Automating Typepad Keywords and Technorati


I’d like to find a way to use Typepad’s Keyword function and automatically generate Technorati tags.

The goal is to type in the Keywords and be able to separate them. The hurdle has been in the separation of the Keywords.

Does anyone have an idea?  As you see below, the words are separated, but the tags are not. Is there a CSS or Java Script code I can use?  Typepad doesn’t allow for PHP (MovableType does).

Any ideas?

technorati tags:   (generated manually with KeoTag)

Seeing the Big Picture

I was looking through my Creative Whack Pack cards and saw one that spoke of an old boy in Iowa (this caught my eye) watching the construction of a railroad (this caught my imagination).

"In 1866, an Iowa farmer watched the construction of the transcontinental railroad near his fields. After seeing the track laid and a locomotive steam through, he thought, "So, that’s what railroading is all about: tracks and trains." What didn’t he see?

That he could get his products to markets more quickly, and that once there they would have to compete against products from many more places. That people could travel from coast to coast in less than a week. That more ideas would be shared, and that different people would meet and get married.

He saw the steel and the wheels, but he didn’t see the consequences."

Is it so different in 2006? We see the tracks being laid across a global neighborhood in a business world that’s flat. We hear the Cluetrain and the Hughtrain speeding by.

Do we say, "That’s what business 2.0 is about? Blogs and Wikis and Podcasts and Microformats? Do we only see the tools? Or can we see the implications, the possibilities?

technorati tags: Creative Whack Pack Cluetrain Hughtrain Business 2.0

Experience Planning & Conversation Conducting

Scott Weisbrod begins his Beta version of an Experience Planner Manifesto with ten rock-solid points. Yet, I missed if the manifesto puts the E.P. in position to influence or empower a discussion – or simply read and react to what’s being said.

Then, I read Jordan Behan’s Give Them a Reason. Jordan reminded me of Mack Collier’s post yesterday about Universal Studios empowering (igniting?) a discussion about the film, Miami Vice.

A slew (Jordan’s math, not mine) followed. As Jordan points out, this can happen either online or offline.

To summarize:

  • Equip your customers with something to talk about
  • Pave the road you desire them to travel (then offer them a map)
  • Reward their efforts (at least recognize them)

Maybe the Experience Planner just needs to find and delegate to a Conversation Conductor. Start with a few, end up with a slew?

technorati tags: Experience Planner Conversation Conductor   

The Immutable Law of Business Blogging


…but here are some good strategies by Tony Morgan (notice the first and last) (found via  Mark Howell)

technorati tags: Blog Strategy

coComment Upgrades: Great for Business and Community

Easton Ellsworth alerts us of a new version for coComment with some great new features:

  • Track ALL comments, even if the commenter is not using coComments (Great for staying involved in the conversation)
  • Track a comment thread, even if you don’t engage (Great feature for businesses doing Market Research)
  • User interface upgrades.

I’ve been noticing more people using coComment recently, such as Fred Wilson and David Armano. Folks like Jack Yan, Phil Gerbyshak and Easton have been using coComment for some time.

With the added features, maybe Ann Handley and John Wagner (both of whom comment all over the place). Lots of potential on how community architect Mack Collier could use coComment!

Aside: Not only did Easton write this up on his blog, he emailed me separately because he knew my readers would value the tip. That’s huge! Thanks EE.

technorati tags: coComment

Quotes n Notes: Perseverance

Qoutenote_3 With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.” – Sir Thomas Foxwell Buxton

It’s almost halftime. In a week, I will have completed my 45th year of life. There’s an old saying about the game of life: “Nothing is less important than the score at halftime.” I’m not sure I totally agree with that, but the point is well-taken.

Here are some of the things I learned in the first half of life:

I learned how to see, I learned how to crawl,
I practiced standing up, then I mastered the fall.
I learned how to lie, and that led to another,
I learned how to apologize to my father and mother.

I learned about the three R’s, that was a bore,
Though later in life I started craving them more.
I learned how to ride, first with training wheels,
Then I found out how falling down really feels.

I learned how to fight, and got sick of defeat,
I learned that this falling stuff is where the road and rubber meet.
I learned that it was ‘dog eat dog’ and I wanted mine,
And if I took the things I wanted “I” would be fine.

Then one day, about a quarter-way through this game
I thought I was standing tall, but was living in shame.
I looked around me and no one was anywhere about
I had fallen without knowing it, I was down and flat out.

With His help, we turned this ship right,
Though the goal of a loving life was not yet in sight.
I started on the inside, beginning deep within,
Hoping that I would find a natural smile again.

I learned I could love, and she’s stuck by my side,
Thanks baby – It’ was a heck of a ride.
I still fall, still getting better at it too.
But I get up quicker, we’ve got things to do.

So if I could learn all that (and much more I didn’t say)
What can be accomplished now, even in a single day.
I learn to laugh at falls (after the Merthiolate, of course)
We’ve got things to do – so we get back on the horse.

Whether it’s our work or our marriage – yes, even our blog.
Stick to your stance, you’ll get through the fog.
You might fall, get bruised or called out by the mobs,
But diamonds are lumps of coal that stuck to their jobs.

So as I get ready for the second half, no more falling (yeah, right)
I realize that great things are not achieved by sudden flight.
And what of you, my friend and reader – how’s the trip on your train?
Remember - If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain

Good News for WebDev Folks

Michael Bloch of Taming the Beast shares a study showing that 30% of US small businesses are still without a web site. Mid-size businesses check in with 15% not having their own site.

Not surprising on this end. I’ve been doing research for some rural Chamber of Commerce and Merchant Associations. Frankly, I’m surprised the number isn’t higher.

Take a look at Old Town Salinas (CA). Over 300 members, but a large portion have no web site listed. And they’re less than an hour drive from San Jose.

Michael shares his thoughts on four possible reasons for these numbers:

  • a fear of cost
  • a fear of jargon and technical concepts
  • trust issues
  • a general fear of the unknown

Yep, yep, yep and yep.

If you’re a small or mid-size business looking to get a web presence, I’ll suggest two things:

  1. Consider blogware to battle a few of the reasons above. You can use blogware to produce a static web site or better yet – engage in a conversation with your customers.
  2. Research other business blogs by visiting iBlogBusiness Directory. Contact the business bloggers you find. Send the author an email and ask questions.

If you’re a business blogger and not yet in the iBlogBusiness Directory, what’s holding you back?  Here’s a niche site I found there: Seeking Succession

If you’re a web developer and you’re looking for affordable solutions for your prospects who push back because of price, check out the directory, grab the feed right from the listing and plug it into your GreatNews feed aggregator – then show your client the example.

What’s that? You’re a web developer but don’t read feeds? I Hear that Train a comin’

technorati tags: iBlog Business Directory

Why Not?

Why Not…

  • wave to the pedestrian as you drive by?
  • say "hi" with a smile to everyone you see?
  • look for the good in others – and find it?
  • give a friend a hug in public?
  • say " we love you" to a customer?
  • have a conversation with a stranger (and listen first)?
  • think of a blog as a tool for conversations, rather than a technology to master?

Why Not? :-)  

FeedBurner adds Blogbeat to Analytics Menu

FeedBurner‘s acquisition of Blogbeat adds more strength to its menu of analytical services.

I currently use Google Analytics (site) and FeedBurner (feed) to measure metrics for visits, clickthrough, reach, etc. With FeedBurner’s addition, I look forward to having all stats under one service.

I’ve said it before – if you offer a feed, but aren’t measuring your feed stats, you’re missing out.

Here are a few reviews of Blogbeat, pre-FeedBurner days:

More on the acquisition from the FeedBurner blog.

technorati tags: Blogbeat Web Metrics

The Gift of Geek

Some people say I have a "gift of gab" – which hopefully means that I give my ears up to listen to others gab (right?)…

My friend Kyle has a natural "gift of geek" He recently hit the blogging ground full-speed and has yet to pull up with a limp. In fact, just this morning he shares his tips on Gimp – an affordable Adobe Photoshop-like image editor.

Make sure to catch Kyle’s Cove for top tips. Where does he get all those toys?