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Entries from November 15th, 2006

Easy posting to multiple blogs with Ecto

November 15th, 2006 1 Comment

A few readers have asked me around the traps to recommend some good software to make posting to blogs a bit easier and faster. I use a lovely bit of shareware called Ecto. It is cross platform and plugs into almost any known blogging platform and offers a swag of useful features especially if you […]


Comprehensive list of Web 2.0 sites

November 10th, 2006 Comments Off on Comprehensive list of Web 2.0 sites

Jim from Ideum pointed out this rather exhaustive (and as he suggest, exhausting) list of Web 2.0 companies and sites. Also, danah boyd is compiling a timeline of social networking sites using a wiki and she is inviting participation from knowledgeable people in the field.


Usability tracking

November 10th, 2006 Comments Off on Usability tracking

A new product has emerged from the UK – Clickdensity. Clickdensity adds that extra layer above what you are probably using Google Analytics or log analysis to do – that is, track where and how people use your website. What is different about Click Density is that it tracks where, exactly, users click on each […]


Upcoming era of ‘frugal computing’

November 9th, 2006 Comments Off on Upcoming era of ‘frugal computing’

Interesting think piece by Nick Carr on energy waste and computing and the coming environmental factors that will lead to an age of ‘frugal computing’. Prickett Morgan calculates that, including secondary air-conditioning costs, the world’s PCs and servers eat up 2.5 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy every year, which, at 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, amounts to […]


Riya’s new visual search

November 9th, 2006 Comments Off on Riya’s new visual search

Riya, a serious contender to Flickr with face recognition, has just launched their Like: Visual Search. Now whilst this is currently limited to browsing accessories worn by celebrities, the implications for this sort of engine and museum collections is obvious. Have a play and you will be excited.


Critical cultural history of the iPod

November 2nd, 2006 Comments Off on Critical cultural history of the iPod

A fantastic think piece on the iPod from Alternet (via the inimitable kPunk) and the impact of portable audio which has interesting ripple effects for how our audiences increasingly expect to be able to engage with our content – on their terms, in their space, right now. Some quotes of particular relevance to museums. It […]


New – Flash radio player

November 2nd, 2006 1 Comment

As a regular user of the fabulous I hardly got excited when their latest update happened. Being a subscriber to the serivce I get to try out the beta versions of any changes so I get advance notice. Sure, you can now visually see how ‘close’ your taste in music is to other users […]


More from Stutzman on how young people use social networking

November 1st, 2006 Comments Off on More from Stutzman on how young people use social networking

Stutzman reports on a poll which claims that – teens have an average of 52 friends on the IM buddy list, 38 friends entered in their cell phone – but they have 75 friends in SNS. The poll also found a 75% of teens use SNS. This is a useful point of comparison for researchers […]


WordPress MU

November 1st, 2006 Comments Off on WordPress MU

Wordpress has finally released their multi-user version, WordPress MU. It is open source, like WordPress, and allows you to host stacks of blogs on the one box and manage users across them. We are yet to consider moving to this version (despite now having 5 public blogs on our sites!) – mainly because of our […]