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Bring it on!

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

Tagcamp opened its doors tonight and even though I only got there after the presentations it’s been quite worth the drive up.

I enjoyed some very good conversations with Stowe, David, Marnie, Marshall, Justin and Kimbro.

Some of the tools we looked at, played with, and talked about:


blummy is a tool for quick access to your favorite web services via your bookmark toolbar. It consists of small widgets, called blummlets, which make use of Javascript to provide rich functionality (such as bookmarklets).

See also Marshall’s review Bookmarklet Overload? Check out Blummy.

Fagan Finder

Fagan Finder is a website designed as a tool, to help people find things, and it is meant to be a gateway to the Internet, a quality home page. Compare this to several websites. Like a search engine, we have searching capability, but we have many different searches. Like an exclusive directory, we include searching to or links only to high quality websites. Like a guide, we try to help you in your search experience.


Welcome to elfURL, where we make giant URLs shorter. Some say our elves make the smallest URLs around. Our URLs are not ‘tiny’ but they certainly are small. Why use our elves? They provide free stats, rel-tags and tags – that’s why! is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others.

I’ve been using since June 2005 (in its most basic form). At WikiSym 2005, I came across a more sophisticated usage, which I shared tonight: tag voting and “tag time warping”. Tonight, I learned how to actually make tag bundles.


Friday, October 28th, 2005

I’ll be at Tagcamp tonight.


Friday, September 9th, 2005

Revealicious, a Flash-based visual interface into

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Quick follow-up to Camera phone + Social bookmarking = Citizen engagement. The aforementioned service seems to have launched in the meantime, at

Reporting a pothole is easy. Just take a picture with your cell phone or digital camera, and then send the photo to Make sure to include the address or intersection where the pothole is located, otherwise we won’t be able to mark it on our map.

Very nice.

Tag Tuesday

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Seems like going to meetings such as Tag Tuesday always adds to my list of must-see sites and services, some of which are mentioned below.

The main presenters tonight were Odeo:

Odeo makes all of the above [i.e. podcasting] easy, so you don’t have to know how it works. More specifically, Odeo consists of three major parts: A catalog of audio content, of all types, which is constantly being added to. The Odeo Syncr, which let’s you download anything in the catalog (and, optionally, put it on your MP3 player). And creation tools, including the Odeo Studio, which let you publish your own audio content, which will then show up in the catalog. (The creation tools aren’t ready for public use yet, though.)

Spiegel Online has an article on Podcasting today that mentions Odeo: Internet-Radio: Auf der Lauer (in German).

In the audience, Kevin Burton, co-founder of Rojo Networks Inc. was there tonight:

Rojo means “RSS with mojo” and in this spirit our company is dedicated to providing the best RSS feed reader around so that busy people can manage and read content as efficiently as possible. Our vision is that the next generation of feed reading requires new forms of organization so we built in the ability to tag your world, your content, your feeds, and even your friends. We believe that analytics and community based features are what make feed reading accessible and appealing to technophiles and new consumers alike so we provide RojoBuzz, which tracks which webpages are most linked-to by the feeds you read. With Rojo’s community features you can share stories, feeds, tags, contacts, and profile information with your friends and colleagues, making it easy to find, discover, and share interesting content.

Coincidentally, I’m currently looking for an alternative to Waggr (my very first RSS reader). Waggr was a good tool to get me started with RSS, and it has served me well up until now. But at 120+ RSS feeds, I need something a little more convenient.

Ted Rheingold of dogster was there:

Dogster :: For the love of dog. Site to post and share dog photos and facts. Let every canine and pooch have a webpage.


We are dog freaks and computer geeks who wanted a canine sharing application that’s truly gone to the dogs. Such a site didn’t exist, so we built it ourselves. The fluffy love is backed with serious technology and years of coding experience under our collars. Dogster has since become more contagious than kennel cough.


Oh, and Technorati was there, of course, Ryan King was there, announcing the launch of

One of the problems with tagging is that its so cool that everyone’s doing it. This means that there’s no way for people to keep track of all the different tagging sites out there.

So, in order to keep track of all the tagging sites out there, we (Eran and I) have built, the World’s First Social Social Tagging Site Tagging Site.

Location, location, location!

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

I signed up for recently. It works! And having read Lars’s post, I just geotagged a picture on Flickr for the first time. Now playing around with Geobloggers and Mappr. And while I’m at it, Plazes

Microformats etc.

Sunday, July 10th, 2005

Chris Pirillo and Kevin Marks talk about tags and microformats (mp3) at Where 2.0. Here are Kevin’s slides from the first Tag Tuesday meeting. Look forward to attending their second meeting July 26.


Monday, July 4th, 2005

Interesting idea: HonorTags.

What the HonorTags Stand For

HonorTags are self-identification by bloggers, PR folks, enthusiasts and several other categories of writers, podcasters, and other content creators.

This is a bottom-up, voluntary system. We think it has the potential to help readers and creators alike.

The readers get the author’s intentions up front. This is not meant to be a gauge of quality, political positioning (it’s totally nonpartisan) or whether the postings are G-rated or pornographic.

What’s in it for the creators? They get increased control over how they’re identified. They can enhance credibility and trust. It could also help them affiliate with others into networks. And, just maybe, this could enhance legal protection as a journalist.

What’s in it for the reader? A helpful tool, or the beginnings of one, to find relevant and/or trustworthy stuff online.

The case for social bookmarking

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Clay Shirky on Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags. Ties in neatly with the whole wisdom of crowds thing:

As Schachter says of, “Each individual categorization scheme is worth less than a professional categorization scheme. But there are many, many more of them.” If you find a way to make it valuable to individuals to tag their stuff, you’ll generate a lot more data about any given object than if you pay a professional to tag it once and only once. And if you can find any way to create value from combining myriad amateur classifications over time, they will come to be more valuable than professional categorization schemes, particularly with regards to robustness and cost of creation.