Horrible Lag is Gone

This site had been experiencing horrible lag over the last few days. I sat down lastnight and got it all figured out. First, I thought it must somehow be related to the new apache httpd server I installed, not the case. After determining that it wasn’t an apache config problem or something, I started into WordPress. The lag didn’t come from WordPress itself, but a plugin I was using. Said plugin was wp-shortstat.

After disabling wp-shortstat, the page loads much quicker without the lag when loading the end of the page. It’s almost like my web server would get to the bottom of the page and then just stop sending the rest of the data to the browser. The browser would get to the very end of the page and just stop loading. If I’d view the rendered HTML in IE or FireFox, the the trailing “body” and “html” tags would be missing. It’s all better now though.

I also downloaded Flock lastnight at home. It’s pretty interesting, all sorts of feature for blogs and other services like del.icio.us. Flock is built on FireFox 1.0. And if you’d like a WordPress.com blog, download flock and you can get one without an invite (H/T IO ERROR).

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Ning

Lastnight, Marc Andresson (Co-Founder of Netscape) and his people released Ning. What is Ning you may ask?

Ning is a free online service (or, as we like to call it, a Playground) for people to build and run social applications. Social “apps” are web applications that enable anyone to match, transact, and communicate with other people.

Our goal with Ning is to see what happens when you open things up and make it easy to create, share, and discover new social apps. These might include for any city, your own take on Craigslist…for any passion, your own take on Match.com…for any interest, your own take on Zagat…for any event, your own take on Flickr…for any school, your own take on the Facebook…for any topic, your own take on del.icio.us…for any mammal, your own take on Hot or Not or Kitten War.

You choose the app, decide for whom it’s most relevant, create the categories, define the features, choose the language – or just clone an app that’s already up and running on Ning – and be on your way.

Check out SiliconBeat for more. To me, it basically sounds like a framework for building new applications that gather information from many different sources. Or maybe a method for combining select pieces of a service into one larger service.

Richard MacManus, over at Web 2.0 Explorer makes a good point in that the API provided by various web services will become very important. Jeff Clavier points out this could end up being the meta-framework for building social media applications.

Should make for some interesting applications in the near future. All this in the move to Web 2.0, which I find to be mostly a marketing ploy. Web 2.0 can’t come about until the security is there and everyone has reliable and fast internet access.

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