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Ping! Exclamation Point!

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Anyone that has worked for, with, or anywhere near "the man" should dislike the word ping. It's too easy to immediately associate the word with a bothersome, middle aged project manager saying, "Let me look into that and I'll ping you." Why can't you just say email? Why?

We begrudgingly admit that in the case of this new iPhone app, the name is rather fitting. The application allows free registered users to message each other via push notifications over the data connection, rather than SMS. This is rad for a number of reasons. Most obviously, users of Ping can potentially avoid paying AT&T's reprehensibly priced SMS plans. It also allows the opportunity to communicate with people who have no SMS plan at all, such as complete freaks or friends overseas.

One thing Blackberry has always had over iPhones, and that converts deeply miss, is Blackberry Messenger. It's real time, it's free, it's easy; it's texting on steroids. Ping isn't quite there yet, but it's a step in the right direction.

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Google Voice Finally Marries SMS And Email

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A long requested feature of Google Voice was a simple one: forward inbound text messages to email. Google Voice users get voicemails auto-transcribed and emailed to them, but text messages were not. Users can read and respond to them online in addition to their phones in the normal way, but email forwarding wasn’t an option.

Tonight that changed. Google Voice users now have the ability to forward inbound text messages to email. And even better, you can reply from email as well.

There are third party services that have offered this, but they require users to give these services your Google Voice credentials, which is never a good idea. It’s great that Google launched this feature directly.

Since they seem to be taking requests, here’s my next one: launch an API. I can’t wait to see what developers come up with, and I’d love to use those non-Google services in a secure way without giving them my Google Voice credentials.

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Travel Assistant Pro released - Adds TripIt Pro & iPhone OS 3.0 Support

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oday announced a major new version of its flagship travel itinerary application, Travel Assistant Pro for iPhone and iPod touch. The new version adds full support for TripIt's new TripIt Pro service and implements a variety of new features available in iPhone OS 3.0. Travel Assistant Pro 3.0 builds on its extensive list of features by fully integrating support for TripIt Pro, TripIt's itinerary monitoring and travel alerts service. Travel Assistant Pro is the first and only app to implement support for TripIt Pro. Using TripIt in Travel Assistant Pro is as easy as emailing your travel itineraries and launching Travel Assistant Pro. The app will automatically download your itinerary, so it is with you everywhere you go.

Taking advantage of the devices' accelerometer, users can update itineraries in Travel Assistant Pro by simply shaking the device. This allows you to reload the full itinerary or individual events, so you can monitor and check the status of any upcoming flights or travel plans, giving you status changes, estimated departure and arrival times, gate assignments and baggage claim locations.

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Without Tr.im Will The Web Suffer?

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Think about an even scarier situation. What if Twitter lost its marbles completely. The recent denial of service attack proved that there is a weakness. What if the service died completely. What then? What would happen to all of those links, mostly short URLs?

If a major event caused a lot of short URLs to no longer work then many webmasters would lose loads of traffic. That traffic could be significant in search engine rankings for some of those sites. While the links themselves don’t pass on any link popularity or trust factor juice, because Twitter no follows its links, the traffic that comes from those links - if it is quality traffic that sticks around - probably does affect the search engine optimization efforts for many sites. This could be a problem. Chris Crum says it needs to be discussed and a solution needs to be offered. I agree. Perhaps it’s time for Twitter to get its own URL shortening service. Perhaps there needs to be a service that automatically picks up short URLs from defunct companies and keeps them alive. What’s your solution?

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Tr.im To Die Out, Bit.ly Takes Over

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Tr.im will be going out of it's order but how soon? Twitter's 140 character limits made all these short-URL sites popular. Bit.ly and TinyURL are making their short-URL links to grow character by character each day. In mashable, they posted a strong case against short-URL and in favor, Mashable wrote this. Tr.im, the popular short-URL service will be closing down which had made popularity so much that it had one million short URLs every month.

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Bit.ly Swoops in to Save Tr.im

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The announcement this weekend that Tr.im will shut down has deeply worrying implications for URL shorteners: when these services go away, tens of thousands of links on the web simply stop working. Some sites will lose hundreds of inbound links, and the traffic that comes with them.
After a recent decision by Digg to simply redirect their shortURLs to their own site, there’s a great deal of concern that other services will simply shut down and kill their links, or worse, redirect them to somewhere else entirely.
Now Bit.ly, the default URL shortener on Twitte, wants to save dying URL shorteners. About 4 months ago, bit.ly investor Betaworks began a project called 301works, an archive of URL mappings similar to the Way Back Machine for web pages. None of the other URL shorteners expressed interest at the time (not surprising, since Bit.ly is their biggest competitor).

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