One clear result of the rise of Twitter and Facebook is the ever-growing number of abandoned blogs out there. Blogs have always had a high abandon rate. It’s “cool” (well it was) to have a blog and it’s dirt simple to start one. Much harder is the task of keeping […]Continue Reading →
When I took iStudio to task for not having a feed, iStudio fixed the problem and let me know via a comment at One Degree within an hour of the post going live. This morning I started wondering if any of the other web shops and interactive agencies in Canada […]Continue Reading →
I certainly hope so. Otherwise “this Globe & Mail article” (paid access only now) will make Chris Pirillo and me look a bit silly. (Interestingly enough, two years later, Tessa Wegert who interviewed us for the Globe article is writing for One Degree.) Here’s a snippet: What does RSS mean […]Continue Reading →
Lately I’ve been getting more requests through LinkedIn and I started thinking about how a whole new etiquette is needed to deal with the issues that arise. Here are some thoughts around sending requests through others via LinkedIn. 1. Don’t try to send a request more than two degrees away. […]Continue Reading →
It’s interesting that as soon as I started using Furl I dropped the volume of posts here rapidly. I think this is partly because I often used my blog as a way to keep track of ideas, links, and notes for myself, and incidentally published them for the world. Furl let’s me do the first three without the worry of posting something coherent to others.
I’ve also noticed that my blogging goes in cycles, partly influenced by how much work I have on my plate, partly by how inspired I am, and probably partly inspired by what is going on in the world. Generally when there is TOO MUCH new stuff and I’m REALLY excited, I tend to blog LESS, undoubtedly because I’m “saving it up” for a great post (that never comes).
Tom Coates has a great article on dealing with bad behavior in online communities (Everything in Moderation: On stealth moderation or “Blame the technology”…). This post should be read by everyone blogging with open comment areas.
New York Times: With Friends Like These, Who Needs Book Agents?:
“The site, which has attracted such novelists as Caroline Leavitt, Ayelet Waldman and Katharine Weber, is readerville.com. With close to a million page views per month and nearly 10,000 registered users, Readerville has become a robust writers’ community.”
“A clique has several mandatory structural elements, which include About, Rules, Members and Codes sections. In general, a clique will clearly define its topic. Its rules section lays out the governing principles of the page, and its membership section lists links to many on-topic sites. In the codes section, small graphical or text-based buttons that link back to the original clique are presented for all member sites to post on their pages.”
“Friendster, the popular social-networking service that cleverly assimilates real-life social groups into a large virtual network, just keeps getting bigger.
The service, which opened to the public in March and is still in beta, will hit 1 million users this week, and is expanding at a rate of 20 percent a week, according to the company.”
The always insightful Clay Shirky has posted a very long (almost 10,000 word) essay called “A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy”: “Writing social software is hard. And, as I said, the act of writing social software is more like the work of an economist or a political scientist. And