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May 5
What Can Bookmarklets Do For Business Bloggers?
Arrgh ... Have you ever crafted a post that really mattered to you, and then somehow lost it all before you could hit Publish?  I totally goofed up and lost what I had written about bookmarklets.  I'm too frustrated right now to rewrite it all.  So here's the short and sweet version:

1.  Every business blogger should learn what bookmarklets are and how to use them.  Basically, they are quick-fix magical tools you can add to your browser as bookmarks.  They can help you work faster and smarter!

2.  Check out Lorelle VanFossen's post about bookmarklets and Steve Rubel's classic top bookmarklets list.  I plan to do some more digging through Lorelle's bookmarklet gold mine; I've already scavenged Steve's list and found it very tasty.

3.  My favorite bookmarklets are "Alexa This" and "Technorati This" - what are yours?

4.  I'm trying out blummy and I think you should, too.

Let's learn about bookmarklets together, shall we?

Apr29
Cocomment Firefox Extension: It's Aliiiiiiiiive!
Cocomment Logo.gifJust a quick update and some gushing praises related to the new cocomment Firefox extension.  I've emailed a few of you to vent some of my excitement.

Install the new cocomment Firefox extension!  It streamlines cocomment so you don't have to use a bookmarklet every time you make a comment at a blog.  It works very well - few are the pages where I haven't been able to get it work (and that's what this del.icio.us page is for) - and you can even tag your comments so they are better organized at your cocomment page.

My cocomment page shows all the recent comments I've left using cocomment.

I was conversing with David Brazeal about this when the light flickered on in my mind.  If you get the cocomment extension and comment at that page, it will tell you within a few minutes when another cocomment user posts a follow-up comment!

Here's where you can let your imagination run wild.  What if you could see what a blogger is saying not only at his or her blog, but ALL OVER the blogosphere?  And what if you could grab that as a feed?

Well, you can! See: Comments by Easton
Also: All cocomment comments left on conversations I've joined

This changes the way I blog.  I comment more and respond more quickly to others' comments.  I have a record of where I've commented so I can review those links regularly.  I get notified instantly when another cocomment user responds to me at any of those pages.

Yes, I wish cocomment would index EVERY blog comment (not just ones submitted by cocomment users).  And I wish it offered a comment search engine and slice-and-dice feed creation capability a la Topix.net.  Or a cocommenter directory, organized by tags so you could tag people according to the kinds of comments they made.  And I wouldn't mind if it put ads here or there throughout or charged a subscription fee for extra toys, because I want this idea (or something like it) to succeed.

In a way, your cocomment page and feed become like another personal blog.  It enhances the connectedness of the blogosphere in my mind and makes it easier for people to have conversations.

What ideas do you have for using cocomment?  What do you think cocomment should do to improve?

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