Social Media Expert Loic Le Meur Discusses Blippy

In this video, Loic Le Meur shares his thoughts on social commerce and Blippy.  Loic knows a bunch about social networks n stuff like that.  He also founded Seesmic and big European internet conference, Le Web.  Also, Loic is French and can be found on Twitter here.

– Philip Kaplan

Double Rainbows (Blippy Edition)

Between releases and late night coding sessions, the team here at Blippy likes to enjoy the fruits of viral internet labor. Like other folks on the internets, we were witness to the double (sometimes triple) rainbows phenomena (photo of our first viewing). As the photo suggests, we had a grand time with it. To commemorate this fine moment in internet meme’ory, I decided to replace our standard 404 page with something more dandy, cause hey, there’s no reason why error pages can’t be wrapped in fun :).

Go here to see it (and make sure to click on the unicorn… multiple times).

For the nerds out there, I employed a few CSS tricks I learned over the years. First, all the rainbows were built using cropped border-radius‘ed divs with our Blippy colors. Next, combined a healthy dose of jQuery animate queueing, CSS slants for the speech bubble (which I learned from my homegirl Yi MacLeod), PNG8 w/ alpha antics to reduce the file size of the background images and IE support, some childlike wonderment, and a fascination with unicorns to produce this wonky error page.

We had some other ideas to make this error page fancier, like parallax effects and underpants gnomes running about, but we’d rather spend time on Blippy and not on a page you’ll hopefully never see :). Take a gander and let us know what you think @blippy.

– Huy Hong

Update 1: Oops, had 6 rainbows rings initially but Judah Nielsen pointed out 7 is the correct number, fixed 🙂

Use Gmail to Share Purchases

Blippy can now import e-commerce receipts from your Gmail inbox. This lets you securely share exactly what you’re buying from from all corners of the web, not just giants like Amazon or Ebay.

This is the best way to get your purchases into Blippy because it allows us to detect purchases from those big stores but also smaller, specialty stores like ThinkGeek, Foodzie and many more. Now you can be sure that the sweet Electronic Guitar Shirt you ordered will show up in your feed – if you want it to (which you obviously do!).

Along those lines, when we import your e-commerce receipts into Blippy we make sure that only purchases you personally approve are posted to your feed. So you don’t have to worry about something weird showing up that you didn’t choose to share.

Also, your security is our top concern so we use oAuth (a secure authentication standard used by Google, Twitter, Facebook and others) which allows you to share your e-commerce receipts without having to provide the password to your inbox. That means you can share what you buy without having to share anything else, which is always nice.

Click here to connect your Gmail account to Blippy

– John Garvie