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Fri, 26 Jun 2009 17:59:53 GMT
Intellectually Violent Blogging
I hate bloggers that try to impress by using unobvious acronyms. This can make an article and author look more impressing than they really are, but results in the reader either ignoring the blog post because he doesn't understand the material or spending time looking up definitions that even Google doesn't have an immediate answer for.

Quite often, the authors intent was too look smart. This is a form of intellectual violence and an indication that the blogger doesn't know how to communicate.

On Twitter, this problem is inevitable, as we try to communicate in 140 characters. When blogging, it's simply a knock on the author.

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 20:06:26 GMT
YouTube on my Phone
Getting sick of YouTube not working on my HTC cell phone from Bell Mobility. WTF is up?! Do I ned to install something or is Google's Youtube just crap on mobile Windows? Does it work on iPhones and Crackberries?
Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:47:21 GMT
Newspaper Communities

I'm amazed how many large offline publications (like newspapers) don't allow user feedback, in the style of blog user comments, on every article of their website. Now, I'm sure they have blog-like sections to their websites that allow user comments. But why not everywhere? Here's some examples I came across while reading about the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes.

Now, here's pretty much the same article topic on CBC.

300+ user comments. I'm not sure what their average is, but it's pretty apparent that readers want to engage in the conversation. From there, it's easy for a website to create a small user community for their readers. Acquire email addresses. Increase pageviews. Increase email subscriptions. Increase ad impressions. Increase profits.

It's no wonder that many of these newspapers are going bankrupt. They're so fixated on their print, that they can't see the goldmine of the Internet. You can't just put your offline article on a website. You have to go the entire nine yards. You need to make the Internet your focus, not just a side business. Print is in decline. Any newspaper that can't make the move will disappear and new online-focused media companies will emerge to take their place. And they'll print newspapers to compliment their offerings and make lots of money doing it.

Update: My dad just left two comments on my blogs today. My own little community.

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 03:15:49 GMT
Facebook Sucks

I'm so tired of Facebook restrictions. Today, I sent too many messages to my friends (about 20-30 at most). They issued me a warning, so I stopped. Then later, I found out they blocked me from sending further messages. Wait, I stopped when they warned me. And now they say I'm banned from the feature for continued misuse. WTF!? I stopped when I was warned and I wasn't doing anything wrong in the first place. I highly doubt anybody reported me. The restrictions are stupidly in the ballpark of normal usage now. This isn't even the first time this has happened. This is the 2nd time this happens to me. It's also happened to quite a few of my Facebook friends. Wake up Facebook! 

Update: WOW! I've even been blocked from writing comments on my own wall posts. Facebook is going right down the suck road.

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 01:39:33 GMT
The Typo Police
Some of the worst people to have as Twitter friends are the tipo poleasse, or rather as they say, the typo police. These are people who sit there on Twitter and only respond when you make a typo. Give me a break! You gotta know that most of us are typing our statuses on devices with keyboards no bigger than three inches wide. You spell any word incorrectly and they jump you. Whatever! It's about the ideas, not the ability to type on a three inch keyboard.
Mon, 15 Jun 2009 19:59:54 GMT
Rick Sanchez is the Biggest Twitter Fake

Listening to people like CNN's Rick Sanchez, is like listening to Bible thumpers. He's a populist for the Twitterers. When you spend your entire show BOGUSisming (bending over and greasing up) for the Twitteres, you sound so fake it's ridiculous. How does CNN put up with such public a_s li_kers?  This guys is the most fake reporter I've listened to in years. I love CNN and watch it all the time, but when this guy is on, I know he's just greasing up for the Internet geeks and I turn it off. It's so fake. Get a real opinion Rick instead of pandering to the Internet crowd.

Mon, 15 Jun 2009 03:21:35 GMT
RSS 0.9, 1.1 and Atom 0.3 No Longer
Today, working on a Reblinks support request, I realized that the blog in question was auto-discovering to an Atom 0.3 feed. I was stunned. I did add support for Atom 1.0, but there's no way I'm support Atom 0.3 or any version of RSS other than RSS 2.0. Further, I noticed their RSS 2.0 auto-discovery was incorrect. It works in Firefox, but doesn't work in IE or Reblinks. I'm simply amazed that a major news publisher like Canoe is using a deprecated version of Atom and misimplemented RSS auto-discovery. I'll be sending them an email, unfortunately a search of their website doesn't reveal any proper webmaster contact points. I sent an email to the authors.
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 17:25:51 GMT
Google Blog Search Sucks
With the recent crappiness of Google Blog Search, I've come to realize there no longer exist any blog search engines that work. First Google killed them all by being simply better. Then they've killed themselves by sucking big time. Is there anything new that tracks RSS and doesn't suck?

As per Google Blog Search Sucks, I just did a search for links to just now and the results were empty. Yesterday, there were hundreds. I'm sure later today, there'll be dozens. It's totally unreliable. Worse, it picks up sidebar links, so I mostly get results that are not even in the RSS feed. Ridiculous!

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:33:36 GMT
3000 Emails per Day
Reblinks sent 3,000 emails in one day. WOOT!
Sun, 07 Jun 2009 19:11:56 GMT
TNT RaceBuddy

Watching the Pocono 500, I loaded up and TNT RaceBuddy. You can attached your MySpace, Twitter and Facebook accounts and update your status in-race. I like what they did. Unfortunately, there's so many status updates (too many fans) that it looks like a bunch of noice and zero conversation.

Update: RaceBuddy hung up on my on my 2nd update :(

Fri, 05 Jun 2009 23:10:03 GMT and RSS

I'm very happy that, like it's predecessor, supports RSS. Any Web search (rss) has a very predictable RSS feed (rss). Simply add the format=rss parameter to any URI. This appears to be exactly what did, but I can't remember off hand.

I was surprised that all the RSS feeds got redirected to the equivalent HTML webpages. An extremely smart RSS client might be able to rediscover the RSS feed, but it would have been better had they permanently redirected the old RSS feeds to the equivalent RSS feeds. I'm sure they lost thousand, possibly millions of subscriptions because of this small failure. Something to remember, if you are into designing RSS search feeds.

Wed, 03 Jun 2009 18:44:26 GMT
Thanks Dave! for RSS and Blogs
I just wanted to thank Dave Winer for inventing blogging and RSS. I haven't worked a day in 32 months. I hated working for stupid co's. Thanks Dave!
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