Posts from January 2003

Video snips: Adam Curry is

Video snips
: Adam Curry is putting up a video snippet a day, but he’s doing it as a part of an XML/RSS feed (not that he couldn’t just put the links up on his web page, but this is cooler right now). Nevermind the delivery. Note the medium: video.

Curry has material to work with because he created a Dutch Osbournes starring his family.

One clip here.

I’m linked, therefore I am:

I’m linked, therefore I am
: Marc Canter gives us a very good and simple chart outlining the possibilities and for online digital identity. Your ID stands at the center of:

1. My communication: email, IM, phone…

2. Shared community spaces: forums, groups…

3. My people: friends, family, colleagues…

4. My workspaces: projects…

5. My personal expression: weblogs, photos, vlogs…

6. My media: music, video, photos…

7. Apps and services: tools, catalogues…

8. My events: calendar, alerts, meetings…

9. My hardware: machines, networks, locations…

There has been a great deal of very smart chatter of about identity (led by Doc) but if, like me, you come late to this party, it’s hard to pick up a cocktail and a weenie and join in the conversation. Thus, Marc’s chart is terribly helpful to lay out the land. And here’s his visual wishlist for an application built around this identity.

It’s all about using our world’s new omnipresent network (omnetwork?) to get us what we want and who we want whenever and wherever we want.

The lazy man’s Trackback: Blawgistan

The lazy man’s Trackback
: Blawgistan Times (an automated aggregation of law blogs) has created an elegantly easy version of Trackback:

LazyBlawg reads your RSS feed. In future incarnations, we’ll also be able to read your website and generate the RSS feed for you, if you don’t have one. We then parse your feed for:

: Postings in the category “Blawgistan” or “Lazyblwg”

: or (if you don’t have categories) postings with “BLAWGISTAN” or “LazyBlawg” in the Title

Thus, one could start a blog aggregation for consumer complaints with the only requirement being (see post below) that “SUCKS” has to be in the title or the topic.

It’s XML without the XML. Purists are puking, of course. But the people set the standards. And this is sure easier than either XML or Trackback.

New Google trick: Google consumerism

New Google trick: Google consumerism (aka the Google “Sucks Index”)
: I have a bad host, Featureprice. I got it through an ad on Google.

Stupid me. I should have used Google to check them out.

Searching on “Featureprice sucks” brings up all kinds of results from disgruntled customers who posted their complaints on web pages far and wide (and even a site about nothing but terrible Web hosts). If only I’d made the “Featureprice sucks” search, I would have been warned off.

And so I realize that this is a new and terribly efficient way to protect consumers: Just type in any BRAND SUCKS and search you will learn a lot.

“Sony sucks” gets some complaints.

“Panasonic sucks” gets more.

“Sears sucks” gets tons of angry posts packed with bile (and for good reason; I hate Sears after an unbroken string of horrid experiences; I have ruled that we shall never buy from Sears ever again).

“Citibank sucks” brings up Nick Denton’s many complaints about the bank on all his sites.

Be careful: Don’t just count the results and take that as a numerical scale of suckiness. I searched on “Hostingmatters sucks” and got results about people finding that other services (e.g. Blogger) suck and thus they were switching to Hostingmatters (Glenn Reynolds’ host, by the way). The results can be both positive and negative.

So there is no neat mathematic formula that lets you translate BRAND SUCKS into an automated web-consumer-acceptance score.

But it’s not hard to look at the Google abstracts and get the context in a screen or two.

So this yields two…


1. If you hate a brand, put in on your web page in the phrase “BrandX sucks.”

2. Before you buy from a major brand, search on the phrase, “BrandX sucks.”

And we are empowered, we Googled consumers.

Links: I had messed up

: I had messed up Howard Sherman’s link (on the right); too bad, for his blog keeps getting better and better. I was one of many who told him he had to blog; didn’t know how right that was.