A “Sphereiment” — what do you think?

Hmmm, the Sphere/Automattic guys are doing a little experiment on my blog (with my permission). I’m not getting paid for this and I’m not seeing any advertising revenue for this. I just wanted to try it out, and see what my readers think. If you all hate it, we’ll remove it. If you like it, we’ll see if we can improve it. It has a link to FM Media, which is cool. They are a great advertising distribution network. But if they stay, I will change that to a PodTech sponsor link.

Anyway, check out the little Sphere links underneath each post.

What do you think?

UPDATE: so far I’m not very impressed. On the Riya story, for instance, that got tons of links and other things to and from it doesn’t pull up anything relevant. Hopefully that can be fixed over time and these will get more useful. I’ll leave these up for at least a week to see if they get more utility over time. If they don’t, they are gonna be gone anyway. I don’t like visual clutter that doesn’t add real utility.

Comments

  1. Kabir: I gotta get Matt Mullenweg to agree to put it on the pages. I really don’t like these kinds of things. They clutter up my pages and, basically, are free advertisements. Sorry.

  2. Kabir: I gotta get Matt Mullenweg to agree to put it on the pages. I really don’t like these kinds of things. They clutter up my pages and, basically, are free advertisements. Sorry.

  3. Not very impressed either. It seems to be untargeted rubbish, mostly.

    Whilst I’m not a fan of visual clutter either (I have no snazzy link icons at all), I think one can certainly point to resources that, if one had to choose, would be more helpful then Sphere (e.g. Digg, Technorati, etc).

    So, it’s a no from me.

  4. Not very impressed either. It seems to be untargeted rubbish, mostly.

    Whilst I’m not a fan of visual clutter either (I have no snazzy link icons at all), I think one can certainly point to resources that, if one had to choose, would be more helpful then Sphere (e.g. Digg, Technorati, etc).

    So, it’s a no from me.

  5. related posts from Scobles “Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger » Smart people on video – 170 days ago”?

    Actually, I saw that and thought it as darn good idea !! But what I want to see, is the culls from Trackbacks on trackbacks..

    That is ,lets see –Person(A)Links to this post and creates an entry(X), this will show as a trackback on your blog. However, if another person(Y) links to entry(X) and creates a post(n), I would like to see that post(n) in the spheriment popup..

    I would like to see the tapesty of trackbacks getting formed directly on your post.. then it has value :)_

  6. related posts from Scobles “Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger » Smart people on video – 170 days ago”?

    Actually, I saw that and thought it as darn good idea !! But what I want to see, is the culls from Trackbacks on trackbacks..

    That is ,lets see –Person(A)Links to this post and creates an entry(X), this will show as a trackback on your blog. However, if another person(Y) links to entry(X) and creates a post(n), I would like to see that post(n) in the spheriment popup..

    I would like to see the tapesty of trackbacks getting formed directly on your post.. then it has value :)_

  7. Hey Robert – No problem. I agree that many incarnations of “buttons” clutter up the page without providing much value. I also agree they serve as Ads since they drive the user away from your site. It was for these reasons we built Dot This! to let both the publisher and the user derive value, without taking the user away from the page. Would love to get your feedback on how it’s been implemented so far – perhaps we can move this conversation to email or our next f2f chat. Thanks!

  8. Hey Robert – No problem. I agree that many incarnations of “buttons” clutter up the page without providing much value. I also agree they serve as Ads since they drive the user away from your site. It was for these reasons we built Dot This! to let both the publisher and the user derive value, without taking the user away from the page. Would love to get your feedback on how it’s been implemented so far – perhaps we can move this conversation to email or our next f2f chat. Thanks!

  9. Robert – I’m a fan of this technology and functionality, but your site may not be optimal. Contextual “reading” of blog posts sometimes requires a little longer post than what you are doing. Technorati is link based and has a high propensity for spam and Digg has nothing to do with related articles and other blog posts, so is not relevant to this discussion.

    To be fair for the Sphere folks, if you want to really review its capabilities you would need to look at other implementations such as at TechCrunch or CBS Marketwatch (both of whom have much longer posts).

  10. Robert – I’m a fan of this technology and functionality, but your site may not be optimal. Contextual “reading” of blog posts sometimes requires a little longer post than what you are doing. Technorati is link based and has a high propensity for spam and Digg has nothing to do with related articles and other blog posts, so is not relevant to this discussion.

    To be fair for the Sphere folks, if you want to really review its capabilities you would need to look at other implementations such as at TechCrunch or CBS Marketwatch (both of whom have much longer posts).

  11. I think Toni would be better off on making error free WordPress software that doesn’t break first before working on things like this.

  12. I think Toni would be better off on making error free WordPress software that doesn’t break first before working on things like this.

  13. I really like the UI for it. It’s hidden unless you want to click on it… the only problem is the results suck. :)

    Too big too soon, they might want to try this on smaller blogs until they get the “relatedness” algorithm right.

  14. I really like the UI for it. It’s hidden unless you want to click on it… the only problem is the results suck. :)

    Too big too soon, they might want to try this on smaller blogs until they get the “relatedness” algorithm right.

  15. Robert – phil is spot-on with his comment. Because SphereIt is a text-based technology and your posts are generally short, results quality is definitely sub-optimal on your blog. There’s some tuning we can do to compensate for shorter texts, and I think we can get it right with a bit more research. Anyway, thanks for Sphereimenting!

  16. Robert – phil is spot-on with his comment. Because SphereIt is a text-based technology and your posts are generally short, results quality is definitely sub-optimal on your blog. There’s some tuning we can do to compensate for shorter texts, and I think we can get it right with a bit more research. Anyway, thanks for Sphereimenting!