Pownce support added to TwitKu.com

Support for public Pownce notes has been added to TwitKu.com, the popular free social network mashup. Now you can monitor Twitter, Jaiku and Pownce feeds all in once place!

Pownce is still working on implementing an authentication scheme for their API, so notes send to only friends (i.e., non-public notes) are not included in the feed. Moreover, authentication is also required to post notes, so that will be a future TwitKu feature as well.

TwitKu.com…a “killer startup”? Apparently so…

This is funny. I get this email today saying:

Dear CEO,

We wanted to let you know your company got reviewed in our blog

only two ways for your startup to make it to our blog:
1) Any of our
registered readers submitted it
2) Our editorial team found your company
through our daily scan of the ‘Top 100’ blogs that write about Internet and

You can read the review about your company here:

TwitKu.com – IM-ing gadget

case you want to modify something that’s incorrect, or want to complete some
missing information, you can use the following username and password we
generated so only you can modify the review…

So who is KillerStartups.com???

KillerStartups.com is a user driven internet startups
community. Entrepreneurs, investors, and bloggers are staying informed
on up-and-coming internet startups using our blog platform, where
internet entrepreneurs submit their startup to see what others think
about it.

They appear to be a sort of Digg-type site. Here’s my entry. I’ll highlight the funny stuff…well besides the fact that its even there…

TwitKu is an IM-ing gadget
that gives you the option to maintain another account with Jaiku, a
similar service, and monitor your TwitKu and Jaiku accounts on the same
with TwitKu’s web application. Once you have installed its
, your accounts are more manageable and more easily accessible
in a number of ways. For some examples, you can simultaneously post a
single message to both accounts, click on the “Twitter” or “Jaiku”
links next to the radio button to go to that site, click on the
“Twitter” or “Jaiku” tabs to toggle between your user and public
streams, hit “Restore Last Message” in order to place the text of the
last posted message, see compact URLs (e.g., tinyurl.com, rurl.org,
etc.) shown as their full original URL, turn URLs into clickable links,
see your Flickr photo page links as a thumbnail, and see foreign

In their own words:

“TwitKu is a simple web app that lets you monitor your Twitter and
Jaiku accounts on a single page. Most of the functionality of the
respective sites are reproduced, but there are enhancements not offered
on those sites like Flickr thumbnails based on links, auto-expand of
“tinyurls,” and more.”

Why it might be a killer: A good option for those who already have
Jaiku accounts and aren’t willing to drop them but want to use TwitKu’s

Some questions:

What if the other sites do the same thing, and suddenly everyone
has accounts with all of the services? They need to be more
differentiated in order to encourage people to choose favorites.

Killer Data
Traffic: Alexa ranking: 517,844
Registered users:
Seeking investors:
Email: xxxx
Website: xxxx

These guys got it SO wrong, it’s laughable. Sure, I could tell them, but why? HAHAHAHAHA

Mobile Twitter+Jaiku Mashup

Leo Leporte noisy move from Twitter to Jaiku, started the great Twitter vs Jaiku debate. Thousands were faced with the question of how to leave all their friends or just monitor and use both sites. TwitKu.com, the Twitter+Jaiku mashup, keep the decision from being mandatory. There is now a new mobile version at http://twitku.com/m, so you can post to both and read both simultaneously on your cell phone or other mobile device. The only issue is that to log onto Jaiku you need to use the “API key” and not your password…dumb. You can get it by logging into Jaiku and going to http://api.jaiku.com/key. For whatever reason, the browser on many mobile devices will not load that page so you'll have to get it on a PC before you try to use twitku mobile. Pretty bare and sparse, but it works. Enjoy it folks.

Homebrewed Combo Twitter+Jaiku Web page…

Well, I cobbled together a combo Twitter+Jaiku web page. I could prolly do a better job on the independent Twitter and Jaiku pages, but I just displayed their respective pages in their own frames–yeah shoot me you webdev snobs ;-) The hard part was figuring out their APIs and putting together the dual-posting form ASP page at the top. It requires a Windows web server to run, but it’s classic ASP so .NET isn’t necessary. It’s not yet ready for public consumption and I don’t know if it will ever be. I’m sure someone will write a nicer Windows app or FF extension. For now, this works for me :-)

Running my own server…for real this time

Well after 6 months of using a “virtual” dedicated server, I have moved all my sites to a real dedicated server. The problem with the virtual type is that although they look like you are running on your own machine, in reality, you are sharing CPU and memory with whomever else is running virtual servers on the same machine. You end up with CPU and memory issues that are totally out of your control. I had an entire day where they CPU was pegged at 100% with about 80MB of free RAM.

A new server is a machine that only has my stuff on it. I can remotely log into the machine and run whatever I want. I have full control. You guys should notice that offbe.at is much “snappier” now. That’s because I’ve got about 3-4 times more RAM and full use of the bandwidth. It’s pretty cool.

I’ll be moving my mail server software this weekend which will be a pain, but at least the websites moved without any real issues.

Of course, my dedicated server is with hotpointdomains.com. It was really the best deal I could find.


On a recent c|net Buzz Out Load podcast, they were joking about some app and they used the phrase “crapplication.” Well, I thought it was funny and being the domain name packr.at I am (yes, that is my domain too ;-), I registered crapplications.com. Quite frankly, I am very surprised it was available. Basically, it’s a forum for people to post their rants about poorly designed applications. Check it out! http://crapplications.com.

Running my own web and email server

While I thought it was a good idea and (probably) still do, it’s ended up being a lot more work than I anticipated. Lots of settings and customization of things that I pretty much just figger out by trial and error. Now I gotta worry about backing up too.

I get much for power over things and adding a new site is easy and I don’t have to sign up for another hostng account.

I just now realized that you couldn’t send email out from offbe.at! That took me 2 hours of fiddling with offbe.at settings as well as email server settings to get it to work.

I also never realized how much spam my old hosting service was filtering out for me. My new email server helped a bit, but I was getting a lot more after I started doing myself. I found a nice MX filtering service called SpamStopsNow.com that works wonderfully and is only $15 for 2 domains using a personal acct. Also serves as backup email server should the main one go down. Another benefit is that spam filtering can be very CPU intensive and this keeps all of that away from my server. Spammers are a resourceful bunch and I’d rather have SSN trying to stay ahead of them. I’ve gone from probably 30-40 a day to 0! Cool!

Well I think I let loose a floodgate of pent up emails now that its working so sorry for that. Should be real time now :-)