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Daniel Langendorf
PixelPipe Releases Personal Media Syndication Service - http://www.techcrunch.com/2008...
<p><a href="http://www.pixelpipe.com" onclick="javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview ('/outbound/www.pixelpipe.com');"><img src="http://www.crunchbase.com/assets..." class="shot2"/></a></p><p>Given the rising popularity of social media services, it&#8217;s not uncommon for someone to have their photos scattered across a handful of sites, like Facebook, Flickr, or a personal blog. Unfortunately, adding new media to these services can be a pain - most people find themselves picking and choosing where to upload their photos rather than taking the time to create new albums across all of their online presences.</p><p>San Francisco-based <a href="http://www.pixelpipe.com" onclick="javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview ('/outbound/www.pixelpipe.com');">PixelPipe</a> is looking to solve this problem by offering a personal syndication service that is akin to a <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008... - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
Facebook: Is there a Moore's Law for sharing? - http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL...
Love it or hate it, that new look to Facebook - the one that everyone has been up in arms over - stems from our increasingly comfortable attitude about sharing tidbits of information about our personal lives. Admit it. The old site was getting cluttered with all of those shared status updates, vacation photos, posted items and applications for good karma, virtual gifts and sports fan networks. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at the Future of Web Apps conference in London, said the comfort level with sharing was relatively low when the social network launched in 2004. People were wondering what type of information to put into the profiles - full name? mobile phone number? pics of the kiddies? Facebook's...<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r..." height="1" width="1"/> - Daniel Langendorf
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25 Twitter Apps to Manage Multiple Accounts - http://mashable.com/2009...
<img class="alignright size-full wp-image-58664" style="margin: 10px;" title="twitter logo" src="http://ec.mashable.com/wp-cont..." alt="twitter logo" width="188" height="70" />It may seem like an impossible task to keep up with all the <a href="http://mashable.com/tag...">Twitter apps</a> that have come to market as of late. Even though you have plenty of directories to help with the process, we noticed that it&#8217;s still difficult to ascertain which apps support multiple accounts.</p> <p>As more and more people are using <a href="http://mashable.com/tag...">Twitter</a> for personal and professional reasons, the demand for a Twitter client to match those multifaceted needs is rising. Here are several options to help you tweet now or later from different accounts on your desktop, via the Web, and while on the run. We&#8217;ve also included a few browser add-ons and business-specific clients to help you find the right applicati - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online - http://www.wired.com/culture...
<!-- pageType= magazinewide slug= nep_newsocialism section= culture subsection= culturereviews headline= The New Socialism: Global Collectivist Society Is Coming Online authorName= Kevin Kelly creditType= illustration credit= Christoph Niemann caption= Wikipedia, Flickr, and Twitter aren't just revolutions in online social media. They're the vanguard of a cultural movement. --> <p><strong>Bill Gates once derided</strong> open source advocates with the <a href="http://www.boingboing.net/2005...">worst epithet</a> a capitalist can muster. These folks, he said, were a "new modern-day sort of communists," a malevolent force bent on destroying the monopolistic incentive that helps support the American dream. Gates was wrong: Open source zealots are more likely to be libertarians than commie pinkos. Yet there is some truth to his allegation. The frantic global rush to connect everyone to everyone, all the time, is quietly gi - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
10 Golden Rules of Social Media - http://webworkerdaily.com/2009...
<div class='snap_preview'><p><em>Written by <a href="http://webworkerdaily.com/author...">Aliza Sherman</a>.</em></p> <p><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-13254" title="People's mandala - 12 hands" src="http://webworkerdaily.files.wo..." alt="People's mandala - 12 hands" hspace="10" vspace="10" width="300" height="198" />I know, I know &#8212; it&#8217;s a bit presumptuous of me to think I can write the &#8220;10 Golden Rules of Social Media.&#8221; Then again, I&#8217;ve been online since 1987, consulting clients on the Internet since 1992, on the web since 1994, <a href="" target="_blank">immersed in working on and speaking about the web</a> since the mid-1990s, so I do feel like I&#8217;ve paid some dues and learned some lessons along the way.</p> <p>So here are my 10 Golden Rules of Social Media to embrace, debate, pass around and refine. Ha - Daniel Langendorf
Robert Scoble
Hmm @bdsexton I read tens of thousands of tweets every day. But I do that over on friendfeed, which is where I spend most of my time now.
So, Friendfeed is your Twitter app essentially. Is there any way to automatically import all the ones you are following on Twitter to Friendfeed queue without having to make a dummy account for each one if they aren't on this service - Manuel Mas
I have started creating imaginary friends for people I follow on Twitter and it is pretty tedious. I would love to know if there is automagical way to do this ? - Tom Horn
Manuel, you can create a special room and feed your twitter stream (as well as any twitter search feeds) into that room. - Stephen M. Otto
Hrm .... Thats cool, I'll try that. While I am being a FF newbie, how do post to Twitter from FF without the link back to the FF post? - Tom Horn
I have done something similar here, using twitter search feeds that I want to monitor: http://friendfeed.com/bankrup... - Stephen M. Otto
so what is your twitter/friendfeed workflow? (if you haven't already covered this) how do you process that many entries? - Daniel Langendorf
Tom, why don't you want the link back? I would think you would want that so that you can lure your twitter followers to your friendfeed where things are more conducive for meaningful conversation. - Stephen M. Otto
Hehe. I think is ok if I am posting something without a link. But I think it is a bit confusing when there are two URLs in the tweet. - Tom Horn
Stephen: So I grab my Twitter Home RSS feed and then what? Sorry for the noob comment/question. - Manuel Mas
Manuel, create a friendfeed room, call it something appropriate (like Manuel's twitter stream), and use the room settings to set the twitter stream RSS url as a custom RSS for the room. - Stephen M. Otto
Wow, I'm really not getting this feed/twit/face stuff. What's a room? How do I create one? - Jack Jones
Stephen: Don't know if it's the same but I created an Imaginary Friend (don't know if it's the same as room), added a Custom RSS yet when I paste my Twitter Home's RSS address (ends on .rss), it says it cannot download. It expects an .xml address so it seams. - Manuel Mas
I just don't understand why anyone uses twitter. I have an account of course, but it's such a mess over there I can't stand it. It's unusable for conversations and without friends lists it's nearly impossible to follow anyone anyway. - JCC
Stephen/Manuel: On the page http://friendfeed.com/groups there's a "Create a group" link. Once you've created a room you can add feeds to it the same way you add them to your own account. - Ken Sheppardson
Twitter provides a feed of your timeline: http://twitter.com/statuse... but unfortunately it requires authentication, and FriendFeed doesn't yet support authenticated feeds. You can convert this into a feed you can import into FriendFeed via http://freemyfeed.com. If you add the resulting feed to a private room and follow that room, you see all your Twitter friends' updates. - Ken Sheppardson
I have to create a public-name group (aka room??),to capture my twitter feed? Why the FF twitter "service" only imports the drivel I POST to twitter, not the whole stream? - Jack Jones
Jack: You can create three different kinds of groups - Private groups only you can see/post to, Standard groups only you can post to but anyone can subscribe to, and Public groups anybody can post/sub to. A private group is a neat way to bring import and group feeds that aren't yours. For example the feed made up of all your Twitter friends' updates. - Ken Sheppardson
Thx Ken - I'll try that. I saw the private bit - but confused b/c the group name still needs to be unique within FF ("twitter" was taken...). I think we'll run out of group names.... - Jack Jones
Jack: I always stick my username on the front of any private groups I create, e.g. kshep-twitter for my twitter friends, kshep-ego for the same sort of "vanity" room Robert has, etc. - Ken Sheppardson
I've been saying this for months. Twitter is fine for search. But if you want to read tweets, you should do it on FriendFeed. - Louis Gray
I agree, Friendfeed looks better than twitter for conversation, even for reading tweets. - Luis Enrique León
I actually even prefer reading my tweets in safari through friendfeed on the iPhone over using twittelator or tweetie. - Stephen M. Otto
I really don't understand why FriendFeed can't act like every other Twitter client and just pull in my friends' tweets when I authenticate my Twitter credentials. Is there some reason they haven't done this yet? - rodmitch
Yeah for FF for twitter client ideas - Susan Beebe
I just set up a twitter group and used freemyfeed to get to my authenticated twitter stream. It is not completely horrible because it finds duplicate FF/Tweets and hides one of them, but losing everyone's avatar because the twitter feed group avatar is a bit of a show stopper for me. I would love to see a better solution for twitterers who haven't seen the FF light. - Tom Horn
Tom: There's one more step you can take... if you want to change the name of the room you've created to the name of the twitter user on each entry and you're on Firefox, you can install this little Greasemonkey script: http://userscripts.org/scripts... - Ken Sheppardson
Ken: Thanks, I'll try that. - Tom Horn
I like the fact I can respond to your tweets, via FriendFeed, from Scobleizer.com. Well played. - Louis Gray
Scoble- I don't want to say you're a liar, but how can you possibly "read tens of thousands of tweets every day"? Reading 10,000 tweets at 3 seconds a piece would require 8+ hours. Seems like it would be extraordinarily difficult to read even 10,000 tweets in one day, and doing it every day seems beyond absurd. If I didn't know you better, I'd say you were insulting my intelligence. Oh, wait, I don't know you. - Chris Spizzirri
Chris: in three seconds I can read a lot more than one Tweet. - Robert Scoble
OK, so let's say 1 tweet/sec? That would take almost 3 hours--without break--to read 10,000 tweets. You've implied you read at least 20,000/day. That would require just over 5 1/2 hours of non stop tweet reading. No one can keep up that kind of speed over that many hours every day. You might be able to do it once on a dare, but you don't do it every day. I don't doubt that you get all... more... - Chris Spizzirri
The freemyfeed.com suggestion worked great for my first twitter account, but even when 2nd account is open on twitter, it won't let me pull the RSS feed for my 2nd account! Any thoughts? - Donna L. Downey
hey Robert Thanks for the subscription! You were right of course, Chrome IS a lot faster than IE. - Rustic Thoughts
Daniel Langendorf
Grill Better Steak Using a Wood Fire [Grilling] - http://lifehacker.com/5263068...
<img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets..." align="left" hspace="4" vspace="2" width="400" height="294" style="display:block;" />Memorial Day is around the corner, which means it's almost time to fire up the grill. Instead of reaching for the charcoal and gas, try a wood-based technique to produce more flavorful results. Here's how.</p> <p><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos...">FotoosVanRobin</a>.</em></p> <p>In today's New York Times, writer Oliver Schwaner-Albright writes that "grilling over a wood fire is as much a sport as an art"&mdash;and a more satisfying one at that. Schwaner-Albright enlisted fellow foodie and writer Peter Kaminsky for a wood grilling lesson using a 1.5 inch thick rib-eye steak.</p> <p>To grill over wood, you'll need a a wide cast-iron griddle&mdash;they heat well over an open flame&mdash;long-handled tongs, fire-resistant gloves, an instant-read thermometer, canola oil or another neutra - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
Audience engagement is the core mission of journalism - http://journalism.unr.edu/classes...
Josh Marshall, founder of <a href="http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/">Talking Points Memo</a>, spoke at Journalism Day ceremonies at Columbia University today. His talk was summarized by Megan Garber of the <em><a href="http://www.cjr.org/behind_...">Columbia Journalism Review</a></em>:</p> <blockquote><p>We also need to embrace, rather than question, the notion of audience engagement. “In this period of not only rebuilding the practice of journalism, but what sustains it, our compass really has to be what can find an audience,” Marshall said. Just as journalists have had a tendency, he noted, “to measure our seriousness as journalists by our indifference to the publishing and business side of the operations that sustain what we do,” we’ve also adopted a kind of principled indifference to the audience itself. Yet people “who are so focused on their journalism—so focused on their stories,” Marshall said, deprive themselves and their audiences of the engagement that - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
Infinite In Some Directions - http://www.kk.org/thetech...
Where are we headed?  Where does technology want to go? </p><p> We frequently evaluate a questionable practice by extrapolating it into the future. If a phenomenon continues as it has been, then where does it lead? Where does the daily use of antibiotics on farms get you in 100 years? Where does hourly use of cell phones for everyone get a society in 500 years? If the technium continues another thousand years as is, is it a world we want or not? Indeed can it even continue another 1000 years as is?  </p><p> Setting aside the human psychological barriers to future shock and endless cultural shift, are there physical limits to technological development? Is there enough energy, matter, time and space for technology to keep expanding? Or, is technology self-limiting, like a candle flame, that must burn itself out over time?  Are there inherent constraints within the basic thermodynamic laws governing technology that might shape its future?  Is it physically possible for technology to kee - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
Completing the circle on journalists and public participation - http://radar.oreilly.com/2009...
Journalists, politicians, and foundations are all tinkering with forms<br /> of amateur input: inviting bloggers to major events, quoting popular<br /> online sites in newspapers, etc. But<br /> <a href="http://www.cncnews.org/">Capital News Connection</a><br /> has really jumped in full-tilt with<br /> <a href="http://askyourlawmaker.org/">Ask Your Lawmaker</a>.<br /> A creative combination of public input and ratings with professionals<br /> who have their boots on the ground in the US Capitol building, Ask<br /> Your Lawmaker is a case study in progress concerning how to get<br /> experts and the public to work together.</p> <p> <p>I heard a talk from CNC founder and executive director Melinda<br /> Wittstock this evening at the<br /> <a href="http://ethosroundtable.blogspot.com/">Ethos Roundtable</a>,<br /> a forum for non-profits in Eastern Massachusetts. CNC gets consulting<br /> input from Ethos Roundtable organizer Deborah Elizabeth Finn,<br /> and Wittstock came looking for - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
To build something new you have to destroy what you were doing before. That&#8217;s one thing that not enough of us do. Las Vegas does that. They tear down one of their favorite old casinos to make way for something new.</p> <p>That&#8217;s what I had to do to my blog. For the past year it felt like a boat anchor wrapped around my neck. It was more and more like work (because, well, it was) and less and less about personal discovery or anything really valuable.</p> <p>All my fun experiments were over on Twitter, Facebook, or friendfeed. You could see that. <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008...">Mike Arrington even tried to do a friendfeed intervention last December</a>. Remember that? Since then I&#8217;ve gotten 14,000 more subscribers over on friendfeed and that service has become dramatically more important as it has gone real time and added on much better search features (are are also way ahead of Facebook&#8217;s - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
Increasing Specialization - http://www.kk.org/thetech...
Evolution moves from the general to the specific. The first version of the cell was a general purpose survival machine. Over time evolution honed that one generality into multiple specialties. In the beginning the domain of life was restricted to warm ponds. But most of the planet was far more extreme; volcanoes and glaciers. Evolution devised cells that specialized in living in boiling hot water, or within freezing ice, or special cells that could eat oil, or trap heavy metals, or glow in the dark. Specialization enabled life to colonize these major, but varied, extreme habitats, and also to fill millions of niche environments &#8211; such as the insides of other organisms, or on the dimples of dust particles in the air.&#160; Very soon every possible environment on the planet sprouted a specialized variety of life making a living there. Presently there are no sterilized places anywhere on the planet that we've inspected, except in a very few temporary spots within a hospital setting. - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
Nine Affordable Steaks and How to Grill Them Anywhere [Memorial Day] - http://lifehacker.com/5265730...
<img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets..." width="500" height="200" style="display:block;" />The Washington Post offers a mouth-watering interactive guide on how to grill nine cuts of beef that are cheaper than what's usually promoted, along with a guide to using portable grills when space is tight.</p> <p>As a French butcher or chef can tell you, the tougher, less-respected parts of the cow can still yield great meals, but you have to know how to prepare and treat it. The Post's interactive graphic, an accompaniment to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...">this write-up</a>, tells you where the cuts come from and how they got their name for your 'round-the-grill discussion starters. More importantly, the graphic suggests how to prep and, if necessary, cut under-valued pieces like flap meat, which makes for good kebabs, or skirt steak, a perfect beef fajita candidate.</p> <p>While it may be - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
Avoid Tipping Your Hand in Salary Negotiations [Career] - http://lifehacker.com/5264563...
<img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets..." width="290" height="238" align="left" align="left" hspace="4" vspace="2" />You're in the midst of a job interview, your potential boss-to-be seems very interested in what you've got to offer, and then she pops the question: "What were you making before?" How should you reply?</p> <p><i>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos...">star5112</a></i>.</p> <p>That's exactly what career blogger Marci Alboher set out to answer over at weblog Manage Your Life, turning to a few experts in the field to get their two cents. Our favorite advice comes from personal finance writer and <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5251119...">Lifehacker contributor</a> Ramit Sethi:<br /> <blockquote>Never reveal your prior salary, says Ramit Sethi, creator of the blog, IWillTeachYouToBeRich, and author of the recently published book of the same title. He is clear an - Daniel Langendorf
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Top 10 Skills to Master Your Grill [Lifehacker Top 10] - http://lifehacker.com/5264724...
<img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets..." width="500" height="250" style="display:block;" />There's something about grilling food outdoors that's both exhilarating and terrifying. It's great to commune with your food in such a straight-up way, but what if it goes wrong? We're here to help overcome your fear of the flame, or step up your grilling game, with these 10 techniques.</p> <p><em>Photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos...">adactio</a>.</em><br clear="all"></p> <h3 style="font-size: 120%; margin-top: 20px;">10. DIY marinades</h3> <p><img src="http://cache.gawker.com/assets..." width="279" height="242" class="right" align="right">Not every cut can be filet mignon, and some meats, like pork, almost always deserve a lengthy dip in some flavor-infusing sweet and salty stuff. Your grocery store wants to sell you a 12 oz. bottle of sickly-sweet stuff fo - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
15 Ways to Rework Your Next Blog Post Title - http://www.problogger.net/archive...
<img src="http://www.problogger.net/wp-cont..." width="540" height="176" alt="titles.png" /><em>This post is task #32 (a bonus one) in the <a href="http://www.problogger.net/31-days...">31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge</a>. </em></p> <h3>Your task today is to rework the title of the next post that you write</h3> <p><em>OK - so you need to have a post written before you can do this one but assuming you have a post ready to go - here are a few reflections on getting the titles of blog posts right.</em></p> <h2>Why the Title is One of the Most Important Elements of Your Next Post</h2> <p>The title of your next post is the main factor that people use to determine whether they&#8217;ll read your next post. This is true in most places that people are going to stumble upon your post whether it be on a search engine, in an RSS feed, on a social media site, in a link from another blog etc.</p> <p>A great titl - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
The Other Side Of ProBlogging: Making Real Money Right From The Start Of Your Blogging Career - http://www.problogger.net/archive...
<em>In this post <a href="http://twitter.com/alihale">Ali Hale</a> from the <a href="http://www.theofficediet.com/about...">Office Diet</a> shares some tips on how to make money from blogging by being a &#8216;Staff Blogger&#8217;. Learn more about Ali in the footer of this post.</em></p> <p>You started a blog with the dream of making a living from writing about something you love. A month, or six months, or two years down the line, you’ve got a handful of subscribers, a few pennies accumulating in Google AdSense, and a growing sense of frustration. The gurus touted blogging as an “easy” way to make money: frankly, digging ditches is starting to look more appealing.</p> <p>Even if you are willing to put in those early months of unpaid hard graft before you find an audience, you might just not have the time. In the current economy, you might need your blogging to start paying off now – not in two or three years.</p> <p>I’ve got good news for you. <strong>Instead of struggling your way to - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
Listed below are 31 things you are not doing for your photo business, but should be doing. Many are advanced ideas. Some ideas, like flossing, are things you know you should do, but don&#8217;t. The rest are ideas that never crossed your mind.  Ultimately, I believe you will find a few ideas on this list that you are not doing.  If that is not the case and you are doing all of these things, good for you.</p> <div> <p class="MsoNormal">You are not &#8230; </p> <p class="MsoNormal">1. Creating video slide shows of your work or portfolios</p> <p class="MsoNormal">2. Placing your videos in the local <a class="zem_slink" title="Google" rel="homepage" href="http://google.com">Google</a> search </p> <p class="MsoNormal">3. Using <a class="zem_slink" title="Digg" rel="homepage" href="http://www.digg.com">Digg</a> or <a class="zem_slink" title="StumbleUpon" rel="homepage" href="http://www.stumbleupon.com/">StumbleUpon</a> to share your photographs</p> <p class="MsoNormal">4.  Re-releasing older - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
Dirk Liedtke <a href="http://twitter.com/dirklie...">tweeted</a> about a Newspaper Association of America ad defending newspapers (of course), which I didn&#8217;t see because I&#8217;m reading the New York Times on Kindle and iPhone and Mac these days (so much for the success of print). He linked to the text <a href="http://www.dailysoutherner.com/local...">here</a> and it includes all the expected protestations about how newspapers are just fine - really, they are, really - and how there are wondrous innovations in print advertising (shape and polybag ads, post-it notes, “we prints,” shingle spadeas, scented ads, taste-it ads, glow-in-the-dark, belly bands and temporary tattoos!) Fine. It&#8217;s no surprise that a trade association would defend its trade, though I still wish they&#8217;d update and defend the value of news over the value of print. </p> <p>But this line in the NAA&#8217;s ad stood out:<br /> <blockquote> - Daniel Langendorf
Steve O'Hear
A good day tech-wise. My friend loves his Nokia E71 & my sister is enjoying her cheap Linux Acer Aspire One netbook. Both recommended by me.
are you using your netbook more than a regular laptop now? i hear there are some good ones coming. - Daniel Langendorf
I can't say I am. My Macbook unibody rules. I need the extra screen real estate and spaced out keyboard / large multi-touch trackpad for really efficient blogging etc. The Netbook I use more when I'm away as I can't afford to lose or damage my Mac. I'm also very adept on my Nokia E71 smartphone for email, twitter and bit of web surfing / feed reading. Also, guests use my Netbook all the time in my house for surfing while watching TV. A bit of a luxury I know. - Steve O'Hear
Robert Scoble
Why I don't use Google Reader much anymore:
I have 585 friends there. That's after spending YEARS there (and for the first year or so I was the #1 user of Google Reader). Compare to Twitter, where I have almost 90,000 friends. - Robert Scoble
Or compare to Friendfeed, where 37,000 are following me after using it for a FAR SHORTER time. - Robert Scoble
Plus, here, interaction is much nicer and I get a nice kick out of sharing someone else's stuff and seeing the reaction to it. - Robert Scoble
How do I share? http://www.friendfeed.com/scoblei... is where I do it. I have 18,000+ items there shared from the world's top tech bloggers. - Robert Scoble
I *never* gave a thought to having "friends" on Google Reader. I just use it to read feeds I subscribe to. Strange how people can use tools in completely different ways. - Ken Sheppardson
I use Reader almost exclusively to read the blogs I follow. I recently got into sharing there but I don't know if it's all that great. - Merry Kuchle
Dean: if I'm going to take time to make a "magazine" out of the world's best web sites/bloggers/ etc yeah, number of followers does matter. It shows me how important the tool is. - Robert Scoble
You spent years there sure, but most of those years Google Reader had no concept of friending. Nonetheless I agree: Google Reader is not (and should not be) yet another social network. It is information presentation, not conversation. - DGentry
I was thinking the same thing, KShep. Sharing my items on GR is an afterthought, because it wasn't there at the betinning - Francine Hardaway
I use Reader for reading blogs only... - Vicki T Rodas
I'm thinking about ditching Google Reader too. - Jonathan Brown
I don't use it much either. Once a day to share interesting stuff. Friendfeed and twitter send me the gravy. - Sameer
i am only visiting reader 1x a week now. even then i'm just bookmarking info in Diigo for retrieval later. twitter and FF is where i get all my info now - Chris
When friendfeed has 37x more users for me after a shorter time, it doesn't make me feel good about spending time on another too that has less functionality. - Robert Scoble
I'm not sure I could ditch my goog reader addiction. - Chris Pugh
Reader is mainly for RSS, but I like the Sharing tool that I parse into Twitter/Friendfeed. Have a some selected "friends" that I follow closely there. - Paul Papadimitriou
GR is still an excellent Aggregator for me...I like the format and find it to be an easy place for me to enjoy some quiet reading time. - Jamie Ginsberg
The one exception is that Feedly rocks. If I start sharing stuff again on Google Reader it'll be because of Feedly. - Robert Scoble
And for anyone here on friendfeed it doesn't matter because my Feedly shares go to Google Reader which come here to friendfeed. - Robert Scoble
I have to admit that I never used Google Reader so I'm not much help on reasons to abandon it. - LPH™ and his dog P™
I too still use Google Reader to just read certain websites I really like. I clean it out about once a month if I don't really read a site. I certainly do use friendfeed for any sharing/friend stories. - Dean Clark
I just find that I'm getting MUCH better inputs here on friendfeed than on Google Reader lately. That's because I'm following more than 20,000 people here and can see patterns much quicker and now that we have filtering I'm finding a ton of stuff I'd never find on Google Reader. - Robert Scoble
Dean: the thing is, I do the same thing here now. - Robert Scoble
I keep realizing that I'm really tired and that it's late and I haven't looked at my bazillion feeds in GReader. This happens virtually everyday lately. FriendFeed and real life have taken over my life. - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
Robert: You've also put a lot more time into Friendfeed than I have :-) One of these days I swear I'll put some more time into adding and organizing people on it to get better use. One of these days! - Dean Clark
Google Reader has never really been a social media tool in my eyes. - Eric Dunlap
Neal: you're using Google Reader like I did years ago. Even if I try to go back and go down to only a few blogs, friendfeed wins big time. - Robert Scoble
I just find it fascinating how this topic is the fastest moving I've ever seen here on FF. - dthree
I dont think you should be comparing Google Reader with FriendFeed or Twitter, totally different uses. I like to use Reader to go back and read all the posts I did not have time to read before, with FF or twitter, you only get to read so much before it gets tiring, plus Reader allows you to mark what you have and have not read. - Mike Cheung
Dean: I put probably 1000 hours or more into Google Reader too. I'm very happy I did, because it makes Feedly really rock (Feedly builds off of the feed base you put into Google Reader). - Robert Scoble
My Google reader has moth balls all over it as well. It just doesn't do it for me. Info is much more real time and network based. - Troy Malone
Mike: you have not yet discovered filters. I have. I need to show you why that's so powerful. - Robert Scoble
This is all true I find myself checking my reader less and less; though I still need it for a few bloggers who I read regularly who don't postback onto FF - Raj Advani
Troy: exactly. If news is breaking Google Reader is totally unsatisfying. Yesterday I was at the Social Graph Summit. I was watching stuff pour in here from people in the room with me (I had to leave for one session and that was a HUGE value). Google Reader? Nope. - Robert Scoble
Neal: on friendfeed when that happens just start a new list. :-) - Robert Scoble
I really like NetNewsWire, but have considered switching to GoogleReader for the "share" feature.But I still find myself sharing things I read in NetNewsWire on FriendFeed to start a conversation. - Larry Roth
i suggest the robert scoble reader, the only source you'll ever need - Daniel Langendorf from Alert Thingy
Larry: that's the #1 reason I spent so much time on Google Reader. The sharing feature there was very powerful. I put thousands of items into my shared items feed over the past three years. - Robert Scoble
1000 hours? Yeah no where even close for me lol - Dean Clark
Larry, is there a quick way to do that? - dthree
Holly: yes. Shared Searches, sorry. I still think of them as filters. - Robert Scoble
Brad: good point. I haven't completely given it up (and if you like Google Reader you'll probably LOVE Feedly) but I used to spend hundreds of hours a month in Google Reader. Now? Less than 10. That's a huge change in my reading behavior. - Robert Scoble
Holly: no, I can't share my shared searches in friendfeed yet, but they dramatically are changing how I read stuff coming through the real time web. - Robert Scoble
David: I haven't found one yet--had thought about writing an apple script... - Larry Roth
I have been getting news faster on ff then google reader for a while now. - Asankhaya Sharma
Brad: that's a good way to think of it, except there's too much noise to make it a good magazine anymore. Friendfeed is a better way to create a magazine for people. - Robert Scoble
I started using GR for aggregating several feeds into one single location. I'd check it every day to see what was going down. I confess at first I was very lax with it's use. I'd accumulate about 1000+ unread items and being a little lazy would just lightly scan what was there and mark-as-read most of them. Then into my life came Twitter followed shortly by FriendFeed. I'm pretty sure... more... - Wilfredo Guerrero
Wilfredo: I agree that I would like to see more engagement info in friendfeed (like how many people are clicking on links, etc). - Robert Scoble
main reason I don't use Google reader much anymore is all the good bloggers have stopped blogging. it's still good for picking up the MSM feeds :) - Steve Wart
Brad: no, groups and saved searches are a way to filter your input and find stuff you care about. Your OUTPUT (or sharing) can be done by clicking "like" on the items you like and want others to see. That creates a feed that others can subscribe to. Here's my "likes": http://www.friendfeed.com/scoblei... - Robert Scoble
I think you are right Steve - I've definitely noticed a drop in interesting blogging content in my feeds. Whether that is a good thing or not remains to be seen. (I've stopped reading books, but arguably I shouldn't be celebrating that.) - Mike
The problem with Google Reader is that it is not nearly as good a platform as Friendfeed for discussing Friendfeed. Nothing beats Friendfeed for that. - John Hardy
Robert it can be interesting to have FF as a reader as well .... - Johni Fisher
Brad: the feed for your friendfeed likes page is at the bottom of the page. There's an RSS and facebook feed there. - Robert Scoble
Friendfeed and Twitter satisfy my RSS needs right now with stuff that are interesting to people like me. And that's just one part of their service. - Manuel Mas
Mike: my blogging output has gone WAY down because of Twitter and friendfeed. - Robert Scoble
Here is the "cool" feed: http://bit.ly/5Bgv - Mike
Robert: It's probably got a lot to do with the topics you are interested in. Tech blogging is tired but I can confirm that economic blogging is really hot at the moment. - John Hardy
Brad: your likes Atom feed is here: http://friendfeed.com/wiredbe... I found that on the bottom of your likes feed. - Robert Scoble
John: while that's true, the economic bloggers haven't yet discovered friendfeed. Watch what happens when they do (I estimate that'll happen in 2010). - Robert Scoble
Robert: So basically: I can use FF just as I use GR? - Wilfredo Guerrero
Wilfredo: that's how I use it. There is one HUGE difference, though. Friendfeed only displays headlines. If you get fast with Google Reader's keyboard shortcuts you can read more information because you don't need to click and wait (and reading in a feed reader is more productive, but only for power users). - Robert Scoble
The great thing about GR is that you can enable it to "one touch" share on iPhone which posts to friendfeed and then to twitter, etc. There is no better way to quickly scan and share on the iPhone. - Stephen M. Otto
Brad: what are you talking about? Everyone on friendfeed has a likes page. Just click on your name to go to your account's home page then click on the "likes" on the top of that page (you can do that with anyone's account). - Robert Scoble
I'm learning things. - anna sauce
Robert: Well actually I've gotten to the point that now I have all my items collapsed so I only see the titles. If it seems interesting I click on it and read on, then decide if I share or not. I really cut down on the time spent reading all my feeds. Just skimming and sharing what I like. Now 500+ items are scanned without much hassle. - Wilfredo Guerrero
I think it is about time to let go the idea of socializing Google Reader any more,Friendfeed does that job very well. - Steve Chou
Why? Google reader is one of my most favorite web app~~ annnnd it's getter even better everyday. - yanchao
I see Google Reader as an important ingredient to FriendFeed, as others use Twitter. I also recognize that many people rely on my shares as an information filter. It also helps me get the top news fast. Combined with FriendFeed, it's a great 1-2 combination. - Louis Gray
if i use (as i do) twitter+friendfeed and sometimes facebook, and i don't have time to look at google reader. my problem is that i have difficulties in choosing feeds, i have a lot of blogs/sites i follow in google reader, and i find it very hard to reduce that number: suggestions? - Ivana
Ivy : Sort your feeds by order of priority. I did that about a month ago, and that rocks. It enables you to realize you never read some feeds (or don't want to) whereas they're supposed to be in your A-list ... - stanjourdan
Anyway to get FF to show content of RSS including images? The Custom RSS/Atom w/ description as comment option shows the text description, but no other HTML. I'd like to keep a similar reading experience as Google Reader if possible. - Jonathan Brown
Peter: that's bull. You can subscribe to the exact same people in friendfeed and set it up so it only shows you their RSS feeds and then you'll see EXACTLY the same things you'll see in Google Reader. Also, you're wrong twice. Why? Because the things that get likes and comments have much HIGHER signal to noise ratio so you can filter on just those. That's EXACTLY why Google Reader is noisier for me. I can't filter it. - Robert Scoble
I was curious as to the reason why your shared items are more or less extinct - now I know. Though I agree that likes can take the place of "shared" items on Google Reader and FF serves as a much better place for discussion, I like how streamlined Google Reader is and how much easier it is to keep track of items you read and items of relevance. Currently, one of my only complaints with... more... - Angus Burton
I agree,it is a little bit hard to track yesterday's good stuff,FF only means right now,maybe that's what Real time streams lack of - Steve Chou
Strangely I never used Google Reader until I watched Roberts interview with the Feedly founder and wanted to use Feedly, so I imported my world of RSS feeds into Google, and that was the last time I physically visited GR. I do all my adding and organizing from feedly. As for sharing I use the FF (likes and comments) integration built-into feedly to push content here and from here to... more... - Kevin Murray
For me, Google Reader and Feedly provide stronger features for feed reading than Friendfeed. I especially need list view and mark as read. Friendfeed should offer the option to hide all comments by default (displaying headers only) and to mark the current page or all as read. I stopped visiting the FF home page quite a few weeks ago -- I don't have time to wade through all the comments. - Sean McBride
I'm sticking with Google Reader. First, FF (and Twitter) inevitably become rivers of info. For many of my sources, I don't want a river, I want a cup, and I want to see it all. Second, the bulk of the people I follow (who are NOT social media mavens) are still blogging, nowhere near Twitter, much less Friendfeed. The latter will change, but the former will not. - Maxwell Kennerly
Robert Scoble
I made a promise years ago to never use PowerPoint in front of an audience again. So, how do I organize a presentation? Mind Manager.
It's magic. Frees your mind from the stupid bullet list that bores audiences to death. Every time I see a PowerPoint deck my brain turns off. - Robert Scoble
I have used this for years, great communication tool - Mel Buckpitt
i prefer personalbrain. not as easy to use as mind manager but powerful nonetheless. - Daniel Langendorf
Robert, as a former highschool teacher, I can assure you that Powerpoint is the evil enemy of learning...and yet every school insisted teachers started using it because the schools thought PP "was" technology...yikes. Advice? Tell stories with passion and understanding. - Daniel Kenney
Daniel: I totally agree. The way schools teach technology just makes me ill. - Robert Scoble
anyone ever try prezi.com? it's a bit different-- much more visual - Ted Curran
So instead of Powerpoint™, use a real presentation platform that allows interactive data and tactile response to both you and your audience. - Eric Martindale
i have been working on a new keynote /powerpoint method I can - Ted Curran
PowerPoint is only a problem in that it makes it way too easy to just make lists of bullet points. They almost force you to go down that path. If they could somehow turn that off, and just provide the functionality to create a series of slides, each of which had a line or two of text, an image, etc... I don't think it'd get such a bad rap. - Ken Sheppardson
*call "Attention Method"-- it's a way to use PPT or Apple Keynote not in the way the program wants to be used but in the way people's minds work - Ted Curran
similar to other software noted is my favorite.. Big Mouth - Daniel Kenney
What makes Mind Manager the first platform to come to mind? I have never heard of it until right now. - Amani
I agree Daniel Kenney :( - Mohammad Abdurraafay
Amani: I saw Buzz Bruggeman give a talk with it and was mesmerized. - Robert Scoble
Try Prezi, and if you have some time to devote to it, Keynote. Both are really pretty impressive. - Ivan
I came across http://prezi.com last month, worth a look. It has sort of a tv commercial look, like the 2-d Ford pickup commercials. - Tanner Powell
I kind of like Prezi too. Very visual. Depends on the situation I suppose. - Kim Feraday
Keynote. - Jeremy Franklin
I don't want to get into a PowerPoint bashing thing here, but I agree it's bad. Another thing I've noticed is that the boring speakers usually have the most elaborate PP presentations. Yikes. - Christopher Harper
I'm a big fan of MindManager as well. Once you're done conceptualizing your presentation, Powerpoint (or any other presentation tool) can obviously be used as an effective tool. Powerpoint isn't innately evil, it's just too easy to miss-use. If you want to try a different tool give sliderocket.com a try. (but I'd stick with Mindmanager) - Jason Goldberg
Well that's two programs I had no idea existed 15 minutes ago. - Dean Clark
Do you use iThoughts iPhone app? I use it every day and they just upgraded to allow Mind Manager export - Dave
Prezi is too difficult to learn for anyone - it is supercool but if you want to get right down to working, forget it - I wish I could use it - for mindmaps to me nothing beats MindMeister both for presentation materials as well for organizing ideas and tools - it is much easier and immediate than any other mindmapping tool I have tried, including having a full revisions history, working... more... - Robin Good
In the end the vote of PowerPoint chastity should really be targeted at avoiding making the "types" of PowerPoint slideshows that are so bad. Bad choice of images, too much text, and you reading them as you show them. It is not the tool so much, but the culture we have built around it. Whether with PowerPoint, Keynote, Sliderocket, OpenOffice or GoogleDocs the power of your presentation... more... - Robin Good
I wholeheartedly agree with you..PP is horrible! I refuse to use it and I've made a point to reject ppt files that colleagues send me with slides re design changes. I'll have to give MindManager a try..sounds great. - Sufian Siddiqi from fftogo
Prezi does look cool. I definitely need to take it for a spin. - Alexander Grundner
Chalk board & elaborate hand gestures - sofarsoShawn
The issue with powerpoint (and keynote) is that the flow of the presentation is completely locked in, and the presentation environment is unchanging. Mindmanager (or Freemind) allows branching, and the ability to store extra content for questions (only use as needed). Powerpoint or equivalent is good for building a screen when you want one that can dynamically build. An alternative way... more... - Alistair Nicholson
I used to use Thebrain.com personal brain for the same purpose. I stopped when I moved to multiplatforms (Mac and linux as well as Windows). I just checked back at the site to find that it is now available cross-platform (haven't checked that the data files are yet tho). I might be remaking contact with an old friend! I liked the easy way one could use local files or web resources. By... more... - Alistair Nicholson
@alistair: It is possible to branch PowerPoint -presentations with hyperlinks that jump from slide to another. Never considered it, but interesting idea. For example, after determining audience level, it could skip slides that explain basic things for experienced audience. - Jemm
I like Mind Manager. Wish i had a reason to use it. - Rodfather
Mind Manager rocks on a tablet pc - Mel Buckpitt
Definitely. That was the last time I used it. It integrated with OneNote well too. - Rodfather
Check out the free pptplex from Office Labs which is an add in for PP that gives you a similar zooming interface as Prezi. http://www.officelabs.com/project... - Jamie
Alistair: That is exactly how I use PersonalBrain. I have it set up in Dropbox and am able to access it with any computer. It's worth a look-see again. It's also worth using to flesh out ideas for presentations, too, no matter what tool you end up using. - Daniel Langendorf
Use Prezi at Prezi.com! ;) or sliderocket.com - Csaba Mad
I am adoring Prezi - just the freshness of the look gives you a 50% boost in new biz meetings, and I really haven't found it at all hard to learn to use - Jamie
Last week i was thinking how lame PP is and actually did a presentation at college bashing it. The tool i've used for that was Prezi.com, the one mentioned by a lot of ppl in this thread. You should give them some love, definetely a great worth a look tool. - Diego Sana
I got tired of trying to find the perfect presentation technique and ended up developing my own http://mlx.netii.net/templat... not perfect, but it works for me. - MLx
Daniel & Jemm - thanks for that. I've just installed personalbrain on the Mac and opened some old brains done in the PC (aahh nostalgia). I really missed it as a tool. I've been using freemind, which does have some very good features, but personalbrain is still a better tool for this sort of work. Thanks. - Alistair Nicholson
Jemm - in some cases I will just generate one or two slides using ppt or similar. By exporting them they become individual objects that I can mix and match - or call on as I need, without having to consider how to jump to them within the powerpoint package. Powerpoint (or keynote) then becomes a graphic slide authoring tool that just generates some components or objects I use in my... more... - Alistair Nicholson
I have presented for many years with MindManager. Its great for interactive presentations. Tomorrow I will use it present to a conference of independent financial advisers on the subject of mind mapping and mind mapping software. I humbly suggest they will remember my hour more than the 5 other hours of PowerPoint. This is web version summary. http://twurl.nl/24rzyv - Andrew Wilcox
Final Cut...create a video! - Michela Cimnaghi /cimny
Powerpoint is a time sink - whenever I have had to use it I ended up using more time fixing the presentation than focusing on the message. Can't remember which company took powerpoint off the systems and said they measured a productivity increase... or if it is a digital legend... but from my experience I can believe it. - Iphigenie
"It's a poor workman who blames his tools" -- old proverb - Karim
Meh. Powerpoint is a tool to put stuff on screen. As long as you're not just reading off it... - Yuvi
Just convert powerpoint slides into pdf and present pdf to the audience.Although I am not a great fan of PDF or for that matter any powerpoint like software. - Ashish
ashish: you're not getting it. There's nothing worse to do to an audience than to present a standard powerpoint deck to them. The format is NOT what makes that boring. - Robert Scoble
Robert: Flash is the answer but it's a pain to learn and expensive to outsource, but that's the answer I think. Besides that, Mindjet MindManager is a fantastic peice of software - Brandon Hall
You're right, it's not the format, nor is it Powerpoint. It is not using it to in an engaging way. - Dennis Beatty
Robert,Sorry for misinterpreting your question. This one is a really tricky question. - Ashish
I often find slides take away from the message - people are reading the slide text instead of looking at and listening to the speaker, and the speaker is looking at the slides instead of at the audience. I wouldnt mind the speaker looking at the screen if he was demonstrating something (or writing, in the old blackboard style) but in a way slides which were supposed to support the presentation end up taking away from it. Too passive? - Iphigenie
prezi is pretty amazing mark. i also use Free Mind but have never used it for a presentation... - Morgan
wishing for 2nd like or something to bump this up higher amongst my likes and discussions - metalerik
I have a talk tomorrow morning at my kids' school about technology in education. I was brainstorming it in Curio and Keynote, but I bought Prezi Pro just cuz it looks so cool. It's a little quirky, a little buggy, and not as flexible as, say Keynote, but it sure is a unique look. Mindmapping + Presentations. - Leo Laporte
Nothing wrong with Powerpoint, it's just a tool. I do just fine with it and Keynote. Sounds like it's a presenter issue if you're bored - Bwana ☠
I love mindmanager, but its license is toooo stupidly and insanely expensive!! - Mohamed Salem Korayem
yeah I love using xmind for organizing talking points but I don't normally use them to present - most audiences don't grok them ime - mike "glemak" dunn
I'm sorry, trying to learn. I have a 30 slide presentation (+-10) that i present to customers around the world usually in a room of about 10 people. What could Mind Manager do that PPT isn't doing? - Steve C, Team Marina
For everyone looking to learn more about using MindManager for presentations, I have written up a number of posts on the Mindjet blog that talks about how to do it, some best practices and sample maps. The most popular post in the series was from PresentationCamp SF, "Become a Presentation Superhero": http://blog.mindjet.com/2009... while other posts covered using images, colors, and fonts within your mind maps. Check'em out or contact me if you have questions! - Michael Deutch
thx michael, bookmarked. - Steve C, Team Marina
ah, michael good to see you here - for those who don't know him michael is mindjet’s chief evangelist & one of the hardest working community engagement folks on the net - i use xmind because i test lots of open source tools but have been a customer of mindjet for years & love mindmanager :) - mike "glemak" dunn
I find using a Mind Map a lot easier for people to follow and sparks a lot more collaboration from the group. - Jim Lavin
Robert try Prezi:http://prezi.com/ - Dean Kakridas
If you hate Powerpoint, Robert & friends, then you have to check out Edward Tufte's essay "The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within." It's brilliant. And the cover still cracks me up: http://tr.im/lXjv - Alan Mairson
Funny thing for me is that I've always made fun of PP style presentations and have been known as someone who really gets groups interacting, etc. (check out this clip of a game I led at Seattle Mindcamp -http://tinyurl.com/qjathj) BUT, just recently, I've discovered that for my type of improvised, interactive, often scattered, creative style --powerpoint is actually a good (much needed!) balance. So I've been upping the KeyNote. MultiModal is the way :) - Leif Hansen
Robin Good: great comment on MindMeister.com - present.io is a very interesting app to keep track of, if you are doing a lot of online presentations. I use Skype screen share (Mac) for Coaching and presenting ways and methods to use applications. - Jan Friman from Nambu
How about having a standard cheaper version of mindmanager. I dont use all the awesome features version 8 - Mohamed Salem Korayem
Jemm and others - I'm back having been in the most boring presentation today that I have experienced in a very long time - powerpoint slides of the most horrible structure, plus given over a video conferencing tool where the presenter didn't read any of the questions in the typing area! Thebrain has a free version. What I've found is that because I use tiddlywiki (also free) to organise... more... - Alistair Nicholson
just a quick reaction to the person who suggested video - what can video add if you are there in person? - Iphigenie
@Joelle a video is a way to engage the audience and let the main messages be reminded. Your role there is to give the right introduction to the video and then open and manage the discussion after it. People will partecipate more to teh discussion. That's my personal experience by the way! - Michela Cimnaghi /cimny
Joelle (thanks Michela) another use of video is short interviews or contributions. For example case studies with a manager from the customer explaining their problem, a business analyst explaining their technique around a specific problem, a web designer talking about how they 'imagine' the personality of a site, demonstration of an experimental technique with a patient. It creates... more... - Alistair Nicholson
I also meant to draw attention to Lief's comment about multi modal and how sometimes a powerpoint slide can present the underlying structure or main points of the presentation. I still believe there can be a place for dot points - so long as they are not the sole content. I believe there are few that would suggest Steve Jobs' presentations are boring, for example. Always worth a watch and they can be found on youtube. Other exemplars are the top rated talks on TED.com.It gives me something to aim for. - Alistair Nicholson
FreeMind is very useful and Open Source. Give it a try! - Nicola Junior Vitto
just got into Amode 4 project mgmt. same company @MindSystems. imports @MindJet. - Courtney Engle
IMHO, my best tool is a whiteboard, and second place, a notebook with squares to plan a sort of storyboard. When I switch back to analog planning, I started to get my best results back on PowerPoint (I love 2007 version). Cheers, - Rolando Peralta
Wow, what a great thread! I explored some best practices for presentations and wrote the following posts on the Mindjet blog. They could apply for any type of presentation but they're primarily focused on mind mapping...The first: 10 Steps to Great Presentation Maps -- http://blog.mindjet.com/2009... - Michael Deutch
Next, How to Make a Great Presentation: Mapping Your Content -- This one applies to using mind maps to 'think through' your presentation content, regardless of what tool you select for the actual presentation: http://blog.mindjet.com/2009... - Michael Deutch
Your use of colors will impact the audience. Use them well! The Secrets of Using Colors in Maps - http://blog.mindjet.com/2009... - Michael Deutch
What’s a Picture Worth? Here's a post about incorporating images into mind map presentations. http://blog.mindjet.com/2009... -- I saw an interesting tweet from Andrew Wilcox earlier today where he suggested placing large images inside 'topic notes'. - Michael Deutch
Prezi reminds me of microsoft photosynth. - Ashish
And finally, here are a couple of posts about fonts in your mind map presentations: 10 Fixes for Font Foibles! (http://blog.mindjet.com/2009...) and More Fun for Font Fanatics (http://blog.mindjet.com/2009...). - Michael Deutch
michael: constructive suggestion - you should setup a mindmap group here on ff so these suggestions can be feed in separately and others can participate, they're just going to get lost inside this thread... - mike "glemak" dunn
Wow what a great discussion. I have never heard of Prezi before and I will have a very imortant presentation to one of MNO next week. I prepared with PP, but now consider to do from scratch via Prezi.com. Thanks guys! - Jacque
Robert, do you have anything that you can share that you've used Mind manager for? Do you actually use it in presentations or do you use it as a thought organizing tool? Thanks for answering if you have the time! - Gregg Morris
i was blown away by a preso done in prezi.com. tried it out, the UI takes some getting used to, but w/ patience the zoom in/out approach yields great presos. worth checking out some of the demos. I saw a preso done w/ it that all took place inside the dot of a question mark (that was the reveal at end of preso). cool. - Adrian Chan
re. TiddlyWiki: should I mention, that there's also a true presentation version?... http://ow.ly/8vMH - schilke
Or you could emulate Carrot Top and use props from a great big trunk. Problem is you need to be a) really pumped up and b) certifiably nuts. - bob corrigan
Schilke - thanks for the link to tiddlywiki presentation version. I've bookmarked that and visited the example. With tiddlywiki each 'tiddler' has a specifically adressable URL so that pages can be individually linked from mindmapping software. That way a complete subtopic can be created as a 'deck' but not invoked in the presentation unless we choose to go there. Back to the 'horrible'... more... - Alistair Nicholson
A cool MindMapping alternative is XMind. - Martin Seibert
Daniel Langendorf
textbooks are insanely expensive, but less so on kindle. the burden of visual truth is $85 but costs $35. wonder if it's worth it.
I just like the ability to resell my books to people, or to give them away on sites like http://www.bookmooch.com - Got80s
thanks for the bookmooch link. unfortunately, i am cursed by the desire to save some of the books i invest in. i'm an annotator. doubt kindle2 will work well, but what the heck. it's worth a try. - Daniel Langendorf
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There We Go Again. No, Micropayments Won’t “Save Journalism” - http://www.techcrunch.com/2009...
<img src="http://www.techcrunch.com/wp-cont..." class="shot2" />If you&#8217;ve been following the headlines on Techmeme over the weekend, you&#8217;ve likely seen <a href="http://www.techmeme.com/090517...">more talk</a> about the whole blogger vs. online journalism debate, the short-sightedness of big media and the inevitable demise of its historical business model. Every time that debate heats up, someone somewhere will at some point bring up the unlikely savior of the publishing industry once more: glorious micropayments. </p> <p>This time, it&#8217;s <em>The Guardian</em>&#8217;s Frank Fisher taking a stand, and he says not only will micropayments guarantee the newspapers a future, it can also downright &#8220;save journalism,&#8221; and oh, Google should be the one providing the infrastructure for it, too. </p> <p>Time to debunk <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...">&#8220;Saving - Daniel Langendorf
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<!--StartFragment--></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2284" title="welder" src="http://www.newmediaphotographer.com/wp-cont..." alt="welder" /></p> <p>Cheap photography and lower barriers to entry are two realities of the Internet age. Per-image pricing is the key to survival for the new media photographer. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Allow me to offer my favorite illustration: A client requests photography for a Web site. The company needs 10 images shot on location. No models or special props needed. They figure it will take a day to shoot; you agree. As a photographer, you have three common options for estimating the project: you can offer a day rate, a per-image rate,  or a per-project rate. Let’s say without consideration for usage of the images, we estimate the job at $2,000 ($1,500 for the day and $500 for expenses).</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you offer a day rate,  the first thing a client will wonder, especially if t - Daniel Langendorf
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If The Watchdogs Are Saved: Ethical Repercussions Of A Newspaper Bailout - http://www.techcrunch.com/2009...
<img src="http://www.techcrunch.com/wp-cont..." class="shot2"/></p> <p>The somewhat depressing <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2008..."> and controversial possibility of a newspaper bailout</a> turned into a stone-cold reality in the past few months as politicians, including Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Ben Cardin and President Obama, have hinted at giving the newspaper industry a life vest to save a sinking industry. Kerry, in his dire remarks at the <a href="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009...">Senate hearing on “Future of Journalism”</a> a few weeks ago, <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news...">made a call to action </a> to save newspapers and prevent future harm to democracy. Regardless of where direction of this policy is headed, the idea of a governm - Daniel Langendorf
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TweetMic: Publish Audio On Twitter From Your iPhone - http://mashable.com/2009...
<img src="http://ec.mashable.com/wp-cont..." alt="tweetmic_logo" title="tweetmic_logo" width="200" height="51" class="alignright size-full wp-image-122226" />Here&#8217;s a neat idea: use your iPhone to record an audio excerpt - something along the lines of &#8220;Captain&#8217;s Log, Stardate 43198.7. We&#8217;ve encountered a strange anomaly.&#8221; - and publish it on Twitter right away. </p> <p><a href="http://tweetmic.com/" target="_blank">TweetMic</a> is an iPhone application that does exactly that; you can record high-quality audio excerpts - <strong>tweetcasts</strong> - and tweet them without ever having to type anything. </p> <p><span id="more-122225"></span></p> <p><img src="http://ec.mashable.com/wp-cont..." alt="tweetmic" title="tweetmic" width="200" height="296" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-122227" />The interface is simple: click on &#8220;record,&#8221; talk (you don&#8217;t really have to talk, you c - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
HOW TO: Get the Most Out of Twitter #Hashtags - http://mashable.com/2009...
<img src="http://ec.mashable.com/wp-cont..." class="alignright" alt="Twitter Hashtag Logo"/>One of the most complex features of Twitter for new users to understand is the <strong>hashtag</strong>, a topic with a hash symbol (&#8221;#&#8221;) at the start to identify it. Twitter hashtags like <a href="http://mashable.com/2009...">#followfriday</a> help spread information on Twitter while also helping to organize it. </p> <p>The hashtag is a favorite tool of conferences and event organizers, but it&#8217;s also a way for Twitter users <a href="http://mashable.com/2009...">to organize</a> themselves: if everyone agrees to append a certain hashtag to tweets about a topic, it becomes easier to find that topic in search, and more likely the topic will appear in Twitter&#8217;s Trending Topics. </p> <p>So how do you disseminate and make sense of all this hashtag madness? By going through the art of th - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
How Internet Content Distribution & Discovery Are Changing - http://gigaom.com/2009...
<div class='snap_preview'><p><span class='quick-icon'><img src='http://s1.wordpress.com/wp-cont...' alt='' /></span> Every few years, the Internet &#8212; and, by extension, the web &#8212; gets bigger and better. As publishing tools get better, we share more content online. As we publish more content, more services emerge to help us find and consume that content. In the early days of the commercial web, it was magazine-like entities such as Hot Wired. Then came search-engine directories and portals such as Lycos and Yahoo.</p> <p>Towards the end of the last century, digital content started to grow exponentially, and with that, arose the need for a super-search engine like Google. Larry Page and Sergey Brin helped changed user behavior by making it easy to seek, search and consume any content. <a href="http://gigaom.com/2007...">They spent billions on their infrastructure</a> and made search better, - Daniel Langendorf
Daniel Langendorf
Drilling Down: Social Networks Eclipse E-Mail - http://www.nytimes.com/glogin...
Time spent on social networks surpassed that for e-mail for the first time in February.<br clear="both" style="clear: both;"/> <br clear="both" style="clear: both;"/> <a href="http://ads.pheedo.com/click..."><img alt="" style="border: 0;" border="0" src="http://ads.pheedo.com/img...></a> - Daniel Langendorf
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