March 22, 2011
Been almost a year since I have posted to this blog. Oh boy, it’s been a hectic 2010 but 2011 is getting even better. Of course there is no excuse to have not posted. Social media seems to be taking its toll on me.
But it’s been an interesting and hectic year and a half working with one of the leading online travel startups in India helping them build some kickass products and working with an enthusiastic team. More updates on that and what I have learnt coming up soon. Life has changed and for the better it is!
To regular blogging! Cheers.
January 15, 2009
Date : Jan 23-24, 2009
Venue: Nimhans Convention Center
Btw, if you haven’t already registered, now’s a good time to do so, go ahead and register now.
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Tags: advice for startups, india startups, networking, pictualize, product management, product manager, product marketing, product startups, product strategy, proto, proto bangalore, proto bangalore edition, proto showcase, Proto.in, Social Media, startup events, vinodh nandakumar, vinodhn
November 4, 2008
So what is spatial search ?
In today’s context, where the Internet is the starting point for finding any information you need about anything in the world, and of course most of us use Google. The problem with traditional search is that it does not support or have information about the geographical dimension.
Why is spatial search important ?
This becomes extremely important when searching for something like “Guest houses in Bangalore”. Although the geographical location, in this case ‘Bangalore’ can be used as a part of search query term, the search engine does not interpret it as a geographical location.
So results for the search query – “Guest houses in Bangalore” will turn up documents with “Guest houses” and “Bangalore” and might not show up results with guest houses koramangala or indiranagar which are localities in Bangalore and also hence very apt results. This is because, the search engine does not have a relationship between these terms.
The other issue with traditional search in entities like homes is that the geographical information of these locations are not known, and hence they cannot be visualized on a map – which would be the most intuitive way to visualize these results.
While planning and architecting my100floors, we understood the need for Spatial search and helping users visualize home searches on maps. Moreover we felt that that searching for properties on maps was the intuitive way to find properties. In fact, we are the first to provide a map based search in India, cracking the problem of non-availability of geo-coded data.
The next post will talk about our implementation of Spatial search in, challenges we faced and a walk through of the user experience.
Filed in Cool stuff, cool technology, design, geeky, Ideas!, product management, Requirements gathering, Rich Internet Applications, Search engines, Social Tech, Startup, Technology for real life, Usability, User Experience, User Interface, Web 2.0
Tags: product management, product strategy, Startup
October 14, 2008
Off topic, but couldn’t resist blogging about this.
Image Source : Dead President
Filed in Cool stuff, design, Google, Ideas!, Social Tech, tangential, Technology for real life, User Experience
Tags: baba ramdev, Google, google chrome, india, indian advertising, marketing, pranayama, product marketing, product positioning, product strategy, smart advertising, vinodh nandakumar, vinodhn, yoga, yogic guru
October 11, 2008
The Twitter obsession (and addiction) continues, we are all hooked on to it, aren’t we.
If you aren’t already, do follow me on Twitter.
So for all the Twitteratti / Tweeple / Tweeps out there, here’s my list of top 10 tools / plugins (in no particular order) for Twitter to enhance your Tweeting experience.
Tweetdeck takes all the information from Twitter and helps you manage the information overload by grouping them into managable pieces or based on your interests.
Tracks Top URLs which are talked about on Twitter. Extremely useful service and helps you find the most interestsing and latest information on the web.
Helps you give your twitter page some style! They have some really cool designs, check it out.
Very useful app, which automatically tweets whenever you publish a post on your blog. Helps you get some link love!
A handy tool for online and digital marketers who wish to leverage the advantages of social media and microblogging. Easy Tweets enables you to switch between multiple Twitter accounts, track follower, replies etc all from one dashboard.
Hashtags enable you to track and follow conversations on Twitter. Follow @hashtags on Twitter and the service will index your tweets. Then add a #tagname to your tweet and this can be instantly looked up or searched.
This service lets you follow a user’s conversations in a threaded manner, showing you all the various people the given user has had a conversation with. Interesting tool, especially when you trying to find out what others are saying about your brand/service.
Twitter keys is a fun tool for Twitter which enables you to use UTF8 symbols in your tweets. Once downloaded, this appears as a floating window, so all you need to do is to choose your symbol, copy n paste. So come on, get creative in your tweets using these symbols.
One special feature
Vakow is an India focussed service which lets you post to Twitter as an SMS. Very useful and probably the cheapest way to pot to Twitter via mobile in India.
Let me know what you like and what tool you use.
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Tags: product, product management, product marketing, product reviews, Social Media, social media marketing, social media strategies, social media tools, Startup, top to tools for twitter, twitter, twitter experience, twitter power user, twitter tools, vinodh nandakumar, vinodhn, vinodhn@twitter, Web 2.0
September 18, 2008
Twitter, of course has been one of the main reasons why I don’t get time to write on this blog. Most of the times, 140 characters seems to be more than enough to convey what I want to say. Moreover, I always end up having very interesting conversations there and the there’s always instant feedback from a set of very engaged audience.
Tweets per hour
Tweets per day
So if you are already on twitter, follow me.
Filed in Collaboration, Cool stuff, cool technology, geeky, Ideas!, mashups, Rich Internet Applications, Social Media, Social Tech, Startup, User Experience, Web 2.0
Tags: microblogging, Social Media, social media strategy, Social Tech, twitter, twitter stats, using social media, vinodh nandakumar, vinodhn, vinodhn@twitter
August 13, 2008
I stumbled upon Wordle – which as they like to claim is a “toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide”
They accept anything from free text, to blogs RSS feeds and del.icio.us tag clouds and create stunning looking word clouds from them. The clouds are created based on the similar tag cloud concept, where words that are frequently repeated are shown with more prominence.
Simple idea, small app with a lot of impact. I just wish they had a “Save as jpg” option though. Below is a word cloud I created from this blog. Check Wordle out and let me know what you think.