Why Don’t We Blog Anymore?

My morning started with a good news from my employer that “Today i’m free from work and i can do anything i want.” – Since then i have been thinking how should i spend the day. I suck at unplanned chilling, but interesting thing is, i spent lots of time on Facebook till i started writing this post. Coming to this point later but why i wanted to write this post? Because i have been thinking about it why we don’t blog anymore or way less than before?

I just visited my all time favourite geek Robert Scoble’s blog. You know when was his last blog on his personal blog site? March 5th, 2012. That’s pretty surprising delay from a blogger like Scoble who used to post at least 4-5 post everyday. Almost same story from my another favourite geek Michael Arrington – What’s wrong with blogging then? We know RSS is almost dead. Is blogging dead too?

I will let you answer on this. Do you read blog post like before? Do you get same traffic on your blog post like you used to? It’s the engagement that keep you in touch with something you do. I have a feeling this is what happening with blogger like Robert Scoble and others. Or at least they have found Facebook is more engaging than blogging, twitter.

 

Few years ago i wrote a blog on twitter and facebook. I said twitter wouldn’t be affected by facebook because facebook couldn’t do what twitter was doing and they have different types of friends. I was *Wrong*. I was completely wrong. Surprisingly, i’m reading most of the tech news from Facebook now days, for an example this morning i started my day reading this, where did i read it? Facebook. At this moment there is no other place on earth than Facebook that engage you and make you addicted and that’s the key to break a traditional chain.

You guys, who are reading this post can certainly argue with me. Leave your comment, prove me wrong. Will you?

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HotTech News from TOP Tech Sources

Recalling my last post—yes! I have published an Android app on the market! If you have an Android device, install and play…What is it about? Here it is:

Reading Tech News

Just any Tech news? Nope—TOP Tech news in real time! I included all the features that were missing from an android app that I found. Now it’s up to you to tell me what other features you would like to see in this simple and easy-to-use application.

The first release offers you the following features:

-       Techmeme Top News AND Hacker News
-       Super readable content
-       Sharing made easy with shortened URLs
-       Compatible with any Android mobile and tablet devices

And much more…

Check it out: Download the App

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Getting ‘Techmeme’ Top News

One of the questions from quora is like this “Techmeme: Can the “top news” rss feed still be accessed or brought back?

I went to that question after searching a solution for “How to get techmeme top news”.  Why, techmeme doesn’t have rss for top news? No, it probably had before, but currently they don’t.  They have rss for the tech news, which is kind of, mix of recent news, top news etc.

Techmeme is one of those websites I visit everyday, doesn’t matter how busy I’m. It’s one of my favourite sites without any doubt. As I read it everyday, I wanted to make it easier for myself to read and share, and to do that I needed RSS for top news.

Since the time I realized there was no way to get rss for techmeme top news, I started looking for alternatives. And yes, finally I have found a way to get techmeme TOP news using simple “Simple html dom”. Techeme has mini page and one of the sections contains top news. That’s it! All we need is to dig for correct information. Have a look at the little hack…

< ?php
include_once('../simple_html_dom.php');
// Create DOM from URL or file
$html = file_get_html('http://techmeme.com/mini');
$list = array();
$i = 0;
foreach ($html->find('div.mini_item') as $element) {
    /*
     * first 14 news are top news
     */
    if($i< =13) {
        if(isset($element->find('a', 0)->class) && $element->find('a', 0)->class=='mini_head') {
            if($element->previousSibling(0)->innertext == 'RELATED:') {
                $output['List'][$i]['from']   = $element->childNodes(0)->innertext.' (RELATED)';
            }else {
                $output['List'][$i]['from']   = $element->childNodes(0)->innertext;
            }
            $output['List'][$i]['title']   = $element->find('a', 0)->innertext;
            $output['List'][$i]['link']  = $element->find('a', 0)->href;
           $i++;
        }
        else if (isset($element->find('div', 0)->class) || isset($element->find('a div', 1)->class)) {
            if($element->previousSibling(0)->innertext == 'RELATED:') {
                $output['List'][$i]['from']   = $element->childNodes(0)->innertext.' (RELATED)';
            }else {
                $output['List'][$i]['from']   = $element->childNodes(0)->innertext;
            }
            $output['List'][$i]['title']   = $element->find('div a', 0)->innertext;
            $output['List'][$i]['link']  = $element->find('div a', 0)->href;
            $i++;
        }
   }
}
if (empty($output['List'])) {
    $output['List']['msg'] = 'No Result Found';
}
 
print(json_encode($output));
exit();

You can get full source code from this link
Let me know if you have any questions. Have better idea to improve it?

Now I’m going to take it a little further. What’s that? Stay tune…

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