July 2005 Archives

 This is a great post on the impact of tagging, especially this page on Technorati.  It pulls from a number of different sources to pull media created by people on the London Bombings.   It includes conversations, blog posts, photos, furl and delicious tags and it presents all this streaming information in a format which is readable and compelling.  RSS plus tags plus social bookmarks  plus pictures is a compelling way to present news.

An example of post-RSS participatory media: If you are a media person, a corporate communications person, or someone curious about how to utilize some of the power of blogging and participatory media -- even if you don't blog yourself -- do the following. The example relates to a breaking news-story, but the lesson can be applied to any topic about which there are people posting information -- text, photos, audio, video -- on RSS enabled web platforms.

1. Go tothis page on Technorati. What you will see is an aggregation and display of two forms of participatory journalism, first-hand accounts, commentary and conversation. On this example, Technorati has set up a page to display TEXT and PHOTOS that have been "tagged" (which means, simply, an identifying term has been added by the person posting the photo or text, saying to the world, "This bit of information is about the following topic or topics"). In this case, technorati appears to be aggregating and displaying several tags individuals are using to indicate the posted item relates to yesterday's bombings.

2. This is a technique that is not limited to services like Technorati. If you are a blogger, a media company, a corporation, an association, an interest group, a church, a school, a city, a PR firm with clients, whatever, the magic of RSS and existing tools that are free and easy enough for even me to figure out will allow you to build a page like Technorati's London Bombings page.

3. I apologize for the self-promotional nature of the following, but I wanted to give an example of how we at Hammock Publishing use such an approach in creating and displaying news on a specific topic: News.Smallbusiness.com. While there is some human intervention in the process, it is created using free and easily-available methods of tagging and re-displaying headlines (using RSS) that, in turn, link readers to the story source. (In fact, on the smallbusiness.com development blog, I share how we do it, which is based on hack I learned about from Matt McAlister. If you are a little more tech-oriented, here's a link to a Kris Krug post that has dozens of hacks using tags from del.icio.us to create you own news aggregation page. It's easy to do if you take the time to learn about RSS. It's not "Rocket Science" Syndication -- It's Real Simple Syndication.)
[CEO Blogs]

Tabbed browsing is a great idea. I use it FireFox and I am very pleased that it has been added to IE via the MSN tool bar.  I just used the feature as I was posting a blog entry and I need to flip back and forth between the source website and my blog posting form.  It was much easier than using two open windows in IE.  Bravo.

Several months ago, I saw an article about the FireFox browser, and how it could do �Tabbed browsing��. One of the main things I disliked about Internet Explorer was that in order to see multiple web pages, you have to have multiple windows. Alt-Tab to switch between windows was cumbersome. I tried FireFox and really liked the tabbed browsing. In fact, I installed it on several of my machines. Firefox had several security flaws and updates (as well as IE). After a few weeks, I found that it lacked in other areas, so I gradually stopped using it. I read somewhere that MSN Search was coming out with a new toolbar that would allow Tabbed Browsing, and I saw that it was available here. I installed it and I really like the IE Tabbed browsing feature. I just turned off the Google toolbar, which used Alt-G to get to the search textbox, and now I use Alt-M to get to the MSN search textbox.

Just a few years ago, if you opened multiple Word or Excel documents, or even Outlook email messages, they would all show up as a single �Word�� icon in the taskbar and the Alt-Tab dialog  I liked this �Multiple Document Interface�� . With Word 2003, the default behavior shows each window as a separate item in the Alt-Tab display. You can choose Tools->View and uncheck the �Windows in Taskbar�� option to change this behavior. Word documents will then show in one Alt-Tab icon, and the Word Window menu (or Ctrl-F6) allows you to navigate between the open items, including any Outlook email messages currently being composed. (I like to use Word as my Outlook email editor, as well as my blog composition editor)


[MSDN Blogs]

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki is an excellent source of good ideas for those of us who work with information.  I am finding more and more creative content being published in a wiki format and this is a good example of a community of people getting together to help each other deliver service to people in thier communities.

Skype for IE

This looks like a great add-in for Skype.  I downloaded it today, although I have no experience using it.  I will report on how I like it in the future.


Today, I’ve got a cool bit of VoIP news for you. Skype has released a toolbar and plug-in for Internet Explorer that enhances Skype Callto: links and provides automatic dialing ability. Hit the link to check it out. Naturally, Firefox and Mac OS X have been left out of the equation just as they are with Skype’s API.

© 2005 Weblogs, Inc.


[The VoIP Weblog]

This is a fabulous list of  useful things you can do with RSS feeds.  I especially want to try it with email. 

 I am enjoying finding new sites that are innovatively using tagging.  This one uses emails from your cell phone with attached photos to tag places of interest in the cities that you visit.  It will be interesting to see how it evolves.  There are currently only two tags in Boston.

"Social mapping tools" like Foundcity connect your journeys through the physical world with maps you can tag and access from your desktop or share with your social network. Snap a picture with your cameraphone, add a tag in the message body, and send the message to nyc@foundcity.net (also in Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Los Angeles right now)

Foundcity is a social mapping tool for creating a personalized map of your life on-the-fly. Using your mobile phone, you "tag" or capture photos throughout the day, label them with any words you want, and send them to your map. At home, you access and customize your map, which you can share with friends, keep private, or publish openly.

As a visitor to the Foundcity site, you view a map of all tags and connect with the people and places that share your interests. By plugging in to the network of Foundcity users, you learn what others value in the city as you surf their hotspots. By publishing your own tags, you share what you know about your city.

[Smart Mobs]

Crushpad: Custom wine

I have become a huge fan of My Web 2.0  BETA from Yahoo.  When I up loaded my links from my browser to Yahoo, I found I had a ton of wine links, so, of course, I added them all.  Now there are four pages of wine links on My Web 2.0.  One of the most exciting links I found by browsing through the list was Crushpad custom wines.

Crushpad is a community winery located in San Francisco.  Using their services you can by premium grams and make a wine from no matter where you line.  You make the decisions, tell them where you want to buy grapes and they do the work, in small lots.  What a fabulous concept! They even have staff consultants that will help you make your decisions. What you get is a unique wine.

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