Blog posts tagged "local"
Lot of really interesting stuff about identifying a brand’s core value and putting it into practice. But also a phenomenal laundry for a problem that has stumped a lot of us, how to make a local news site succeed. Including:
Anthropomorphize our existing technology into the roboblogger. This was a brilliant idea from one of our lead engineers. It simultaneously solves three problems:
No more confusion.
- Booting up a new city — you need posting activity to draw the first editors. The roboblogger would give us that. But he is shy and gets out of the way if humans show up and take over a page.
- If the community editors go on vacation, the roboblogger can step back in and take over while they’re gone.
- People know when a robot is editing the page vs. a human. His profile icon is a picture of a little tin-can robot. His handle is ‘roboblogger’.
A project has to already have value to draw a valuable volunteer base, this is the classic and yet fundamentally hard problem with boot strapping all local sites. But as soon as you have volunteers your contract with them is to rain attention and love down upon their contributions.
roboblogger is a really neat hack to handle the delicate balance of a site’s lifecycle and mix community and data mining techniques in social software. Looking forward to watching it play out.
Jabber is an intriguing platform to build on top of, and the more I play with it the more potential I find. I keep checking in on it every few years (since MetaEvents days), but recently its gotten much more interesting. In part thats Google’s adoption of the standard (and the subsequent enhancement in tools, libraries, and clients), and partially standards bake slowly, but at the core of it I think we’re reaching a point in the evolution of the Web where Internet-scale deployed messaging standards have a lot to offer of us. A protocol for when HTTP fails you.
If you follow these bots, you’ll receive those updates wherever you normally get your Twitters; IM, Phone, RSS, or just on the web. So far, we have bots for the following cities: Boston, Brighton, Chicago, Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, and Vancouver. If you’d like to see another city, just ask and we’ll provide.
Slightly out of date source available at twitter-weather – Google Code
And taking requests for new cities. Probably do a big batch of new ones sometime next week. (not really an automated process)
Photo by bonsaikiptb
September 19, 2006⇒ Cafe La Taza.
Given the availability of world class coffee in SF, its funny how many mornings I end up getting the morning fix here.0. (Aside cafe, coffee, local, sanfrancisco, sf)
August 28, 2006⇒ Upcoming.org: News: Undiscovered Events, Flickr Integration, and More.
And an awesome new release from Upcoming0. (Aside flickr, geo, local, upcoming)
- a feed of my reviews allows me to re-purpose the content I create (No RSS, No Content Creation],
- a feed of my (as yet non-existent) network’s reviews
- feeds contain the full content of my review (again my content, I created it, give it to me)
- rich feeds; they use the geo namespace to embed lat/long
- Both RSS and Atom 1.0 feeds
A minor nit. These are feeds of reviews, not feeds of places, so it makes sense that the rating is included in the title of the entry, but I’d still like to see the rating and location’s name presented in separate structured elements as well (say for example I want to syndicate my reviews locally, and display a graphic of the stars)
Also per category feeds might be useful.
I make a point of subscribing to a smattering of regional blogs wherever I might be living. Got any New York favorites?
December 5, 2005⇒ “Verizon Considers Sale, Spin – Off of Directory Business” (NYT).
Be a hell of way for one of plethora “me to”, local business sites to distinguish itself.0. (Aside business, local, nyt, verizon, web2.0)
November 14, 2005⇒ Wicked Wiki: A Boston Wiki with a JP Bias.
Nice.0. (Aside boston, collaboration, jp, local, travel, wiki)
August 31, 2005⇒ Burritoeater.com.
Sort of a wifimug for taquerias0. (Aside community, local, sanfran)