THE IRISH Learning Technology Association will be on Trinity College Dublin's campus on 12 December 2006 for a day-long joint meeting with the National Digital Library Repository and the Technology-enabled Community of Practise. It's billed as "Innovations in Learning Technology: New Frontiers." Most college lecturers in Ireland have not heard of the NDLR. It promises to be a wonderful asset. The FREE event starts in Theatre 1, Lloyd Building, TCD, at 1000 and promises to finish by 1630. Meeting details below the fold. Registration advised.
SOON AFTER LEAVING TechCrunch, Marshall Kirkpatrick offered ways to accelerate your handling of information through clever and concurrent newsfeed management. Like many who write knowledgeably, he consumes far more information than he creates. His writing helped boost TechCrunch to the position of sixth most-linked blog on the planet. RSS feeds continue to provide him with more words per second than he can read per second but that's no problem because recurring themes worth understanding will appear in several sources right after each other. His techniques permit him to read thousands of RSS feeds without collapsing from eye strain or concentration meltdown.
1. The greatest innovations appear to come from those that are self-reliant. Individuals who go right to the edge and do something worth talking about. Not solo, of course, but as instigators of a team. In two words: don’t settle.
2. The greatest marketers do two things: they treat customers with respect and they measure.
3. The greatest salespeople understand that people resist change and that "no" is the single easiest way to do that.
4. The greatest bloggers blog for their readers, not for themselves.
5. There really isn’t much a of "short run". It quickly becomes yesterday. The long run, on the other hand, sticks around for quite a while.
6. The internet doesn’t forget. And sooner or later, the internet finds out.
7. Everyone is a marketer, even people and organizations that don’t market. They’re just marketers who are doing it poorly.
8. Amazing organizations and people receive rewards that more than make up for the effort required to be that good.
ON THE HEELS of Polonium 210 appearing in London, public health experts wonder where it originates outside of nuclear enrichment facilities. Look no further than the scarred remnants of the power plant at Chernobyl. The stuff won't set off Geiger counters but it's certainly embedded in the remnants of the meltdown. It was one of the most threatening remnants feared by teams I manifested for flights east of the Ural Mountains in the days I worked for an military airlift control centre. Travel teams had no protocols for dealing with it back when I was on active duty. I doubt they do now.
ONE EASY WAY to generate a flow of conversation between mainstream politicians during the upcoming general election campaign in Ireland is to remediate television footage of stump speeches. Your activists simply archive all mutterings that make their way to television or radio (harvesting local radio because the best gaffes often stay parked down the country) and then remixing the minutes with your advocacy or your perspective presented side-by-side, in the fashion of The Daily Show perhaps. This would create a whole new touchpoint for the Irish voting public and engage hundreds of net-aware voters.
IN MID-OCTOBER, while reading a mailing list about an upcoming college reunion, I received an instant message from a long-lost roommate who told me that he was listening to me on the internet. The podcasts from Ireland, perhaps? Yes, he stumbled upon them while Googling to hear Irish accents. He was a little surprised when he heard my voice on some of them. I don’t sound very Irish at Googling to hear Irish accents. He was a little surprised when he heard my voice on some of them. I don’t sound very Irish at podcasting.ie but Google tags me otherwise.
It took several instant messages to understand that our podcast voices from Ireland were playing in the fire suppression control room of the US space shuttle programme. I didn’t believe that was possible because friends have told me about tight restrictions placed on computer usage by NASA. No worries, said Getz, the listener. “I listen on our conference phone.”
ROBERT SCOBLE cites the reason he likes Techmeme over all other meme trackers: "more information density per scroll." This suggests a revision for the way memes display on IrishBlogs.ie because if the topical themes scraped by IrishBlogs were clustered like Techmeme clusters them, the display would offer greater information density. Paraphrased, this means reducing the thematic content to a single paragraph per topic, going with either a summary of the first blog post on the topic and appending the URLs of related blog posts below the summary paragraphs. The appended information should be the names of the blogs hyperlinked directly into the related posts written by the leading story.
EXTORTIONATE ROAMING fees have made me a "double diamond O2 upgrade" customer. I am ashamed to admit the amount of money I have paid Ireland's mobile telephone networks during the past six months. And if I have my way, I will translate that loyal payment record into getting a Nokia N95 mobile phone. Occasional reader Danuta Gray, are you listening? Geeks need GPS in their pockets.
ENQUIRO MAY BE suggesting that content developers consider embedding icons in titles or inside paragraphs to enhance search engine placement. In its Eye Tracking Report ($149 for a single user license to read), Enquiro points to “pogo-sticking” and explains how users go back and forth between search results. Icons inside the search engine results attract a searcher’s attention. When searchers click on a search listing, they often continue scanning the search results page, while waiting for the new web page to load. Another thing that points to the power of paid listings:
100% of clicks go to organic results, when a searcher is “researching”, while “purchase” searches result in 44% of clicks going to sponsored listings.