Archive for the 'Blogosphere' Category

NY Times on blog bling

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

There is a part of me that is impressed…The NY times discusses blog bling, those little mini application widgets you see on blog sidebars. Like, for example the MyBlogLog widget I display.

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corporations paying attention to bloggers

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

It’s kind of interesting, these past few days I’ve been getting visitors from corporations or organizations that I have blogged about, most recently a certain shipping company whose name starts with U, a certain major Internet portal whose name starts with Y, and a band with the initials of DCFC.

An earlier example of corporations monitoring blogs was during the Dell Battery Recall. My post about the recall was one of the earliest on Technorati, and sure enough, someone from Dell had seen my post and blogged their response - including some issues I raised.

Who says blogs haven’t gone mainstream? Or that corporations don’t pay attention? This holiday season, you may just want to blog about how Aunt Mabel’s package arrived late.

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Dead 2.0

Monday, August 28th, 2006

I have to admit it, there’s someone way more cynical than I am about the whole Web 2.0 thing. Awesome.

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This is what you call an Iranian exploit

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Heh. Blogger goes and checks out Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s new blog, clicks on some sidebar links and then notices one link in particular, www.khamenei.ir serving up a nice and tasty MS IE exploit.

I doubt the exploit is targeted towards one geographic region, so don’t go nosing around unless you’re using something other than IE.

Update: While some are incorrectly calling it a hoax, the “exploit” in question was really a problem with Symantic’s Norton Personal Firewall identifying some HTML on the Khamenei.ir site as malicious.

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tagjag

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

Another Web 2.0 site built on the theory of “tagging”, tagjag is a blogosphere (and more) metasearch powered by gada.be. From what I could gather, their big thing is that their search results are outputted in OPML.

The reason why I noticed tagjag this morning is because their results page is requesting a favicon.ico file from a source in their results page. In other words, a page of mine appeared in tagjag results.

Host: [a tagjag user]
/favicon.ico
Http Code: 200 Date: Aug 13 07:57:24 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 1406
Referer: http://tagjag.com/discovery/bluedot
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; {4E03DC9D-FD53-BB95-8D69-3A0090FB2439}; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)

I dunno. Why can’t tagjag just cache the favicon file rather than request it every single time? First, it does use my bandwidth (yeah, I know I could fix that via .htaccess) but secondly, I now know who exactly is using tagjag and finding any results that pertain to my blog. Hrm.

UPDATE1: I’ve gotten a few questions about why the favicon.ico request matters. Well, the thing is that yes, other services do pull my favicon.ico file, like for example Google Desktop or My Yahoo. However, those users opted in (for lack of a better term) to use my site, either by subcribing to my feed or by clicking through to a link of mine.

tagjag/gada.be is different in that the users are merely using the service and yet a third party will know what they are searching for, if that third party appears in the results pages. No opt in or clickthrough or subscription to the third party’s site required.

OT: I have to hand it to the enthusiasm of the bluedot folks, ever since I first wrote about them I’ve been getting hits on searches for bluedot from Seattle based users.

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favatars

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

It being Saturday night, and me, having not much else better to do on Saturday night, decided to comment on Owen’s blog. I hadn’t noticed this before, but Owen has the WordPress favatars plugin installed. This plugin shows a favicon for a blog commenter if the commenter leaves a Web site URL.

This is what you’ll see in your logs when the favicon is being requested as a result of the plugin.

/favicon.ico (favicon file)

Http Code: 200 Date: Jul 22 20:43:05 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 1406

Referer: http://asymptomatic.net/2006/07/20/2421/red-butt/ (blog post with comment)

Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8.0.4) Gecko/20060508 Firefox/1.5.0.4

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Talkdigger

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Talkdigger is another Web 2.0 site that searches Google, Yahoo, MSN and some blogosphere oriented search engines. Which come to think of it, would be a useful service for today’s Web marketer. Right now Talkdigger is in alpha testing for some new features.

So, go ahead and search for what bloggers and others are saying about you or your Web site.

Also, thinking about Web design, but I kinda like the menu button hover effects on the blog of Talkdigger’s creator.

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Sunday night Web 2.0 review

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

A listing of some Web 2.0 properties (and some not) that I’ve come across in the past few days…

-RSSPect isn’t just an RSS scraper (meaning it takes your online content and converts it into RSS), but it makes sure the feed is validated and gives several options for feed syndication. RSSPect is written by Ryan North, the same guy who does the awesome Dinosaur Comics. Plus, RSSPect has killer bees on the logo. KILLER BEES. How cool is that?

-Yet another podcast directory, but I happen to really like the Web design of pluggd.com. Clean, simple and dark.

-And taking word of mouth blog oriented marketing to the next step, yes you too can write about products and services on your blog and get paid for them via PayPerPost.com. There’s a post on the PayPerPost blog today arguing:

In my opinion someone who discloses but will write about anything to make a buck is worse than someone who does not disclosure but will only write about what they are truly interested in.

I believe requiring disclosure gives bloggers an open license to “pollute the blogoshpere”. It’s a free pass for bloggers to say “but I said I was getting paid for it, what did you expect?”. If you are being honest you don’t need disclosure because it’s what you truly believe.

So, in the official PayPerPost view, disclosure gives a license to pollute the blogosphere since you’re getting paid and not necessarily writing about what you truly believe - good or bad. Alrighty then, there’s one other facet the PayPerPost blogger missed - if the blogger I’m reading doesn’t have my trust (i.e. I don’t know them or the blog), disclosure or not, I’m less likely to believe them in the first place which makes whatever advertising less effective.

-On a whim, I signed up for the diigo beta. Will report my initial thoughts a bit later, if I can remember how to spell the domain name.

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third cleverhack podcast

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

The third cleverhack podcast is now posted. This podcast features introductory music by mathgeeks and was edited with the help of audacity.

Podcast topics include site news, the Philly blogger meetup, thoughts about software user interface design, CSS boxes and a pop culture critique of Rolling Stone Magazine.

Note: To follow up with something I noted in the podcast, I apparently need to use the WordPress rich text editor to use the podPress plugin.

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icon for podpress  edited with audacity [29:35m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

Saturday morning MLP

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

A few observations for a beautiful Saturday morning.

-Treat your Starbucks Barista well and you will be paid back handsomely. I probably go to the Starbucks near me at least once a week (often enough to notice when a longtime barista has added highlights to her hair), mostly on the way to work in the morning. I’ve gotten into the habit of being polite and tipping the loose change I get from a Triple Grande Vanilla Latte. Every so often, I get an upgrade of an extra shot or a larger size. Or, even better, getting my drink faster than the lady in front of me who was whining about her Venti Soy No-whip Caramel Macchiatto.

-I’m now Skype capable thanks to people I know who are using it. The only reason why I’m using it is because it’s free, because I’ve been unimpressed with the user interface (at least on the Mac OS X client). I also procured the Logitech USB Headset 250 to use with Skype which was ok, but I will most likely upgrade to something else of better quality.

-I thought that this guy had a very insightful comment in the Slashdot thread discussing why Microsoft can’t make an iPod killer.

-New RSS reader in my logs: Great News 1.0.

-I’m amused that my most highly trafficked blog tags have something to do with Death Cab for Cutie. If I tag for them, invariably I see visitors from the Seattle area.

Ok kids, that’s about enough for now. Today I’m going to be immersed in some hot Philly area blog culture action. I’ll tell you about it later. ;-)

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Google Finance needs some blog post contexual help

Sunday, June 11th, 2006

I was looking through my site logs recently and noticed a curious referrer from Google. Namely, it was a referrer from a Google Finance page. Being intrigued that I would see such a referrer, I went looking for the page in question and noticed something of interest…Google Finance now has a section showing recent blog posts about a company.

This new blog section is all well and good, except that blog post of mine which mentioned “optical cables” generically was being shown in the Blog Posts section of the Optical Cable Corporation’s Google Finance page. Whoops.

As of this writing, 06/11/2006, my blog post isn’t showing, but a forum post from MacNN which mentions “optical cables” in a generic format is. Double whoops.

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WINKsite

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

http://winksite.com/cleverhack/g33k

Don’t know if it will really work, but I figured might as well try since I have a phone with a keyboard now.

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