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 […]
Archive for the 'Blogs' Category
Warning - incoming rant.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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.”
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 […]
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 […]
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
Via Projectified, I came across Hobart Swan, who’s a MindJet […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
So it’s no suprise that most methodologies have a lot […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 -
Our client is the classic Type-A personality, time-poor, stressed executive with too much to […]
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 […]