Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Introducing the MyVector Google Gadget...

We've been talking internally about a desktop gadget / widget version of MyVector for some time and now its here. Below is a quick introduction to the gadget, how to install it and some screen shots of what it looks like.

The MyVector iGoogle gadget has two modes of operation:
  1. When not logged into MyVector it is a fully functional worldmap with day/night shadow overlay so you can see at a glance the time of day anywhere in the world.
  2. Login to MyVector and the gadget becomes a dashboard showing:
    • the whereabouts of your friends, family and colleagues - in text or on the worldmap.
    • your upcoming events - including past, present and future events displays on the worldmap.
    • any pending network requests - i.e. people who want you to join their network
It's basically a mini version of MyVector on your iGoogle homepage.

How to install

In true Google style the installation of gadgets is very easy. You can install the MyVector iGoogle gadget in your personalized homepage by clicking here. Alternatively you can click on 'Add stuff' directly from the iGoogle page and search for "MyVector" in the Google gadget content directory using the 'Search for gadgets' query box. This link will do that search for you. Below is the screen you will see - MyVector in the Google gadget content directory.

How it works

Once you've installed the MyVector iGoogle gadget and positioned it on your personalised homepage it should look something like this - the gadget is circled in red:

This is how the gadget looks when you are not logged into MyVector. In this mode, it is fully functional as a worldmap with the MyVector day/light shadow overlay updating to show the time in each country in the world.

The gadget is really a gateway to MyVector allowing you to login, add events, edit settings and check your network. To login simply click on the 'Login' link at the top right of the gadget:

Also if you are not yet a member and wish to join, you can also select the 'Join' link and sign up for free. When you click on 'Login' a temporary pop-up will appear as below - we do this so you can be sure you are signing into MyVector:

Once you have signed in, the pop-up will automatically close and the gadget will refresh to display the Proximity Matching, Upcoming Events, Contacts Locations and Pending Network Request status messages as follows:

This is your dashboard from which you can call the main MyVector service in a full screen browser to perform functions such as 'edit settings', view 'my network', 'add event', 'invite contacts'.

You can also view your past, present and future events on a map within the gadget by clicking on the 'my map' link in the 'Upcoming events' section:

Roll your mouse over the pins to see the date and short form name of each event. Red pins represent past events, green pins represent current events and blue pins represent future events.

In addition you can use the gadget to see at a glance where in the world your contacts are right now. To this, just click on the 'map' link in the 'contact locations' section:

We hope you find this great new addition to MyVector useful. We've been using it for a few weeks now and it's really helpful to see the current status and map display whenever visiting Google - which is of course daily!! Add to Google

Thursday, May 1, 2008

MyVector turns 3! Happy Birthday...

That's right... this month we celebrate 3 years live at http://myvector.info/.

In reality MyVector is 4 as our design concepts date back to 2005. It's always fun to dig out the emails where our founders in the USA, Belgium and the UK kicked around the idea. We started out global, it's in our DNA.

To commemorate our birthday we are introducing 3 great new features which will improve the MyVector experience:

  • Contacts importer - allowing you to import contacts from Linkedin.com, GMail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, ACT, Palm and other personal information mangers. [Already live]

  • Google gadget - offering a dashboard to your proximity matches, upcoming events and contacts locations delivered to your i-Google desktop. [Now live - May 06 2008 - follow this link to add to your iGoogle page]

  • Sssh to be revealed - a great addition allowing you to share contacts with popular social networking sites. [In development]

Since launching the worlds first online companion for business travelers in 2006 we've evolved the service and introduced many exciting new features to meet the needs of our members. Our Proximity Matching service, travel history and the awesome day/night overlay onto Google maps are valuable additions in the toolbox of the seasoned business traveller.

Thanks to you our members, the team at 11tth and all those who believed in us. Happy Birthday MyVector.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ready for takeoff...

Many MyVector members are frequent flyers, so when we came across this list of witty exchanges between pilots and the control towers at various airports we felt obligated to share it! Unfortunately we do not know the source - it arrived by email - but kudos to person who captured this information...

Tower: "Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o'clock, 6 miles!"
Delta 351: "Give us another hint! We have digital watches!"


Tower: "TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 Degrees."
TWA: "Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?"
Tower: "Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"


O'Hare Approach Control to a 747:
"United 329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock, three miles, Eastbound."

United 329:
"Approach, I've always wanted to say this....I've got the little Fokker in sight."


A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, "What was your last known position?"

Student: "When I was number one for takeoff."


A DC-10 had come in a little hot and thus had an exceedingly long roll out after touching down. San Jose Tower Noted:

"American 751, make a hard right turn at the end of the runway, if you are able. If you are not able, take the Guadeloupe exit off Highway 101, make a right at the lights and return to the airport."


A Pan Am 727 flight, waiting for start clearance in Munich:

Lufthansa (in German): "Ground, what is our start clearance time?"
Ground (in English): "If you want an answer you must speak in English."
Lufthansa (in English): "I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany . Why must I speak English?"
Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent): "Because you lost the bloody war!"


Tower: "Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on frequency 124.7"
Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure. By the way,after we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway."
Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff behind Eastern 702, contact Departure on frequency 124.7. Did you copy that report from Eastern 702?"
BR Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, roger; and yes, we copied Eastern... we've already notified our caterers."


One day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said,

"What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?"

The Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a real zinger:

"I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like yours and I'll have enough parts for another one."


The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speed 206.

Speed 206: " Frankfurt , Speedbird 206! clear of active runway."
Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."

The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.

Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- And I didn't land."


While taxiing at London's Gatwick Airport , the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727. An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew, screaming:

"US Air 2771, where the hell are you going? I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway! You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it's difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!"

Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically:

"God! Now you've screwed everything up! It'll take forever to sort this out! You stay right there and don't move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?"

"Yes, ma'am," the humbled crew responded.

Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely running high.

Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone, asking:

"Wasn't I married to you once?"

Monday, April 28, 2008

Contacts importer now live

A quick update following the post last week. Today we deployed the Contacts Importer. To access, login and click on 'Where are my contacts' > 'Invite' menu item. Alternatively use the shortcut icon on the 'Where am I?', 'Where am I going?', 'Where have I been?' screens.

Use the contacts importer to upload your:
  • Linkedin.com
  • Outlook
  • Yahoo! Mail
  • Google Mail
  • MSN/Live/Hotmail
  • Palm, vCard, ACT, csv...
After uploading your contacts, simply choose those you wish to invite to join your MyVector network and we'll send them an invitation email. Note: we will not send an email to any contact you do not select. In addition we never see or retain your login credentials as these are passed directly via API to the source service.

Login today and expand your network. The value of MyVector grows exponentially the more contacts you have. We recommend at least 5 contacts. Remember your contacts do not need to be traveler - we have our parents on our lists - they don't travel but they sure like to know where we are and the MyVector bi-weekly email keeps them posted of our travels.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Resend activation link

We validate email addresses at registration using an activation key to be sure members are able to receive notifications such as the bi-weekly updates and network requests.

Occasionally email addresses can be mis-keyed or mail filters become somewhat over zealous. This can cause the activation email to either be returned to us or reside in bulk mail folders. We have recently introduced a feature which allows a newly registered member to 'Resend the activation link.'
To resend your activation key, click on the 'Resend activation link' at the account log-in screen and you'll be asked to enter your email address or user name as shown below:

Once you have entered the email address or username which you used to create your MyVector account, click on the 'Send' button and we'll resend you the link to the email address provided.

Note we send the emails immediately and they are typically delivered within 30 seconds-5 minutes depending on the mail service you have. If you do not see the links during this time, please check the spelling of the email address and also take a look in your bulk mail folders. If it is still not available please contact us and we'll happily set up the account for you.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Contacts importer and more coming soon...

Here's a sneak preview of the Contacts importer, which is the first of several new features we've been working on. It allows you to import your existing contacts from:
  • Hotmail / Live / MSN
  • Yahoo!
  • GMail /googlemail
  • LinkedIn
  • Outlook
  • Palm
  • Lotus Notes
  • vCard
  • ACT
  • text and csv
To load your contacts list, select the address book you wish to import from, enter the username and password - or browse for the file to import from in the case of .csv, LinkedIn contacts and vCards - and submit. Note: Your password will not be revealed to us and we will only invite the contacts you specifically select.

The MyVector Contacts importer will load the contacts and present them on screen as shown below.

Now you can select the contacts you wish to invite to join your MyVector network. You have the option to personalize the message sent, or use the 'select all' link to invite everyone. In addition you can edit the 'From:' email address.

An icon will display next to any imported contacts who are already a member of MyVector. This allows you to add them to your network if you wish. The icon's will also alert you if you have already sent a request and allow you to resend.

As with most network models - the value of MyVector grows exponentially along with the number of contacts you have. The Contacts importer saves time by connecting directly to your existing contacts list.

Remember the MyVector Profile and Event Security allows you to manage who sees what, and by categorizing your contacts into folders you have additional flexibility.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

MyVector sets up camp... Welcome to our new office space

Today we're all buzzing about our new offices. Located in Yorkshire, UK - you can find us in the Wakefield New Media Centre building, a European Union sponsored project to help start up businesses.

It's a mecca of activity amongst the maze of corridors and offices. Open spaces and meeting rooms share inspirational views over a grassy park - it's beautifully sunny today, the daffodils a burst of golden yellow, but the trees are yet to show their leaves. It's the perfect environment for us.

The eleventeenth team, which has been part of MyVector since day 1 - we still have the original concept diagrams from 2005 when we started - are also located in an annex to the building, so we're chuffed to bits to be here.

Check out eleventeenth at www.eleventeenth.com.