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Yahoo Application Gallery

The Yahoo Developer Network just launched an Application Gallery. Similar to the Widgets Gallery, this site shows off the best applications built on top of the Yahoo APIs. There’s the opportunity to upload and submit your applications to the gallery and, once they are there, have them reviewed and showcased.

This comes as frosting on top of today’s announcement of a whole new set of APIs, the first out the gate being the commercial Shopping API which gives third parties a cut of any revenue generated by their sites. Jeffrey McManus who is presenting the Yahoo Developer Network here at eTech posted about the other APIs which includes support for browser-based authentication so apps can take advantage of their user’s Yahoo profile and information tied to that profile.

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Checkmates – location-based Flickr friend finder

I’m sharing a room with Chad Dickerson here at eTech and he was up until the wee hours last night and up again at the crack of dawn putting the finishing touches on a prototype called Checkmates. The application, which runs on your cellphone, uses a combination of APIs to show your location superimposed on a map along with the locations of your Flickr friends (as long as they also have the Checkmates running and have declared their location.

For eTech, Chad posted this morning about the Checkmates and mentions a special overlay where you can declare your location on an eTech map.

I’ve run into a snag b/c my Sprint cellphone won’t let me run my web browser while in Digital Roam mode (reception is not so hot inside the conference hall). I’ll try and install it later.

Check it out!

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Multi-touch Interface shown off at eTech

Totally cool – they had Jeff Han showing off his touch screen interface. I got a pointer to this a couple of weeks ago and was blown away – someone at Yahoo called it “web 5.0”

Here’s a page with a video showing it in action – must be seen to be fully appreciated.

UPDATE: so many people have been hitting this entry that I thought it best to upload my own video clips taken from the eTech presentation.

  1. Playing with virtual lava
  2. Sorting photos
  3. Channel surfing
  4. Zooming in on San Diego

Ray Ozzie at eTech

RSS is the DNA wiring the web, the connecting tissue between active web sites. Part of the current excitement around mashups is that it’s moving these "composite applications" up to the level of the scripting programmer. The closer you get to the user, the closer you get to real domain expertise.

Cut/Copy/Paste – these commands are used everyday by PC users, to the point where they don’t even think about it. Ray asks, "Where is the clipboard of the web?"

Enter Live Clipboard (screencast examples on Ray’s blog)

Action button that can cut events from an events site (he used eventful.com) and paste it into your calendar. Ray showed examples of pasting the event into Windows Live Calendar and the Outlook client. In both cases, the clipboard already knows the date so the paste action automatically puts the event into the right day.

The clipboard can store multiple items. Shows example of copying address and credit card information into commerce site (shows example of mocked up Think Geek order checkout page). It appears that this can also write to a cookie file because pasted information moves from one screen to the next.

The cut/copy/paste action button can be used to consolidate the multiple RSS subscription chicklets. Single copy action then moves the RSS url over to RSS reader (in this example he uses Bloglines).

Copy GPS location information and paste it into Facebook profile. New "sync" action button makes this link into an updated version of the old "dynamic data link" that we saw in Excel. The link will update automatically via RSS.

Copy a list of friends from Facebook, all with locations updating real-time. Paste this into a Windows Live Contact Map widget and you get a map showing real-time location of your friends. You can paste this into Excel to get a different view of this data.

Copy a Flickr thumbnail and the action button pulls the data so when you paste it into your Windows My Pictures folder, it will then pull down the hi-res version of the photo. Expand this to a photostream, you can then sync it and do things like have an automatically updating folder that will change out something like your desktop wallpaper at set intervals. 

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Netsquared Interview on Tagging

Netsquared, an arm of the non-profit advisory site, Techsoup, just posted an email interview I did with them about tagging. At the end of the interview, I also listed up a few examples of how Yahoo applications can be stitched together and used by non-profits (and other small organizations) to organize and inform their community.

Netsquared Interview