- Natasa’s blog post from Feb 9
- An announcement of my webcast “Learning from Jeff” on Feb 10, reflecting content at http://webheadsinaction.org/live that week
- An item Natasa shared on http://dirt.projectbamboo.org/
- In websites that work with tags, the tag appears as metadata in the code. Blogs derive from (or output to) an .xml file. The tags should appear in the .xml code as metadata, separate from the body of the post. So tags are always external to the content of the post itself.
- Twitter’s #hashtags are a special animal unique to Twitter. You can for example search for mmooc13 on twitter and the results will be much different from searching on just the hashtag #mmooc13. When people deliberately put the # symbol before a word they are indicating to Twitter that they want this post to be aggregated with other posts that include that tag. So the #hashtag distinguishes that word as being a viable tag as opposed to just any string in the content of that post.
- I’m not familiar with Technorati’s blog tag generator. Technorati will search on blogs for tags given as metadata as described in question #1 above. That is, Technorati searches the .xml code of that blog for metadata that matches the tag you are searching for. Technorati used to allow us to find even the most obscure bloggers, such as all those tagging their posts mmooc13. However, as the number of blogs proliferated beyond Technorati’s ability to scale, and as just-anybody’s blog doesn’t fit technorati’s business model and simply clutters results for its corporate clients, they have been ignoring blogs without “authority” for some time now, or at least making it difficult for them to be included in searches.
- Finally, regarding the question of Blogger’s ‘categories’ or what other websites might call ‘labels’. These are tags. They function in the same way, they are just given a different name.
Resources and further reading
MobiMOOC documented its use of social networking tools here: http://moocguide.wikispaces.com/4.+Designing+a+MOOC+using+social+media+tools
That was a very thorough post about tagging and aggregating. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that you were able to pull some of my content from the web. The thing is, I believe I am not very good at the technical side of tagging. I understand its importance, but I am not quite clear about the proper way to tag a blog post so that it is aggregated and goes where it should go. In EDCMOOC they are still unable to read my posts in the class RSS aggregator.So, I would like to ask some questions: 1. When you tag a blog post, do you add a tag at the end of the post, or do you use it as part of the post title? Or both?
2. Do you add # before a tag in a blog post? Or is that only for Twitter? (By the way, Twitter hashtags seem to work perfectly at all times, unlike other tagged content).
3. I still use a Technorati blog tag generator, even though I have given up on Technorati. I simply don’t know how else to add a tag to the end of my blog post. Should I be doing this? Or is there a better way?
4. Finally, a question on Blogger labels. They seem to be different from tags, in that they separate the labelled content into categories. Do they still work like classical tags? Well, that’s a lot of questions and I have an uneasy feeling that I should have worked out the answers by now. Thanks in advance, Natasa— In firstname.lastname@example.org, Vance Stevens wrote:
> I’ve decided to write a brief reflection on MultiMOOC, having just awakened
> this morning to find a copy of our Paper.li news, weekly edition, laying on
> my virtual doorstep.
- Chris Fry’s http://multilit2013chrisfry.posterous.com/ which notes that, as Chomsky once said, visiting relatives can be fun (but interfere with taking online courses). Still, he’s managed to play with the Posterous mobile app, and post a video.
- Laine Marshal appears to have appreciated the synchronous events most, and has posted reflections on our hangouts and our Elluminate visit with Dave Cormier: http://laine-multimooc.blogspot.com/
- A Me-portfolio space from Rose Bard: http://rosebardmultiliteracy.wordpress.com/
- And Buddhi made a start on his ePortfolio at http://bsapkota.weebly.com/index.html
- Natasa tweeted her reflections post I found through Delicious, above
- Elizabeth Anne told us that Posterous now has a bookmarklet app http://posterous.com/help/bookmarklet
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- And something from last September, where Scott Lockman set up a Netvibes feed on other Multiliteracies participants
- The archive of our first attempt is here
- and announcements of our upcoming hangouts, including one at 1300 GMT this Sunday Feb 17, are here:
As promised this post is to explain how to follow a set of blogs in your Google Reader. This is a handy technique when following a MOOC or when following a class you are teaching. It works via RSS. Blogs and many other URLs on the Internet (our Yahoo Groups messages for example) are set up to generate RSS code. When you subscribe to a blog or other RSS-enabled site online, you can tell your feed reader to go to its URL, read the code, and display the contents (or play any mp3 found there) in the FEED READER you are using.
http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/w/page/61342031/Week2_Declare_2013 Here are the links:
- David Weinberger and Andrew Keen debate Weinberger’s thesis in “All Things Miscellaneous”, posted by Kevin Werbach July 9, 2007 in Conversations Hub: Supernova 2007: http://werbach.com/supernova2006new/downloads/sn-weinberger-keen.mp4
- Full text (of a different debate): http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118460229729267677.html
- Perhaps it’s a transcript of this one: http://fora.tv/2007/09/27/David_Weinberger_and_Andrew_Keen
- Author Andrew Keen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Keen discusses his book “The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture” as part of the Authors@Google series, June 5, 2007:
- Folksonomies: Tidying up tags, http://www.dlib.org/dlib/january06/guy/01guy.html
- Folksonomies: E-language http://e-language.wikispaces.com/folksonomies
http://www.diigo.com/search/g?q=folksonomy and http://www.diigo.com/search/g?q=folksonomies Tags are extremely powerful. Search on any user, say http://www.diigo.com/user/vances, and see all the tags that that user uses to organize their online life. In the week 3 activities I invite you into the brain of George Siemens, for example, to see all the sites that he has browsed and on which he has bestowed the tag ‘mooc’ http://www.diigo.com/user/gsiemens/mooc?type=all A taxonomy defines a tree with branches. A folksonomy works at the level of the leaves. If you want to find a book in the library you climb the tree and make your way out the branches and eventually you come to the book you are looking for. In one of Weinberger’s many memorable analogies, the Internet is the tree in autumn whose leaves are scattered everywhere, all over the ground, and blowing in swirling gusts of wind. This is beyond the power of a taxonomy to address. Fortunately on the Internet every leaf has been tagged by many users who have passed over this or that leaf already. We have tools that can call from the pile all the leaves tagged with such and such metadata. Through folksonomy, apparent chaos is brought to order, and that order was applied over time by the small additions of value left by users who used the power of tagging to help themselves and others remember where they left things wherever they happened to be wherever they found them on the Internet. Google applies a tag approach to its products. The first wildly successful search engine, Yahoo, employed a team of experts to essentially organize searches by hand, but such approaches cannot scale. Google searches pretty strictly by algorithm, and any hand tweaking is allowed in such a way that those hands will be crowdsourced, not those of Google. Through tagging as one part of the algorithm, Google knows when you view one YouTube video what others you might want to see next.
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23etmooc&src=typd From the latter feed I see that we just missed Dave Cormier’s talk on Rhizomatic learning but we can see the recording (I just re-tweeted it on http://twitter.com/vances ) I also noticed a conversation there between Sue Waters and Ryan Laslop, which I Jing-captured:
View on screencast.com » Here Sue extols the benefits of Google Reader in helping you organize blog postings from a movement as massive as #etmooc, or as minuscule as #mmooc13. And this brings us to Maria’s last question, how should she comment on posts? Short answer, visit a blog connected with this course, like http://multiliteracies.posterous.com/, where this post appears, and leave a comment on the post (here it’s called “responses” but mouse over the bubble and the words ‘leave a comment’ appear:
View on screencast.com »). The longer answer is that you have to FIND the blogs first, but this will be the topic of my next tutorial posted here