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Trackback Response Etiquette

I was recently asked if that was a blogosphere etiquette for responding to trackbacks. I don't profess to be an expert on blog etiquette, but I'll answer anyway. It seems to me there are three ways to respond to a trackback:

  • do so in the comments to the original post on your own site, as my friend who asked the question did
  • do it in the comments of the trackback site
  • create a new post in your site with a trackback to the post that did a trackback to your original post

I actually like the last option. If every blog management software supported trackbacks, and everyone used them, the conversation could be held with minimum redundancy and full two-way traceability; after all, you can trackback to as many other sites from one post as you want. This builds a true "mini-web", "sub-blogosphere" or "pocket universe" [whatever] with all posts on the subject interacting thus creating a true conversation, with each person who participates in the conversation able to retain their "voice" as well as build search engine and meme tracker ranking due to the inter-linking. The disadvantage is that RSS 2 doesn't seem to include trackbacks in a feed, so the conversation is lost to someone who only reads feeds. I guess another disadvantage is that not everyone uses or allows trackbacks.

Tracking and consolidating a conversation is becoming a hot topic in Web2.0 circles, with some companies coming out with tools to do this. [See the techcrunch post on CoComment for an example.]

There is one point of etiquette that is somewhat related. Whenever one refers to, responds to or quotes something else on the web, one should provide full credit for the author/source and a link to that item.

Vonage IPO

Internet-phone company Vonage Holdings has filed to raise up to $250 million in an initial public offering. The company also named Mike Snyder, formerly president of security company ADT, as its new CEO. Founder Jeffrey Citron, who had served as CEO, remains chairman.end quotation
Wall Street Journal, 2006 February 8 Subscription Required

Having watched VoIP through Jeff Pulver's newsletter and, now, blog, since 1994 and through working with Nortel in the late '90's, it is very interesting to see VoIP finally coming of age. We've come a long way from Net2Phone.

The WSJ article points out that Vonage has been growing but not profitable, and that they've already raised 650 Million Dollars in funding. Yes, VoIP is coming of age, but still not taking off yet.

Crackers for Christmas Suck

Crackers planted some nasty software on one of our servers, and were using the dear machine for launching Denial of Service attacks. Of course, they did this whilst the technical brains of our organization were off for the holidays. Clarise, I hope that you're enjoying Australia. :>>

The crackers were apparently from Brazil. The strings from the scripts were in Portuguese. Dont' they know that the Italian farmers and Portuguese fishermen worked together to build the San Mateo coast. What are these idiots doing? :crazy:

Once again, I would like to thank the tech support folk at ServerBeach for helping me with this problem.

Edwin Aoki Tag Spam Fighter

Edwin Aoki of AOL presented at Tag Tuesday. AOL is beginning its fight against Tag Spam or Spag before the problem becomes huge, and Edwin is asking other tag service providers [TSPs?, TaaS?] to join in. Edwin presented a number of interesting ideas, and he was very focused on his topic. I found that Edwin was really addressing the larger topic of tag usability. Many of the ideas and statistics that Edwin presented, not only reflect the idea of Spag, but also the idea of bringing tagging to the mainstream.

If the overuse of fairly generic tags like "Open Source" or "Health and Wellness" has already led to tag pollution, how useful will tags be to the casual user? If such tags are already "polluted" and unusable, will tags become so specific that only a handful of folks will find what they want through tagging?

For example, we met with the folks from Kinetic Networks yesterday, to discuss their open source ETL tool, KETL. I'm still writing the article, but the tags I'm using are "Computers and Internet", "Open Source", "Business Intelligence", Bizgres, ETL, KETL and "Kinetic Networks". Are at least two of those tags too polluted to be useful? Will someone looking for information on an open source ETL tool be able to find articles that are tagged as I tagged this one? Or will these tags only prove useful to someone specifically looking for information about Kinetic Networks and KETL.

Since the power of tagging is the human factor, the developing folksonomies, how will mainstream users, private folksonomies in intranets, and automated tagging suggestions affect this power?

I think that tags must be viewed through unions and intersections of meaning and context if they are ever to be useful to mainstream users in either a business or personal environment. The potential is there, but we need to understand tagging at a far more sophisticated level than current approaches allow.

Silicon Valley Tag Tuesday November 29

Clarise and I will be attending...

Tag Tuesday is coming to Mountain View! After three meetings in San Francisco we have decided to give Silicon Valley a try to extend our reach. Our next meeting will take place next Tuesday, November 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at AOL%u2019s campus in Mountain View.end quotation
-- Silicon Valley Tag Tuesday November 29

Of course, since this is the first Tag Tuesday NOT being held in San Francisco, we'll be in San Francisco earlier on Tuesday for meetings. :)

But we're looking forward to both talks being presented at Tag Tuesday this month.

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