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Friday, January 21, 2005

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On Nofollow (German Audio)

I’m wrapping up the pros and cons of the “nofollow” attribute [MP3].

Image to ASCII

This is a nice image-to-ASCII converter.

Yahoo Ticker

This looks kind of neat: the Yahoo Ticker, which scrolls stock information or RSS feeds. (It looks like it’s attached to the Windows task bar, which would be a problem for me as I always have the task bar to the left, and hidden.)
Battelle on tickers says “I remember during Push 1.0 everyone was downloading a stock or news ticker app for their desktop. Then everyone uninstalled it – it crashed the PC or made it unbearably slow (...) Well, every good idea deserves another chance."

Blog Names Top 10

Elliot Back releases a list of words most used in blog names:

  1. blog
  2. life
  3. weblog
  4. world
  5. from
  6. journal
  7. news
  8. thoughts
  9. with
  10. daily

Here’s the underlying blog names data file used.


“One of the things that I’ve tried to emphasize every time I’ve talked to people involved with search engines is the growing uselessness of ranking algorithms that take the search and linking habits of the whole world into account. I don’t want to know what the average eight-year-old calls an image. I want to know what my friends and colleagues call an image. Or a link. Or a photo.

Flickr and work so well for me not because they aggregte the world’s tags, but because they allow me to aggregate my social network’s tags, links, and photos. I don’t want to see everybody’s links on productivity, but I do want to see Merlin Mann’s. I don’t want to see everybody’s links on blogging, but I do want to see danah’s. I don’t want to see “research” resources from a molecular biologist, but I do want to see them from a sociologist studying online social networks.”
– Liz, It’s the social network, stupid!, January 20, 2005

What are Folksonomies?

“Folksonomies (plural of folksonomy) are bottom-up taxonomies that groups create on their own, as opposed to being created by an individual. Synonyms include mob indexing, folk categorization, social tagging, federated tagging, lazy tagging, folksonomy, tagsonomy, tagonomy, free tagging, distributed classification, post coordinate indexing, collective indexing, user-generated tagging and ethnoclassification. They are, in effect, grassroots classification systems for data.

In the past metadata (data about data) was created either by professional librarians using complex and lengthy rule sets (e.g., Dewey Decimal System or Library of Congress book index), or by the authors of the data itself (e.g., indices in the back of books). Folksonomies are created a third way, by the collaborative effort of the document users themselves.”
The Complete Folksonomies Overview

IRC Hacks (Book)

If you want to know how to write IRC bots (programs like trivia games residing in an open chat channel), the book IRC Hacks by Paul Mutton may be for you.

Google Loses in France

CNet reports Google loses a trademark dispute in France: “A French court has ruled that Google must refrain from using the trademarks of European resort chain Le Meridian Hotels and Resorts to trigger keyword ads.”

No Nofollow

Another initiative against nofollows: the “no nofollow.” (Main text in German, footnote in English.) They also made a blog-style button. [No Nofollow]

Link Condom

The new mocks the “nofollow” initiative of Google and others. The “nofollow” LinkCondom features, quote:

  • Hoard your PageRank
  • Hide your outgoing links
  • Screw your reciprocal link partners
  • Add code bloat to your page
  • Find out today if people are buying links for the right reasons
  • Yet more to obsess about
  • Freely link to bad neighbourhoods
  • Far easier to use than JavaScript, perl, php, robots.txt etc

[Via SER.]

Google AdWords API?

“In a move that shows how much Google is fully embracing their role as the biggest competition to conventional marketing efforts ever conceived, Google plans to give away their AdWords API to advertisers. This would allow advertisers to control variables such as times ads are served, IP addresses served to, price limits for target time slots, etc. They will not be offering the same advantage to publishers, i.e., those that use the AdSense campaign.”
– Tom Foremski/ Candida Kutz, Scoop! Google to Give AdWords API to Advertisers, January 20, 2005


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