Meandering through the online social networks

Yesterday and today, I continued to check to see if my access to the MyBlogLog API Beta had come through. I am hoping it will be soon and that I’ll get some time to experiment with the API. As I checked around I found Kent Brewster’s post about the MyBlogLog API

His post includes a script that takes advantage of the API to show Recent Visitors, with Tags and Social Sites. I was surprised when I first visited the site that for my profile, it said “No social sites found. If this is you, go add some now!”

So, I followed the link and looked at page where MyBlogLog users can identify the other social networking services they use. Their list had something like thirty-five different social networking services and I was only on about three quarters of them.

One of the services they list is Wink. I had tried wink before and it hadn’t worked very well. I stopped by yesterday and it was working a bit better. Wink lists something like fifty-two different social networking services. I wish I could just import those that I’ve already identified on MyBlogLog and then go out and start adding the rest.

Wink is still acting a little strange. It is supposed to have ‘activity’ but it doesn’t seem to find any activity from my sites. I was pleased to see that Wink tags links with the xfn tag rel=" me". This would make it easier for other sites to grab the information and related it. MyBlogLog does not use that, nor does Spock.

So, now, I’m juggling my lists of websites between MyBlogLog, which I’ve always liked for the community aspects, Wink, which seems pretty powerful and full featured, but just hasn’t worked well for me, and Spock, which I really like due to the emergent flexibility.

With all of that, I’m tossing in my MyBlogLog About Me widget in this post. Will I get around to adding it on the side of my blog? Will I use some script built using their API, or just roll my own? We’ll see.

Fighting Poverty and AIDS in Africa

Fighting Poverty and AIDS in Africa, originally uploaded by Aldon.

Hope: The Second Marathon Fundraiser Art Sale and Music Festival

Fighting Poverty and AIDS in Africa
January 10 and 20, 2008
9 am SLT to 10 pm SLT

When I stopped in Eliz Watanabe was singing her mix of love songs and country music. Already, over L$ 62,000 has been raised. Later, I stopped by and naphtali Hawks was doing a great reggae set and the donations were approaching L$ 100,000

Hopefully, the word will spread any many people will be able to attend.

One problem, the place is packed and people have been crashing trying to get into the Sim. They are looking at options to get more people in one way or another.

Stop by, Africa (52,220,23).

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Media and Democracy

So, the candidates are "whining about the media", according to CNN's Jack Cafferty and he asks, "Is it the news media’s job to keep all the candidates happy?"

Sounds a little defensive to me, sort of like Cain responding to the Lord about the location of Able after Cain had murdered him, "Am I my brother's keeper?"

So, I left my comment there. We'll see if it makes it out of moderation.

To the extent that the media is a corporate entity, its responsibility is to maximize shareholder value by reporting what is titillating and entertaining. To the extent that it is the fourth estate and crucial to a successful government, it has a responsibility to educate and inform.

It seems as if too much of media is focus on the titillating and entertaining, on the horse race aspect of politics, the mudslinging and playing gotcha.

So, perhaps the question shouldn’t be, “Is it the news media’s job to keep all the candidates happy?” Perhaps the question for everyone who calls themselves a journalist should be, which do you love more, your paymaster or your country.

Unfortunately, I see too little love of country.

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SLNN Reporters Notebook – 1/18/2008

My recent article about businesses seeking clarity from Linden Lab has brought about a raft of reactions. There is a small group of people, primarily people who lost money in banks that are complaining and objecting to banks in Second Life. There is another small group of people who have profited from banks in Second Life, or who believe that banking contributes to the Second Life economy that are arguing in favor of banks in Second Life.

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Social Media Developments

It has been a good couple of days for geeks. First, I got an email from Matt at Spock. Recently, my wife disappeared from Spock. I sent a few emails asking what had happened and Matt responded that in the early days of Spock, they would create search results for people based on information from people’s address books. However, the data in the address books end up not being very good, so they stopped the practice. Then, they started cleaning out those entries. Apparently, Kim was one of the few people loaded from an address book that then went in, set up an account, and added data. Since she was loaded initially from an address book, they deleted her, and I was disappointed to find that my profile no longer listed my wife. The have restored her userid. We put in a bunch of new data and everything seems fine.

One of the criticisms of Spock early on, was that people joined Spock simply to get rid of bad data about them. Hopefully with the cleanup completed, people will join Spock as a means of organizing and presenting good information about themselves.

Then, I got an email from MyBlogLog. Their API has entered a limited invite-only beta. I’m busy trying to finagle an invitation. I did a bunch of extracting MyBlogLog data early on and build some interesting graphs of social networks. The new API looks like it may provide a lot of interesting opportunities to mash up different social networks and see how everything inter-relates. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Next, I saw a Twitter message that the Yahoo Developers Network now supports OpenID 2.0. So, now I can tie my MyBlogLog development together with OpenID.

For those a little less geeky, I got a message on Facebook about the Newstrust blog. Tish Grier is doing community development for them. It will be great to see that community grow.

So, lots of fund new stuff for geeks, if I can only find some time to be geeky.

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