Tag: tomcarroll.org

Testing Gmail for my Domain

I was granted access to the Gmail for Domains beta. The set up was extremely simple, but I still don’t think that a non geek will know what their MX record is. Adding accounts is a snap and the calendar integration is wonderful. I am now wondering how much it will cost for multiple domains. I have multiple domains and would like to manage all my email account for my whole family via Gmail without setting up forwarding. Google definitely has the email interface down. It works great and I love the way email threads are handled. If Google can provide a few more tools, there will be no reason to buy office. Google will have a completely integrated set of office web applications that are completely portable. I won’t have to worry about backing up anything or getting updates and security patches.

Corporations would be well served by a tool like Gmail for domains. Corporations have to get around and over the control issues, if they do Gmail is a no brainer. For companies with large field operations again it’s a no brainer. It’s only a matter of time.

I give Gmail for Domains 5 out of 5 Stars.

Links:
Gmail for your domain

A point of order: Linking within posts

I will no longer link within my writing instead I will provide links at the bottom of the post just above the tags. I was listening to the Gillmor Gang[1] and Steve Gillmor talked about linking being dead[2]. From a value perspective linking is challenged due to all the splinks. Companies that sell words within their articles, and spammers really are killing the informational value of linking. So in effort to make my text easier to consume, I am refraining from linking from within the post. Posts will have a links section at the bottom and eventually I will provide an icon that identifies off site links. I will also be offering the RSS feeds for sites I reference in an effort to drive folks away from a page click page model.

Links:
Get the Gillmor Gang RSS here
[1] The Gillmor Gang Podcast

Get Steve Gillmor’s InfoRouter RSS here
[2] Links are dead, Doc: by Steve Gillmor

Tagging has arrived

After thinking about tagging in depth for my employer, I thought it was time to add tagging to tomcarroll.org. I think more companies will be using the distributed tag cloud to divine understanding and provide value added services. The best example I can think of is Edgeio, its a cool idea. As more independent content is tagged the global folksonomy will grow stronger and more valuable. Then the spammers and click fraud folks will move in. Eventually there will be a way to identify the reputation of the source of the content and tags. The best thing is the information will be available to everyone, unless there is a more to pass the anti tag neutrality act. You never know, crazier things have happened.

Google is now watching (oh yeah and maybe No Such Agency also)

I finally have installed Google Analytics. What can I say I just wanted to try Google Analytics out. I was also real lazy and used the Google Analyticator plug-in. It was easy as 123. Now I can track the mass of people that stop by to see how long it has been since I updated last.

I wonder if the there are more robust versions of the plug-in underway, maybe from Google. Sounds like a great summer of code project.