Josh Catone joined Mashable in May 2009 and is Executive Director of Editorial Projects. Before joining Mashable, Josh was the Lead Writer at ReadWriteWeb, the Lead Blogger at SitePoint, and the Community Evangelist at DandyID.
Could Twitter Ever Replace Digg?
Hitwise reported yesterday that Twitter had surpassed Digg in terms of traffic. Whether or not that report is accurate (we think not) it raises a fun question: Could Twitter ever replace Digg as a method of link discovery?
Firefox Plans Built-In Usability Platform
Starting with Firefox, Mozilla is planning to integrate usability testing directly into each of their projects via extensions built on their currently-in-concept stage testing platform called Test Pilot.
Is Ruby’s Popularity Fading?
Ruby has enjoyed a ton of hype over the last few years, in part due to the Rails web app framework. But is the language’s popularity waning? New stats suggest that it is perhaps at least starting to level off.
Microsoft Should Buy Palm, Not Yahoo!
Microsoft is a software company, so why are they trying so hard to compete with Google in search and web advertising? That’s not the right tactic, and perhaps the best acquisition target for them is Palm, not Yahoo!
Backing Up Your Online Life
Recently, I’ve been in the market for an online backup solution that will automatically backup all the files on my computer. One thing I neglected to think about backing up, though, was the bits and pieces of my online life.
Barack Obama’s Web Wasteland
Tomorrow, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. One of the major reasons he got to that point was the network of supporters he built on the web — but are those networks being neglected?
Google Testing “Preferred Sites” Personalization
Google is reportedly testing a new search personalization feature called “Preferred Sites” that will allow users to boost the rankings on results pages of their favorite sites. But is that a good idea? We’re not so sure.
Foodzie is Etsy for Food
Where do you go to find independently grown and produced food products from artisan food makers? Generally, you go to a local farmer’s market, if your city has one. If not, you’re out of luck. Until now, that is.
TweetNews Mashes Up Twitter with Yahoo! News
A new project from Yahoo! developer Vik Singh called TweetNews mashes up Twitter and Yahoo! News. Twitter is a great platform for exposing breaking news, so the idea is sound, but the implementation needs some work.
Yahoo! Gives Wikipedia an 8th Birthday Present
Wikipedia turns eight years old today, and Yahoo! gave the crowd sourced encyclopedia project a big birthday present: Yahoo!’s Wikipedia search application is now turned on by default for US users.