31 Oct

Where are my posts? Infolets

Where are my posts?
Infolets has a smart comment system that shows you all the posts by a contributor. Yet, the only place where I saw it on their site was while previewing my own comment. It relies on their search engine. Metafilter has it too, I’d like to see it elsewhere, if only to keep track of my own posts. Deja did it for Usenet, now how do you build a unique data perspective on people, when comments are spread around dozens of web forums? You might want to avoid such an easy way to expose everything you said though!

31 Oct

Below the Beltway (thru Tsja

Below the Beltway (thru Tsja who is my first via and also put me in his Dagelijks rondje, thx, does it mean daily tour?)
"The wastebaskets of the Washington Post newsroom fill up each day with relentlessly chirpy mail from PR people alerting us to important news, such as a new line of home furnishings that "makes accessorizing rooms easy and fun with decorative pillows from . . ."
Actually, I am looking at exactly that news release, which I rescued from a trash bin along with a dozen others. Blatantly commercial items like these never get published in big, influential newspapers. But PR people — bless their indefatigable hearts — keep sending these items in, tiptoeing that taut tightrope between optimism and desperation."
The statement I put in bold makes me Ahahahah!

31 Oct

Webify Bookmarklet anyone? Can someone

Webify Bookmarklet anyone?
Can someone please code a bookmarklet that would instantly webify all the paper content dumped on the web? Stuff like adding active external hyperlinks, removing references to "page xyz", having subtitles that look different from the main text, setting up a forum that isn’t a joke, and removing "click for more" links that sound like Starship Troopers
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31 Oct

Yahoo! – What’s New Here’s

Yahoo! – What’s New
Here’s what they say about the boo.com relaunch: "back from the dead and up to its old browser tricks again". I predict bashing in the weeks to come here, here, here and here. In fact everyone will laugh and predict another failure, or already has. Not that it’s not deserved, but we might spend our energy on better causes. Is Flamebait a new marketing strategy? They’ll get the traffic but I still don’t believe there’s much of a market for $270 sunglasses.
At the bottom right of the same page, their weblogs section is part of their "Other Starting Points". And guess who’s listed as "new" here? Who said it was difficult and long to get listed? My referer log tells me the ODP editor paid a visit but I’m still not listed. I wanted to fight the Google PageRank uphill battle but I can’t.
11/16/00 update: I’m now listed on the ODP but not yet on the corresponding Google page. I guess Google needs some time to include the latest ODP results and rank them by popurelevance.
11/20/00 update: now I’m listed on Google too so it only took a couple of days.
11/26/00 update: speaking of the popularity of blogs, I recently joined Weblogs, which data is presented in interesting ways by Jim Roepcke.
05/03/01 update: Google renamed a directory, and now this link is broken, without even a decent 404! Here’s the new Google page (I’m slowly working my way upwards).

31 Oct

fusionOne Closes $80M in Funding

That’s a lot of money for a synch service. They’re also in the crowded bed of buzz-of the-day Groove. I wonder how the different third parties plugged in the Groove platform will talk to one another? For instance, say you make a chat app that saves conversation transcripts, how much work will be required for the transcripts to keep in synch between devices using fusionOne?
Groove sure kept the page from Notes and Microsoft books about partnerships: have a lot of third-parties on board and let them sell your platform underneath their products and services. Will we have thousands of vertical P2P apps (Groove for dentists anyone)?