An absolutely crazy decision was announced today from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) meeting in the U.K., driven by the Publisher’s Association. From the article on The Bookseller
Facebook announced two interesting new features today during a press conference: Groups and Downloads for your information. Groups are a type of self-organized private discussion, allowing you to quickly tag and gather friends separately from your larger friends lists. The most exciting news, for me at least, is that Facebook is going to implement a single-button download service, which will zip up all of your information: pictures, posts, etc…and allow you to download a file of them. That’s great news, and the first crack in the walled garden that gives people hope of being able to get all of their content if they wish to move to another service.
Blio is a new eReader platform developed in part by Ray Kurzweil, and focused around flexibility of display and interface. As you might expect coming from Kurzweil, it has strong text-to-speech capabilities, and is designed for full color displays and not eInk devices such as the Kindle. In addition, content is being provided by Baker & Taylor, and Blio claims to have over 100 publishers lined up to help provide content for the platform.
I had a chance to play with Blio nearly a year ago at CES 2010, and talked about it during the ALA Midwinter 2010 Top Tech Trends presentation…it’s exciting stuff. Can’t wait to see if it can give Kindle and Nook a run for their money.
Google today rolled out a major change to their search that they are calling Google Instant. This change will begin to populate search results as soon as you begin typing, using your history combined with the information that Google has about word frequency and popularity to predict what you’re looking for. This will be rolling out across the world over the next few months, but you can test it now by visiting this page.
Google is rolling out a new feature to Gmail this week they are calling Priority Inbox. It’s an automated method for ranking and determining which emails in your inbox are important to you, and thus float to the top and are marked, while less important ones aren’t given prominence in the email window. It uses your email history (who you read, didn’t read, responded to, etc.) as measures, and allows you to manually rank as well to increase its filters.
Think of it like an inverse spam filter. Instead of filtering out the bad stuff, it filters up the good stuff!