I Finally Snagged a Google Plus Invitation!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Google’s new invitation only (for now) social network, Google+. If  not, I suggest you check out the site and take the tour. Google+ will likely forever change the way we interact with friends online, by grouping friends into social “circles” and sharing only certain material with certain groups of friends. In addition to that, another neat feature is “hangouts”, where you can have a group video chat with up to 10 different people. Regardless, today I managed to snag an invitation to the service by posting my email address on Beatweek’s Facebook wall. Less than 5 minutes after posting my email, I had an invitation sitting in my inbox from Bill Palmer. Shortly after that, I even got a second invitation to the service from the same person. Unfortunately, because Google wants to limit how many people are on their service, even with an invitation, I couldn’t sign up for the service yet, but I’ll definitely be checking the Google Plus website frequently to see if I can get in. I’m incredibly excited to try out this new service from Google, and I have incredibly high expectations from it. Anyways, if I do manage to get in, I’ll be happy to invite anyone who requests an invitation from me. I’ll update this post (or post another post) once I get into Google+.

UPDATE: I got a second invitation by Richi Jennings of Computerworld, who I emailed before posting on Beatweek’s wall, asking for an invite. Thanks Richi! However, I still didn’t manage to get into Google+, unfortunately… :(

UPDATE 2: I finally managed to sign up for Google+! I’ll try to invite everyone who asked me to send them an invitation, but I can’t guarantee you’ll be able to sign up.

Just Signed Up for Groupon, Checking it Out

Groupon logo.
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So, Groupon is the latest thing that everyone has been talking about lately. Basically, there is a new, localized deal every day on Groupon, which gives a huge discount on certain goods and services. The deal doesn’t start until a certain number of people say that they agree to buy it. This is a win-win situation for both consumers and sellers of goods, as the buyers get a great deal, while the sellers/retailers get a guaranteed minimum number of customers. I personally haven’t found anything worthwhile on Groupon yet, but since it’s been the subject of tons of media attention lately, I decided to create a free account and take a look around. Although I’m new to the site myself, I recommend signing up and judging it for yourself. If you’re interested in checking it out, click here.

Hello World!

My name is Dylan Taylor, and this is my new blog. The site is still under construction, so expect a lot of broken links, etc. I’m very interested in technology, software development, and open source software. I’m not sure what I’m going to put here yet, but check back occasionally to see if I’ve updated it. I plan on adding interesting articles including tutorials, reviews, information on applications I create, news, and other miscellaneous interesting content. If there’s anything in particular that you would like me to write about, feel free to let me know.