Archive for the 'Blogs' Category

Invisible Blogger feeds

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

Warning - incoming rant.
Why, oh why, oh why does the standard template for Blogger not include a syndication link. There’s nothing - not an orange RSS blob, a ’subscribe to this blog’ link, or even some cryptic ‘Atom 0.1' text somewhere.
There is a feed for every Blogger blog - append ‘atom.xml’ to the end […]

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Blogging minister worries Whitehall

Tuesday, March 7th, 2006

David Milliband, the politician tipped as a future Labour leader, is to become the first member of the cabinet to set up a web log in which he will publish views that go beyond his ministerial brief.

Sunday Times, March 7th 2006
Personally, I’ll believe it when I see it.   I predict it’ll have the dead hand […]

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Fixing a 2% problem

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Two (independent) articles that point to a cause-and-effect:
WebWatch - RSS: 98 per cent of surfers shun it
A report from Forrester Research has found that just two per cent of US internet users are making use of RSS feeds.

7Nights: Fixing (RSS/Atom) Newsfeed Subscription
There has been a whole bunch of talk about how unusable the blogging subscription/syndication […]

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MIT Media Lab survey

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

The MIT Media Lab are conducting an online survey of the “greater weblog community” (their phrase), looking at the way blogs are used to communicate:
Our goal is to help understand the way that weblogs are affecting the way we communicate with each other. Specifically we are interested in issues of demographics, communication behaviors, experience with […]

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Six Sigma blog

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

If you’re a fan or a user of Six Sigma, it’s worth taking a look at the imaginatively-titled Six Sigma Blog. It would appear to do exactly what it says on the tin (not something you could ever accuse this blog of doing) - not too much in the way of background on […]

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Microsoft Offers RSS for the Knowledge Base

Friday, May 27th, 2005

If you were looking for a convincing reason to persuade an IT department to start using RSS feeds, this might be it:
Microsoft Offers RSS for the Knowledge Base
(via Projectified)

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More on Sapient

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Having climbed down off my soapbox about the idiocy of Sapient, here’s the opinions of a couple of analysts who take the contrary view:
Forrester Research analyst Charlene Li issued a report in November saying that “blogging will grow in importance companies should monitor blogs to learn what is being said about their products and services.” 

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File under clueless

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

File under clueless: “Blog tech doesn’t live up to blog talk, according to Sapient CTO”
Via InfoWorld, I came across this pearl of wisdom from Ben Gaucherin, CTO of Sapient:
[blogs] are a fad fueled by pop culture’s desperate search for the next big thing. [They are] the digital equivalent of the pet rock.

If you’re […]

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Election blogging

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

Unless you’re a) not in the UK or b) have been hiding under a rock for the last 24 hours, you’ll have heard the announcements that Tony Blair has been to the Palace and the General Election is underway. Cue a month of wall-to-wall political coverage in the media, and a tidal wave […]

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Mindmapping enthusiasm

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

If you’re into mindmapping, then the chances are you’ve come across MindManager from MindJet. If you haven’t, then it’s well worth a look - although nothing will ever replace the sheer flexibility of pencil-on-paper when it comes to mindmapping, MindManager comes pretty damn close.
Via Projectified, I came across Hobart Swan, who’s a MindJet […]

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10 Reasons Why Blogging Is Good For Your Career

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

From Tim Bray, who’s been practicing what he preaches for so long he was probably blogging by morse code - Ten Reasons Why Blogging Is Good For Your Career:

You have to get noticed to get promoted.
You have to get noticed to get hired.
It really impresses people when you say “Oh, I’ve written about that, just […]

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Broken, but working

Monday, February 28th, 2005

There’s an awful lot of rubbish being spouted presently about the semantic web, classification, tagging and folksonomies - from both sides of the argument. Euan Semple works in the field for the BBC, and has come up with one of the more intelligent summaries of the situation that I’ve read:
The web works because […]

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Using weblogs to manage project change

Saturday, February 26th, 2005

It’s probably not too far an exaggeration to say that it’s changes that kill projects. Whether it’s because requirements were incorrectly specified at the start, or the business environment has changed - moving the goalposts mid-way through the game can really screw things up.
So it’s no suprise that most methodologies have a lot […]

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Strangeness from Blogger bloggers

Friday, February 25th, 2005

I’ve noticed a number of interesting blogs over the past couple of weeks that are hosted on Blogger - mostly because there are comments or trackbacks to postings here. As a rule, I’ll go and read a few posts on the blog that’s linking, and more often than not I’ll subscribe to it […]

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Shhh - don’t disturb the librarian, you’ll only annoy him

Friday, February 25th, 2005

Filed under ‘reactionary old farts’:
A blog is a species of interactive electronic diary by means of which the unpublishable, untrammeled by editors or the rules of grammar, can communicate their thoughts via the web.

That’s the president-elect of the American Library Association, reacting to some criticism of his article in the Los Angeles Times which suggested […]

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Don’t panic - the government will keep us safe

Friday, February 25th, 2005

If you’re not in the mood to read a rant, now might be the time to hit the ‘back’ button. If you are, bear with me while I get something off my chest.
If you follow the news in the UK and you haven’t been living under a rock for the last couple of days, […]

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The Archers RSS Feed

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

You’ve probably got to be British to understand, but The Archers is a radio-based soap opera produced by the BBC that enjoys cult status in the UK and further afield. So much so, that the fan club is called Archers Addicts - and the name is not an understatement. They make […]

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Comcast rants fill a vacuum

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

One of the insights that came from the recent podcast interview by GM was their finding that the comments on their blogs were being used by customers as forums to vent their frustrations about what GM were doing. In particular, a somewhat self-congratulatory posting about GM’s fuel economy triggered a number of “oh […]

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The coolest thing we’ve done so far with a blog, a webfeed and an iPod Shuffle

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Ok, we’re quite very pleased with this - we think it’s a cool use of blogs, webfeeds, podcasting and an iPod Shuffle in a real live business scenario. We’d be interested to know what people think - comments welcome.
The scenario:
Our client is the classic Type-A personality, time-poor, stressed executive with too much to […]

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Conversations with GM

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

I’ve mentioned GM and their blogs a couple of times in the last week or so - now there’s another first from them. The Director of New Media from GM Communications has been interviewed for a podcast, conducted over Skype. How’s that for innovative?
It’s an interesting insight into how GM have […]

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