Web Identity

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Om Malik’s blog carried a guest column on The Power of URLs.

As we all know, the URL is a powerful and extensible concept… it represents the most fundamental element of the web and it continues to grow in breadth and depth of its utility.

People rely on names or URLs in the blogosphere. And it doesn’t end just with blogs, for, podcasts, photos, videos, and as the writer mentions, profiles on social networking sites of a particular blogger too are being followed by readers or readers.
As a tangent,

Aggregation can now be customized, and it can be done by machine.

Most bloggers link their Podcasts, Videos, Comments, Tags pertaining to them and just about anything they’ve contributed to the web, and so blogs really aren’t just what blogs were intended to be; they are more like Portals.

So there is News, Commentary, Opinion and Links that stand testimony to arguments, Audio, Video and a whole community of several readers who religiously follow those. Astonishing what a few random alphabets are capable of!

Anatomy of Link Clouds

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Is there a better name for a blog post that has merely links? For the lack of (unaware of) a better (proper) name, I choose “Link Clouds” instead.

Posting links as a round up can mean any of the following things:

(a) There’s a lot of interesting stuff out there. Check them out and enjoy them for yourself. Don’t expect me to elaborate, it’ll spoil the fun. Genuine and altruistic ones, these are.
(b) I’m out of stuff to write, my hit counter tells me that I have a readership to take care of; a readership that gets offended if I don’t post anything new on a week end; a readership that begins to dwindle if there are no posts for two consecutive days.

(c) Good procrastination. I’m awfully busy, but wouldn’t want to disappoint my visitors by having a cobweb for a blog. So there. Check it out, and come back later.

(d) Filler space – Lorem Ipsum in a comprehensible manner- between two heavy blogposts. After all no matter how obssessive of food you are, having two feasts on the same day isn’t good for the digestive system. :)
But most often, it is a mix of more than one of these categories. And if (b), (c) and (d) happen simultaneously, the blogger must be extremely lucky to come across (a).

Open Federation: Order of the Day

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“One small step for man, a giant step for mankind” Or something to that effect.

This blogpost was created using Zoho Writer. I’m quite used to Blogger Dashboard. Familiarity breeds contempt. Which is why I’m not very comfortable with WordPress interface. Which is why I thought I’d try it from here. It reminds me of “Open Federation”.
I’m not a fan of Star Trek or jargon for that matter. Only yesterday I came to know of something called “Open Federation”. (via) I understand that it has been the underlying concept behind the success of E-mails. Imagine someone having 3 blog accounts, one at Blogger, one at Typepad and one at Live Journal. (One might argue that people don’t possess three different accounts, but heck, I said “imagine”) It’s pretty tiresome to log in and post to each of them.

The simplest way to explain Open Federation is the idea of Food Courts where several restaurants have their stalls. Comparing the menu (a la carte or whatever), price, variety and then choosing where to dine happens under one roof, instead of entering and leaving several restaurants with dissatisfaction.

Such a facility for IM exists with a provider called Meebo, but there too it’s not possible to have several IM clients open simultaneously. So it’s not “Open Federation” in the truest sense. But for PC to PC calling options, there is no centralized location from where you can handle it. Although, the idea of having several people from several points across the globe calling your PC simultaneously and having to manage those calls is quite appalling. It might mean a lot of trouble for lot of people ;)

In “One for all” principle I trust.

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