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Monday, August 01, 2005

 

Blogher '05: Advanced Tools braindump

As I sat in on the Advanced Tools session led by Alexandra Samuel, George Oates, and Marnie Webb I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I knew at least a little bit about lots of the things we were discussing. Apparently, Mike’s talk of "blah blah blah computers blah blah Internet blah," had actually made its way into my sleep-deprived brain. Neat!

General information:
Check out: http://advancedtools.blogspot.com

Use a tool like Del.icio.us to explore the wonderful world of social bookmarking and make your life better by organizing/replacing the billions of links currently in your browser's bookmarks folder. Also use a social bookmarking tool to share your links with others. Sharing is fun.
Check out: http://del.icio.us

If you want to know to know about the technology that drives social bookmarking (and other sharing applications mentioned here), you should know about tags.
Check out: http://www.tagsonomy.com

Applications, e.g., news aggregators, exist that allow you to use RSS feeds to keep track of which blogs you read. The applications also serve to alert you when there is new (unread)content on any of the blogs/sites you read. I use Bloglines and I really like it. It's addicting and it saves me tons of time because I no longer have to go out to the Internet to search individual blogs/sites for new content. Instead, I can tell with a glance which blogs/sites have new content. It's a great timesaver. You also can share your bloglines list of RSS feeds with other folks.
Check out: http://www.bloglines.com

Here's a link to a primer on using Bloglines and Del.icio.us.
Check out: http://www.onenw.org/bin/page.cfm/pageid/530

Flickr is an online tool you can use to publish photos. Flickr makes it easy for you to use photos on your blog. Also, by giving your photos tags it's easy to share them with other like-minded people. (There's that sharing thing again!) My brother-in-law Nick first introduced me to Flickr. I don't currently use it, but I did enjoy looking through photos on Flickr tagged BlogHer and finding a few of the back of my head.

BlogHer attendee Amy Gahran spoke up that she has written a tutorial on RSS feeds entitled What are Web Feeds (RSS) and Why Should You Care?, which can be found here.

Presenter Alexandra Samuel also has a website devoted to RSS.
Check out: http://www.rsstocracy.com.

Once you understand what feeds are, you might know how to use a tool like Feed Digest, which can easily help you put more feeds on your blog/site.
Check out: http://feeddigest.com

Once you’re an advanced feed master, you’ll probably need FeedShake, a “tool (that) helps you to generate new feeds by merging, sorting and filtering existing online RSS feeds.”
Check out: http://www.feedshake.com

Identity issues (e.g., managing identities in the social Web) were briefly brought up, however the discussion was so brief I didn’t catch any of it. I did manage to make note of these two URLS:
Check out: http://www.IdentityWoman.net
Check out: http://www.Identity20.com

Other interesting links mentioned:
http://www.ourmedia.org/ [The global home for grassroots media.]

For fun, explore the zany wacky world of Konfabulator Widgets.
Check out: http://widgets.yahoo.com/
Check out: http://www.widgetgallery.com/