Monthly Archives July 2005

folksonomy, and people’s classification management 101

I think I was reading something about keywords, or tagging, when i first came across the term folksonomy. It looked familiar to me, like i had learned about it in school or something. I have an anthropology degree from back in the day, and terms like these were always being thrown around. Yet when i tried to construct a definition of folksonomy, i found that i only had a vague idea of what it was all about. So naturally, the next step was to look it up on wikipedia.

The first line went something like this: “Folksonomy is a neologism for a practice of collaborative categorization using freely chosen keywords.”

Not a good start. I’m thinking, “great. now i have to look up neologism”. So i did (but i won’t get into it here).

AJAX and the Yahoo Mindset

i’ve seen a lot of search engines.. but why should i bother to use them, why should i bother to visit them even once? everybody knows that Google is the center of the web universe. Right? i guess.. but yesterday i stumbled onto something new. it represented a change in the way we have been [...]

plagiarism, copyright infringement, and piracy – oh my

It seems the spread of plagiarism, copyright infringement, and piracy knows no boundaries. First it was the Record Industry, then the Movie Industry, even the future of books has come into question.

This time, it’s not the musicians, or moviestars, but regular bloggers that are being hit.

Technorati, Flickr, Buzznet, Delicious and Furl

I have been seeing a surge in sites that employ Technorati tags within their anchored text. I believe that will become an even more powerful resource within the next year or so. Last I checked, it was already ranked at 1,796 by Alexa Traffic Rankings.

Back to the Future dot Net: History, Research, and The Internet Archive

Looking for a blast from the past? If you ever wanted to get a snapshot of how the internet once was, then you have got to check out The Wayback Machine developed by an organization that calls themselves The Internet Archive. The Wayback Machine is a search engine that actually lets you visit sites as they appeared in previous years. Their archive goes back as far as 1996, and contains over 100 terabytes (100,000 gigabytes) and 10 billion web pages.

The little list of SEO sites

In an attempt to wade through all the junk sites that pretend to talk about search engine optimization, i’ve started a small list of sites that actually discuss the topic in an intelligent way, contributing something valuable to the debate, and don’t just try to sell you something. I will try to keep this list short, and up to date, so check back occationally.

Blog Directories, Submitting RSS feeds, and RSSEM

RSS Search Engine Marketing (RSSEM) is a term i keep reading about, and many sites are using rss technology to boost their site ranking. Listing rss feeds on these types of sites has the dual benefits of, additional visibility (on the rss directory), and increased inbound links (higher overall site ranking).

Sandbox, Ever-Flux, or the Google Yo-Yo Effect

[ page last updated: Oct. 21, 2005. ] I think TechBlog has just been sandboxed. For those who are not already familiar with this term (and i wasn’t until recently), it refers to a theory that new sites will get indexed by google, ranking quite well at first and then disappear (for months) from the [...]

Styling XML using CSS and XSLT

In order to begin styling XML documents, a basic understanding of CSS and HTML (or XHTML) is recommended, but not required. In fact, today many sites that run on blogging software like Wordpress can generate XML feeds (commonly used with RSS and ATOM readers) automatically, and there are certainly enough tutorials online to get anyone with even a basic understanding of the web started on the path to becoming a designer.

Optimize WordPress for Seach Engines

These are some additional tips i picked up for getting better page rankings from site like google while using wordpress. Basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization) can be found on another post entitled: SEO – 13 Basic Steps.

Web 2.0 – Where are you?

As a follow up to the earlier post entitled AJAX: A Closer Look, i decided to dig deeper into this new technique and the trends in web design / programming that appear to be emerging. The term Web 2.0 is commonly used to refer to a new generation of web applications and systems.

SEO – 13 Basic Steps

Here are some does and don’t regarding SEO, including ways of improving a site’s rankings on search engines like google.

Note: This is a summary of the advice provided by, the complete list can be found by visiting their site.