and openness possible).

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Yugma webconferencing

Posted by Amol Dalvi on August 12, 2007

Last week I posted about webconferencing – particularly WebEx and ReadyTalk pricing. I had a couple of people post about GoTo meeting (thanks Doug and Bo). I have been a participant in GoTo meetings before and it works well. I really like their clear flat pricing too.

 Interestingly enough I had a sales/marketing post by a webconferencing company called Yugma. I hadn’t heard of them so I went over to their site unsure of what to find. I was pretty impressed by what I saw. Their pricing starts at $9.99 per month for up to 10 participants. They even have a free version, which they said is ad-based. But over the weekend I gave it a try and I did not see any advertisements. I did have to install Java runtime, which frankly is no different than having to install something (ActiveX control?) from WebEx. Overall  I have to give Yugma two thumbs up. I have not tried a live, client conference yet. So I will let you know if I run in to any issues there.

See a screenshot here – Using annotations in Yugma

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Webconferencing tools

Posted by Amol Dalvi on August 4, 2007

A lot of us  have been in webinars and web conferences. I have attended many and even presented in one. I really loved it and was amazed when they first came out with the concept back in the late 90s. I think it must have been 1998 or 1999. I am not sure if WebEx pioneered it, but they were the first ones.

So recently when a client asked for my help setting up a webinar he could host (it is his first time), I pointed him to WebEx. We went to the site together and tried to sign him up for a webinar. The web site was really good at giving some information. There were a myraid of options but fortunately it was easy to locate the section that talked about webinars. However, there was no pricing online. So, we decided to pick up the phone and call Webex. The person on the phone was nice and took down all the information – but was nothing more than a secretary. He could not give us pricing and had to setup an appointment for someone to call us back. Alright, I walked over to the client’s office again at the appointed time – but no one called. Finally, almost an hour later we got a hold of our appointed inside sales rep. He said it was a “consultative” approach to tell us what the pricing is. After answering some of the same questions as before here is pricing we got –

33 cents a minute for the web conference

20 cents a minute for the audio portion (which, btw, he shared only after we specifically asked about the audio portion)

Adding up to 53 cents a minute. I about fell out of my chair. Client is expecting around twenty attendes, for about 60minutes. That would be $636.00 for a one time webinar!

Ok, so it was time to shop around. We, Right On Interactive, use ReadyTalk from time to time. And have had good very experience with it. I wasn’t sure how much we paid, but I knew it wasn’t 53 cents a minute. So, next place to shop was ReadyTalk. A quick call to the ReadyTalk sales number told us that the rates were 13 and 8 cents for web & audio portion. Much better! That adds up to 21cents per minute per attendee, or about $252.00. Still expensive but cheaper than client driving out-of-town to present in person.

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Great move from Microsoft

Posted by Amol Dalvi on July 27, 2007

If you haven’t heard already – Microsoft has made a major leap forward towards open source. See this article from O’Reilly Radar.

I am not sure if the right words are “leap forward towards open source”. I think it is more of an acceptance of open source. There are far too many applications, OS, products on open source. From a pure ecnonomics MS is never going to be able to compete with the price point that open source provides – free or near free. And no matter what, the legions of open source programmers are not going away.

 I am a very happy open source user. While I haven’t donated money back to any open source projects (when I went to give OpenOffice some money they would accept only PayPal), I have become a huge proponent of open source and am regularly recommending it to my customers (if it meets their needs).

 I am not sure what to make of the approach MS is taking with open source. You can read more about it on their new open source site. They are touting VS Studio Express edition and MS SQL Server Express editions. Which is great that those products are free and available to everyone, but the real power of open source is that the source code is available freely too (under GPL or some other open source license).

My prediction – over the coming years, most if not all the software applications will be a) hosted (which means annual subscription); and b) be available as a free basic version, along with two or three paid versions, each stair stepping the prices higher.

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Linked In Groups

Posted by Amol Dalvi on June 24, 2007

For the last several months I had been trying to figure out how to get all the ex-ExactTarget employees to stay connected – somewhat like an ExactTarget alumni group. I had considered setting up a blog – a private blog with access to only the ex-ETers. But I wasn’t so sure about that. I didn’t want anyone posting derogotary comments or just souring the mood with negative comments.

 Well, I think I have found the perfect answer. The credit should really go to Troy. We were talking about Linked In a few weeks ago; he suggested setting up a Group on Linked In.

I am sure you are familiar with Linked In – it’s a popular business networking site. You can sign up for free, set up your profile (resume) and then set up connections with other Linked In users. There are lots of things beyond that and you can find all the info here on their About page. The real benefit is the connections you create. It’s a perfect way to stay in touch with business contacts. Even if you finish projects, change jobs or move cities.

Linked In now has Groups. I don’t know when they started it, but it is relatively new. With Groups, I as a Group Administrator can invite certain Linked In users to join the Group. Once they accept the invitation, the Group Association logo shows up on their profile. So, it is a way for others to know they once worked at ExactTarget. And another networking opportunity.

 Check it out, you can find more information about Linked Groups here. And I welcome setting up a connection with you on Linked In. Click here to see my profile.

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Web 2.0 Goes Mainstream

Posted by Amol Dalvi on March 16, 2007

I received this article in my InBox today. It’s a good article about how Web 2.0 is now more mainstream. Towards the end Tim O’Reilly also talks about the “Web 2.0 attitude”.

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