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Joomla 1.6 released

The new version of Joomla is finally out!

Looking forward to updating my sites!

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the social network

I just saw “The social network“, the movie about the rise of facebook.

the social network

I found very interesting seeing how Mark Zuckerberg put together the pieces of his creature. Two main ingredients were at the basis: his deep consciousness of what his creature should be AND an ear always open to listen to what people have in mind.

Mark says: “We are talking about taking the entire social experience of the college and put it online.

Mark had the ability to perceive that “the social experience of the college” can be so fascinated and attracting for people AND the capacity to read the Web and to put online such an experience.

If and when you are really able to have such a clear line in your mind and simultaneously take in consideration the needs of your users then, I think, you reached the “secret” for your success.


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An online resource to learn about browsers and the Web

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web is the title of a nice resource just launched by Google to easily learn more about the basics of the Web.

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New twitter interface

Few weeks after the announcement, I had the chance to use the new interface twitter.com launched to increase its usability.The black top bar and the wider right column are the main new visual features. They came together with the possibility to immediately visualize photos and videos shared by others and other minor changes.

I found it a good step ahead, being the site more usable and the main page becoming a sort of intro to your profile. More than before, twitter is presenting itself not only as a place for geeks but mainly as a tool for knowledge sharing with a broad audience: latest stats say users are over 190 million (more than 1 million are from Italy: http://cot.ag/bzoKmS).

This is why I’m strongly suggesting to the networks I support to adopt it. Onda Rural is actually using it quite well, Carimac will be doing soon as well as the CSDI project and the FAO Rural radio website. Their public can be very wide, the tool is flexible and dynamic (mostly thanks to third party applications) and the use is very easy, adapt for every kind of editorial team.


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Onda Rural is online

Onda Rural, the alliance on rural radio in Latin America between FAO, ALER and AMARC is online.

We are very proud of that. It is the re-edition of a long standing collaboration among the three organizations which lasts from 2004.

We foresee interesting spaces of collaboration in the area in the field of radio, disaster risk management and communication for development.

Follow the account of Onda Rural on twitter.


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the panelist

Very interesting meeting yesterday in Rome organized by @donatelladr with the stars of the web2.0 scenario in the Middle East:

– Laith M. Zraikat co-founder and chief product officer of Jeeran.com, the largest Arab online community with 1,5 millions registered users and more than 7 millions of unique visitors per month.

– Nadine Toukan co-founder and tribe-leader of UrdunMubdi3 (Creative Jordan), a social network of people who desire to make Jordan a creative economy, lifestyle and mindstyle.

Unfortunately Habib Haddad co-founder of Yamli.com, who was also expected, could not participate due to visa problems.

We always think that in that part of the world is difficult if not impossible to find innovation while these people clearly demonstrated the contrary.