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May 6
Tracking A Healthy Epidemic: The Link Leak Virus Explained
Domino Effect.jpgHere is some top-secret information I've uncovered regarding the Link Leak Virus.

Name: Virusicus Linkilikus, AKA "The Link Leak Virus" (or LLV for the acronym-obsessed).

History: See Martin Neumann's excellent summary.

Symptoms: Healthy pleasure in linking to high-quality resources on a regular basis; lack of selfishness and highmindedness; confidence that blog readers will return if fed good links regularly.

Treatment: There is no reliable way to treat this highly contagious virus.  Some have hypothesized that the only way to eradicate the Link Leak Virus is to re-emphasize to bloggers that a blogger's blog is her castle, and that therefore all who enter must be subject to her words and her words only, without any outlinking of any kind.

Disclaimer: The information above is meant with a dash of humor and not to be taken seriously as a notice of any physically harmful virus :).  Also, the more a person succumbs to this powerful virus, the more he envisions the Web as a tool to connect  people, rather than to disconnect them.  Truth be told, I wish all people were infected with LLV.  Especially corporate bloggers who think their business blog is the only resource worth linking to.

Now go spread a little link leakin' love while you gear up for Blogtipping Day on June 1st, 2006!

May 3
Does Your Blog/Company/Idea Deserve A Wikipedia Entry?
Yesterday I created a Wikipedia entry for blogtipping in order to help others understand how and why to blogtip, but it's probably going to be deleted because it doesn't (yet) meet Wikipedia's criteria for publication.  I didn't know how the process worked and now that I do, I'm happy to see the entry deleted.  However, I believe that in a few months' time, when hundreds more of you have gone blogtipping and can vouch for its significance, it will deserve a (small) place in the annals of Web history at the greatest Wiki of all.

My question for you is, what ideas, blogs, companies do you have or work with that you think deserve a place at Wikipedia?  What ideas are you working on that are important enough to someday be remembered by many as genuinely inspiring?  (Hey, if Janice Myint likes it, how inane could it be?)

After my lesson-learning at Wikipedia yesterday and today, I recommend that you think twice before creating an article referencing your corporate blog, a meme you've created or even a simple explanation of your business.  However, there are many other places to stand on your soapbox and spread the good word about your work.

I'd be happy to hear your experiences with Wikipedia or other places where the importance of blogs, memes and other things is evaluated.  What do you think would be the tipping point for blogtipping to merit a place at Wikipedia?
May 2
Update: First Blogtipping Day A Fun, Tip-Filled Success
I was amazed at how many of you - and your friends, and even their friends - went blogtipping with me yesterday.  The Technorati "blogtipping" tag, which lay dormant prior to this grand experiment, now boasts links to several excellent, thoughtful, fun blogtipping exploits.  Here's an incomplete list of May 1, 2006 blogtippers and blogtippees.  Thank you for participating!

Blogtipping Honor Roll, May 1, 2006:
Liz Strauss
Liz Thompson
Mike Barlow
Martin Neumann
Mike Sansone
Phil Gerbyshak
Tom Vander Well
Greg Balanko-Dickson
Joseph Thornley
Chris Clarke

Let's make next Blogtipping Day, June 1st (it's the first day of every month), even more special.  Do you think I should offer prizes?  What would you do if you were in my shoes, watching the surprisingly quick viral spread of a decent idea?  How would you capitalize on it in order to benefit the greatest number of people?

Learn more about blogtipping:
May 1, 2006 - the first Blogtipping Day
How to go blogtipping
Technorati index of posts tagged "blogtipping"
May 1
Blogtipping Day: Tip Your Fellow Blogger
It's Blogtipping Day!  The first calendar day of each month will be a special day for sneaking up behind three other bloggers and giving them each three good compliments and a gentle "tip."  If they happen to fall over, that's just part of the fun!  And hopefully a good habit of reaching out to encourage someone else will prevail.

So it's time for me to go blogtipping.  I'll spare my fifty-plus Know More Media colleagues, as they're always hearing my feedback anyway.

Darren Rowse:
1 - Your blog optimization is impeccable, and it shows in your careful site design.
2 - You have a knack for spurring fruitful conversations - few blogs get more comments per post than yours does.
3 - You clearly want to help others prosper at blogging as you have been able to do, and your posts reflect that humble willingness to share your blogging wisdom.
Tip - It's not easy to blogtip a Hall of Fame blogger like you - you do everything so well - but I would simply suggest that you look at possible changes to your layout.  I think it's fine the way it is, but you could always test it for a week with a third column on the right for the b5media blog links, for example, or with a slightly different color/font scheme.  Although I've grown fond of the ProBlogger yellow look ... anyway, you're an inspiration to me and therefore to all the KMM bloggers, Darren.

Paul Chaney:
1 - Like Darren Rowse, you blog with such positive energy and avoid bashing other bloggers.  (That's actually a more common phenomenon than many people might think.)
2 - Your writing style is very enjoyable - I think a lot of people probably don't pick up on your subtle wordplays, puns, and clear analogies as much as I do.  Just wanted you to know I notice!
3 - You pick great topics for your posts - quite often you put a totally new spin on an old subject or ask a question that gets the rest of us thinking in a new way about something.
Tip - Keep doing profiles of small and large business blogs - I miss that ongoing series about 52 weeks / 52 blogs.  Let me know if you're still doing that, I really enjoyed it!  Your experience with blog consulting makes you an expert on what works and what doesn't for professional blogs.

Amy Gahran:
1 - Your sidebar at Contentious is so addicting and downright useful.  So many goodies to choose from!
2 - I love that you openly share your feedreading list with the world.  I've been meaning to do that myself, but I need to make sure I don't mix business feeds with random personal feeds (and I suppose I could cut out all my crazy ego feeds so people wouldn't have to wade through them to get to the good stuff :)).
3 - You're very good at pointing out nitpicky things about writing, commenting, problems with blog tools, and other such minutiae.  I really enjoy that because it teaches me to be specific in my blogging - not just to gloss over a topic, but to drill down into it.  That's where the greatest benefit to you and the reader emerges.
Tip - Put the phonetic spelling of your last name in your blog masthead.  Kidding, kidding!  I just think it's funny that we bloggers can know each other so well from such a distance and then not know how to even pronounce each other's names (poor Darren - it took me forever to learn how to pronounce Rowse).  My real blogtip for you would be to consider maxing out your tags for the three blogs you have claimed in Technorati.  It'll let you put up to twenty, and it's one more free way to guide people to your blogs organically.

Whew!  Blogtipping is addictive!

Read more about blogtipping:
Blogtipping Day
My first three blogtipping "victims"
Technorati index of posts tagged "blogtipping"

Are you an unsuspecting blogtippee?  Please leave your feedback below (and get the new cocomment Firefox extension while you're at it!).
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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