Library Stuff has the stuff on Feedmail…a new service where you can send and receive email via personalised RSS feeds (so instead of one general address you have an address for each contact).
September 2, 2005
Technorati Blog Finder is a new venture into the blog directory scene.
Good thing about this is the blog categories are assigned by the user (up to 20)…the system already suggests 20 categories based from the most frequent categories you use on your blog, but as mentioned you can change these to your liking.
You can search for a category or browse the cloud, the ranking (for the list) or weighting (for the cloud) are still based on the usual most incoming links, so they are like topic based 100 lists.
Otherwise sort by recently updated (this is definitely needed as a blog with heaps of incoming links may stay on top even though they haven’t blogged in a while), or alphabetically (great for those on the bottom to be seen, unless you don’t have many incoming links and your blog starts with “Z”, well then you can’t be helped as of yet).
So they have gone a step further, discovery by topics (and user defined, awesome I’ll just make up some unique category that I’ll claim to be an expert on and rank top of the list, but then no-one will think to look up such a unique category).
But still there is the 2nd step, the ranking issue, how do we view blogs in the opaque web (ie. past the first 100 hits or so where no-one will bother looking)…even though they are in topics, the number of hits within each topic can still be high
…it’s a great step to discover experts or like blogs on a topic, but what about discovering community clouds of conversation and influence.
Not sure how Rojo rank their blogs, but they have a folksonomy both for tagged items/stories, and for organised/tagged feeds (ie. the tags user apply to organise their feeds are made shareable for discovery via a folksonomy)…you can browse the tag cloud (feed directory so to speak), search for a tag, or browse the 1st 10 hits…you can sort by most recent or popularity (this must be most subscribed to in Rojo, instead of incoming links)…you can also choose the tag cloud from “all users”, “contacts”, or “me”
PeanutButterWiki is another free hosted wiki site
[ADDED: 1/11/05 Here are some more]
Besides all the regular features, and functionality this one has images, comments, profile page, and LOC card catalogue for each item where available.
There is a “preferences” link to change these header settings in your user account, eg. you can choose from more fields like ISBN, summary, subject, call no….and these can be aligned left to right in any order….very versatile for personal use!
…beware that if you don’t have a “cover” column you can’t link to a native website eg. Amazon, as the Images have the links and not the Titles.
Also has an A-Z or Z-A sorting function by:
User (homepage only)
Search function is simple and effective (where’s the fielded search, we’re talking a library catalogue here).
Also print a list.
Link to the native page via the image
Link to a user
Link to a tag
Link to the native page via the image
Link to a tag
Lacks linking to an author from bookmarks in the Home page or User account, need to browse the Statistics page”.
From this page you can view link lists to:
Most recent users
Users with the largest libraries
Most popular tags
Most popular books
Most popular authors
(but you can’t get complete lists, there is no “see all” link)
If you look at a users tag page, it will say who else used that tag, but seems to be lacking who else bookmarked the same page as you (then again this is tricky as someone might point to a URL at Amazon and someone might point to a URL at another bookseller…actually in this folksonomy the native links seem to all go to Amazon, so this wouldn’t be a problem after all)
The URL feature would be good as you could also implement a running thread of comments on a book, add also a ratings function…this would act kind of like a book club, why not add a groups feature so you can be part of a real virtual book club.
Adding an item
If you enter a search term like: lord of the rings it will bring up a list to choose from, so if LOC hasn’t indexed the book then you can’t add it (seems restrictive, not sure if I’m correct)…you can also search by other fields (manual search) to locate a book.
Seems to lack RSS feeds (hopefully coming soon)
…also if I find something I like on the Home page or wherever, there is no way to copy that item into my library (as far as I can see).
So you can invite others to edit the document hosted on your account, and once you publish your document you can invite people to see, but you also have an option to let anyone view your document.
The beauty of this now is that I can upload a word document and publish it on my Writely account, I can then point to this permalink from a blog post…how cool is that…it’s like pointing to the permalink of a photo you have in Flickr, or pointing to the permalink of a bookmark you have in Furl.
So it can virtually be a host for your word documents (my problem before was that I obviously couldn’t point to a word document on my hard drive, and I don’t own/rent any webspace…so this has solved some issues)…Furl mentioned a while ago that they were going to allow bookmarking of personal files such as word documents, this would also solve this problem (you’d just have to re-edit your word file than re-save it in Furl).
So if you have an old blog post with content like a list that you keep going back to to update with new additions, you could substitute this list to a Writely published page and add to the list when you need to and just re-publish the page…and have a link of it on your sidebar of your blog.
This is kind of similar to using a wiki I guess…it would be good if Writely had RSS feeds for published pages.