Updated: 4/30/2003; 11:29:01 AM.
Talks about advances in collaboration software.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Google's Exponential Returns. [Ross Mayfield's Weblog]

About Google's use of wiki equivalent and weblogs.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

Matt Raible likes my idea of building a Mozilla XUL based tool to generate  Canoo's WebTest Httpunit XML based on an interactive testing session in the browser.

I'll just invoke the LazyWeb for this one.

6:33:59 PM    comment []

Friday, January 10, 2003

Ben Hammersely's Guardian piece, FOAF [Eclectic]
1:16:48 PM    comment []

Personal Proxy doomed ? [meltsner]

Melstner is a  Portal guy like me. He expresses doubts about the Personal Proxy chances of success. I agree with the fact that the requirement to configure it yourself is a drawback for wide adoption. But I nevertheless think this is an important trend that will unfold in 2 directions:

  • for power users, Personal Proxies and Weblog Software (such as Radio) will continue to expand in terms of features and give their users ever more control in their information management and filtering practices.
  • These features will percolate in Portal products: I'm thinking about how to integrate some of them in the Portal product I work on. In this case these kind of features will be available to regular users on a preconfigured basis, maybe with a less fine grained level control.

I intend to write a paper about this for BlogTalk - A European Conference on Weblogs in Vienna 23-24 May 2003, if I ever find the time to do it !

11:07:34 AM    comment []

Crossing the bridge of weak ties.  [Jon's Radio]

Jon compares the writing of his 1999 book with the experience writing his blog last year. Very interesting insights.... as usual :-)

10:50:32 AM    comment []

Network Navigation Widget. [Ross Mayfield's Weblog]

An interesting visualization tool. Too bad it's not online so that i can test it with my own weblog.

10:46:20 AM    comment []

Thursday, January 09, 2003

Touchgraph [Ross Mayfield's Weblog]

What is interesting are the links to the different TouchGraph applications. I had played with the GoogleBrowser, but others popped up since then.

3:46:20 PM    comment []

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

WIBNI Trackback 2.0.... [Sam Ruby] Sam adds details about Trackback used in LazyWeb, and while at it LazyWebs Trackback itself: fun recursion :-)

PS: I wonder if the LazyWeb noun will take off as a verb. I love the english language for this ability.

9:08:36 PM    comment []

LazyWeb and RSS: Given Enough Eyeballs, Are Features Shallow Too? by Clay Shirky

About LazyWeb, the current tendency in weblogs where one person describes a feature he wishes to be implemented, and another one, reading the description, implements it.

In order to structure this practice around a tool, Ben Hammersley has designed a version of a LazyWeb RSS feed. You post your LazyWeb descriptions to your blog, with a trackback url to Ben's site. Then Ben aggregates them through the trackback in an RSS feed that people can then subscribe to.

Simple and elegant design.

The part that interested me the most is about the limitation of portals to act as tools for aggregation, compared to RSS feeds:

However, nearly a decade of experimentation with single-purpose portals shows that most of them fail. As an alternative to making a LazyWeb portal, creating an RSS feed of LazyWeb descriptions has several potential advantages

There's a paradigm shift happening in collaborative software land these days thanks to blogs and all development activity around them, where centralized portals will be replaced by RSS feeds and decentralized tools.

I'm curious to see how a portal software product such as the one I develop for a living can add value in this new chain, or get value from it. One things that Portals have for them is a centralized identity, group and preferences management. How can we take advantage of this compared to decentralized systems such as RSS feeds from blogs ? That is the question.

Thanks for this article Clay, and Ben for this new initiative. This is very good food for thought for a closed source Portal developer such as myself :-)

3:30:00 PM    comment []

Blog Tribe Social Network Mapping and Technicolor Blogmap 

Here is the initial social network analysis of the Blog Tribe at Ryze -- which maps the Friendship networks and Blogrolls of Tribe members

[Ross Mayfield's Weblog]

Great experiment in social network analysis and group forming through weblogs. I'm curious to see where this will lead. More specifically I hope he will provide a movie based on the evolution of the social network map with time, allowing you to see the transformation of the map with time.

2:21:07 AM    comment []

Tuesday, January 07, 2003

GeoURL ICBM Address Server

GeoURL is a location-to-URL reverse directory. This will allow you to find URLs by their proximity to a given location. Find your neighbor's blog, perhaps, or the web page of the restaurants near you.

I stepped upon this through Ascription is an anathema to any enthusiasm's entry ICBM

I now have my entry there: I used Yahoo maps to get the exact long/lat of my address in Paris, then added these 2 lines in the HEADER section of my Radio HomePage template:

    <META name="ICBM" content="48.8312,2.3478">
    <META name="DC.title" content="Patrick Chanezon's Weblog">

Then I used the ping form , and I was registered in 5 minutes.

Here is my neighborhood.

It seems like  L'oeil de Mouche is the only one from Paris to have registered yet. Incidentally she was at the FrogLog meeting in december but I did not talk to her.

This is an excellent idea: the web is about connecting people, regardless of location, but I just started recently to discover its potential to also connect with people near me.

My old Netscape friend Tristan sent me a mail in december about a physical meeting of french webloggers in a restaurant in Paris. I registered on the Froglog wiki, went and met with all these passionate french webloggers with whom I could talk to my heart's content about the potential of weblogs and the different uses they made of it.

I met with [Manur] , [Karl], [Stephane] , and  ChristopheDucamp who co-organized this meeting.

It's been 3 weeks already and I still have some catchup to do to read their blogs old posts !

8:07:53 PM    comment []

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Just do it.


As Shelley points out, this is beyond the means and abilities of many.  More importantly however, she demonstrates that a comment enabled weblog is vastly underrated agent for engineering social awareness... a precursor to social change.

[Sam Ruby]

11:52:34 AM    comment []

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