links for 2006-10-31

NaNoWriMo: Quietness ahead?

So, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. This means I am going to have to cut back a little, and so it’s likely to be my daily posting only for a little while. This is a bit of shame as there is plenty going on at the moment (I def. want to get a post written up about Google/Jotspot in more detail), but there we are.

So how am I attacking NaNoWriMo? Well, I’m going to write it in Google Docs, mainly. A file for each chapter. I’ll post snippets on here as I do them, categorised as NaNoWriMo (like this post is). Other bits may find themselves on Palimpsest and the PBwiki we have set up for Palimp members.

Wish me luck!!

FeedDemon thoughts

Been using the FeedDemon 2.1 Beta3 for a while now. Here’s a couple of thoughts:

  • Each blog post has a link to post it to, it’s been there for a couple of versions now. But if I click a link to another post, or to expand a summary feed, the link disappears. Can we have a link on the main toolbar to send the current page to, or our blogs please?
  • If I clip a post in NewsGator for later viewing, can it be automatically sync’d to a News Bin in FD please?


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Google buys JotSpot

JotSpot has been purchased by Google, according to the official Google blog:

OK, I can finally blurt it out: JotSpot is now part of Google, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Three years ago my friend Graham Spencer and I set out to start a new company. We’d both recently left Excite, which we co-founded, and we had spent a few years starting a nonprofit together. We brainstormed scores of ideas, debated late into the night and ultimately exchanged a mountain of email and documents. We realized we needed a tool to help us organize our thoughts or we’d quickly become overwhelmed. So Graham set up a wiki. I was hooked because it immediately changed the way we worked together. Everything was kept in one place, not locked in email threads or on different computers. We could both make changes to the same document, without having to know HTML (well, without me having to know HTML). After twenty minutes of using a wiki, I was convinced that they were like the Internet in 1993 — useful, but trapped in the land of the nerds (which both Graham and I proudly inhabit). So we set out to start JotSpot as a way to bring the power of wikis to a much broader audience.

As we built the business over the past three years Google consistently attracted our attention. We watched them acquire Writely, and launch Google Groups, Google Spreadsheets and Google Apps for Your Domain. It was pretty apparent that Google shared our vision for how groups of people can create, manage and share information online. Then when we had conversations with people at Google we found ourselves completing each other’s sentences. Joining Google allows us to plug into the resources that only a company of Google’s scale can offer, like a huge audience, access to world-class data centers and a team of incredibly smart people.

Google seem to be on something of a feeding frenzy at the moment. Still, a well deveoped wiki system will certainly fit in wth the collaborative online office they are building with Docs, Spreasheet and Calendar.

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links for 2006-10-30


Am going to give NaNoWriMo a go this year. I’ve some time off in November, which will give me a chance to catch up if I fall behind. Last year, Palimpsest attempted a joint version, which didn’t quite go to plan. Maybe doing it on my own will actually make it easier…

Banning Conference Blogging

Steve Rubel and John Naughton both link to a story from Greg Verdino about the Nielsen BuzzMetric conference, which has banned delegates from blogging about the event. There’s more here from David Armano.

The subject covered by the conference? Consumer generated media. Unbelievable.

As many have said, the word-of-blog marketing that having running commentaries on conferences and other events is a real bonus for organisers, and many events have grown in popularity as a result. Banning bloggers from anything is a bad thing, especially when they can so clearly have a beneficial effect.