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“do you read blogs online?” March 1, 2006

Posted by Timothy Li in wind.
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For my friends who's been asked this question in the past week, thanks to all for answering "no". Frankly, I saw no points for students to read blogs until I started learning about Web 2.0, then the buzz began..

I track 9 blogs closely, the part of the world they span over covers my fascinations on any given day.

It's interesting.
Please don't confuse that with friends' travel pictures + break up stories + thoughts at the beginging of a school terms + nothing for the rest of the term… these things are not real blogs.. they are personal homepages.
For instance, I found these interesting:

or you can find my reading list in the right panel under "for interest" and "for business". I want to publish my "reader" somewhere but for now these static links will do.

that's all.

But for those who are interested in the underlying technology, here's a few terms you might find intriguing:

Subscribe:

don't confuse this with the monthly newsletter you get from dell or expedia. If you read more than 3 blogs daily, do your self a favor and subscribe to them. You can then enjoy effortless real time updates.

  • get a reader first, (you have a google or gmail account anyways right?)
  • search and right click on for a link called "RSS" or "Atom", copy the link
  • find a field in the reader called "Feed URL" and paste the link to subscribe

Permlink: thank god this is an actuall link

  • every blog entry is identified with a unique Permlink.
  • you click on Permlink link to see a specific blog entry,
  • from there you can see its comments and Trackbacks (and that is..?).

Trackback:

Not a traditional HTML link, try clicking on one to see

  • Links two blog entries together, but uni-directional. i.e. if you blogged about someone's blog, you can acknowledge her by trackback, like a guest book.
  • click on the Permlink to get to the entry
  • search for and copy the TrackBack URL from the entry
  • goto your blog entry, find and paste the URL to TrackBack field.
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