AOL Quietly Launches One of the World’s Biggest App Platforms

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#Features#news#NYT#web AOL announced the new developer site for MyAOL today to almost no fanfare, but at a time when some are declaring the Facebook platform “dead” – AOL’s new platform warrants some serious attention.The new MyAOL platform is an OpenSocial container based on the gadgets.*API, meaning developers shouldn’t have to do much to get their widgets up and running on it. A fair number of MyAOL gadgets already have millions of users, so the new developer site seems like a real opportunity.The Widget-o-sphereThe new MyAOL platform enters the game at a complicated time. Widgets, little modules of content and functionality easily embedded into websites but built by 3rd parties, were supposed to be the future of the web, according to some advocates in recent years. The Facebook Platform was heralded as the widget Holy Land, but key site design decisions treated widgets poorly from the start and subsequent Facebook redesigns have banished them to near invisibility. Defenders of the platform argue that the redesigned site just keeps really stupid apps from proliferating, making it all the more important to build widgets for actual utility. Scott Rafer, the genuinely brilliant if cynical co-founder of widget ad company Lookery, says the new Facebook is dead to him as a widget man. As a bulk-ad sales guy, Rafer’s company deals in very large part with really stupid widget apps. So it goes. If your platform isn’t supportive of stupid widgets, then your platform essentially doesn’t support widgets at all. MyAOL is BigMyAOL is a good old fashioned startpage. An increasing number of AOL properties have recently started incorporating 3rd party content and moving towards a strategy of openness. AOL has a bad rap but is doing some innovative things.The company’s new platform gives third party developers access to a large group of users. How big is the AOL platform? 10 million people have installed the AOL Weather widget, 6 million have installed the Topix.net news app and there are 1 million AOL Pandora users. Those are very respectable numbers! In fact, they are much higher than almost all of the Facebook app numbers, though Facebook only exposes “active users.” The point is, it’s a strange time for the much-hyped widget but the opening of the MyAOL platform represents a good opportunity. In Firefox on my Mac the site doesn’t work very well, but it works well enough for millions of people. Widgets remain a promising paradigm, if only the host sites are truly comfortable promoting widget use for the long term, instead of burying 3rd party widgets and renewing their focus on in-house links. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

India clubbed with Sri Lanka in womens World Cup Qualifiers

first_imgDubai, Dec 19 (PTI) The Indian womens cricket team has been clubbed alongside Sri Lanka among others for next months ICC Womens World Cup Qualifiers from where top four sides would make the cut for tournament-proper in June. The tournament will run from January 7 to 21 at four Colombo venues and the sides finishing in the top four of the Super Six stage will join defending champion Australia, host England, former winner New Zealand and reigning ICC World Twenty20 champion West Indies in the World Cup from June 26 to July 23. Asian champion and former World Cup finalist India leads Group A which also includes Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand, while South Africa heads Group B which comprises Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea (PNG). Each side will play four matches in the first round, following which the top three sides from each group will progress to the Super Six stage, while also carrying forward points they earn against teams which have progressed to the Super Six stage from their group. The top four sides from the Super Six stage, in which each side will play three matches against teams from the other group, will complete the eight-team line-up for the World Cup 2017. Holly Colvin, ICCs Womens Cricket Officer and a World Cup winner with England in 2009, said: “This is an extremely important event on the womens cricket calendar as it offers a final opportunity to the sides to qualify for the ICC Womens World Cup, which is the ultimate event for any cricketer.” Groups: Group A: India, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand Group B: South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea Warm-up matches: 5 February ? India v South Africa, P.Sara Stadium; Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Mercantile Cricket Association (MCA); Ireland v Bangladesh, Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC); Zimbabwe v Scotland, Colombo Cricket Club (CCC); Thailand v PNG, Moors Sports Club. Tournament fixtures (first round) 7 February ? Sri Lanka v India, P.Sara Stadium; Ireland v Zimbabwe, MCA; South Africa v Pakistan, NCC; Zimbabwe v Scotland, CCC 8 February ? Pakistan v Bangladesh, P.Sara Stadium; Scotland v South Africa, MCA; Sri Lanka v Ireland, NCC; India v Thailand, CCC 10 February ? India v Ireland, P.Sara Stadium; Thailand v Zimbabwe, MCA 11 February ? South Africa v Bangladesh, P.Sara Stadium; Scotland v PNG, MCA; Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, NCC; Ireland v Thailand, CCC 13 February ? Zimbabwe v India, P.Sara Stadium; Sri Lanka v Thailand, MCA; South Africa v PNG, NCC; Pakistan v Scotland, CCC Super Six stage (teams to be confirmed after 13 February matches): 15 February ? Match 21, P.Sara Stadium; Match 22, NCC; Match 23, CCC 17 February ? Match 24, P.Sara Stadium; Match 25, NCC; Match 26, CCC 19 February ? Match 27, P.Sara Stadium; Match 28, NCC; Match 29, CCC 21 February – FINAL. PTI PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more