18 February 2005

XML Concept: Enhanced Technorati Tag Tools


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XML Blog Internal Indexing

Internal blog links within a blog


Users would like a system to quickly display links in their own blogs. As it stands, if blog publishers create a link to their own content, there is no simply way to go to the referenced blog to say, “This is on of my blog-entries that has linked here, relates to this content, and you might want to go there to read more updates.”

Currently, the systems typically require blog publishers to go back into their own blog, provide an update-link, and manually make a notation of the internal links.


Internal Indexing Requirements

  • An internal index for each blog
  • A fast way for blog-readers to see which content, XML feeds, and tags related to that specific blog-entry
  • A fast way for blog-publishers to show, “Other blog entries from my blog linking to this blog”


  • Although this feature may be explained away as a unique feature of a particular blog-hosting service, let’s consider the possible applications of this solution to other features.

    Specifically, it would be helpful if there was a system that allowed blog-publishers to have an automatic indexing system within a single blog that allowed readers to quickly find similar content.

    If you recall, NewsGator has a voting-system whereby individual blogs have votes tallied and assigned to an individual blog-entry, not just an overall blog.

    What could be done is apply this NewsGator approach [assigning values, content, and other indexing information to a single blog] more widely.

    Specifically, if readers could go to a single blog-entry had seen other tags related to that content, that would be nice. As it stands, there are options to display other search services for a particular blog. But I would like to see the “related content links” expanded to include similar XML feeds.


    XML Reverse Wiki

    Visually displaying the trace of blog-content


    IBM is working on Wiki-content generations. This is another way of saying, “We have various ways of showing how Wiki content changes over time, and how the versions are changing.”

    What I would like to see is a similar effort applied to individual blogs. I’m sure it’s already going on. But rather than keep it in Academia, I’d like to have these tools to quickly see which content is flowing into which blogs.

    It doesn’t make sense for bloggers to continue to publish content that has already been picked up. At the same time, if there are multiple attempts to publish a single concept [using various methods to communicate], but nothing is catching on; it would be nice to visually see “this is or isn’t working.”

    The reverse-wiki would show the source of ideas. Rather than display the words as the Harvard RSS blog does, it would be nice to have a visual depiction of the links and blog-content analysis.

    Ideally the system would show that the ideas in a particular blog either were or were not having an impact on the blogosphere.

    The reverse-wiki would allow a reverse-look at what links may have been used to support the original idea; and then flow forward from these original links, into other content that also relies on the same links.

    An original link may have great impact, but if it generates a valuable idea that gets buried, this is good information to know.

    Although the storm of good ideas may be overwhelming, blog publishers would like to know that a given idea may have been overcome by events, and that the best thing to do is go back and revisit their original blog-entry and repost the idea when the blogosphere appears to be more receptive to the idea.

    A visual mapping tool like a reverse-wiki would help blog-publishers know their content got buried, and provide a tool to show others that the idea got buried, and that it may be time to revisit the idea, or explore other shades of other blogs that may have only touched on the idea.


    XML Tag Prowler

    Finding tags you never knew about


    Tag prowling is basically an idea of blog-content-analysis. The Tag Prowler would find recurring references, links, and topics not using tags.

    The Tag Prowler would be a system that will inform bloggers of common that that could assist them with event-related information. They would be able to [without knowing about tags] learn of tags, other blogs discussing the event.”

    In short, the Tag Prowler would be an automated tag with technocratic tag-links for each blog.


    XML Tag Thesaurus

    Showcasing similar tags


    One thing I’ve noticed in webpages is that sometimes nonprofits do not necessarily know about blogs or tags. They may spend a lot of time promoting their cause, but have no idea that bloggers may be talking up a storm.

    Further, I’ve also noticed that even when the corporations are getting their word out through their webpages, they may not know about tags, and their web-readers may not know about the blogs discussing the particular issue.

    I’ve thought about this and asked, “How can the XML community seamlessly educate content providers about tags?”

    In other words, rather than XML-evangelists showing up at individual webpages proclaiming the benefits of XML-tags, I thought there could be a seamless, transparent, and automated system that would let readers of webpages know about tags, blogs, and other content related to the original idea on the webpage.

    One option is to have in each blog an individual stack of related RSS feeds. Currently MyStack is tailored to providing content based on blogs. However, just as NewsGator can tailor feedback on an individual blog-entry, I thought it would be useful if MyStacks [or a competing system] had a similar individual-blog-entry-based-system.


    Tag Showcase Requirements

  • Auto-display in blog
  • One location
  • Common feature to blogs
  • Easily added
  • Unique to each blog-content; similar to the NewsGator voting bubbles
  • Display results in a manner that advanced users could tailor
  • Display blogs, content that mention the similar concepts, without necessarily using the same phrases or tags
  • Identify similar content
  • Showcase similar tags
  • Provide links to similar tags, links, XML feeds, and other content


  • Specifically, if we look at the NewsGator voting system, we can record our votes on a particular blog. This data is stored. Ultimately, individual blog-entries [not just blogs as a whole] can compete against other blog-entries for priority in the blogosphere. NewsGator offers XML readers the option to find the most popular blogs and content based on these votes.

    The key concept I want to emphasize is the ability to link voting and feedback information to an individual blog. As it stands, MyStack is geared more toward providing aggregate blog-based information to a single blog-platform.

    What would change under my proposal is that each individual-blog-entry would have a separate MyStack-like-system assigned. At the bottom of each blog [just as we see individual NewsGator voting bubbles], would be a list of MyStack-like XML feeds related to tags, content, and other search engine results.

    The idea of this system is so that new blog-readers [who know nothing about Technorati or tags] would automatically have displayed the neat stuff: Tags, other blogs, trackbacks, and recommended similar XML feeds from the search engines.

    This is a push-based system that would be automated. Rather than require readers to know about MyStack or Technorati, it would be nice if the system was simple a seamless addition to a blogging platform.


    Suggested Brainstorming Questions


    The System would answer the following questions:

    What could be done to alert non-tag users of the tag system and valuable content that may be linked, highlighted and on display with the tagging system?

    How could the tag-indexing-listing system be improved to find blog content that is similar, related, not tagged, but could be tagged?

    How get web uses unknown to each other and unaware of tags, to learn of new pages, search results, and blog content to [a] find relevant content; [b] automatically index their content with tags; and [c] allow them to become aware of other sources of information?

    How can we provide a seamless mechanism for beginners to find content?

    How can we create a mechanism so that novel content is found? When I say novel content, I mean content that is novel for the user; the blogosphere may know about it, but the current systems rely on a person pointing out the solution. Why not automate it? We have spell checkers that provide similar terms; and also a thesaurus…why not have an XML Tag Thesaurus?

    How can we showcase blog content that is not using tags; has creative ideas; uses novel terms?

    How can we provide a reward system for novelty?


    Right now, the system only gives a valid link if you use the correct tag. But who decides which tag is correct; why not have a system that recognizes all tags as being similar and auto-links-tags to similar tags.


    XML Auto Blogger

    Automatic indexing of non-tagged blog content


    One approach to the above question is to focus on a system I call auto-blogging. Some blog publishers may not like to get spammed with notices of how they should be displaying content.

    Auto-blogging is a method to promote tags among those who do not know about tags or Technorati. It integrates with Tag Prowler.

    Auto blogging could be a dedicated Technorati blog that showcases new tags of blogs which are related, but not using tags, and are not connected.

    This auto-blogger would hunt down similar content and blog the blog-link-trackbacks in the auto-blogger. The auto blogger would include a common tag.

    Ideally, when users pinged, or did a simple search, they could have showcased in their blog-publishing-tool a Microsoft-like-Office Assistant alerting them of similar content-tags that are currently blogging on the same subject.

    Rather than guess what terms and tags other bloggers are using [assuming the bloggers know about tags], the system would highlight both the similar terms, tags, and other referencing mechanisms.

    Perhaps the system could automatically include the links in the content, with the option for blog-publishers to deselect or not include this automatic-suggesting within their own blog.


    XML Game

    Showcasing kewl web-XML features


    This blogging and XML stuff can get interesting. There are indexes how to read about this stuff.

    What I’d like to see are some web-based games that show case these concepts for new and young users.

    Just as we have flash-based drawings in Dreamweaver and wonderful pictures, I’d like to see a transition from text-based-XML to something that involves more pictures. This is not to say that XML needs to dumb down.

    Rather, if the XML community would like to attract new users, the ideal market is to look at young users.

    One way is to create a game with flashy images, quick moving content, and a system that will show the fun-kewl side of XML.

    I’m talking about a game that will showcase all the neatest things about XML and get young people excited about things. It needs to be colorful and show case the neat web things and features.

    One thing surfers like is the idea of finding new things. And XML can bring all the neat things faster. The trick, is to make the “idea of exploration we get with surfing” brought into the game so that the game is one of discovery.

    I’m not talking about trying to make an X-Box or Arcade-like game, but it could be. Rather that focus on XML concepts, it would be nice if there was some sort of adventure game where the user goes along some interesting maze and they just happen to come across interesting XML-related features that just happen to showcase interesting features of the game.

    The idea would be to use the game as a means to each new people about XML, and showcase the interesting stuff about XML and webpages.

    What are some of these “new concepts”? Take a look at my blog, type in XML Concepts and take your pick. The products don’t have to be 100%, but they can be in development.

    Take the RSS2HTML. It’s not perfect, but it shows that skins can be added to XML feeds.

    Rather than make it hit or miss, it would be nice if there was a mechanism to automatically inject these neat things into the game. Users would get the joy of discovering new things that they get with surfing, without the wait.


    XML Student Records

    Common data structures for seamless school transfers


    One challenge in supporting people who are homeless is school records: They get lost, students leave mid-term, or there are problems with classes not integrating well.

    A homeless student could be just as smart as their peers, but the problem turns into an administrative hurdle.

    One solution is to have a common XML-format for school records. This would allow quick transfers, and fast updates.

    The system wouldn’t necessarily just support homeless students. Rather, the idea would be to have systems that can integrate content, just as aggregators can display content from different providers.

    I’d like to see common formats that are both secure and readable in any school district. I’d like to see a seamless flow of information with cross-platform access.


    XML One Stop

    Cross platform integration


    One thing I’ve noticed using del.icio.us is that the searching isn’t all that clear. There may be a capability to search in del.icio.us, but I’m not finding it.

    But then I got to thinking, wouldn’t it be neat if all the XML-related support tools had common protocols so that I could seamlessly search across tags, blogs, photos, pings, aggregators?

    Right now, it’s kind of hit or miss. It all depends on content providers pinging the service. It would be nice if there was an active system which hunted down new content.

    But why stop there. It would be nice if all the blogs, bookmarking systems [Flir, del.ici.ous], and tagging systems [Flickr, Technorati, del.icio.us] had a cross-platform integration system with the aggregators.

    The all-in-one would also integrate with the site submission lists used for both FeedMesh and Ping-O-Matic, plus the content burners like FeedBurner.

    NewsGator does have a cross-platform support system. But it’s not all in one. Users have to choose from a list of services to search. Why not have it seamless, all in one, and simply say this is the list of content we are searching.


    XML Chat Phone

    Two Way Podcasting


    Two Way Podcasting. Ever heard of it? I’ve looked all over, and have found nothing that matches two way podcasting. I can’t believe I’m the only one using this term.

    That’s the point. There should be a way to find out what the other people are using.

    I’m looking for something that says one podcaster is transmitting; and a listener is also transmitting. In short, they use the overlap between their two podcasts as a two-way communication system.

    I don’t think this is a new idea. The point is: The terms I’m using aren’t being used elsewhere; but there should be a fast way to have the XML related products highlight similar terms, and provide me with links, content, and tags to the stuff other bloggers, content providers, and blogosphere is using.

    Oh, and if nobody is actually doing two-way podcasting, well you read it here first.

    Because the next step is then to allow multiple podcast-listeners get connected in a geometric shape [like a circle], and they can all listen and talk to each other using their individual podcasting systems.



    XML Spell Check

    XML Lexicon included in spell checkers


    I realize that XML products are just coming on line. But Microsoft does have something to do with XML: MSN Spaces, and Moreover.

    So, I’d like industry to start submitting their generic names into the spell checkers.

    For example, I’d like to see all spell checkers recognize unusual XML-related names like: Blog, blogs, blogging, blogosphere, Flickr, del.icio.us, NewsGator, Technorati, MyStack, aggregator, PingOMatic, webpages, trackback, podcast, podcasting etc.

    I’d also like the system to both recognize attempts at these XML-related names, and have embedded into the spell checker suggestions to the correct term. I don’t want to have to do this myself. Thanks.

    If you have an XML-term that belongs in the spell checker, start tagging your blogs with those terms. Use xmlspellcheck as your tag. BTW, the tag prowling system should be able to know XML Spell Check is the same as xmlspellcheck.

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    XML Blog Internal Indexing

    Internal blog links within a blog


    Users would like a system to quickly display links in their own blogs. As it stands, if blog publishers create a link to their own content, there is no simply way to go to the referenced blog to say, “This is on of my blog-entries that has linked here, relates to this content, and you might want to go there to read more updates.”

    Currently, the systems typically require blog publishers to go back into their own blog, provide an update-link, and manually make a notation of the internal links.


    Internal Indexing Requirements

  • An internal index for each blog
  • A fast way for blog-readers to see which content, XML feeds, and tags related to that specific blog-entry
  • A fast way for blog-publishers to show, “Other blog entries from my blog linking to this blog”


  • Although this feature may be explained away as a unique feature of a particular blog-hosting service, let’s consider the possible applications of this solution to other features.

    Specifically, it would be helpful if there was a system that allowed blog-publishers to have an automatic indexing system within a single blog that allowed readers to quickly find similar content.

    If you recall, NewsGator has a voting-system whereby individual blogs have votes tallied and assigned to an individual blog-entry, not just an overall blog.

    What could be done is apply this NewsGator approach [assigning values, content, and other indexing information to a single blog] more widely.

    Specifically, if readers could go to a single blog-entry had seen other tags related to that content, that would be nice. As it stands, there are options to display other search services for a particular blog. But I would like to see the “related content links” expanded to include similar XML feeds.


    XML Reverse Wiki

    Visually displaying the trace of blog-content


    IBM is working on Wiki-content generations. This is another way of saying, “We have various ways of showing how Wiki content changes over time, and how the versions are changing.”

    What I would like to see is a similar effort applied to individual blogs. I’m sure it’s already going on. But rather than keep it in Academia, I’d like to have these tools to quickly see which content is flowing into which blogs.

    It doesn’t make sense for bloggers to continue to publish content that has already been picked up. At the same time, if there are multiple attempts to publish a single concept [using various methods to communicate], but nothing is catching on; it would be nice to visually see “this is or isn’t working.”

    The reverse-wiki would show the source of ideas. Rather than display the words as the Harvard RSS blog does, it would be nice to have a visual depiction of the links and blog-content analysis.

    Ideally the system would show that the ideas in a particular blog either were or were not having an impact on the blogosphere.

    The reverse-wiki would allow a reverse-look at what links may have been used to support the original idea; and then flow forward from these original links, into other content that also relies on the same links.

    An original link may have great impact, but if it generates a valuable idea that gets buried, this is good information to know.

    Although the storm of good ideas may be overwhelming, blog publishers would like to know that a given idea may have been overcome by events, and that the best thing to do is go back and revisit their original blog-entry and repost the idea when the blogosphere appears to be more receptive to the idea.

    A visual mapping tool like a reverse-wiki would help blog-publishers know their content got buried, and provide a tool to show others that the idea got buried, and that it may be time to revisit the idea, or explore other shades of other blogs that may have only touched on the idea.


    XML Tag Prowler

    Finding tags you never knew about


    Tag prowling is basically an idea of blog-content-analysis. The Tag Prowler would find recurring references, links, and topics not using tags.

    The Tag Prowler would be a system that will inform bloggers of common that that could assist them with event-related information. They would be able to [without knowing about tags] learn of tags, other blogs discussing the event.”

    In short, the Tag Prowler would be an automated tag with technocratic tag-links for each blog.


    XML Tag Thesaurus

    Showcasing similar tags


    One thing I’ve noticed in webpages is that sometimes nonprofits do not necessarily know about blogs or tags. They may spend a lot of time promoting their cause, but have no idea that bloggers may be talking up a storm.

    Further, I’ve also noticed that even when the corporations are getting their word out through their webpages, they may not know about tags, and their web-readers may not know about the blogs discussing the particular issue.

    I’ve thought about this and asked, “How can the XML community seamlessly educate content providers about tags?”

    In other words, rather than XML-evangelists showing up at individual webpages proclaiming the benefits of XML-tags, I thought there could be a seamless, transparent, and automated system that would let readers of webpages know about tags, blogs, and other content related to the original idea on the webpage.

    One option is to have in each blog an individual stack of related RSS feeds. Currently MyStack is tailored to providing content based on blogs. However, just as NewsGator can tailor feedback on an individual blog-entry, I thought it would be useful if MyStacks [or a competing system] had a similar individual-blog-entry-based-system.


    Tag Showcase Requirements

  • Auto-display in blog
  • One location
  • Common feature to blogs
  • Easily added
  • Unique to each blog-content; similar to the NewsGator voting bubbles
  • Display results in a manner that advanced users could tailor
  • Display blogs, content that mention the similar concepts, without necessarily using the same phrases or tags
  • Identify similar content
  • Showcase similar tags
  • Provide links to similar tags, links, XML feeds, and other content


  • Specifically, if we look at the NewsGator voting system, we can record our votes on a particular blog. This data is stored. Ultimately, individual blog-entries [not just blogs as a whole] can compete against other blog-entries for priority in the blogosphere. NewsGator offers XML readers the option to find the most popular blogs and content based on these votes.

    The key concept I want to emphasize is the ability to link voting and feedback information to an individual blog. As it stands, MyStack is geared more toward providing aggregate blog-based information to a single blog-platform.

    What would change under my proposal is that each individual-blog-entry would have a separate MyStack-like-system assigned. At the bottom of each blog [just as we see individual NewsGator voting bubbles], would be a list of MyStack-like XML feeds related to tags, content, and other search engine results.

    The idea of this system is so that new blog-readers [who know nothing about Technorati or tags] would automatically have displayed the neat stuff: Tags, other blogs, trackbacks, and recommended similar XML feeds from the search engines.

    This is a push-based system that would be automated. Rather than require readers to know about MyStack or Technorati, it would be nice if the system was simple a seamless addition to a blogging platform.


    Suggested Brainstorming Questions


    The System would answer the following questions:

    What could be done to alert non-tag users of the tag system and valuable content that may be linked, highlighted and on display with the tagging system?

    How could the tag-indexing-listing system be improved to find blog content that is similar, related, not tagged, but could be tagged?

    How get web uses unknown to each other and unaware of tags, to learn of new pages, search results, and blog content to [a] find relevant content; [b] automatically index their content with tags; and [c] allow them to become aware of other sources of information?

    How can we provide a seamless mechanism for beginners to find content?

    How can we create a mechanism so that novel content is found? When I say novel content, I mean content that is novel for the user; the blogosphere may know about it, but the current systems rely on a person pointing out the solution. Why not automate it? We have spell checkers that provide similar terms; and also a thesaurus…why not have an XML Tag Thesaurus?

    How can we showcase blog content that is not using tags; has creative ideas; uses novel terms?

    How can we provide a reward system for novelty?


    Right now, the system only gives a valid link if you use the correct tag. But who decides which tag is correct; why not have a system that recognizes all tags as being similar and auto-links-tags to similar tags.


    XML Auto Blogger

    Automatic indexing of non-tagged blog content


    One approach to the above question is to focus on a system I call auto-blogging. Some blog publishers may not like to get spammed with notices of how they should be displaying content.

    Auto-blogging is a method to promote tags among those who do not know about tags or Technorati. It integrates with Tag Prowler.

    Auto blogging could be a dedicated Technorati blog that showcases new tags of blogs which are related, but not using tags, and are not connected.

    This auto-blogger would hunt down similar content and blog the blog-link-trackbacks in the auto-blogger. The auto blogger would include a common tag.

    Ideally, when users pinged, or did a simple search, they could have showcased in their blog-publishing-tool a Microsoft-like-Office Assistant alerting them of similar content-tags that are currently blogging on the same subject.

    Rather than guess what terms and tags other bloggers are using [assuming the bloggers know about tags], the system would highlight both the similar terms, tags, and other referencing mechanisms.

    Perhaps the system could automatically include the links in the content, with the option for blog-publishers to deselect or not include this automatic-suggesting within their own blog.


    XML Game

    Showcasing kewl web-XML features


    This blogging and XML stuff can get interesting. There are indexes how to read about this stuff.

    What I’d like to see are some web-based games that show case these concepts for new and young users.

    Just as we have flash-based drawings in Dreamweaver and wonderful pictures, I’d like to see a transition from text-based-XML to something that involves more pictures. This is not to say that XML needs to dumb down.

    Rather, if the XML community would like to attract new users, the ideal market is to look at young users.

    One way is to create a game with flashy images, quick moving content, and a system that will show the fun-kewl side of XML.

    I’m talking about a game that will showcase all the neatest things about XML and get young people excited about things. It needs to be colorful and show case the neat web things and features.

    One thing surfers like is the idea of finding new things. And XML can bring all the neat things faster. The trick, is to make the “idea of exploration we get with surfing” brought into the game so that the game is one of discovery.

    I’m not talking about trying to make an X-Box or Arcade-like game, but it could be. Rather that focus on XML concepts, it would be nice if there was some sort of adventure game where the user goes along some interesting maze and they just happen to come across interesting XML-related features that just happen to showcase interesting features of the game.

    The idea would be to use the game as a means to each new people about XML, and showcase the interesting stuff about XML and webpages.

    What are some of these “new concepts”? Take a look at my blog, type in XML Concepts and take your pick. The products don’t have to be 100%, but they can be in development.

    Take the RSS2HTML. It’s not perfect, but it shows that skins can be added to XML feeds.

    Rather than make it hit or miss, it would be nice if there was a mechanism to automatically inject these neat things into the game. Users would get the joy of discovering new things that they get with surfing, without the wait.


    XML Student Records

    Common data structures for seamless school transfers


    One challenge in supporting people who are homeless is school records: They get lost, students leave mid-term, or there are problems with classes not integrating well.

    A homeless student could be just as smart as their peers, but the problem turns into an administrative hurdle.

    One solution is to have a common XML-format for school records. This would allow quick transfers, and fast updates.

    The system wouldn’t necessarily just support homeless students. Rather, the idea would be to have systems that can integrate content, just as aggregators can display content from different providers.

    I’d like to see common formats that are both secure and readable in any school district. I’d like to see a seamless flow of information with cross-platform access.


    XML One Stop

    Cross platform integration


    One thing I’ve noticed using del.icio.us is that the searching isn’t all that clear. There may be a capability to search in del.icio.us, but I’m not finding it.

    But then I got to thinking, wouldn’t it be neat if all the XML-related support tools had common protocols so that I could seamlessly search across tags, blogs, photos, pings, aggregators?

    Right now, it’s kind of hit or miss. It all depends on content providers pinging the service. It would be nice if there was an active system which hunted down new content.

    But why stop there. It would be nice if all the blogs, bookmarking systems [Flir, del.ici.ous], and tagging systems [Flickr, Technorati, del.icio.us] had a cross-platform integration system with the aggregators.

    The all-in-one would also integrate with the site submission lists used for both FeedMesh and Ping-O-Matic, plus the content burners like FeedBurner.

    NewsGator does have a cross-platform support system. But it’s not all in one. Users have to choose from a list of services to search. Why not have it seamless, all in one, and simply say this is the list of content we are searching.


    XML Chat Phone

    Two Way Podcasting


    Two Way Podcasting. Ever heard of it? I’ve looked all over, and have found nothing that matches two way podcasting. I can’t believe I’m the only one using this term.

    That’s the point. There should be a way to find out what the other people are using.

    I’m looking for something that says one podcaster is transmitting; and a listener is also transmitting. In short, they use the overlap between their two podcasts as a two-way communication system.

    I don’t think this is a new idea. The point is: The terms I’m using aren’t being used elsewhere; but there should be a fast way to have the XML related products highlight similar terms, and provide me with links, content, and tags to the stuff other bloggers, content providers, and blogosphere is using.

    Oh, and if nobody is actually doing two-way podcasting, well you read it here first.

    Because the next step is then to allow multiple podcast-listeners get connected in a geometric shape [like a circle], and they can all listen and talk to each other using their individual podcasting systems.



    XML Spell Check

    XML Lexicon included in spell checkers


    I realize that XML products are just coming on line. But Microsoft does have something to do with XML: MSN Spaces, and Moreover.

    So, I’d like industry to start submitting their generic names into the spell checkers.

    For example, I’d like to see all spell checkers recognize unusual XML-related names like: Blog, blogs, blogging, blogosphere, Flickr, del.icio.us, NewsGator, Technorati, MyStack, aggregator, PingOMatic, webpages, trackback, podcast, podcasting etc.

    I’d also like the system to both recognize attempts at these XML-related names, and have embedded into the spell checker suggestions to the correct term. I don’t want to have to do this myself. Thanks.

    If you have an XML-term that belongs in the spell checker, start tagging your blogs with those terms. Use xmlspellcheck as your tag. BTW, the tag prowling system should be able to know XML Spell Check is the same as xmlspellcheck.
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    XML FeedMesh Updates

    Update times based on content changes, not elapsed time


    FeedMesh and PingOMatic would be enhanced if they shifted from a time-based update to a content-based update system. Users would like to have option to update blogs quickly, providing FeedMesh and Ping-O-Matic multiple blog-entries in rapid succession.

    Current services typically require users to ping for each blog update. However, in cases where blogs have short entries, users could wait longer to ping the service that it takes to generate a blog entry.

    Users would like to use tags to share specific, short, and detailed comments on specific ideas. However, with the wait required to update, the current service is driving users to make long blog-entries.

    Readers do not want to read long-blog-entries. However, Ping-O-Matic is driving blog publishers to wait longer that it takes to generate a single blog.


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    XML Blog Internal Indexing

    Internal blog links within a blog


    Users would like a system to quickly display links in their own blogs. As it stands, if blog publishers create a link to their own content, there is no simply way to go to the referenced blog to say, “This is on of my blog-entries that has linked here, relates to this content, and you might want to go there to read more updates.”

    Currently, the systems typically require blog publishers to go back into their own blog, provide an update-link, and manually make a notation of the internal links.


    Internal Indexing Requirements

  • An internal index for each blog
  • A fast way for blog-readers to see which content, XML feeds, and tags related to that specific blog-entry
  • A fast way for blog-publishers to show, “Other blog entries from my blog linking to this blog”


  • Although this feature may be explained away as a unique feature of a particular blog-hosting service, let’s consider the possible applications of this solution to other features.

    Specifically, it would be helpful if there was a system that allowed blog-publishers to have an automatic indexing system within a single blog that allowed readers to quickly find similar content.

    If you recall, NewsGator has a voting-system whereby individual blogs have votes tallied and assigned to an individual blog-entry, not just an overall blog.

    What could be done is apply this NewsGator approach [assigning values, content, and other indexing information to a single blog] more widely.

    Specifically, if readers could go to a single blog-entry had seen other tags related to that content, that would be nice. As it stands, there are options to display other search services for a particular blog. But I would like to see the “related content links” expanded to include similar XML feeds.


    XML Reverse Wiki

    Visually displaying the trace of blog-content


    IBM is working on Wiki-content generations. This is another way of saying, “We have various ways of showing how Wiki content changes over time, and how the versions are changing.”

    What I would like to see is a similar effort applied to individual blogs. I’m sure it’s already going on. But rather than keep it in Academia, I’d like to have these tools to quickly see which content is flowing into which blogs.

    It doesn’t make sense for bloggers to continue to publish content that has already been picked up. At the same time, if there are multiple attempts to publish a single concept [using various methods to communicate], but nothing is catching on; it would be nice to visually see “this is or isn’t working.”

    The reverse-wiki would show the source of ideas. Rather than display the words as the Harvard RSS blog does, it would be nice to have a visual depiction of the links and blog-content analysis.

    Ideally the system would show that the ideas in a particular blog either were or were not having an impact on the blogosphere.

    The reverse-wiki would allow a reverse-look at what links may have been used to support the original idea; and then flow forward from these original links, into other content that also relies on the same links.

    An original link may have great impact, but if it generates a valuable idea that gets buried, this is good information to know.

    Although the storm of good ideas may be overwhelming, blog publishers would like to know that a given idea may have been overcome by events, and that the best thing to do is go back and revisit their original blog-entry and repost the idea when the blogosphere appears to be more receptive to the idea.

    A visual mapping tool like a reverse-wiki would help blog-publishers know their content got buried, and provide a tool to show others that the idea got buried, and that it may be time to revisit the idea, or explore other shades of other blogs that may have only touched on the idea.


    XML Tag Prowler

    Finding tags you never knew about


    Tag prowling is basically an idea of blog-content-analysis. The Tag Prowler would find recurring references, links, and topics not using tags.

    The Tag Prowler would be a system that will inform bloggers of common that that could assist them with event-related information. They would be able to [without knowing about tags] learn of tags, other blogs discussing the event.”

    In short, the Tag Prowler would be an automated tag with technocratic tag-links for each blog.


    XML Tag Thesaurus

    Showcasing similar tags


    One thing I’ve noticed in webpages is that sometimes nonprofits do not necessarily know about blogs or tags. They may spend a lot of time promoting their cause, but have no idea that bloggers may be talking up a storm.

    Further, I’ve also noticed that even when the corporations are getting their word out through their webpages, they may not know about tags, and their web-readers may not know about the blogs discussing the particular issue.

    I’ve thought about this and asked, “How can the XML community seamlessly educate content providers about tags?”

    In other words, rather than XML-evangelists showing up at individual webpages proclaiming the benefits of XML-tags, I thought there could be a seamless, transparent, and automated system that would let readers of webpages know about tags, blogs, and other content related to the original idea on the webpage.

    One option is to have in each blog an individual stack of related RSS feeds. Currently MyStack is tailored to providing content based on blogs. However, just as NewsGator can tailor feedback on an individual blog-entry, I thought it would be useful if MyStacks [or a competing system] had a similar individual-blog-entry-based-system.


    Tag Showcase Requirements

  • Auto-display in blog
  • One location
  • Common feature to blogs
  • Easily added
  • Unique to each blog-content; similar to the NewsGator voting bubbles
  • Display results in a manner that advanced users could tailor
  • Display blogs, content that mention the similar concepts, without necessarily using the same phrases or tags
  • Identify similar content
  • Showcase similar tags
  • Provide links to similar tags, links, XML feeds, and other content


  • Specifically, if we look at the NewsGator voting system, we can record our votes on a particular blog. This data is stored. Ultimately, individual blog-entries [not just blogs as a whole] can compete against other blog-entries for priority in the blogosphere. NewsGator offers XML readers the option to find the most popular blogs and content based on these votes.

    The key concept I want to emphasize is the ability to link voting and feedback information to an individual blog. As it stands, MyStack is geared more toward providing aggregate blog-based information to a single blog-platform.

    What would change under my proposal is that each individual-blog-entry would have a separate MyStack-like-system assigned. At the bottom of each blog [just as we see individual NewsGator voting bubbles], would be a list of MyStack-like XML feeds related to tags, content, and other search engine results.

    The idea of this system is so that new blog-readers [who know nothing about Technorati or tags] would automatically have displayed the neat stuff: Tags, other blogs, trackbacks, and recommended similar XML feeds from the search engines.

    This is a push-based system that would be automated. Rather than require readers to know about MyStack or Technorati, it would be nice if the system was simple a seamless addition to a blogging platform.


    Suggested Brainstorming Questions


    The System would answer the following questions:

    What could be done to alert non-tag users of the tag system and valuable content that may be linked, highlighted and on display with the tagging system?

    How could the tag-indexing-listing system be improved to find blog content that is similar, related, not tagged, but could be tagged?

    How get web uses unknown to each other and unaware of tags, to learn of new pages, search results, and blog content to [a] find relevant content; [b] automatically index their content with tags; and [c] allow them to become aware of other sources of information?

    How can we provide a seamless mechanism for beginners to find content?

    How can we create a mechanism so that novel content is found? When I say novel content, I mean content that is novel for the user; the blogosphere may know about it, but the current systems rely on a person pointing out the solution. Why not automate it? We have spell checkers that provide similar terms; and also a thesaurus…why not have an XML Tag Thesaurus?

    How can we showcase blog content that is not using tags; has creative ideas; uses novel terms?

    How can we provide a reward system for novelty?


    Right now, the system only gives a valid link if you use the correct tag. But who decides which tag is correct; why not have a system that recognizes all tags as being similar and auto-links-tags to similar tags.


    XML Auto Blogger

    Automatic indexing of non-tagged blog content


    One approach to the above question is to focus on a system I call auto-blogging. Some blog publishers may not like to get spammed with notices of how they should be displaying content.

    Auto-blogging is a method to promote tags among those who do not know about tags or Technorati. It integrates with Tag Prowler.

    Auto blogging could be a dedicated Technorati blog that showcases new tags of blogs which are related, but not using tags, and are not connected.

    This auto-blogger would hunt down similar content and blog the blog-link-trackbacks in the auto-blogger. The auto blogger would include a common tag.

    Ideally, when users pinged, or did a simple search, they could have showcased in their blog-publishing-tool a Microsoft-like-Office Assistant alerting them of similar content-tags that are currently blogging on the same subject.

    Rather than guess what terms and tags other bloggers are using [assuming the bloggers know about tags], the system would highlight both the similar terms, tags, and other referencing mechanisms.

    Perhaps the system could automatically include the links in the content, with the option for blog-publishers to deselect or not include this automatic-suggesting within their own blog.


    XML Game

    Showcasing kewl web-XML features


    This blogging and XML stuff can get interesting. There are indexes how to read about this stuff.

    What I’d like to see are some web-based games that show case these concepts for new and young users.

    Just as we have flash-based drawings in Dreamweaver and wonderful pictures, I’d like to see a transition from text-based-XML to something that involves more pictures. This is not to say that XML needs to dumb down.

    Rather, if the XML community would like to attract new users, the ideal market is to look at young users.

    One way is to create a game with flashy images, quick moving content, and a system that will show the fun-kewl side of XML.

    I’m talking about a game that will showcase all the neatest things about XML and get young people excited about things. It needs to be colorful and show case the neat web things and features.

    One thing surfers like is the idea of finding new things. And XML can bring all the neat things faster. The trick, is to make the “idea of exploration we get with surfing” brought into the game so that the game is one of discovery.

    I’m not talking about trying to make an X-Box or Arcade-like game, but it could be. Rather that focus on XML concepts, it would be nice if there was some sort of adventure game where the user goes along some interesting maze and they just happen to come across interesting XML-related features that just happen to showcase interesting features of the game.

    The idea would be to use the game as a means to each new people about XML, and showcase the interesting stuff about XML and webpages.

    What are some of these “new concepts”? Take a look at my blog, type in XML Concepts and take your pick. The products don’t have to be 100%, but they can be in development.

    Take the RSS2HTML. It’s not perfect, but it shows that skins can be added to XML feeds.

    Rather than make it hit or miss, it would be nice if there was a mechanism to automatically inject these neat things into the game. Users would get the joy of discovering new things that they get with surfing, without the wait.


    XML Student Records

    Common data structures for seamless school transfers


    One challenge in supporting people who are homeless is school records: They get lost, students leave mid-term, or there are problems with classes not integrating well.

    A homeless student could be just as smart as their peers, but the problem turns into an administrative hurdle.

    One solution is to have a common XML-format for school records. This would allow quick transfers, and fast updates.

    The system wouldn’t necessarily just support homeless students. Rather, the idea would be to have systems that can integrate content, just as aggregators can display content from different providers.

    I’d like to see common formats that are both secure and readable in any school district. I’d like to see a seamless flow of information with cross-platform access.


    XML One Stop

    Cross platform integration


    One thing I’ve noticed using del.icio.us is that the searching isn’t all that clear. There may be a capability to search in del.icio.us, but I’m not finding it.

    But then I got to thinking, wouldn’t it be neat if all the XML-related support tools had common protocols so that I could seamlessly search across tags, blogs, photos, pings, aggregators?

    Right now, it’s kind of hit or miss. It all depends on content providers pinging the service. It would be nice if there was an active system which hunted down new content.

    But why stop there. It would be nice if all the blogs, bookmarking systems [Flir, del.ici.ous], and tagging systems [Flickr, Technorati, del.icio.us] had a cross-platform integration system with the aggregators.

    The all-in-one would also integrate with the site submission lists used for both FeedMesh and Ping-O-Matic, plus the content burners like FeedBurner.

    NewsGator does have a cross-platform support system. But it’s not all in one. Users have to choose from a list of services to search. Why not have it seamless, all in one, and simply say this is the list of content we are searching.


    XML Chat Phone

    Two Way Podcasting


    Two Way Podcasting. Ever heard of it? I’ve looked all over, and have found nothing that matches two way podcasting. I can’t believe I’m the only one using this term.

    That’s the point. There should be a way to find out what the other people are using.

    I’m looking for something that says one podcaster is transmitting; and a listener is also transmitting. In short, they use the overlap between their two podcasts as a two-way communication system.

    I don’t think this is a new idea. The point is: The terms I’m using aren’t being used elsewhere; but there should be a fast way to have the XML related products highlight similar terms, and provide me with links, content, and tags to the stuff other bloggers, content providers, and blogosphere is using.

    Oh, and if nobody is actually doing two-way podcasting, well you read it here first.

    Because the next step is then to allow multiple podcast-listeners get connected in a geometric shape [like a circle], and they can all listen and talk to each other using their individual podcasting systems.



    XML Spell Check

    XML Lexicon included in spell checkers


    I realize that XML products are just coming on line. But Microsoft does have something to do with XML: MSN Spaces, and Moreover.

    So, I’d like industry to start submitting their generic names into the spell checkers.

    For example, I’d like to see all spell checkers recognize unusual XML-related names like: Blog, blogs, blogging, blogosphere, Flickr, del.icio.us, NewsGator, Technorati, MyStack, aggregator, PingOMatic, webpages, trackback, podcast, podcasting etc.

    I’d also like the system to both recognize attempts at these XML-related names, and have embedded into the spell checker suggestions to the correct term. I don’t want to have to do this myself. Thanks.

    If you have an XML-term that belongs in the spell checker, start tagging your blogs with those terms. Use xmlspellcheck as your tag. BTW, the tag prowling system should be able to know XML Spell Check is the same as xmlspellcheck.

    XML FeedMesh Updates

    Update times based on content changes, not elapsed time


    FeedMesh and PingOMatic would be enhanced if they shifted from a time-based update to a content-based update system. Users would like to have option to update blogs quickly, providing FeedMesh and Ping-O-Matic multiple blog-entries in rapid succession.

    Current services typically require users to ping for each blog update. However, in cases where blogs have short entries, users could wait longer to ping the service that it takes to generate a blog entry.

    Users would like to use tags to share specific, short, and detailed comments on specific ideas. However, with the wait required to update, the current service is driving users to make long blog-entries.

    Readers do not want to read long-blog-entries. However, Ping-O-Matic is driving blog publishers to wait longer that it takes to generate a single blog.


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    Link to and cite as .

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.



    XML Blog Internal Indexing

    Internal blog links within a blog


    Users would like a system to quickly display links in their own blogs. As it stands, if blog publishers create a link to their own content, there is no simply way to go to the referenced blog to say, “This is on of my blog-entries that has linked here, relates to this content, and you might want to go there to read more updates.”

    Currently, the systems typically require blog publishers to go back into their own blog, provide an update-link, and manually make a notation of the internal links.


    Internal Indexing Requirements

  • An internal index for each blog
  • A fast way for blog-readers to see which content, XML feeds, and tags related to that specific blog-entry
  • A fast way for blog-publishers to show, “Other blog entries from my blog linking to this blog”


  • Although this feature may be explained away as a unique feature of a particular blog-hosting service, let’s consider the possible applications of this solution to other features.

    Specifically, it would be helpful if there was a system that allowed blog-publishers to have an automatic indexing system within a single blog that allowed readers to quickly find similar content.

    If you recall, NewsGator has a voting-system whereby individual blogs have votes tallied and assigned to an individual blog-entry, not just an overall blog.

    What could be done is apply this NewsGator approach [assigning values, content, and other indexing information to a single blog] more widely.

    Specifically, if readers could go to a single blog-entry had seen other tags related to that content, that would be nice. As it stands, there are options to display other search services for a particular blog. But I would like to see the “related content links” expanded to include similar XML feeds.


    XML Reverse Wiki

    Visually displaying the trace of blog-content


    IBM is working on Wiki-content generations. This is another way of saying, “We have various ways of showing how Wiki content changes over time, and how the versions are changing.”

    What I would like to see is a similar effort applied to individual blogs. I’m sure it’s already going on. But rather than keep it in Academia, I’d like to have these tools to quickly see which content is flowing into which blogs.

    It doesn’t make sense for bloggers to continue to publish content that has already been picked up. At the same time, if there are multiple attempts to publish a single concept [using various methods to communicate], but nothing is catching on; it would be nice to visually see “this is or isn’t working.”

    The reverse-wiki would show the source of ideas. Rather than display the words as the Harvard RSS blog does, it would be nice to have a visual depiction of the links and blog-content analysis.

    Ideally the system would show that the ideas in a particular blog either were or were not having an impact on the blogosphere.

    The reverse-wiki would allow a reverse-look at what links may have been used to support the original idea; and then flow forward from these original links, into other content that also relies on the same links.

    An original link may have great impact, but if it generates a valuable idea that gets buried, this is good information to know.

    Although the storm of good ideas may be overwhelming, blog publishers would like to know that a given idea may have been overcome by events, and that the best thing to do is go back and revisit their original blog-entry and repost the idea when the blogosphere appears to be more receptive to the idea.

    A visual mapping tool like a reverse-wiki would help blog-publishers know their content got buried, and provide a tool to show others that the idea got buried, and that it may be time to revisit the idea, or explore other shades of other blogs that may have only touched on the idea.


    XML Tag Prowler

    Finding tags you never knew about


    Tag prowling is basically an idea of blog-content-analysis. The Tag Prowler would find recurring references, links, and topics not using tags.

    The Tag Prowler would be a system that will inform bloggers of common that that could assist them with event-related information. They would be able to [without knowing about tags] learn of tags, other blogs discussing the event.”

    In short, the Tag Prowler would be an automated tag with technocratic tag-links for each blog.


    XML Tag Thesaurus

    Showcasing similar tags


    One thing I’ve noticed in webpages is that sometimes nonprofits do not necessarily know about blogs or tags. They may spend a lot of time promoting their cause, but have no idea that bloggers may be talking up a storm.

    Further, I’ve also noticed that even when the corporations are getting their word out through their webpages, they may not know about tags, and their web-readers may not know about the blogs discussing the particular issue.

    I’ve thought about this and asked, “How can the XML community seamlessly educate content providers about tags?”

    In other words, rather than XML-evangelists showing up at individual webpages proclaiming the benefits of XML-tags, I thought there could be a seamless, transparent, and automated system that would let readers of webpages know about tags, blogs, and other content related to the original idea on the webpage.

    One option is to have in each blog an individual stack of related RSS feeds. Currently MyStack is tailored to providing content based on blogs. However, just as NewsGator can tailor feedback on an individual blog-entry, I thought it would be useful if MyStacks [or a competing system] had a similar individual-blog-entry-based-system.


    Tag Showcase Requirements

  • Auto-display in blog
  • One location
  • Common feature to blogs
  • Easily added
  • Unique to each blog-content; similar to the NewsGator voting bubbles
  • Display results in a manner that advanced users could tailor
  • Display blogs, content that mention the similar concepts, without necessarily using the same phrases or tags
  • Identify similar content
  • Showcase similar tags
  • Provide links to similar tags, links, XML feeds, and other content


  • Specifically, if we look at the NewsGator voting system, we can record our votes on a particular blog. This data is stored. Ultimately, individual blog-entries [not just blogs as a whole] can compete against other blog-entries for priority in the blogosphere. NewsGator offers XML readers the option to find the most popular blogs and content based on these votes.

    The key concept I want to emphasize is the ability to link voting and feedback information to an individual blog. As it stands, MyStack is geared more toward providing aggregate blog-based information to a single blog-platform.

    What would change under my proposal is that each individual-blog-entry would have a separate MyStack-like-system assigned. At the bottom of each blog [just as we see individual NewsGator voting bubbles], would be a list of MyStack-like XML feeds related to tags, content, and other search engine results.

    The idea of this system is so that new blog-readers [who know nothing about Technorati or tags] would automatically have displayed the neat stuff: Tags, other blogs, trackbacks, and recommended similar XML feeds from the search engines.

    This is a push-based system that would be automated. Rather than require readers to know about MyStack or Technorati, it would be nice if the system was simple a seamless addition to a blogging platform.


    Suggested Brainstorming Questions


    The System would answer the following questions:

    What could be done to alert non-tag users of the tag system and valuable content that may be linked, highlighted and on display with the tagging system?

    How could the tag-indexing-listing system be improved to find blog content that is similar, related, not tagged, but could be tagged?

    How get web uses unknown to each other and unaware of tags, to learn of new pages, search results, and blog content to [a] find relevant content; [b] automatically index their content with tags; and [c] allow them to become aware of other sources of information?

    How can we provide a seamless mechanism for beginners to find content?

    How can we create a mechanism so that novel content is found? When I say novel content, I mean content that is novel for the user; the blogosphere may know about it, but the current systems rely on a person pointing out the solution. Why not automate it? We have spell checkers that provide similar terms; and also a thesaurus…why not have an XML Tag Thesaurus?

    How can we showcase blog content that is not using tags; has creative ideas; uses novel terms?

    How can we provide a reward system for novelty?


    Right now, the system only gives a valid link if you use the correct tag. But who decides which tag is correct; why not have a system that recognizes all tags as being similar and auto-links-tags to similar tags.


    XML Auto Blogger

    Automatic indexing of non-tagged blog content


    One approach to the above question is to focus on a system I call auto-blogging. Some blog publishers may not like to get spammed with notices of how they should be displaying content.

    Auto-blogging is a method to promote tags among those who do not know about tags or Technorati. It integrates with Tag Prowler.

    Auto blogging could be a dedicated Technorati blog that showcases new tags of blogs which are related, but not using tags, and are not connected.

    This auto-blogger would hunt down similar content and blog the blog-link-trackbacks in the auto-blogger. The auto blogger would include a common tag.

    Ideally, when users pinged, or did a simple search, they could have showcased in their blog-publishing-tool a Microsoft-like-Office Assistant alerting them of similar content-tags that are currently blogging on the same subject.

    Rather than guess what terms and tags other bloggers are using [assuming the bloggers know about tags], the system would highlight both the similar terms, tags, and other referencing mechanisms.

    Perhaps the system could automatically include the links in the content, with the option for blog-publishers to deselect or not include this automatic-suggesting within their own blog.


    XML Game

    Showcasing kewl web-XML features


    This blogging and XML stuff can get interesting. There are indexes how to read about this stuff.

    What I’d like to see are some web-based games that show case these concepts for new and young users.

    Just as we have flash-based drawings in Dreamweaver and wonderful pictures, I’d like to see a transition from text-based-XML to something that involves more pictures. This is not to say that XML needs to dumb down.

    Rather, if the XML community would like to attract new users, the ideal market is to look at young users.

    One way is to create a game with flashy images, quick moving content, and a system that will show the fun-kewl side of XML.

    I’m talking about a game that will showcase all the neatest things about XML and get young people excited about things. It needs to be colorful and show case the neat web things and features.

    One thing surfers like is the idea of finding new things. And XML can bring all the neat things faster. The trick, is to make the “idea of exploration we get with surfing” brought into the game so that the game is one of discovery.

    I’m not talking about trying to make an X-Box or Arcade-like game, but it could be. Rather that focus on XML concepts, it would be nice if there was some sort of adventure game where the user goes along some interesting maze and they just happen to come across interesting XML-related features that just happen to showcase interesting features of the game.

    The idea would be to use the game as a means to each new people about XML, and showcase the interesting stuff about XML and webpages.

    What are some of these “new concepts”? Take a look at my blog, type in XML Concepts and take your pick. The products don’t have to be 100%, but they can be in development.

    Take the RSS2HTML. It’s not perfect, but it shows that skins can be added to XML feeds.

    Rather than make it hit or miss, it would be nice if there was a mechanism to automatically inject these neat things into the game. Users would get the joy of discovering new things that they get with surfing, without the wait.


    XML Student Records

    Common data structures for seamless school transfers


    One challenge in supporting people who are homeless is school records: They get lost, students leave mid-term, or there are problems with classes not integrating well.

    A homeless student could be just as smart as their peers, but the problem turns into an administrative hurdle.

    One solution is to have a common XML-format for school records. This would allow quick transfers, and fast updates.

    The system wouldn’t necessarily just support homeless students. Rather, the idea would be to have systems that can integrate content, just as aggregators can display content from different providers.

    I’d like to see common formats that are both secure and readable in any school district. I’d like to see a seamless flow of information with cross-platform access.


    XML One Stop

    Cross platform integration


    One thing I’ve noticed using del.icio.us is that the searching isn’t all that clear. There may be a capability to search in del.icio.us, but I’m not finding it.

    But then I got to thinking, wouldn’t it be neat if all the XML-related support tools had common protocols so that I could seamlessly search across tags, blogs, photos, pings, aggregators?

    Right now, it’s kind of hit or miss. It all depends on content providers pinging the service. It would be nice if there was an active system which hunted down new content.

    But why stop there. It would be nice if all the blogs, bookmarking systems [Flir, del.ici.ous], and tagging systems [Flickr, Technorati, del.icio.us] had a cross-platform integration system with the aggregators.

    The all-in-one would also integrate with the site submission lists used for both FeedMesh and Ping-O-Matic, plus the content burners like FeedBurner.

    NewsGator does have a cross-platform support system. But it’s not all in one. Users have to choose from a list of services to search. Why not have it seamless, all in one, and simply say this is the list of content we are searching.


    XML Chat Phone

    Two Way Podcasting


    Two Way Podcasting. Ever heard of it? I’ve looked all over, and have found nothing that matches two way podcasting. I can’t believe I’m the only one using this term.

    That’s the point. There should be a way to find out what the other people are using.

    I’m looking for something that says one podcaster is transmitting; and a listener is also transmitting. In short, they use the overlap between their two podcasts as a two-way communication system.

    I don’t think this is a new idea. The point is: The terms I’m using aren’t being used elsewhere; but there should be a fast way to have the XML related products highlight similar terms, and provide me with links, content, and tags to the stuff other bloggers, content providers, and blogosphere is using.

    Oh, and if nobody is actually doing two-way podcasting, well you read it here first.

    Because the next step is then to allow multiple podcast-listeners get connected in a geometric shape [like a circle], and they can all listen and talk to each other using their individual podcasting systems.



    XML Spell Check

    XML Lexicon included in spell checkers


    I realize that XML products are just coming on line. But Microsoft does have something to do with XML: MSN Spaces, and Moreover.

    So, I’d like industry to start submitting their generic names into the spell checkers.

    For example, I’d like to see all spell checkers recognize unusual XML-related names like: Blog, blogs, blogging, blogosphere, Flickr, del.icio.us, NewsGator, Technorati, MyStack, aggregator, PingOMatic, webpages, trackback, podcast, podcasting etc.

    I’d also like the system to both recognize attempts at these XML-related names, and have embedded into the spell checker suggestions to the correct term. I don’t want to have to do this myself. Thanks.

    If you have an XML-term that belongs in the spell checker, start tagging your blogs with those terms. Use xmlspellcheck as your tag. BTW, the tag prowling system should be able to know XML Spell Check is the same as xmlspellcheck.
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