A couple of sites

Posted on December 5, 2005

A couple of sites caught my attention lately:

  • Gtalkr, Google web interface to Google talk is, obviously, a great piece of web service design. The interface is good and the integration with your Gmail account is very interesting indeed. Of course I won’t be dropping my desktop IM client in favor of a web-based one anytime soon, but Google is definitely realizing all the potential of all the services it is offering and the whole Web2.0 shebang. Update: As was pointed out in the comments, Gtalkr is not affiliated with Google so it is really more of a triumph of the remix culture than Google’s.
  • Pandora, a music service based on the Music Genome Project was brought to my attention by Mind Booster Noori and so far (after a whole morning of listening!) :-) I must say I’m quite impressed. The gist of it is that the service learns from you what kind of songs you like to listen to and tailors it’s streaming “channel” to your preferences. You can, of course, have multiple “stations” with different kinds of music playing in each one. What I like best about it is that, so far, it seems to be spot on with it’s choices. I have marked some songs with “I don’t like this” and others with “I like this” and it seems to be getting extremely good at guessing what I want to listen to. Also the flash interface is sober, clean, effective and very easy to use. Definitely something to keep an eye out for and an ear to.

Well, now that I’m done with the hype, it’s back to work…