Announcing: The RadioPoint Tool. "It turns the outliner into a presentation authoring program."
A few notes on RadioPoint. As weblogs are showing up at conferences, it makes sense to integrate presentation software into the weblog software. Create your slides before-hand, link the presentation to your weblog so people can get a preview. No need to bring a laptop, just find a Web browser on stage, click on the link, and start talking. Next question -- can you control how they look? Yes, there's a template for all presentations, and any presentation can have its own template. I spent a full day working on the default template, studying ideas from the people who volunteered. It's CSS-based, but there's also a table. I hope people start exchanging templates. Paolo already has a template for people to use. Thanks Paolo, as always, a pleasure working with you.
A new macro and howto shows Radio users how to add a link element to weblog and category home pages, pointing to their associated RSS feeds. The equivalent feature is now available for Manila. We also have two changes to our aggregator in testing, when released, Radio will know how to process the link elements.
UC Berkeley has a class for Weblogs in the School of Journalism.
Thinking ahead to Sept 11, 2002. I'm giving a keynote on Web Services for Publishers at Seybold in SF. It's a 1.5 hour session. I want to do a bunch of demos of developers' products, especially Macintosh software (Seybold is a heavily Mac show, Apple has baked-in support in OS X.) If you have ideas, let me know. It's time to start planning this.
Brent has an interesting theory about Rumsfeld's visit to India and Pakistan. "Rumsfeld is letting those guys know that if they prepare their nuclear missiles for launch the U.S. military will take those missiles out." BTW, I think they're sending Rumsfeld because Powell struck out in the Middle East.
Adam Gaffin: "Welcome to Network World Fusion's exclusive Superblog. Starting Monday, June 3, Edge Managing Editor Jim Duffy and Senior Editor Tim Greene will use this new medium to post news updates, analysis and comments directly from the show."
InfoWorld: FBI gets new Web searching powers.
Sam Ruby: Beyond Backlinks.
Mike Chambers: "The Flash community has been getting pretty excited about Flash and RSS lately."
Reading Ted Nelson's rant yesterday, I found myself nodding my head. "He's right about that," I said to myself a few times. But then, after sleeping on it, I realize he missed the point. Hypertext doesn't exist to validate Ted Nelson (or Tim Berners-Lee, sorry). It belongs to the universe. People find this stuff useful, even exciting, as Jon Udell explains. Can't argue with the people Ted. They like it. It worked.
Interesting piece about "blogonomics" -- but it's not about advertising. It's the inverse of advertising. The economic revolution of blogging is about manufacturers giving up on advertising and going direct, talking to their users, and their competitors' users, as if they were people and not abstract beings (aka "consumers"). And that won't be enough either. They'll also have to listen to the users. (BTW, that doesn't mean they have to do what the users tell them to do, nor is that always a good idea, it's not so simple and linear.)
Real-time weblogs: "Include users in your idea of what the press is, listen, and tune your message, and your marketing automatically gets more efficient. There's not much time to waste, professional journalists are learning about and adopting the new technology. Any technology vendor that isn't also using these techniques to market is going to wake up in a very strange world in a couple of quarters."
Jennifer Foote Sweeney: "What's so funny about peace, love and understanding?"
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