I was going through my referrers today and the usual suspects were there along with a site I had seen in the past that was hotlinking to an image of mine. It was especially evil as it was being used as a background on their page. A few months ago I decided to just rename the image on my local server and change the reference to it on my own site hoping that by breaking the link the perpetrator would simply fix the issue on their end. I felt that this was a very nice way to deal with an offender (I wasn’t so nice in the past…more on that later) and thought it would resolve itself. Unfortunately this person didn’t get the hint so today I decided to go to plan b.
My process for buying products can be quite involved and I equate it to more of a lifecycle, especially if the product is technology related. Impulse buyers need not apply. This post will cover concepts on how to use the web as a tool for each step and list resources that help achieve them. To make the process relevant I’ll use buying a digital camera as the product example.
I just had an unexpected surprise after a phone call to Time Warner today about my current Road Runner pricing. I’ve recently been going over my current monthly expenses and paying especially close attention to the recurring monthly service bills I have. Of those I was currently paying $39.95 a month for Road Runner Standard service cable internet through Time Warner. I had recently seen them advertise the same service for new customers for $29.95 for 12 months. I know that I could save a considerable amount of money by switching back to DSL which I had used a few years back.
Ever since I’ve become aware of the Lifestream concept I’ve been monitoring any new tidbits of information that may be released. So I came across a link to an article titled “Lifestreams could help create new personalised discovery engines” which sounded very interesting so a clicking I will go. Once there I started to read this article that was very interesting when as I started to scroll down the screen I saw the familiar MyBlogLog recent readers widget on the sidebar. So I see my mug on there and then right below me was what I would consider to be an internet Icon. It was none other than Mr. Dave Winer himself. Father of RSS among many other accolades and today was named one of the “The 50 Most Important People on the Web“. Clocking in a bit lower than I would have put him at #39 but hey…they had Tila Tequila listed at #50 so their credibility sank like a tank after I saw that.
Today I decided it was time to find another site to host images other than photos. I currently use Flickr for photos and haven’t been happy about diluting my account with screenshots and other non-photo images to display on my site. One of the big reasons I chose Flickr was due to the great WordPress plugins available for it. I currently use FAlbum to create galleries, Flickr Post Bar to insert photos in posts, and use FlickrRSS to display recent photos in my sidebar.
I had considered doing this a while back, and wanted to use Photobucket but couldn’t find plugin support for them or any other site. Today I decided it was time to look again. I started my search and very quickly came upon a story Mashable over at Mashable for a WordPress plugin released from a file hosting service called Divshare. I hadn’t heard of them but since it was exactly what I was looking for I decided to give it a try.
I came across two lists yesterday that although great, they had obviously not taken into account the recent tips written regarding attention grabbing headlines when creating lists. The good news…
If you haven’t already read my post on Lifestream – Could it be the next big thing , then take a look to familiar yourself with the concept. There have been a slew of Startpages that have started to really mature lately. They currently provide the best mashup platform to be used for a Lifestream. I thought it would be a good idea to provide what I believe is currently the quickest and simplest platform independent system to allow for someone to create a Lifestream they could share with others.
(Update: I have created Lifestreamblog.com as a resource for information moving forward)
I had already started pondering how we use so many sites on the web that stored information helping define who we are prior to writing “10 Web Widgets to Share Interests on Your Site“. That post goes into the concept of sharing information to provide insight to others and ourselves, but just adding web widgets and badges from sites isn’t a very elegant way to present the information and doesn’t offer much flexibility. I was already starting to plan the creation of a page that would provide this content in a clean fashion using RSS feeds.
So many of the sites I visit today offer cool tools, API’s and feeds to allow you to display the personal content you generate on them to your own site. The sites and tools I am focusing on here are those that collect information about personal interests that help define who you are. After coming across so many of these sites that offer external feeds, I began to realize that if you were to aggregate much of this information in one place, you could provide an interesting window for others to look through. So what would be the purpose in doing that? Well, you could either provide a first impression to visitors giving them an idea of who you are, or let friends know what you’ve been up to lately. In either case I will show you several sites and tools available along many different categories that will allow you to add them to your blog or site.