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by Brian Solis

It’s been a crazy day, so I decided to pop into Twitter to tap the conversation of the moment. As is often the case, it was crawling and practically unusable – more so than usual. When I refreshed however, I was greeted by a pleasant surprise, Twitter 2.0.

What timing!

The new dashboard has been subtly streamlined and polished, providing a nice overview of stats, update preferences, contacts, and a new text dialog box with a stylish new counter for the infamous “140.” It also includes a tab to view individual contact updates or the steam of updates from the person’s group stream.

Although, as posted in Twitter:
Brian Solis briansolis I agree with @emilychang, I miss arial.

Some reactions on Twitter thus far:

Chris Saad ChrisSaad Twitter UI Upgrade is really lackluster – you would think with all the attention and tallent they could do something more inspired.

Rex Hammock rexhammock Did I miss the announcement of a new Twitter interface? Counting-down characters. tweaks in right-hand column.

Jim Long newmediajim @rexhammock and it still doesn’t seem to work terribly much better.

Jane Quigley jquig99 Wow – look at all the Twitter changes…

Jeremy Pepper jspepper Both Twitter and GMail update their UIs – coincidence?!!? I think not. :P

Ariel Waldman arielwaldman Question: Is Twitter slow right now because of the redesign or is it slow because of something unrelated?

Duncan Riley duncanriley ok, now I see it. sidebar is different, different font etc looks good

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by Brian Solis

It was just a matter of time.

IDG is going all out with the relaunch of the Industry Standard and it is seems that black is the new black, judging by this little logo we snapped from the site.

For those who remember, The Standard was the epitome of excess hosting some of the most infamous rooftop parties backing during the dotcom boom. For those of you who weren’t here during that time, you’re gotten a pretty good taste with the amount of parties taking place on a daily basis in San Francisco these days.

While many say this is a sure sign that we’re in a bubble, I still argue that we’re merely at the early inflating stages with plenty of elasticity left for healthy growth. It’s up to the VCs and ultimately the market if they decide to push it towards a bust.

Well, I’m sure I’ll see you on a rooftop somewhere for the launch party.

Here’s to 1999!

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In December, Playyoo is going to introduce the YouTube for mobile gamers and developers.

But first, Playyoo is opening up its gaming development portal and releasing its Game Creator SDK for mobile phones on 10/3 at the Adobe MAX event in Chicago. The company is initially inviting the worldwide community of Adobe Flash Lite game developers and is launching a contest to fuel their early development – with first, second, and third place awards of $10,000, $7,000, and $3,000.

What’s interesting here, is that they have made the process of creating games incredibly simple enough for anyone to create a game that works on a variety of phones . Adobe’s Flash Lite team is supporting Playyoo’s launch and also promoting it among its user community.

Based in the UK, Playyoo will provide a community for gamers and developers to discover new mobile games and also build a network of friends for sharing and competition. The network supports the creation of games (reportedly as easy as using iMovie) by using Playyoo’s creation tools in native flash lite – basically anybody can create games. And, Playyoo provides the ability to monetize their creativity.

Today only about 7% of mobile phone users (180 million out of 2.5 billion) download or subscribe to mobile casual games.

Playyoo seeks to change this by offering:
- a broad selection of quality, free games
- an engaging and cool experience, rich in creativity and interaction
- a multi-dimensional social networking platform to allow people to express themselves and share content with friends

Click here for games and a preview.

by Brian Solis

Gabe Rivera gave me a heads up that TechCrunch was going to be breaking the news about the new TechMeme leaderboad set to launch tomorrow.

Duncan Riley captures it best in the comments section of the TC post, “Very cool, and my last reason to use Technorati has been taken away.”

Competition, management issues, lack of focus, and perhaps even lack of vision and leadership has rapidly deteriorated Technorati’s position as the flagship hub of the blogosphere.

It’s last unique differentiator was its unbiased listing of top blogs. Well, Techmeme just announced that it will publish a top 100 list of blogs, which is refreshed every 20 minutes, loosening Technorati’s stronghold.

The Techmeme Leaderboard lists the sources most frequently posted to Techmeme. Rumor has it that we were #101 ;)

Sources are ranked by Presence, the percentage of headline space a source occupies over a 30-day period. Discussion links are not taken into consideration, only full headlines are counted.

Update: Dave Winer runs the top 100 list (notice how it’s split between new media and traditional media):

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by Brian Solis

It was all the rage on Twitter tonight and Erick Schonfeld of TechCrunch kicked it off with the first post. Robert Scoble was right on TC’s heels.
Adobe is going to purchase Boston-based startup Virtual Ubiquity for its browser-based word processor, Buzzword.

This is an already crowded field, but one that is gaining strength against Microsoft’s Office. Players include Google Docs, Zoho Writer, and ThinkFree.

As Scoble calls it, “Adobe joins rest of industry in going for Microsoft’s throat.”

Truth is that I think this market has a lot of room for growth. Right now my word processing is split 80/20 in favor of Google Docs and ThinkFree and as the technology improves, it will edge much closer to 100%.

Adobe also rolled out Adobe Share which is a community dedicated to file sharing – a la scribd and docstoc, which recently previewed its new community at TechCrunch40 and also announced private invites through TechCrunch (click here to get one).

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