AT THE END OF every academic year, I look back at where my virtual footsteps have taken me because it was the summer of 2003 that I walked into Typepad along with James Corbett and Keith Bohanna. This year, my Typepad footprints find me as I type my blog posts.
That's because Say Media have integrated Zemanta into the "compose" window of the online posting experience. I heard Michele Neylon talking about Zemanta on a Technology.ie podcast with Conn O Muineachain, then started using its plug-in. The plug-in generates recommended links for blog post, just like in the screenshot above--but in fairness, the recommended links are a lot more diverse than what this navel-gazing screenshot suggest. After a few short weeks of beta testing by Say Media across Typepad, users inserted thousands of Recommend Links into blog posts.
I'm sharing feedback with the Zemanta community, hoping to discover a way to enhance the archive of more than 6000 posts I've inside the Typepad system. And I'm learning a lot as I continue to leverage the Recommend Links feature. We used to be able to share findings like the power of Zemanta with Irish bloggers during Barcamps or casual meet-ups. Nowadays, more people want to talk about their Facebook page or the latest wind-up on Twitter. I'll stick with the blogging lark.
Bernie Goldbach curates links about blogging.