A new way to embed things in your posts..kwout

December 26, 2007

There’s a new “clipping service” you can now use that lets you embed screen clippings in your post. When you clip a web page or a section of a page Kwout generates a code that you put in your post in order to render the image. So let’s give it a shot:

http://kwout.com

kwout | A brilliant way to quote via kwout

 Note, in order to do this successfully when using WordPress you need to use the Code window of your editor.

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Free blogging course?

December 24, 2007

I came across this free course offer from Simpleology. To get the course “free” you need to embed some code so here goes:

I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

What they want is for bloggers to promote their blogging course on their blogs. To prove that you’ve done this you have to embed the code (which results in the indented copy above) and register the post URL to prove you’ve done just that. When you’ve done this you get a confirmation page that looks like this:

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Google Reader/Notebook/Bookmarks?

December 22, 2007

I’m a huge fan of Google (who isn’t) but there’s some interesting “cross breeding” taking place particularly between Bookmarks and Notebook. I use Google Reader as my mass input source for feeds which I scan and then if I want to store a page I’ve used Google Bookmarks. However, the new highlighting/annotation feature, for Notebook has me experimenting! Instead of bookmarketing the page I want for future reference I now Notebook it by hi-liting the title of the page. This accomplishes the following:

  • It files the page under a notebook (major classification catagory, like Marketing Planning) and I can use “Labels” (same as Tags, although there is a bug in Notebook that makes me have to open the label box twice before I can use it properly)
  • If I somehow stumble across this page at another time I automatically know that it is already bookmarked because the title is hilited (I never notice the “bookmark” yellow star in the browser menu so this ads “redundency”)

Here’s a screenshot I clipped from a blog attempting to demonstrate what I’m referring to:

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There is an issue though. Since I use Google Reader to receive blog, news and site updates I would like to know, within my reader, whether I’ve already Notebooked the page or not! I don’t want to star or label anything in Reader….this creates double work.

Perhaps the brainiacs at Google are already working on this crossover feature/service.


I’m Back!

December 16, 2007

File me under the millions who have neglected their blogs! Yup, I’ve had other committments so I won’t apologize for the lack of posts in the past months. While I’ve neglected this blog my web 2.0 experiments have been continuing and I’m ready to pick up where I left off with this blog. I’m not sure how many posts I’ll be doing per week or month. I don’t believe in posting for the sake of posting.

I’m going to use this blog to provide behind the scenes experiments using web 2.0 apps (or whatever you want to call them) so we can learn together. I can’t find blogs, squidoos, wikis, SaaS (and the web 2.0 list groooooooooooooooooooows), facebook…….etc. that gives you in-depth overviews of how best to USE them. They list the apps but I want to know how to USE them to be productive, knowledgeable, connect and collaborate. These are the four pillars that matter to me as a web user. Stay tuned and we’ll go under the covers with real live experiments that go beyond “features” and “benefits” and gets to the nitty gritty of how to use these various services.

Let’s learn together. Let’s build a web 2.0 knowledge base that’s well organized and helps us effectively use these tools to learn, communicate, collaborate and network.