Beta Opened up!

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Zoho Creator is now open for public beta testing.

We are very excited to finally start getting feedback from actual users on the service we have put countless hours. The development cycle was focussed, intense and FUN .We had a helluva of good times while making UI’s, doing the code and painting our screens. We are delighted the way how Zoho Creator has shaped up.

What is Zoho Creator?
Zoho Creator is a free online service to create lightweight applications for your individual needs and tastes like- Contact List, Dating or a Feedback application and bit of serious applications like CRM, Helpdesk and Recruitment. Zoho Creator isn’t about coding, its all about WYSIWYG clicks.

To get your hands on beta, provide your email here. We will be sending you the invitation.

Just bear with us if the invitation is delayed a bit, we will be sending the invitations as the load on our server eases. We want to provide you a uninterrupted service while creating the application.

Waste no time as the clicks are going fast. Go get your invitation now!

Doc on Blogging

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David Newberger has put up in his blog a 10-question interview with Doc Searls. Doc is at his usual best. Liked the last Q&A in particular

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out blogging?

Think of every post as an email that’s cc:world. Don’t worry about making mistakes. Be yourself. Write about what interests you. Link a lot and follow other links. Follow subjects through keyword search subscriptions in your aggregator. Drive ideas. Participate. Write with provisionally, rather than finality (leave that up to the big-time print journalists who are paid to pontificate). Start snowballs rolling, and add snow to ones rolling by. Be humble. Make mistakes, correct them and move on.

Oh, and use your own name. Don’t bury your identity.

-Arvind

Towards Search 2.0

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Hackers & the SEO community have to large extent manipulated the results of Google-Yahoo-MSN’s (GYM) algorithm-based Search 1.0 engines. And that leads to undesirable results like Google bombing, spam, more importance towards older sites etc.

Time based search (like Google Blog Search, Feedster, Technorati etc) offers a good alternative but its restricted to blogs & some frequently updated blog-like sites alone. I like MSN’s start.com as it offers a tabbed search from the Web & from the News/Feeds sections. But I would like to have a 3-in-1, Web-News-Tags based search. With Yahoo acquiring del.icio.us, the immensely popular social bookmarking site, we can expect something in this direction.

And the analogy question begs to be asked – Flickr : Riya as del.icio.us : ?? . There are many social bookmarking sites like spurl, furl, simpy, dots etc but my bet would be on blinklist.

-Arvind

Zoho Writer Update

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Thanks to all the feedback comments from you. Based on the comments you had given, we had been working on Zoho Writer’s UI. A completely revamped UI geared towards better usability with an added set of features is what you can expect from Zoho Writer soon.

Cheers !!

Z