Archive of "Websites"

Archive for the "Websites" Category

Google Base Live

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Google Base launched today. It seems to be a service that will host just about any content, from recepies to schedules to opensource projects. All items can be tagged and an arbitrary number of arbitrary fields with arbitrary datatype are available. This seems to be a service that aims at providing tools, not purpose, and you can do just about anything with it! An interesting idea, it’ll be interesting to see where it leads.

Official Announcement
Google Blogscoped Article


New Features

Posted on pushed a bunch of new features the other day (see announcement). One of the best things they’ve done is released a help section. While is not complicated and anyone who knows what they’re doing can figure it out by messing with it (especially if subscribed to their mailing list), however for new users this is not all that appealing, and a help section is a time-saver, even for more advanced users.

Another new feature in this set is what they’re calling ‘editable breadcrumbs’. Basically it’s what the advanced users have been doing since the beginning, navigating to an exact tag combination without having to click all the proper navigation links in the sidebar. Whereas people have been using the easy-to-remember URL system on to do this by entering manual URLs in the location bar of their browser, this system adds a textbox to the header area on your account so you can enter such custom tag combinations there directly, without having to remember the URL form, which could be useful to new users.

Following up to their Javascript Link Rolls feature (which allows you to easily include your recent bookmarks in your website), they have released ‘Tag Rolls’. The nice, dynamic interface lets you create, basically, a tag cloud of your bookmarks and provides a Javascript code to use for including it in your website.


Tagalag – The Universal Profile

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How many profiles do you have? I have one with Blogger, Technorati, Xanga,, and I’m sure others. The problem is that each of these profiles only works within the service it was created for. I also have numerous pages that could be considered my ‘homepage’. So which is my ‘real’ URL? Which should I give out to people? Up until now I have decided that question based on who they were and what service they were with. No more.

Tagalag has solved the problem for me. While this may be one more profile to add to my ever-growing list, this one will let me reference all others. I can integrate all my information and URLs together, and the other features provided by this BETA service is large and growing. They do not reveal any part of your email address unless the person viewing your profile already knows your email address (ie, you have to give the site someone’s address in order to find a version of their profile page containing their address). All information is optional. Someone was thinking here.

It isn’t quite a ‘Universal Profile’, because the information you can store is still locked in to what they provide. But with all the Web 2.0 functionality, including a full external API, the only thing they would have to do would be provide arbitrary fields support to perfectly fit the bill.

My Taglag Profile