The Year in Startup Innovation
We love being inspired by other tech companies, and 2010 has been a great success! It’s so easy to forget how quickly the web evolves, but Perpetually comes to the rescue. Here’s our top 10 favorite redesigns from tech startups in 2010: Foursquare goes mainstream: Groupon simplifies: So does Living Social: Twitter: Gowalla differentiates: Carbonmade gets even prettier: ...
Election night on The Huffington Post
Our friends at The Huffington Post published a great survey of news websites at midnight on election night (powered by Perpetually, of course!). Check it out!
Thumbs up for xChange!
This September I attended the xChange summit in lovely Monterrey, CA. If you haven’t heard of it, I can tell you that it’s UNIQUE! The magic is all in its structure: it encourages open conversations with undoubtedly the smartest people in the measurement world. The topics covered are similar to events like Omniture and eMetrics, but the difference here is that you get to be a real...
Thinking About Election Transparency
With the midterm election primaries all finished, Team Perpetually has started thinking about how we’re each going to vote in November. For a while now we’ve been archiving the official public websites for candidates in our home states, and more races from around the country. Of course, Perpetually’s archiving engine is doing all the heavy lifting for us. But now it’s time...
Better Archiving Through Prediction
Web pages often contain many small images and scripts that remain invisible until the user interacts with the page. To speed up browsing, the browser won’t download them until the user does something to necessitate it. Until now, Perpetually has followed the same rule: Only archive the resources necessary to make the initial page render perfectly. But starting in today, our archiving engine now...
Automated Annotations Are the New Google...
Have you ever used the Annotations feature in Google Analytics? It’s really useful. With Annotations, you and your team attach notes to your analytics data indicating important events and changes over time. We’re a small team, and while we take careful notes on what we’re changing, I see that all too often important changes fall through the cracks. And it’s often only weeks...
Demoing in front of 850 of our closest friends at NYTM was a great time, and the response has been amazing! Thanks, everyone!
Bidding Goodbye to Romanos
A couple weeks back I went to Harvard Business School to see Romanos, who’s been interning with us since January, present Perpetually to his Managing Networked Businesses class. Everyone in the class had worked through the semester with a startup as part of a field study, and Romanos was asked (with two other classmates) to present what he’d learned about our nascent business. ...
Digital Archives Do Not Fit In Libraries
Via The NYTimes (and other places): The [Library of Congress] will archive the collected works of Twitter, the blogging service, whose users currently send a daily flood of 55 million messages, all that contain 140 or fewer characters. Mr. Raymond said that the archive would be available only for scholarly and research purposes. It’s interesting that The Library of Congress is so focused on...
Twitter Homepage Redesign
Twitter’s homepage redesign is all about new visitors. For the first time, Twitter puts together trending topics as a stock ticker marquee, a list of interesting people you might want to follow and a “New to Twitter?” section. New people now participate in the Twitter ecosystem before they sign up, and understanding the Twitter jargon is no longer a prerequisite. Look at how...
Innovating Cron: Announcing Norc
Last week at Python NYC we open sourced Norc, a task management system that replaces Unix cron. At Perpetually we let anyone archive any web site on any schedule. One of the big challenges we faced early on was to create a flexible, traceable and scalable scheduling system to handle this problem. While cron is great, it’s not geared toward solving this problem: Tasks are tied to a single...
History in a Snapshot
It’s been interesting to see what our first users value in Perpetually. When we started our focus was entirely on capturing the web at a moment in time and reflecting it back for the user exactly as it was, HTML, CSS and all. But in the last couple weeks a bunch of folks asked to see screenshots of their archives, in addition to full-text searching and browsing. Since we were already...
5 - 8% of the Web Disappears Every Year
When I started looking into online data decay in January I was surprised to learn there was no reliable source of analysis on the subject. So I researched it myself. These findings seem an appropriate article for our first (non-TechCrunch50) blog post on The Perpetual Web. Estimating the amount of information that disappears due to data decay is difficult because there’s no single...
Launch Notes From TechCrunch50 2009
Just over a week ago we launched as a finalist in TechCrunch50. Have a look at our demo video. TechCrunch50 is a PR machine, designed from start to finish to launch new companies, show off sponsors and further define TechCrunch as a market leader. After a month of work, rehearsals and the event itself we learned some lessons that will help our business immensely and may prove useful for anyone...