Monthly Archives: October 2006

WordPress.com’s new dashboard reveals me as a Luddite

Oh, how I hate change!

For those who don’t use WordPress.com, the Dashboard is where you go everytime you visit your administration page. I visit it dozens of times daily to see if I have new comments. New referers.

I just logged in and EVERYTHING has changed.

Yikes.

I’ve gotta be honest, there were two things on that page I used A LOT.

1) The link that showed who linked to me. Now it’s a lot harder to see that (it used to be at the top of the page).
2) Who commented on my blog. (There was a link there to the page where I could just read all my comments in one long page — that rocked, this one doesn’t because I have to click on each comment separately to read them).

Yeah, I know where to look to find both of these things, but this new dashboard took away functionality that I was used to.

OK, now that I’ve looked at it for a few minutes. There are some really great things. What are they?

1) It’s a ton faster.
2) The layout is better overall, and shows you more stuff.
3) It shows me what has happened along a timeline (and it separates out pinbacks, posts, and comments, which rocks).

So, overall, this new dashboard reveals me as a Luddite. I want to go back to the old one overall. I found it served me better as a blogger. Show me who is commenting, let me click over to a list of ALL comments where I can delete spam, etc. and show me who linked to me on their own blogs. I really miss the link to Google Blogsearch on the Dashboard.

Those are the #1 and #2 tasks for a blogger. Put them at the top. Put all the fun other stuff below that.

Oh, and Matt, you have two typos in your first post about the new Dashboard. :-)

UPDATE: Matt already posted that he’s bringing back the incoming links feature. Damn, that was fast.

Socialtext brings wikis and more to Sharepoint

“But I thought Sharepoint was already getting a wiki,” you might say after hearing the latest news that Socialtext (one of the oldest, if not the oldest, Wiki vendor) is bringing Socialtext to Microsoft’s Sharepoint platform. That might be true, but Socialtext is a lot more than what Microsoft is putting in, not to mention that Microsoft’s Wiki functionality hasn’t shipped yet. Anyway, congrats to Ross Mayfield, one of the truly nice guys in this business. He wrote more about this on his blog.

4Info, searching with your cell phone (and more)

I liked Zaw Thet, CEO at 4Info. He gave me an interesting demo and interview of what his company is enabling on cell phones. USA Today is including their service on the front pages of its sports sections so you can get scores. Pretty cool stuff and makes sense in a world where more and more people are getting cell phones and Blackberries with keyboards.

With their latest platform you can even get blogs on your phone. Video demo here.

DisclosePerPost is my policy

Damn, the PayPerPost PR machine continues to pull me in. Yes, all the negative PR about it makes it more interesting as a business.

It’s like some kind of virus has gotten into the blogosphere. It’s all over TechMeme right now.

Anyway, I don’t think PayPerPost’s disclosure policy goes far enough. Having a global disclosure policy is a start, but in the world of search engines and aggregation sites and feed readers we need a DisclosePerPost policy.

What’s so hard about putting a disclosure on each post? Something like:

DISCLOSURE: My sponsor, Seagate, sponsored this post. Read all about their new encrypted hard drive over at Google News.

I like Andrew Bourland’s idea, though, for how I could make a lot of money. Instead of selling a post he recommends selling my whole blog. He thinks he could get me $25,000. Hmmm.

In response to Shelley Powers, AOL hasn’t offered to do anything for me. But, I agree with Shelley. I should just sponsor Shelley’s blog. I like her photography and her books on JavaScript rock.

I wasn’t paid to say that (and, don’t take my word on it, get a second opinion, but you’ll find that most people agree with me about her photo and JavaScript skills).

Does not getting paid make my endorsement more or less likely to be believed or acted on?

Anyway, my disclosure policy? If I take money to say something I will disclose IN MY POST where I write about them. That way if you find my post over on Technorati or Sphere you’ll know about my biases even if you never visit my blog.

I still think PayPerPost is brilliant. Instead of paying some SEO expert thousands of dollars you can just hire PayPerPost to do a better job for far less money (a link from a blogger, particularly if you get that blogger to use the right keywords when they link is worth FAR more than any link farm or other “black hat SEO” techniques and is far less likely to get your company removed from Yahoo or Google or Live.com). Just remember folks, that $20 you took to write about a company is helping them move up the result set in Google/Yahoo/Live. So, when search gets “noisier” you know who to blame.

Anti-disclosure. Seagate didn’t really pay me to post about that here. They got this post for free cause I really appreciate their sponsorship of ScobleShow.