Archive for the 'SocialSoftware' Category

How not to miss any Twitter replies @Your_Username

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

One of the nice things about Twitter’s social background noise is that you actually can shut it down – like putting on headphones in a bustling office when you want to concentrate on a task. But you might want to avoid anger and irritation when someone actually wants to talk to you and calls your name… and you seem to ignore them. So far, intelligent headphones haven’t been invented yet (as far as I know). On Twitter however, there are a few ways not to miss the occasional personal address (“addressas inbeing spoken to” :-) ) that is the “@username” reply. (more…)

Network privacy settings on Facebook: I wouldn’t consider a country a close-knit community

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

One of the reasons for the runaway success of Facebook compared to blogging is imho the (perceived) privacy users enjoy. Detailed profile data is only visible to confirmed friends and members of the same “network”. Facebook networks (schools, companies and regional networks) are supposed to be mere representations of their equivalents in meatspace: the idea is that you can check out the faces you encounter at campus, in the high-school hallway or in the company canteen. (more…)

Phone versus laptop lifestyle: Twitter for Alice and Bob

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Twitter is a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and at first, it can be difficult to get your head around. So, before I try to make my point on Twitter, let me introduce you to IM-Bob and SMS-Alice: (more…)

More Direct link versions of Digg Feeds

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

I’ve updated my list of direct link feeds for Digg.  Note: I used this WordPress plugin that inserts a “Digg this” button automatically as soon as your story gets dug (and you get an incoming referral click). 
If you’re a Digg fan, you might also want to check these 2 Digg tools collections and the Digg blog:

Digg Citation Search bookmarklet

Monday, June 26th, 2006

If you have one or more blog posts “Digged”, Digg might yield more incoming traffic than Blog Search engines like Google Blog Search or Technorati – even long after the story got dugg, and without getting even close to the Digg Frontpage. Lots of people use Digg as a search engine – and because of its huge popularity, Digg might be more important a search engine than Technorati or Google Blog Search, even if the search feature for Digg is secondary.

Digg searches are analogous to the above-mentioned blog searches: (more…)

What’s wrong with blog commenting (and what can you do about it)?

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Probably you already have encountered the following:

  • you left a comment on a blog posting, hoping to get feedback from the author or other users on your question or remark
  • revisited the page after a while to check for follow-up comments
  • … revisited … revisited… revisited… finally gave up on it or forgot
  • discovered a few months later that an interesting follow-up had been posted afterwards, with exactly the tip or info you needed badly back then

Blog commenting as a collaboration tool is frustratingly flawed, and here are some suggestions what you can do about it as a commenter, blog owner or external service(more…)

Free hosted wikis: comparison of wiki farms

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

For the preparation of an event (not job-related), I was searching for a free hosted wiki, to avoid the hassle of installing one myself. The wiki will be used to collect ideas for the programme, keep track of task lists, and let people subscribe for the event (by simply adding names). The audience is web-savvy but not necessarily geeky, so it had to be simple, self-explaining, and preferably WYSIWYG. Here’s the list of services I evaluated:

Linklogs talk, mind map and Wikipedia article stub

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

I presented some thoughts on in one of the presentations at a Brussels Blog Dinner last Friday. I used Freemind, an open source tool to prepare.  Basically, a mindmap is nothing more than a visual presentation of an outline, but it does help to be able to reshuffle your thoughts in a visual way.  Freemind is visually less attractive than commercial tools, but has an open file format and several export options.  See for example my “Linklogs Mind Map”: (more…)

Hunting spamblogs

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Several people have been complaining about Spamblogs and suggesting remedies:

It’s probably search engines that hold the key here. (more…)


Monday, May 30th, 2005

Social Software is, by its open nature, “stuff that gets spammed” according to Clay Shirky, who coined the term.

Blogs are no exception. Comment spam, is one of the results of the automated scripts spammers use to target standardized blog software. Entire machine-generated blogs, “Spamblogs” are another. (more…)

What use is the “social” aspect of

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

Jaysea at Don’t Back Down is very sceptical on “social” bookmarks. (more…)