In a great "find related blogs" move, each profile card also includes a number of small "preview plaques" (that's what they should call them, too!) for sites that Kinja considers to be related. They're calling these suggested relatives "kin". Plaques with a lilac header are ones that you already sub to. Plaques with a grey header are related sites that you might not have found yet, and that might be great additions to your digest. The presentation of traffic stats and related blogs on these pages strikes me as a great step forward, a powerful new feature, and a reason to choose kinja as your reader of choice. Check out the profile card for Freshblog.Well hey, way down at the bottom of the profile page there, is an OPML logo, & you can export the Kinja "kin" recommendations as OPML and sub to all of them in one easy move. Pretty slick.
Technorati has a tag cloud for your profile, clicking on a tag from here will list your posts within that tag…so the next step is to put a tag cloud on your blog. This way people can browse your blog by tag…even though it takes them to a page outside your blog, who cares, it is good enough for now…only if Technorati would provide this code…anybody listening.
For blogs that are set up per the instructions, comments are archived by the service as they come in, the service being notified of new comments via email, thus enabling the service to include new comments to old posts in the feed (unlike the Farrago Recent Comments Hack, which only shows new comments to posts on the main page).
The free "Keep Current Time" userscript by Jasper of Browservulsel for Firefox and Greasemonkey users has been updated so that the "Post and Comment Options" on the Create Post page, which Blogger recently hid away, will always be visible when you're posting.Filed in: greasemonkey, blogger-hacks, blogging, blogtech
The package on the new site has some new goodies. A couple new formats (EPS and PDF) as well as some pre-saved image formats (PNG, JPG and GIF) are included. An SVG version is on it’s way. I’ve created one and sent it out to a couple people to test before it’s included. There’s also legacy versions of the AI and EPS formats that go back to Illustrator 10. If there are other formats you’d like to see, or sizes for that matter, feel free to suggest them.
the plugin will be updated to include the ability to post Technorati tags according to Nick Wilson.
If you are using Blogger.com, go to Settings - Comments - and type your rss open email address in the field called "Comment Notification Address". Or create a google group for the purpose and add email@example.com email address. Each public google group apart from archiving posts, publish a number of feeds to choose from like RSS, Atom (15 or 50 messages).
Performancing for Firefox is a full featured blog editor that sits right within Firefox. Just hit F8 or click the little pencil icon at the bottom right to bring up the blog editor and easily post to your Wordpress, MovableType or Blogger blogs.
Performancing for Firefox is for Firefox 1.5 and above only. We've made use of a number of cool new features within Firefox 1.5, so you'll need that version of Firefox to try it.
Update: We are back up! Now working on tag intersections, the search engine, and the inbox. Yahoo! has started helping out, so I hope to provide a higher level of service as soon as possible.Filed in: del.icio.us, categories, blogtech
FeedFlare came about after the FeedBurner folks sat around thinking about "the importance of the feed item and the ability to leverage the structure of the feed to build a bridge between web services and the content item." Basically, this means you can select some stuff that will appear in the feed footer that makes it easier to see items/perform actions which are becoming more and more integrated with the whole blogging experience. The first release of FeedFlare includes communication between your feed and email actions, del.icio.us and Technorati links, and Creative Commons, as well as comment counts for WordPress feeds.
The "How'd I Get Here?" extension keeps track of how you got to a particular site for you, even if you opened a link in a new window or tab, and even keeps track of how you found a site you bookmarked earlier on in the day or even the day before....Please note you must have Firefox 1.5 or newer for it to work.Filed in: webtech, firefox
If a publisher chooses to include one or more services, they appear at the bottom of the feed. Currently offered services include:
* Email this - Send a link to your item to someone via email.
* Email author - Allow subscribers to email you directly.
* Technorati Cosmos - Display the number of links to your item from blogs, as measured by Technorati.
* Del.icio.us tags - Lists del.icio.us tags for an item.
* Save to del.icio.us - Allows subscribers to bookmark the item with del.icio.us.
* Count comments - Lists the number of comments posted to an item (for WordPress blogs only).
* Creative Commons - Displays the Creative Commons license that you may have applied to your feed or post.
I will call this version Beta 2.0. In fact, I would call it the Beta 1.0 considering that the first version of Talk Digger was in reality an Alpha one. Everything is new: the underlying system, the interface, the design, the RSS feed, etc. Why do I re-programmed/re-designed everything? Because I wanted to get rid of the first mistakes I have done in the previous version; I wanted to design it in such a way that it would be a good base to extend it in a new type of service (that I will develop in the next months).
As is often the case whenever there is a free tool available, it gets abused by spammers. Such has been the case with Google’s free Blogger service, and lately they’ve been very active in trying to delete blogs that they view as spam (aka splogs).
Normally I’d say that’s a good thing, but apparently they’ve been a little overzealous in their cleansing of the system and many individuals are reporting that their legitimate, hand crafted Blogger blogs that they spent much time on have been deleted without warning or explanation.
RSS is creating a world [where people leave all their possessions outside their door and expect strangers to use these things] in the blogosphere, and there are signs it isn't all going well. Steve Rubel's complaint that splogs are stealing his content, and the associated comments, are a graphic example of the fuzzy boundaries that now exist in the area of RSS republishing. What is the proper definition of a splogger? Is Mark Cuban right in claiming that "Aggregation is not value add." What about Tech.Memeorandum or Technorati? Where is the boundary between a search engine for RSS items and an aggegator?
"The comment form has a button for bold, italics, and links. It also has a real time automatic preview of what you are typing. How to implement it in your blogger:Looks pretty good to me, although it is a lot of scripts to run at once. Definitely adds a lot in the way of features and functions to the comments field in Blogger. Very cool.
1. Install the custom comment form from Browservulsel.
2. Install the quicktags from AlexKing.org (you want the download link that appears early in the post, not any of the misc. functions stuff....) The script is a zip file.
3. Install the live preview from ScriptyGoddess.com.
if you've signed up and logged in to Technorati and have claimed your blog on Technorati, when you go to their ping page you will see that against the name of each claimed blog it gives the number of days or hours ago that Technorati last indexed or crawled your blog....Remember you won't see that info unless you've both signed in AND claimed your blog.)
"Beyond going to partial text RSS feeds - which I am loathe to do - I have really no other course of action right now other to email the site operators, which I have done.
This problem is only going to grow over time. Perhaps some digital watermarking technology needs to come into play here. Or, once again, Google needs to step in and shut down all Adsense sites that are deliberately spamming the blogosphere and bloggers."
It's a beta, freeware. According to the website, "Bookmarks that you use often are automatically displayed higher in the list. (You can, of course, reset the usage data via the options dialog.) If you want certain favorites to stay at the top of list, you can 'pin' them there."
By using “hack” to describe often necessary code, a negative connotation can be attached, even if what we’re really doing is compensating for a browser’s shortcomings. When you hear someone say: “I avoid all hacks”, you’ve witnessed this negative connotation. Heck, we’d all love to avoid hacks — but we’re also realistic, living in the real world, and designing in 2005...I guess I chose "blogger hacks" as a topic because that's what Google / Blogger call their user-generated add-ons. Funny how language changes over time, isn't it, and has different meanings in different contexts?
So tell me about yahoo's API's? I honestly don't know. Is Livemarks going to get a cease and desist if they don't run Yahoo ads?? I don't know where the author of del.icio.us director lives, but I hope it's a country with limited WTO IPR influence.I raise this on Freshblog because the advanced hacks that readers have developed to format output from their del.icio.us accounts may be affected. How does Yahoo feel about the Del.icio.us API? Thoughts?
Really, all the best new social bookmarking services are syncing up with del.icio.us already. It should have been a public utility, I swear. yahoo's MyWeb2.0 should have been doing that already. I thought everyone but Furl was. Perhaps that's the grounds to challenge the behemoth. This is a huge coup. This is bad news. This is bad news for the world in general. Inasmuch as Web 2.0 is a technology and not a property, this is bad news.
But I bet the URL will become more understandable to new users.
"We're proud to announce that del.icio.us has joined the Yahoo! family. Together we'll continue to improve how people discover, remember and share on the Internet, with a big emphasis on the power of community."Expect monetization to appear on del.icio.us soon.
Either Gmail changed the way they’re calculating what counts against your storage limit, or they indeed emptied the trash today. Andrew Hitchcock reports, “I just logged into to Gmail and noticed half a gig of stuff was gone. I looked in the trash and sure enough they finally deleted it.”
The name "xml" is not legal for JDOM/XML Namespace prefixs: Namespace prefixes cannot begin with "xml" in any combination of case.Am curious to know what this means, whether it is anything I can control, and whether I can fix it. Also wonder how it affects subscribers. Any thoughts?
Discussion started around nofollow rel links and how it was a shame that all comments fall into the same nofollow category.
If a weblog has comment moderation this behavior could be changed a bit. If the comment is approved the nofollow relation wouldn't be used. This way valid comments with links would contribute to PageRank (and other ranking algorithms).
If the comment isn't approved we could move it to acomment spam feed(for lack of a better name).
The feed wouldn't be user visible of course and all links would have nofollow just in case google finds it. It could then be used by other weblogs (and spam detection systems) to help fight spam.
As a frequent commenter elsewhere who often links back to relevant stuff here, I think this sounds like a fine idea. The approval of a comment through moderation ought to validate the links and enable the juice.
"Wikis are structurally capable of handling conversation, but it is not their forte; instead, wikis excel at collaboration. They are intended to maintain a series of unique documents as their content evolves and to provide an organic means of organizing that information."In the light of the Adam Curry debacle, the L.A. Times wiki that was overrun with adult content and a recent controversial biography of John Siegenthaler, I would like to suggest that a wiki is best used as a tool for communication in large communities which are bound and defined by other means... (within corporations, for example, where contributors are accountable to one another by way of the organisation) but that the open-access to editing format is vulnerable when editors have no other obligation to one another. So is a wiki an intranet tool but not an internet tool? Hmmm... Sociology...
I think this is in part true, but I think that the bigger issue is that facts aren't always facts. Lots of things are open to interpretation, which is why writing about history isn't a science. The way you put together "unique documents" will change the interpretation of history.
Squidoo is like a blog. It's an online platform that makes it easy for anyone to build and share lenses on topics they are passionate about and establish thought leadership.If you're an expert, you can log in and establish a lens for your area of expertise... If you're a webmaster, the site promises an increase in pagerank & juice because the lens will be a credible inbound. An invitation to abuse? Let's see. For now, check it out & see who's already built a lens & what they're expert at.
Personally, I discourage tip #8, which says to include only summaries in your RSS feeds. I likes me my Google Reader, and get a bit annoyed by sites that only have the summaries instead of full posts. I think it’s better to include other ways to get your feed-reading readers to come to your site, perhaps with the aforementioned intra-blog links, or (ProBlogger tip #10) encouraging community in your comments.Ah, the partial feed debate that will run and run....
It would be nice if someone could come-up with one useful product that would incorporate everything I use on daily basis. Maybe we’ll see something new in the future that will allow me to only use one web application instead of the 5-6 different ones I use now.
It seems the combination of the changes and ticked checkbox means that when you click Edit, instead of displaying the date/time that the post was originally created it now displays the time when you hit Edit (even if you then untick the checkbox, it won't revert to the original date/time). And when you finish your edits and publish, you'll find that it's published as a brand new post, it doesn't publish back to its original location.
You may have noticed a bit of an unplanned outage for Blog*Spot blogs yesterday afternoon. We’re really sorry about this. There was an unlikely problem with some of the Blog*Spot machines that took our engineers and operations folks a few hours of work to track down. In something of a Catch-22, both Buzz and Blogger Status are hosted on Blog*Spot, so we weren’t able to get the word out that things weren’t working properly and that we were fixing them.
Livemarks now has an application in an interesting utility that monitors Del.icio.us posts and their link popularity. Data is displayed in a table with colors indicating which links are new, which ones are rising and falling. You can begin procrastinating and get hypnotized by the data flow over at http://www.sterryit.com/trends.shtml. Obviously there is an RSS feed available so you can stay updated as you go.
Two new Web 2.0 RSS readers recently crossed my radar. One, pictured above, is called Protopage. This is a free start page that you can customize with RSS news feeds, sticky notes and bookmarks. It's akin to Goowy, except that it's quicker since it does not require Flash. Another is etamp.net.
Whether to provide partial or full feeds is clearly pretty topical at the moment. I've been pondering the tension between the two, and the growing importance of full feeds, ever since Google Blog Search came out, if not before (in the context of Sitemaps). And I have devised my own solution to the dilemma (see my sidebar), which is - let's have them all: partial, full, excerpts, bring 'em on!
To use Greasemonkey you have to first install that extension from the Greasemonkey site (Firefox users should be familiar with how - click the Greasemonkey extension link, if nothing happens and you see just below your tabs a message in horizontal bar that "To protect your computer, Firefox prevented this site (greasemonkey.mozdev.org) from installing software on your computer", you should click "Edit Options" at the end, then "Allow" and "OK" to allow that site to install software, then try clicking the Greasemonkey extension link again, give it a few seconds then click "Install now". Close and re-launch Firefox.)
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