I came across a great new open source website (awesome domain) that will check whether or not the SSL certificate you installed on your website will be deemed obsolete and worthless by Google next month. Just enter your website’s URL and it will analyze your SSL certificate – you know, the SSL cert – the thing that adds the padlock and the HTTPS to preface the URL of your website. Yes, Google is also judging you for your cert now, and this news is coming right on the heels of the speculation and buzz around Matt Cutts’ speculation and buzz that he’d like to see SSL and HTTPS become a ranking factor in Google search results.
Over the course of yesterday and today Google updated it’s Toolbar PageRanks for websites. I would like to say that’s awesome, because BarryWise.com is now a PageRank 5, but the truth is I really don’t care. When I first started working on this blog in May of last year the PageRank was 0. That was a little less than a year ago; I said I would raise the PageRank and I did. But the truth is the traffic and exposure which this blog has gotten over the course of the past year has not correlated with the PageRank increases.
Today ITCN announced the release of their new modification to Roy Tanck’s Youtuber, which we’ve decided to name Youtuber2. It is heavily based on his code, and works very similar. In order to embed a Youtube video in your Wordress posts, it uses the same syntax, but has several more options.
Since I’ve put up a blog post every other time Google updated it’s toolbar PageRank, I might as well not make tonight’s any different. The final quarterly PageRank update for 2008 is here, and (for me, at least) it’s been extremely friendly. I no longer have a client or a site with a PageRank of less than 4, and I’ve helped several sites up to 5 or 6.
Whew, it’s been a hectic morning! Sugarrae, Streko, Reese and I have been working together to launch Tweetwasters.com, and we just shipped it out the door a few hours ago. It’s a pretty simple application – it just polls the Twitter API to count how many status updates (ugh, do I have to call them “Tweets”?) you’ve posted to Twitter. Then we do some high-end mathematical computations to figure out just how much time you’ve wasted on Twitter — assuming you spend about 30 seconds on average every time you send in a new a tweet.