Monday, December 27, 2004 :::
Moving Wondir Land
Wondir Land is moving here.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 5:41 PM
Sunday, December 26, 2004 ::: RSS IM
This is worth checking out. Looks like Jabber is merging instant messaging with RSS syndication. Very cool.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 5:03 PM
Thursday, December 16, 2004 ::: Visions of Aestia: Dumb RDF and Smart RDF
This is a great explanation of RDF fundamentals. I have a feeling that we'll be hearing as much about RDF in the coming years as we are about RSS now (not to pretend that the two are distinct, as they overlap considerably, as the above post discusses.)
::: posted by Allen Searls at 5:14 PM
Monday, December 13, 2004 ::: MSNBC - The Alpha Bloggers
::: posted by Allen Searls at 2:00 PM
Sunday, December 05, 2004 ::: Marc's Voice: The difference bewteen signing up and using a SNS
The important line for me in Marc's post is: "What can I do with this social network besides meet people?" This is why Wondir has a place in the SN space. We can give those networks something to do with each other-- Live Q&A in particular.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 1:16 PM
Marc�s got Huminity - The Social Software Weblog - socialsoftware.weblogsinc.com
Huminity is a site I need to try. If I understand correctly, this is is the first instantation of social network chat. By this I mean chatting with your n-degree organic social network, not with a category of users (ie Yahoo chat).
::: posted by Allen Searls at 1:12 PM
Charlene Li's Blog: MSN Spaces will make blogs communication tools
I couldn't agree more. Soon people will start to post units of communication, rather than one-way opinion/diary/commentary posts to their blogs, and people will respond faster. Blogging will become an IM broadcast, each post an "instant message in a bottle," that anyone interested can respond to.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 1:05 PM
apophenia: end of email era in Korea
::: posted by Allen Searls at 12:54 PM
Friday, December 03, 2004 :::
ActiveWords: the Silver Bullet of Desktop-Apps
Had the pleasure of meeting with Buzz Bruggeman, the man behind ActiveWords, at a Redmond Tully's yesterday. Great guy. I really believe in his idea, have been a big fan for quite some time and use ActiveWords on my desktop relentlessly. Probably saves me several hours a day. I never use my Favorites folder anymore (or many of the features I used to depend on before ActiveWords) for that matter. It's the only new application I've tried this year that I can't live without.
In a word, ActiveWords is the ultimate shortcut to wherever you want to go, whatever you want to do. For example, whenever I want to go check the stats at Wondir, which is central to my job, I simply enter the letter "a" then double-space. It doesn't matter where I type it, whether I'm in Word, email, a browser or even if I have no applications open at all. ActiveWords just "listens" to what I'm typing wherever I am and knows what to do. In the above example, my computer launches the browser and brings me to the URL for the admin at Wondir, where the stats are. Usually this process would take me quite a while, but with ActiveWords it takes me a split-second and bam, it's done.
All of this hinges on the fact that ActiveWords gives my computer a new "ear" to listen to me and a new "eye" to see what I'm saying. In the above example, my computer suddenly knows where to go b/c I've told ActiveWords what "a" means to me. It knows that whenever I type "a" then double-space that I want to go the admin URL for Wondir. It also knows that when I type "sc" then double-space that I want to go to Scottrade.com. It even knows that when I type "pa" then double-space that I want to paste the the standard Wondir partnership proposal piece into a document (a piece of text that is several hundred words long).
So ActiveWords gets me to any destination, or initiates any task, that I want it to, skipping all of the busy-work steps in between. It's the ultimate macro, except without the pain in the ass associated with macros. To create a shortcut, you simple type "add" and double-space and it opens a window that walks you through the steps. Takes about ten seconds, generally, at the most, to create a new shortcut.
The same goes for all sorts of other things that used to take me a long time and now take no time at all. I can't imagine not using ActiveWords, and I predict that this shortcut-system, whether ActiveWords' version or another's, will become an indispensible, standard component of everyone's on and offline experience in the not-so-far future. At the extreme, a resourceful user of ActiveWords could eventually bypass the need for the mouse and GUI altogether.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 2:59 PM
Sunday, November 28, 2004 ::: Wondir and Abuzz?
It's true that Wondir and Abuzz are not altogether different. Yet their differences far outweigh their similarities. You had to be a member to ask and answer at Abuzz, as far as I'm aware. At Wondir, you don't need to sign up. You just show up at Wondir.com and type your question into a big box, just as if you were using AskJeeves or Google. That's it. Seconds later you may be getting instant message responses from other people out there that have answers to your question. You don't even have to choose a category or an expert etc to send your question to. It's all taken care of for you. The web-based instant messaging feature and high-speed question board reduce response times to minutes, sometimes seconds. Yes, there have been hundreds of Q&A sites to date, and they're all different from one another, but despite their differences, in the end, they're still much more similar to one other than they are to Wondir, the black (or actually green) sheep of the bunch.
::: posted by Allen Searls at 1:41 PM