Brightkite Checking Out of Check-in Game

The application that introduced myself and many others to geo-location apps is bowing out of the game. At the Brightkite Blog the team has announced that they will be removing the check-in, posting, and stream functionality to be vanishing from the site. Brightkite will be reorienting itself as a free text messaging service.

I can’t say I blame them for the move. They have long ago been overshadowed by Foursquare and Gowalla in the location-sharing space, and they are switching things up to become relevant again. I’m not sure that text messaging is going to work, though. Personally, I’ve been using Google Voice for all of my text messaging for quite a while now. Facebook is on the verge of releasing a newly focused messaging system, and already enjoys a healthy install base on mobile phones.

I hope the best for the Brightkite team. I just don’t think text messaging is going to get them there.

Getting Started with Google Reader

I’m constantly talking to my friends about the advantages of using RSS to get your information on the web. I was thinking about writing up a blog post outlining the services and steps to take advantage of RSS, but not 5 minutes after having that thought, I came across a article (in my Google Reader) that does just that.

One of the core technologies behind the Web 2.0 “revolution” is RSS (Really Simple Syndication). Most websites that are updated with any sort of regularity have feeds of at least their headlines, and usually of full articles. Some sites also have secondary feeds listing their comments, videos, links, and other updates as well.

Because RSS is so common these days, keeping up with the rush of information that shapes our lives has become pretty easy (”really simple”, even). Instead of jumping from one site to another, you can keep track of all the content of the sites you visit regularly in one central place.

Link: How to Get Started With Google Reader at