Month: February 2008

"Successful blogging…"

Dan Zarrella has a tool that will take a blog post title, and look at words to see if they’re words that generally increase or decrease the popularity on Digg. Jose Quesada first pointed it out, suggesting that “academic” wasn’t a particularly useful word to have in a title. I’ve tried with a few variants…

Oral Traditions

I’ve been reading (and will comment on later) Keen’s “The Cult of the Amateur”. What struck me is that Keen is seeing bloggers as taking over the journalism arena. I’ve tended to see bloggers as more of a continuation of/ return to the rich oral traditions we had, and still exists in areas such as…

Issuu – You Publish

Issuu is another document sharing site. Like Scribd it’s for sharing published documents, rather than providing a service to enable creating the document, as Think Free or Zoho do. Issuu at the moment only allows pdf files, but it’s got an interesting way of viewing them – just like a book. The interface rather reminded…

Google Reader.

Anyone have any bright ideas … I’ve been using Google Reader for some time now as an RSS feed reader. I’ve just started getting feeds from “feral cat news”, a blog that I don’t subscribe to. I’ve had a look in my list of feeds, and it’s not there, but I’m getting feeds from it….

Pubcast

Had you asked me about half an hour ago what a “Pubcast” was, I’d have thought it was a blurry YouTube video recorded down at the Dog & Duck. However, I’ve just found SciVee, which Stephen Downes and Jane Hart describe as a useful resource for Scientists. It is, but what I think is more…

MySpace opens doors to developers

MySpace are opening up a DeveloperPlatform using Google’s Open Social tools. While the BBC comment that nearly 15,000 Facebook applications have been written, and thus they expect a similar level of interest for MySpace apps (particularly given that Bebo, LinkedIn and Orkut already use Open Social, thus meaning application developers only have to develop the…

The Bamboo Project Blog: Advice on Blogging for Learning

Michele Martin has a set of very useful points about using blogging for learning . As she points out, most of the sites that offer to help you improve your blog, assume that you want to reach a wide audience, sell something or whatever. In fact, many of the principles of blogging that apply to…