Gems From Today’s Surfing

Some Blog Notes:

  • Popular sites that offer free blogging include Google’s and
  • Marketing consultant Elisa Camahort used her blogging habit to launch a writing career. The Santa Clara County Democratic Party pays her to write its blog, and a weekly Silicon Valley paper has hired her as a food columnist. She advises job-seeking bloggers to forgo the dear-diary approach and write instead in an informed way about topics they are passionate about
  • Do I have to pay for the PubSub service?   
    No, you don’t! The PubSub service is offered free of charge.  PubSub" is short for "publish and subscribe". It refers to a centralized information-processing system in which material fed into the system from a variety of sources (that’s the "publish" part) is sorted, matched, reformatted, and sent along to "subscribers" according to their particular interests. The heart of the system is our blazingly fast Internet-scale "matching engine", which allows us to process new information and get it out to all of our users as soon as it appears on the Web.
  • Kaltschnee started Hacking Netflix in November 2003 to help other Netflix members maximize their use of the by-mail DVD rental service. Despite the blog’s title, he is a true evangelist for the company. regularly doles out tips, tricks and advice

  • Other startups, such as Providence, R.I.-based Traction Software and San Francisco-based Six Apart, are building applications around blogs, those explosively popular Web diaries presented in reverse chronological order that contain links to other Web pages and pictures. Companies in Silicon Valley as diverse as weighty Sun Microsystems and small public relations firm Eastwick Communications are using them for communicating with customers, self-publishing platforms, information sharing and creating internal company logs or bulletin boards.


  • Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly.
  • Wiki is unusual among group communication mechanisms in that it allows the organization of contributions to be edited in addition to the content itself.  The simplest online database that could possibly work.
  • Like many simple concepts, "open editing" has some profound and subtle effects on Wiki usage. Allowing everyday users to create and edit any page in a Web site is exciting in that it encourages democratic use of the Web and promotes content composition by nontechnical users.
  • Welcome to the WikiWikiWeb, also known as WardsWiki or even just "Wiki". A lot of people have their first wiki experience here. This community has been around for a very long time and consists of a large number of people. We are always accepting of newcomers with valuable contributions. If you haven’t used a wiki before, be prepared for a bit of CultureShock.The beauty of wiki is in the DemocraticFreedom?, simplicity, and power it offers.
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