As the Dust Settles – Weekly Recap

Feather DusterAs the dust settles from Internet Week last week, most of these updates are reactions and more information about all the big announcements last week. I am a visual/experience learner, like many of you; I am not going to know how new tools and updates are going to really affect my work day until I get my paws on them and see what they can do.

So here is this week’s list of what has been happening in the web world this week:

iPhone 4 is causing a stir – Everyone seems to be talking about the new iPhone and the pre-order sales are already maxed out and won’t be shipped until July! Possibly the winner of the first iPhone is this crazy guy Justin who is camping out in front of a Dallas store a week early to get his paws on the new phone.

Mark Zuckerberg might want to hand his Facebook account over to an intern – Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, switched from a Blackberry to an iPhone and quickly went to his Facebook wall to complain about his new toy. His status said “This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls”. The post has since been removed. I bet he got a talking to about thinking before he posts things to social networking sites.

Office 2010 is ready and Google Docs improves – As we discussed last week, Microsoft Office 2010 is targeting lost opportunities that Google Docs has taken from them. The new version includes web apps allowing for online document collaboration and online storage. The price points are now official and the three versions can be purchased at $149.99, $279.99, or $499.99. Lots of improvements from 2007 but is it too late? Have people gotten used to their current online tools? As Microsoft Office joins the game of online collaboration, Google Docs launched new updated features to their product. Below is a video of the recent changes to Google Docs.

Twitter hops on the location-based train – In the location-based app world, Twitter has announced how they are joining the game with Twitter Places. With Twitter Places you can add your location to your Tweets. Twitter Places is going to integrate with Foursquare and Gowalla. I can see this being especially useful for conferences and events to get a better idea about who is in the same location as you when they send out Tweets.

Twitter still dealing with down services and bugs – Twitter had a big week of more troubles.  Aside from losing Tweets, they also tried to explain why the service has been down off and on for about a week. Pretty much Twitter’s biggest problem is that they are just too popular.

Starbucks has WiFi! – Starbucks is FINALLY offering free WiFi. That is all I have nothing else to say about it except, it is about time!

WordPress 3.0 is available – WordPress 3.0 is now available with lots of new features. I am excited to try them out and see how I can use the new tools. The new upgrade is called Theloniuos and the default theme Cubit is being retired (finally! You know the one with the blue header?).

Videos and Links I want to share – I am not sure if I will do this every week (this recap thing is a bit of a work in progress) but there were a few really useful posts I read this week that I wanted to share.

Lastly, I wanted to share a video full of stats about social media for B2Bs (below).

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