Arun Stephens

It's been a while

That’s the name of a song, isn’t it?

I have been neglecting this blog for a while now, so I thought I’d write something new. Here is a bit of an update of what I have been up to, in reverse chronological order.

Today I decided to move my blog from Blogger to a WordPress powered site. WordPress seems to be one of the more popular and better blogging engines out there, and having Google in charge of presenting my thoughts to the world.

This week over on Facebook I launched a new application: My Flatmates (or My Roommates if you’re American). It lets you add your flatmates to your profile, and your flat also gets a page with its own wall, visible to the friends of your flatmates.

I had been working on a television application that lets you put your favourite TV shows and characters on your profile, but now that there are Facebook Pages, which accomplish the same thing but let the TV show producers control the page themselves, it seems stupid to continue with it.

I have been reading up a bit on OpenSocial, though not a lot. Probably not as much as I should be. I won’t go into too much detail, because if you care about that sort of thing you’ll already know about it, and if you don’t care, then reading what I have to say won’t make you care, but it’s an API that lets you leverage other social networks, the same as the Facebook API does. It’s implemented in orkut (Google’s social networking site, that hasn’t been very popular outside Brazil) and will be implemented in a whole swag of other sites, most of which I had never heard of until the announcement.

A few months back I started the France 2007 World Cup Picks application on Facebook. It was just so that I could learn how to write Facebook applications, but it really took off, with over 35,000 users at its peak. It prompted me to create a few other applications for other sporting competitions, but now I wish I hadn’t, as it’s taking up a fair bit of time to maintain them, for very little gain (monetary or educational).

I have also been continuing to work on and relaunch Zemobo, but that deserves its own post.

Oh, and I am also moving to the UK in January. (That’s part of the reason I have decided to work a bit more on my web site – I’m going to be looking for work soon.)