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some days ago, in the posting “ – love at 3rd sight” i outed myself as a fan of tagging as a means of content classification on the web, on my desktop or anywhere else.

meanwhile russ beattie has considered the idea of creating “tagopedia“, a wikipedia-like meta-site where all tags used on the web could terminate. (the link is broken, russell’s site has been hacked recently. i hope he puts the content back up again soon. update: back online again.) martin roell then commented in an email to me that the good old ODP could serve that purpose as well, he pointed me to his FOAF profile, where he uses ODP links as landing pages for “interests”. however i doubt that would work very well. ODP is a hierarchical model that will conflict with tags in many cases. also despite being huge it’s certainly too limited to mirror all tags i might want to use. so i do think we’ll need something like tagopedia.

annotate_google_screenshot (3k image)another idea on tags i just stumbled across is the (planned) firefox-extension “annotate google“. author tony chang, who works at google and loves, wanted to combine google and in a way that every google result page is being enhanced by tags, wherever applicable. very cool!! (and it uses XMLHttpRequest.) that’s exactly what we need. and it reminds me of the times when google still displayed the ODP categories a pages was listed in. (anyone else still misses them, too?)

i’ve got the strong feeling that tagging will change the way we use the web just as google and RSS did. great times ahead!

ps. in case you ask why i’m still not using the new technorati tags, that’ll have to wait for the next site-redesign, i plan to switch to wordpress.

(annotate google via

botox beim diskonter

January 28, 2005  


botox bei plus / zielpunkt

good intranets are messy

January 27, 2005  

a guy blogs about his first day working at google:

the rest of my day was spent surfing the corporate intranet. this was quite an experience. you’d think that an intranet would typically be organized and very cohesive – after all, it’s the internal network for a single company. however, google has managed to recreate the chaos of the internet on its internal network. fortunately, they’ve applied their search engine to help sort through everything. which begs the question – did the intranet become messy because google had a great search engine to find things anyways? or would intranets naturally become a mess if not for the fear of creating a huge tangled mess with no search tool to help users?

sounds like their intranet does its job. good intranets are flat, organic, bottom-up and searchable (=messy), bad intranets are hierarchical, top-down and rarely used. ok, it’s not that simple mostly but me likes to put it that way, for now :-)

(via webmasterworld)

some weeks ago i wrote about “next generation web applications” making use of XMLHttpRequest. now i just stumbeld across “LiveWiki“, a wiki fully developed with XMLHttpRequest, i.e. the entire site consists of just one single page.

interesting technologically but absolutely useless. as the developer notes himself on the frontpage, the site will be entirely invisible to search engines. also the missing URLs eliminates their function as orientation support, inhibits browser navigation (back/forward button, reload) and content organization (bookmarking, sending page by email, etc.). a true step backward.

macromedia flash and netscape frames are innovative and useful technologies, yet 99% of their uses were creating additional usability and findability-problems due to complete misinterpretation of their advantages and disadvantages.

will the same fate overtake XMLHttpRequest? i shudder to think.

(LiveWiki found via

(or: my struggle to keep track of content on the web.)

ok, hierarchical content classification structures such as folders are so yesterday, especially on the web, we know that. tagging, i.e. applying labels or keywords to an element (e.g. a page or a file) is today’s classification trend. read “folksonomies – cooperative classification and communication through shared metadata” why tagging is especially cool when used in cooperative context.

the concept behind tagging, “faceted classification” is stone-old but has rather been used by librarians than by a broad public. one of the innovators of using the tagging-concept on the web is, a cooperative bookmark-manager. it’s really useful but features a very hard-to-understand interface for first-timers and – which is its biggest flaw in my opinion – doesn’t support quick-retrieval for tags i have used before (unlike the photosharing-platform flickr, to name just one example).

however, my need to store and classify content on the web for later retrieval is big und unsatisfied (i have always ignored browsers’ bookmark features, they are useless). so far i have (ab)used bloglines for that purpose: i have either used its “clippings”- or the recently introduced “mark as new”-feature. it’s a pity bloglines hasn’t (yet?) recognised the power of (cooperative) tags and still uses folders. (while, as i have to admit, they do make sense to manage subscriptions – but not to manage clippings or to share feeds.) let’s mention the name of bloglines-founder mark fletcher at this point, so this post pops up in his personal search-feed, as a piece of feedback ;-)

using bloglines that way has a couple of disadvantages: i only can bookmark content found through bloglines (ok, haven’t really got much time to surf the web or google around, so usually what i don’t find via bloglines i won’t find..), my clippings-folder gets long and unusable (i don’t use the folders-feature of bloglines as i don’t believe in folders – see above) and the “mark as new”-feature slowly ruins bloglines’ value for me, as i gets harder to distinguish “really new” from “marked as new” the more acticles i mark as new. it’s a feature supporting my lazyness – and punishing me for it.

so half a year after registering i finally started to use, and it’s really cool. if you haven’t tried it, do so! the pages you bookmark get stored in chronological order on your (see mine for an example), ordered by the tags you give them. at the same time each tag has a “global” page, i.e. featuring all pages from all users with that tag. see as an example. needless to mention that you can suscribe to other users’ pages or to tags via RSS. very useful to keep track of certain topics, even if it sometimes produces a lot of noise. and bookmarking pages is easy with one of the available bookmarklets.

bottomline: is the answer to my bookmark-problem. i hope it’s flaws (see above) get corrected eventually. (and i still need to transfer my “bookmarks” from bloglines to

ucp becomes qpass

January 25, 2005  

ucpmorgen, the mobile technology company once know as UCP AG and my former employer, has been acquired by QPass and becomes QPass Europe. congratulations to all my former collegues!

getting rid of t-mobile as shareholder will certainly ease business with all other operators and QPass brings an interesting set of products into the marriage.

gerade eben trudelt ein mail von einer aline b. von einem wiener privatradiosender ein. im anhang ein jubel-PDF mit den ergebnissen des jüngsten radiotests, in der adresszeile 1066 personen aus 249 österreichischen unternehmen. danke, aline.

die geschäftsführer, marketingleiter und alles was in österreich rang und namen hat, vom bundeskanzleramt bis BMW, von der raiffeisenlandesbank niederösterreich bis zum rundfunkregulator. die domains im anhang. wenn jemand einen ansprechparter in einer dieser firmen (oder gleich den ganzen verteiler) braucht – macht mir einfach ein angebot ;-)

some days ago i posted some mobile presence use cases. ‘boxes and arrows” today has more:

youre about to call your friend, but when you highlight her name in your address book, you see that shes driving in the city. since its just a social call, you decide to leave her a voicemail instead.

your phone rings while youre in a crowded movie theater. you automatically know the call is urgent; otherwise, your phone would have automatically silenced itself.

youre wandering through the paul klee exhibit at the MOMA, enjoying the audio tourand enjoying the fact that you didnt need to borrow a special audio player; a hidden transmitter next to each painting delivers the content to your phone.

youre out and about, and your phone beeps to tell you theres an open house nearby that meets the requirements you specified through an online real estate service. you dont have time to tour the house, but you do have time to drive by. you stop in front of the for sale sign, which contains a transmitter that delivers detailed information about the house to your phone.

(maybe in english later, is just a recycled email/comment-thread.)

mein kommentar auf “verwunderung über google und weblogsoftwarehersteller ob ‘rel=nofollow’” von martin röll:

100%ige zustimmung. rel=nofollow ist eine begrüßenswerte ergänzung zu den entsprechenden robots-exclusion-maßnahmen (meta, robots.txt). die implementierung zum schutz vor comment-spam ist jedoch schwachsinn.

und doch macht es sinn. page rank hat google dorthin gebracht, wo es jetzt ist. nur musste big G die relevanz von PR im google-algo immer weiter zurückschrauben, da suchmaschinenoptimierer und google-bomber den algo für sich ausnutzten. (ein strategischer fehler war, PR durch die google-toolbar für webmaster sichtbar zu machen anstatt es nur zum ranking zu verwenden.) was google’s vorsprung (zusammen mit der technologischen aufholjagd von yahoo und neuerdings msn) fast auf null schmelzen ließ. mittlerweile haben auch die anderen großen SEs ähnlich ausgefeilte “link popularity”-algorithmen live, und damit das gleiche problem wie google.

2003 und 2004 hat google mehrmals grobe algorithmus-änderungen durchgeführt um dem spam-problem herr zu werden, zum teil mit gegenteiligen effekten und großem aufruhr in der webmaster- und powersearcher-szene. jetzt probiert man es mit einem zusätzlichen searchbot-command. soweit, so legitim. das argument, dass dieser vorschlag nicht vom W3C kommt und daher abzulehnen ist, ist lächerlich. (update: der barrierekompass-weblog hat gute argumente dafür, dass ich da vielleicht falsch liege.)

nur warum software-hersteller hier zum steigbügelhalter der suchmaschinen-qualitätssicherung werden, obwohl sie selbst nur nachteile dadurch haben, ist mir schleierhaft.

martin fragt per email: “hast du eine vermutung?”


wenn die große suchmaschine der kleinen garagenfirma schmeichelt und absehbar große publicity durch den türschlitz lugt, ist’s menschlich, wenn die garagenfirma den gedanken nicht konsequent zu ende denkt.

update 23.01.: mittlerweile wurde die no nofollow-initaitive ins leben gerufen:
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January 19, 2005  

quote of the day:

its one thing to have people looking at your sex tapes, but having people reading your personal e-mails is a real invasion of privacy.

(via joi ito)

Common misspellings: Farnberger, Fahrenberger, Farenberger, Fahnberger, Fahrnleitner, Fahrngruber, Fahrnberg.