It’s time again to talk a little bit about all the different applications out there for us bloggers. It seems as if every few months, there’s a whole bunch of new toys. Sophia really hates these posts, calling them “in-groupy,” so please don’t tell her that I am writing this.
Previous “blogging” posts —
(Blogging Tools #1 — 3/06)
(Blogging Tools #2 – 6/06)
I’ve noticed that Twitter is popular with a few of the really cool kids. It is a mini-blog that enables you to tell others what you are doing 24/7. It is a cool idea, but I’m not sure why anyone would care if I was eating a turkey sandwich for lunch. If you use Twitter, in what way has it enhanced your online life? Or is this narcissism gone wild?
The always cool Eileen Dover using Twitter.
I’ve seen MyBlogLog on many of your blogs. I’m curious if this tool has helped create comraderie with other bloggers or is this just another way to create online insecurity (boo-hoo, he has more friends than me!)?
The fabulous Finn uses MyBlogLog.
I DO like the concept of the “shared” posts from the Google Reader. It tells me what a blogger is currently reading, and lets me learn about some new blogs. Unfortunately, who has time to read even MORE blogs? Information overload is becoming a very serious problem for me. In fact, if I haven’t commented on your blog lately and you want your birthday gift back, please email Danny.
Plain Jane Mom “sharing” her Google Reader “starred” items on her sidebar.
I’m a big fan of using del.icio.us to keep all of my “bookmarks” online. I like the fact that you can make your bookmarks public so you can share your finds with other people. It is fascinating to see what others are bookmarking. Sometimes, you get a better sense of a person through their bookmarks than their blog. This is my del.icio.us page. It used to be more interesting before I got into blogging. Now, my bookmarks are mostly about blogging. You can also track the bookmarks of other users by creating a network. I don’t know if they are aware of this, but I know a lot more about Communicatrix, the Delicious Life, Jurgen Nation, and Schmutzie than they realize because I have included their bookmarks in my network. Sorry folks, there is very little PRIVACY online!
My del.icio.us network
I frequently think about many of you when I am out on the street, doing nothing related to blogging. I always thought it would be cool to interact with another blogger without having to be on the computer. For instance, I know Dave from Blogography is obsessed with actress/model Elizabeth Hurley. What would I do if I was walking in Beverly Hills and I saw Elizabeth Hurley eating a hot dog on Wilshire Boulevard? I would want to contact Dave, but I wouldn’t know his phone number. I could wait until I get home later in the day OR I could try this new application called Jott, which would allow me to send an email over the phone… using my voice.
The steps look pretty simple. I would dial some 800 number and say the name, “Dave.” It would recognize his email address because I would have already added it to my Jott database. I would speak a message, such as, “Dave, you sucker, I just saw Elizabeth Hurley eating a hot dog on Wilshire Boulevard, something she would never do in dull Seattle!” I would then have a choice to send the message as a voice attachment or as text transcribed by workers in India!
And so far, it is free. Cool?
Elizabeth Hurley without her hot dog (via chance98).
I’d like to experiment and see if Jott really works. Later today, I’m going to send “Jott” messages to the email addresses of some of YOU — the first ten people who say it’s OK, five in audio and five in text. Let’s see if you receive the message.
I’m especially interested in seeing if the transcribing works. Will the guys in India understand my strong New York accent? Would I even want others transcribing my personal message? I would hate to send a message to Charming but Single that says “Good luck on your date,” and have it incorrectly transcribed as “Good f**k on your date.”
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