Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Google Personalize Your Home Page Won't Take RDF ?

How come I can't subscribe to a del.icio.us feed on the "Create a Section" on my Personalized Home Page? Is it because it is RDF ? Is it because it doesn't end in "rss.xml" like they suggest ? Wow, good thing i chose to name my feeds with rss.xml.

Update: Must not be RDF or .xml, because this feed works, maybe something about del.icio.us or maybe its my fingers :(

Monday, July 25, 2005

MSN Virtual Earth Has Higher Resolution Zoom Than Google Maps

Originally uploaded by bozofaust.
Let me be the first to report that MSN Virtual Earth's satellite resolution, in the highest zoom, is substantially more detailed than Google Maps.

Compare the clip of the screen print from MSN on the right to the one from Google below :


Hey competition is competition and resolution is important.

Another nifty feature of Virtual Earth is that it remembers where you were :)

Friday, July 22, 2005

Preoccupations: Tagging: filing, annotating … and rhetoric

Preoccupations: Tagging: filing, annotating … and rhetoric

David Smith perpetuates Tom Coates error (typo?):

"Tom Coates' interesting 4 June posting, Two cultures of fauxonomies collide …, suggests that tagging-with-del.icio.us, 'with an individual the only person who could tag their stuff'"

Fact is at del.icio.us anybody can tag anybody's page. Me thinks they should substitute technorati for del.icio.us to correct their gaffaw.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Too bad, Nobody knows what RSS is.

Micro Persuasion: Blogs in the Eye of the Beholder: "To test the direction that blogs are heading - rather than where they have been historically - Catalyst probed usage and navigation of one of BusinessWeek's five new blogs. The result? No participant understood the mechanisms associated with RSS/subscribing to a blog - not even the minority familiar with the term RSS. What's more, few participants even recognized that they were on an actual blog - and once they did, had a very different reaction to the information presented. Prediction: come 2010 we won't be delineating blogs from web sites. They'll all be part of what we call the Internet."

It is too bad that the average web user still does not know what this thingy called RSS is or what it does. But that is not my point here. The question is how do we get from where we are to where we want to be? What do we say about our particular RSS (or ATOM or whatever) feed on our own web pages, so that people will be encouraged to tune-in to the blogosphere, to start reading blogs, to start watching for new information? The *Subscribe section on the right of Steve Rubel's blog is about as good as it gets, but it's gotta get better than that. Now i'm not talking about some new centralized subscribing network ... no, i'm just looking for some clear, concise, even catchy wording together with some graphics and pointers that "we-all" (chuckel) could start using that would lead the unwashed masses into this new space as we project our own selves into the blogosphere by hyperlinking to our feeds.

... ideas, anybody ? .... who has the best way of pointing to their feeds ?

Incidentally, www.speaktomecatalog.com has a RSS 2.0 feed for each tag (for example cats) i just don't know how to say that on each page, such that my intended audience will use it.

... suggestions, anybody?

Monday, July 11, 2005

Google SMS

Hey SMS is super kewl! Text message google with

price Homer Pizza Cutter

and this is what you get:

Saturday, July 09, 2005

page rank and the www prefix

Google Groups : alt.internet.search-engines Strange, www.speaktomecatalog.com has a page rank of 5 and speaktomecatalog.com has a pagerank of 4. Certainly Google must know that they are the same page. Does this mean that if i could combine the references to these different URL's that my overall pagerank might increase? Should i encourage people to point to www.speaktomecatalog.com instead of speaktomecatalog.com ? Can anyone shed any light on this?

(Answer here, or on the newsgroup)

Seth Russell
Web designer of "first shopping cart with sound effects"

Friday, July 08, 2005

Advertising our new website on the cover of our print catalog

Advertising our website on the front cover of the print catalog going to press today.

Incidentally does anyone know of another shopping site that has sound effects when you put things in the basket and run through the shopping pages?

Is this a first, or not?

Google Toolbar for Firefox

Google Toolbar for Firefox Just installed this and am testing ability to blog from the toolbar.