Blogs

Google Trends for Websites: boards.ie, ireland.com, independent.ie

Via Damien, I tried out Google Trends for boards.ie in comparison to the two main Irish newspaper sites.

Here are the stats for Ireland only from Google Trends (blue = boards.ie; red = ireland.com; yellow = independent.ie):

Intruders.TV interview with Salim Ismail at BlogTalk 2008

boards.ie passes by the 1 million unique visitors per month mark...

From Vexorg: "1,006,314 unique visitors for the month to yesterday". Yay!

"You're banned!", but we can't tell anyone about it...

We got this letter from the Data Protection Commission a few days ago; apart from us not having a privacy statement visible (it's now here), there is this silly issue of us not being able to tag users publicly as being banned. Still, it's the first time in 10 years that we've had such a complaint...

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Try boards.ie on your mobile / portable device at m.boards.ie

Following our boards.ie upgrade to vBulletin 3.7 on Thursday, CuLT has set up a mobile view for boards.ie at m.boards.ie... Excellent!

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You can discuss it on this thread.

Bits and pieces: SMOB 2nd Prize in SFSW / Drupal Ireland on Saturday / Wikipedia on OLPC

Semantic Microblogging wins 2nd prize in the Scripting for the Semantic Web challenge!

My week in California

I had a nice productive week in San Jose / San Francisco last week, where I attended the Semantic Technologies Conference 2008 (SemTech 2008) and some other nearby events. SemTech 2008 had a record attendance of over 1000 people, and it was great to meet up with old friends and new (some of whom I had often conversed with online but not in real life).

SemTech 2008: Eric Miller (Zepheira) - "Reuse, Repurpose, Remix"

Eric Miller from Zepheira gave the second keynote talk yesterday, talking about some of their open-source development activities that have reached a level that he thought we might be interested in. The aim of the talk was to show that it is possible to reduce the costs for people who are interested in mixing together data from lots of different sources while hiding a lot of the complexity that makes that happen.

SemTech 2008: Nova Spivack (Radar Networks) - "Experience from the Cutting Edge of the Semantic Market"

Nova Spivack of Radar Networks gave a keynote talk at the 2008 Semantic Technologies Conference this morning.

SemTech sessions related to data portability / IEEE Computing article on portable data

It's been a busy few weeks for DataPortability.org with announcements from many sides including Google (Friend Connect), Facebook (Connect) and MySpace (Data Availability). Next week, the Semantic Technologies Conference will be held in San Jose, California, and you can bet that discussions around the need for portable data will be scattered throughout.

  • On Monday, Stefan, Uldis and I will present a tutorial (which will also cover data portability aspects of ontologies such as SIOC and FOAF) entitled "The Future of Social Networks: The Need for Semantics".
  • On Monday evening at 8 PM, there will be an informal meetup of some DataPortability.org people in the Fairmont Hotel's Lobby Lounge, so if you have an interest in data portability, feel free to join us.
  • On Tuesday at 7:15 AM, I will chair a "Data Portability Interest Group" meeting. Attendees will include Chris Saad, Daniela Barbosa, Henry Story, and yours truly.
  • Then on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 PM, Jim Benedetto, Senior Vice President of Technology with MySpace will talk about "Data Availability at MySpace".

Last month, IEEE Computing published an article by Karen Heyman entitled "The Move to Make Social Data Portable". I was interviewed for the piece along with Michael Pick (social media expert), Duncan Riley (b5media), John McCrea (Plaxo), Craig Knoblock (ISI), Chris Saad (DataPortability.org), Dave Treadwell (Microsoft), Kevin Marks (Google), Chris Kelly (Facebook), Marc Canter (Broadband Mechanics), and Bill Washburn (OpenID). Technology solutions mentioned included RSS, OpenID, OAuth, microformats, RDF, APML, SIOC and FOAF. Here are my original answers to Karen's questions.