Doc on Blogging

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David Newberger has put up in his blog a 10-question interview with Doc Searls. Doc is at his usual best. Liked the last Q&A in particular

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out blogging?

Think of every post as an email that’s cc:world. Don’t worry about making mistakes. Be yourself. Write about what interests you. Link a lot and follow other links. Follow subjects through keyword search subscriptions in your aggregator. Drive ideas. Participate. Write with provisionally, rather than finality (leave that up to the big-time print journalists who are paid to pontificate). Start snowballs rolling, and add snow to ones rolling by. Be humble. Make mistakes, correct them and move on.

Oh, and use your own name. Don’t bury your identity.


Towards Search 2.0

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Hackers & the SEO community have to large extent manipulated the results of Google-Yahoo-MSN’s (GYM) algorithm-based Search 1.0 engines. And that leads to undesirable results like Google bombing, spam, more importance towards older sites etc.

Time based search (like Google Blog Search, Feedster, Technorati etc) offers a good alternative but its restricted to blogs & some frequently updated blog-like sites alone. I like MSN’s as it offers a tabbed search from the Web & from the News/Feeds sections. But I would like to have a 3-in-1, Web-News-Tags based search. With Yahoo acquiring, the immensely popular social bookmarking site, we can expect something in this direction.

And the analogy question begs to be asked – Flickr : Riya as : ?? . There are many social bookmarking sites like spurl, furl, simpy, dots etc but my bet would be on blinklist.


Zoho Writer Update

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Thanks to all the feedback comments from you. Based on the comments you had given, we had been working on Zoho Writer’s UI. A completely revamped UI geared towards better usability with an added set of features is what you can expect from Zoho Writer soon.

Cheers !!


The ‘A’ List Bloggers

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You’ll find this funny. Read on :D

Robert Scoble :

I didn’t get invited to FOOLS Camp this year, (private wail to 250 people on IM). But I will say nice things about Tim on my blog, saying what an honor it was to be invited last year. But he better darn well invite me next time, else I will hold my own Geek Barf Camp and not invite him, that will show him. How dare he? Just who does he think he is? Oh my comments are acting up. I still believe in the power of the blogs, just if you agree with me. Gobbels of the world not welcomed. Mudpit. Disagree = Troll. Oh pardon me, my comment system is down again. Disruption! Mashup! Web 2.0! I love the smell of startups! Blogs are truth and salvation all in one. Search engine rant, long-winded blather over Technorati vs. Google and then Google vs. Yahoo. MSN vs. Sphere/Exalead/Yahoo/Google and Google API/Feedster/Icerocket/Gabba Goo Bee Gabba/Technorati/Rice o’ Roni. Web 2.0 me baby, yeah, dat’s the ticket. Never met a startup I didn’t like. Poster boy for the new useless Microsoft.

Doc Searls :

Consulting, fame and glamour, six-figure speaking gigs, briefings, betas, books, groupies, parties, conversations with Earth People. The blogosphere is a huge tipping-point machine. More tips here please. If you are happy and you know it, clap your hands, your blog will surely show it, clap your hands.

Anyways, my latest photoset on Flickr was shot from a windowseat near the back of a United 757 en route from New York to San Francisco last week.

Earth People converse. Markets are Earth People conversing in Human Voices to other People of this Earth about matters important to real Humans who live on Planet Earth.

Dave Winer :

On the Internet the volume of messages posted by idiots always exceeds the number posted by well-meaning moderately intelligent people, squared. Of course, I am well beyond moderate, right-hand of God seems good a place as any. Pout pout, temper-tantrum rant, wail, cry, scream, hold a blogger party in honor of Robert Scoble, pout pout, temper-tantrum rant, wail, cry, scream, yell, cry bloody murder.

Oh this lawn mower company now has RSS feeds. Really smart. Lawn-mowing is a conversation, and if you cut lawns, you want to be part of the lawn-mowing conversation.

Expecting more such profiles from you, Antiblog. And thanks Steve.