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Alex Bard’s flash-based desktop replacement Goowy, based in San Diego, has impressed me from the start. We originally profiled Goowy on August 17, 2005 and again a couple of weeks ago.

Today Goowy released further functionality. First, they increased storage from 100 MB to 2 GB. While that storage is only for use with email now, they will soon be releasing a virtual file storage product, allowing users to really put that 2 GB to work.

Second, Goowy released a flash-based desktop application that allows you to access core Goowy features without going to the site. Email notifications, RSS updates, calendar items, etc. are included. The look and feel is very much like Konfabulator, but we’ve noticed no performance issues on our machine as we did with that service.

If flash is your thing (and maybe even it if isn’t), Goowy is for you. Let us know what you think of it.

  • Ben

    I believe it is about time you guys start a new blog titled “TechCrunchTwitter”, so this post can sit where it belongs.

    I’ve read your past responses to “no more twitter @ techcrunchit” comments, and you’ll probably dismiss this comment as well claiming that the twitter phenomenon is so massive and great, and its effect on the IT world is so great, but we IT people are just not seeing it yet.

    My theory is different, I believe that you guys are biased. Bloggers are expressive folk, good ones have exhibitionist personalities. I’ve got a hunch that this makes you become extremely emotional when it comes to twitter as It’s close to your heart.
    I don’t see how microblogging will have a bigger effect on the IT world than IM did. You see some IM in enterprises today, but it’s just another tool we use. I don’t think it had such a dramatic effect on enterprises as the introduction of email did.

    So, bottom line, I think that you guys are overemphasizing the importance of microblogging and its significance as it’s a subset of blogging (understandable, that’s what you do!) but I expect the amount of comments you get asking to stop blogging on blogging to open your eyes a bit. I love reading good quality posts such as this one, but on topic!

    -Ben

  • Ben

    One other thing, I’ve just looked at TechCrunchIT’s “about” page, quote:

    “TechCrunchIT (TCIT) is the newest blog in the TechCrunch network. TCIT is dedicated to obsessively profiling products and companies in the Enterprise Technology space.”

    and another one:
    “This new blog features a range of Enterprise-related news and analysis including applications, open standards, platforms, cloud computing, microenterprises, customer experience, legacy enterprise, social media, information management and software among other subjects.”

    Where’s microblogging? by the amount of posts this list should be updated. and more important, where are all those posts regarding all other cool technologies?

    -Ben

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  • http://derekville.net Derek Gathright

    If it were simply annoying, yeah, of course I’d just block/unfollow the user. But when I see people using replies wrong, I’m going to call them out.

    @ has no context inside the twittersphere, just like @ is worthless inside the identisphere. It doesn’t guarantee mapping up to the correct user. It makes it a pain in the ass to figure out the conversation as you have to switch networks then cut & paste that username into the URL just to hopefully find out what the discussion is about. What if a viewer doesn’t realize a person’s tweet containing @ that is reposted to Twitter isn’t actually referring to that same username on twitter, then joins the conversation including the wrong user? What about the clients out there that try to be intelligent about routing and linking @replies and messages between services? This just presents another headache. And regarding the “Identi.ca: ” prefix, that’s what the “from ” field is in the tweet footer is for. If you want it to say “from identi.ca”, have @evan talk to @ev and let them work it out.

    Cross-posting belongs at the client level, that way a user actually has control over what service tweets are targeted at, and it also encourages maintaining a presence on the targeted service because it implies you have a multi-service client. I was auto-reposting Twitter tweets to Identi.ca a couple months ago, but quickly turned it off as I realized until I use a client that supports Identi.ca, I’ll spend zero time over there and my tweets would just be spam.

    Just because you *can* do something, doesn’t mean you should.

  • http://derekville.net Derek Gathright

    Nice… the comment html parser broke my post (my fault), let’s try this again.

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    If it were simply annoying, yeah, of course I’d just block/unfollow the user. But when I see people using replies wrong, I’m going to call them out.

    @[identica_username] has no context inside the twittersphere, just like @[twitter_username] is worthless inside the identisphere. It doesn’t guarantee mapping up to the correct user. It makes it a pain in the ass to figure out the conversation as you have to switch networks then cut & paste that username into the URL just to hopefully find out what the discussion is about. What if a viewer doesn’t realize a person’s tweet containing @[identica_username] that is reposted to Twitter isn’t actually referring to that same username on twitter, then joins the conversation including the wrong user? What about the clients out there that try to be intelligent about routing and linking @replies and messages between services? This just presents another headache. And regarding the “Identi.ca: ” prefix, that’s what the “from [appname]” field is in the tweet footer is for. If you want it to say “from identi.ca”, have @evan talk to @ev and let them work it out.

    Cross-posting belongs at the client level, that way a user actually has control over what service tweets are targeted at, and it also encourages maintaining a presence on the targeted service because it implies you have a multi-service client. I was auto-reposting Twitter tweets to Identi.ca a couple months ago, but quickly turned it off as I realized until I use a client that supports Identi.ca, I’ll spend zero time over there and my tweets would just be spam.

    Just because you *can* do something, doesn’t mean you should.

  • http://www.cleverzebra.com/people/nick Nick W

    TechCrunchTwitter

    I’ll second that.

  • http://linux-blog.org devnet

    For what it is worth…

    http://ping.fm is a service which allows you to have everything posted at the same time on various social networks (twitter, pownce, jaiku, and identi.ca included) so why the hell would you need a bridge? Just signup for ping.fm and forgo the department of redundancy department.

  • Steve Gillmor

    Derek

    XMPP on Twitter is broken. Until it’s fixed, I’ll ignore the various attempts at fixing @replies and concentrate on encouraging the conversation to move to Identi.ca.

  • http://webdevstudios.com Brad

    Thanks for the plug Steve! There is definitely a love/hate feeling about this bridge, but I’m glad to see you and many others are enjoying it. The basis was to make it simple, without all the extra bells and whistles that most sites have. Thanks again!

    -Brad

  • http://derekville.net Derek Gathright

    @devnet – Problem with Ping.FM is that it isn’t a full blown client. Reading in one place, posting global messages in one, then @replies in another is too much. Should all be done in one window.

    @Nick – tweetcrunch.com. Sadly, it isn’t a TechCrunch sibling site.

    @steve – At least I understand your motivation, burn the village down cause you didn’t get your cookie for dessert. =D

  • Steve Gillmor

    derek

    the conversation does not equal burning anything down. track over XMPP is not dessert; it’s the whole meal.

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    Why are there so many posts on techcrunch about Twitter?

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