Squidoo Lens in Top 100

We're quite proud to announce that for the past week our OSBI lens, concentrating various resources for Open Source Business Intelligence, has been in the Squidoo top 100, generally ranked between 50 and 90. Take a look at our lens, and let us know what you think in the comments below. How can we improve it?

Crunching Naked

Once again, Mike Arrington's generosity led to a splendid party. Techcrunch and these parties have become the signature for Web2.0 events.

The Naked Conversations TechCrunch Party is now officially overend quotation
-- Mike Arrington at 2:01 a.m.

I left well before Mike posted that, but not before I got to hook up with some folk I knew and meet some folk for the first time. Mike's events are always great for networking.

  • Of course the whole point of the party was to pick up another copy of Naked Conversations [Buy the bookNaked Conversations] and have it signed by the authors, Shel Israel and Robert Scoble. Mine was signed by Shel, but Robert was out "checking on the food". While I had met Shel and Robert before, and exchanged email and blog comments with them, this was my first opportunity to talk to Shel for a bit. He is indeed as nice a guy as his card proclaims.
  • I saw Andrea and, later Ethan Stock of Zvents, both of whom I had met at the Riya Launch Party.
  • Buzz Bruggeman was there, as was Bill Daul, both of whom I had met at ANZA. Bill introduced me to Douglas Engelbart. Both Doug and my father were among the first radar men in World War II, though I don't think they knew each other then.
  • I was interviewed for a podcast by Michael Johnson of PodTech News - I'll link to it when it's released.
  • Alex Moskalyuk of Yahoo!Tech and I had a good talk about tagging analysis and corporate significance.
  • I met Andy of Microsoft, whom Bill describes as a bright young fellow.
  • And I chatted for a bit with Brad Meador from ClearContext who is seeking to change the way you use email.
  • Reintroduced myself to Scott Beale from Laughing Squid.
  • Waved to Marc Canter and spoke briefly with Dave Winer

It was a great time. Mike, thank you and your sponsors very much for your generosity.

:Ben Metcalfe Blog Multiples

The idea that we would require multiple blogs per author and multiple authors per blog with the possibility of cross-posting is one of the deciding factors in our choice of b2evolution over Wordpress, plog or other blogware platforms.

Joking aside, Om's spot on. His instincts are right, and I can see this being a big theme of 2006 - people getting their second, third, forth blog. Blogs are cheap/free so why not? And for many of us it's already the case.

The question, therefore, is what can blogging platforms do to cater for this? Movable Type does multiple blogs and Blogger and TypePad also cater for it. So come on Matt, you gotta get WordPress multiblog working.end quotation
-- Ben Metcalfe in "Where do you put all that other stuff?"

We also couldn't agree more. There's only so much differentiation that can be done through categories. My partner and I each wanted a personal blog that could go in any direction that tickled our fancy at the time, as well as our focused blogs on the TeleInterActive Lifestyle and Open Source Solutions for BI.

The idea that folk would want to publish in multiple places also is one driver behind Marc Canter's philosophies, as he pointed out in "Cross Posting and the Future of having Multiple Blogs".

So, when looking at support from blogware, also look at support for micro-content, identity management, and OPML. Such is where the near future lies. The far future... who knows?

Trackback Response Etiquette

I was recently asked if that was a blogosphere etiquette for responding to trackbacks. I don't profess to be an expert on blog etiquette, but I'll answer anyway. It seems to me there are three ways to respond to a trackback:

  • do so in the comments to the original post on your own site, as my friend who asked the question did
  • do it in the comments of the trackback site
  • create a new post in your site with a trackback to the post that did a trackback to your original post

I actually like the last option. If every blog management software supported trackbacks, and everyone used them, the conversation could be held with minimum redundancy and full two-way traceability; after all, you can trackback to as many other sites from one post as you want. This builds a true "mini-web", "sub-blogosphere" or "pocket universe" [whatever] with all posts on the subject interacting thus creating a true conversation, with each person who participates in the conversation able to retain their "voice" as well as build search engine and meme tracker ranking due to the inter-linking. The disadvantage is that RSS 2 doesn't seem to include trackbacks in a feed, so the conversation is lost to someone who only reads feeds. I guess another disadvantage is that not everyone uses or allows trackbacks.

Tracking and consolidating a conversation is becoming a hot topic in Web2.0 circles, with some companies coming out with tools to do this. [See the techcrunch post on CoComment for an example.]

There is one point of etiquette that is somewhat related. Whenever one refers to, responds to or quotes something else on the web, one should provide full credit for the author/source and a link to that item.

Ginger Beer

My friend Todd has started a new blog on the making of Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer and all things ginger soda. It's pretty cool, even if he's just starting. My favorite commercial ginger beer is Stewart's. I even tried making a float with Stewart's Ginger Beer and Reed's Ginger Ice Cream, but the levels of sweetness and spiciness between the two were different enough that the float was not very tasty. /sigh

I may have to work on some ginger ice cream recipes to compliment some of Todd's ginger soda recipes. It's been hot enough here this week, that a float sounds pretty good. Sorry Todd. :>>

Check out WhipperSnapperBrewing. His latest recipe for Ginger Shindig looks great.

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