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Playing on the Web...2.0 ;)

Blummy - Firefox bookmarklet management tool that is loved by the Web 2.0 geek. It allows you to put many bookmarks into an expandable box that opens up when you click on it.

For example, the Link Harvester blummlet (code shown below, please ignore the line breaks I added for formatting) looks like:


and would run Link Harvester on whatever page you are viewing.

A regular bookmarklet for it would look like (again, ignore the formatting line breaks):

javascript:location = '' + escape(location);

Here is a list of a wide variety of Mozilla bookmarlets, including character count and word frequency bookmarklets.

I was reading some Dive Into Greasemonkey today...good stuff. I just wish I knew a bit more about XPath and Javascript Firefox strategies.

It will probably take me at least a few days before I could make anything cool. I may try though, and if not I could always bug Mike, and maybe Platypus is more my mode :)

A Greasemonkey Hacks book was recently released. Greasemonkey is cool stuff, not just because DaveN says so, but also because you can do things like number search results and import data right into Google search results.

Here is a cool free video maker. I made one today, though it takes forever to upload and sounds like I am eating the mic. I will probably upload it tomorrowish.

I have been far too textual, and think I need to start looking more at trying to learn programming languages, audio, and visual stuff :)

I got to chat for a while with one of the guys from Validome, and they sure do some cool stuff over there.

For those wondering how this post is in any way relevant to search, you can tell a good bit about how competitive a field may be by seeing how many of the top ranked results are annotated.

Google Web Accelerator 2.0...Shadier than Ever

The Google Web Accelerator is back with a vengeance

In version 1.0, web masters at least had a fighting chance as the GWA identified its requests with a "X-moz: prefetch" header (as prescribed by Mozilla). Sure, everyone in the world had to change their web applications to fit Google's vision of a perfect world, but at least they could.

Not so for version 2.0 of this virus. It ships with a brand new mutation: The header is gone! There's now no way to identify a pre-fetch from a regular request, which means that it's no longer possible to block the GWA.

David at 37 Signals said it only took 2 minutes after his post for Google to remove the tool, but the download page just worked for me.

Evil. Evil. Evil. etc

Links to a Wide Variety of Good Articles

at least 1 or 2 links snagged from John

You Can't Share too Much...

Stuntdubl on doing SEO research:

What I’ve found at the top of search results in most industries is someone who decided to share what they knew. A lot of the time they unintentionally became an expert in the process by sharing that information.

I think it is the missing key in most failing online business models.

If you had every competitive research tool in the world at your disposal you still would need to find ways to make people want to link at you in a profitable manner. Some can no doubt be bought, but that only scales up to a certain point in certain industries.

You do not have to compete on scale or in terms of money if you are more willing to give than the competition is. The best kind of marketing is the stuff you get for free, and the best way to get that is to give away a bunch in a variety of formats, early and often.

Many of times giving stuff away will be an absolute loss liter failure, but you still learn from it, and in aggregate, over time, you will stumble upon a few things that work and spread.

The best products, companies, and/or people don't always win, but you can dramatically increase the chances of creating a sustainable business model if you are unafraid to put stuff out there and see how the market reacts.

My first client hired me before I knew I was selling any sort of service. :) He found an unformatted site that was like a personal notes journal about search and liked it. I was so wet behind the ears he is lucky I got his site to rank, but it made him thousands of dollars and made me feel helpful :)

A couple years ago I knew almost nothing about the web or marketing, and a couple days ago I appreciated that I sorta became a bit of an accidental expert when I was talking to a well known book publisher and speaking about SEO at a marketing MBA class.

My Lawyer Filed a Motion for Summary Judgement in the Anti Free Speech vs Blogger Case

Recently my lawyer filed a motion for summary judgement in the Traffic Power vs Seo case.

Ariel Stern, my lawyer, also spoke with Max Spilka, who told him that Traffic Power recently switched lawyers.

One wonders why they would switch lawyers so late in the case if they had a real case. Even if they aim to waste bundles of cash I think they well know truth is not on their side.

I hope other bloggers find the paperwork from my case useful. :)

Primitive Search Technology

Spam Google - just the noise

[added: Some people ask how can I tell a quality link from a low quality link, etc. In general, most of the pages in the Spam Google database would be great examples of low quality pages.]

Political Strife on the Google Map

Apparently, in spite of being recognised by only 26 states in the world, Taiwan wants Google to fix it's status on Google Maps:

Taiwan's government has asked Web search company Google Inc. to stop calling the self-ruled island a "province of China" on its Google Maps service, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

With Google setting up shop in China you can bet that request will fall on deaf ears.

Philadelphia Chooses Earthlink for City Wi-Fi Service

Free WiFi equals targeted ads and user data. Philadelphia chose Earthlink [sub req], a company which recently called Google's free Wi-Fi in San Francisco unsustainable. From the Philadelphia article:

In the Philadelphia program, the high-speed service will be available for free in parks and other public places. To get wireless broadband at home, low-income families in the city will be charged $10 a month, while all other households will be charged $20 a month.

Interesting to see the web causing a real world landgrab.

Eventually I predict that these services will not only be wide spread & free, but that web service providers will be willing to pay large cities for the privilege of being able to be their exclusive Wi-Fi partner. It all ends up as a game of margins. With Google's huge advertiser base and cheap computer cycles I wouldn't be placing too many bets elsewhere.

On This Day in Interweb

I just wanted to use InterWeb in a title, even though some of this stuff is not from today :)