April 3rd, 2009
We’ve been playing with coding up a URL shortener at Flickr this week. A URL shortener that only shortens Flickr URLs. (and right now only shortens URLs to photo pages)
Amazingly enough, this stodgiest of all conversations is a hot topic this week, with joshua’s url shorteners considered harmful post acting as something of a catalyst. Though the slick looking working on DiggBar has to be on folks mind.
Meanwhile I was curious if there a proposed rel=”alternate” syntax floating around for sites that run their own URL shortener?. I thought Dave posted one as part of his call for sites to run their owner shorteners, but I can’t find any evidence that this is correct memory.
Kevin Marks suggested rel=”canonical” and when I said that was the opposite of what I wanted replied rev=”canonical” is by definition the opposite of rel=”canonical”, but in practice people don’t grok rev. I had never heard of “link rev”, but lose the idea of marking up pages with their canonical opposites. But is that correct?
Les Orchard suggested the probably more practical rel=”shorter-alternative”, with Jon Williams refining to “rel=”shorter alternative” because IIRC rel values are like CSS classes“.
All of this implicitly based on the Mark’s work on RSS auto-discovery.
I realize this probably reads like a blow by blow description of watching paint dry.
But I’d like to pretend we’ve got some momentum here, maybe we could solve all the world’s problems my dinner time. (or at least auto-discovering url shortening problems)
update 2009/4/6: And I’ve published my rev=”canonical” URL shortening service
Photo by chmurka, just because.
March 29th, 2007
Leonard asked if there is any emerging technology at ETech.
Mike Chambers Apollo talk was surprisingly compelling. He said all the right things about HTML/Ajax as part of the core stack with access to native API, collaboration with the community, openness, development methodology (fired up Text Wrangler, and whipped up an example using the free command line compiler).
Given my total failure to get excited and effective with XUL, this is intriguing me. And it’s emerging. (though the keynote on Apollo was significantly less compelling, companies send your geeks to talk! and cut it out with the lame “women as non-technie” examples)
Marc and Brad’s talk on “Super Ninja Privacy Techniques” was on one-way hashes which is ancient (in computer terms), but the privacy wall techniques they’re both implementing and educating around are beautifully simple, and pressingly important as we move more of our lives into not only online tools, but social tools, niche tools, a plurality of tools. (and frankly tools built by our friends to manage our most private data)
Matt Webb makes you yearn for a better future to emerge. Don’t miss his talks if you have a chance, ever. Hilights: lost luggage charms, aggregators for your decisions – (RSSi), cameras as widget platform.
And in the halls both Tony’s and Matt’s new apps are not emerging tech per se, but comforting testaments that perhaps we, as a community, are finally starting to get good at building social software, and that the future for those small, social, niche, plurality of tools b
October 25th, 2006
Jeff has been rolling out the APIs at Newscloud, 51 and counting with code samples, and documentation. Everything you need to remix your own community collaborative news “vertical” (in valleyspeak), Digg-a-like, or simply progressive news aggregator.
A whole pack of the crew from Anyday/Palm just shipped Helium, newest entry in the paid writers community space, built on a slick Rails backend. But really, get better stock photos if you want to give the “made of people” feel. (see Flickr: Creative Commons)
And Blaine has soft launched Jabber integration for Twitter. Also a stream oriented XML webservice. (did I just repeat myself?)
April 12th, 2006
Leonard’s recent post, More than a Stopgap got me thinking about my original goals for re-launching this site. Similarly I was wanting to experiment with ways to expose, and explore the 4 years and 3319 entries that compose this site.
4 years ago Monday, we had just moved out of our apartment in SF having moved to the city at the worst possible time to try to find jobs, Jasmine was back East lining up a design job in Boston, and I had just gotten back from a walk on one of my beloved Santa Cruz beaches, and decided that writing about it would make a good first blog entry.)
Some of the work on adding tags (and tag combos), and related entries (see middle-right column when viewing an entry) was an initial attempt, as was the Zeitgeist-esque archives page. But I never really was able to take it as far as I wanted. Why?
- Insufficient time to implement grandiose schemes
- Changes I made were invisible to aggregators, and therefore most
people have never seem them
- No one else is as interested in my old content as I am
But I still thinks it’s an interesting an unsolved problem. Google is not always the best entry point to the world’s knowledge, chronologically new-new-new is perhaps not the best way to tell our personal stories.
From the Archives
Just found a post calling for a repository of community patterns from April 2002 similar to Clay’s Moderation Strategies.
February 7th, 2006
So this year I’m finally going to make it to SxSW (Interactive). I’ve been meaning to go for years, but I’ve always been busy, out of the country, or going to ETech.
So does anyone have advice on where to say, where to go, who to meet up with? Anyone looking for a roomie?