Posts Tagged ‘Cool Scripts’

Feed Filtering with aideRSS

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July 26th, 2007
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aideRSS is a feed filtering and classification system that was recently showcased on Read/WriteWeb. As usual, the RW writeup is in depth and the insights and the research are useful in understanding the purpose and the use of aideRSS. aideRSS uses a proprietary “PostRank” algorithm to categorize and rank the posts on a certain blog and gives a reader the ability to filter the most important and most attention grabbing topics from any feed or blog. PostRank is particular to each blog’s statistics and is not a universal algorithm. The resulting ranked lists can then be subscribed through any regular feedreader. For example, the “best posts” from WeblogToolsCollection’s feed are available through this feed. You can perform a similar analysis on your blog by using the simple search on the main page. You can also use the service to filter the feeds that you read in order to reduce clutter […]

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SezWho: Commenter Reputation Plugin

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SezWho Offers Portable Reputations : Web Worker has a thorough writeup on the SezWho service which allows commenter reputation and rating across the web. Installation is really simple with their WordPress Plugin (also for MT). Web Worker seemed cautious about professing the success or viability of this service. However Read/WriteWeb, who is already using SezWho, was a lot more upbeat about the prospects. WeblogToolsCollection on the other hand, has been bitten hard by third party services and their scalability issues and I am going to shy away from this one for now. Sadly, it is quite hard to determine the dependability of a remotely hosted service from just their SLA and their promises, especially if their financial model is shaky.

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WordPress Plugin Generator

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July 14th, 2007
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Speaking of the WordPress Plugin Competition and writing new plugins, here is a WordPress Plugin Generator. Intriguing name, isn’t it? No, it does not write all WordPress plugins for you on demand and no it does not have AI. This tool will help you create a template for your own WordPress plugin. and it literally does just that. If you are new to WordPress or to writing plugins and you want a quick and dirty template with some of the fixin’s, the WordPress Plugin Generator is your ticket to your plugin’s inception. The tweakable features include the name of the plugin, some rudimentary and commonly used locations for result insertion on your blog, the framework for a config page, wpdb integration and comment and GPL in the header. It is definitely a good starting point. A word of friendly warning, the page’s style is completely broken on my Firefox. Thanks […]

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Burn Feeds for Cellular Phones

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July 12th, 2007
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Buzz Me is a service that allows you to “burn” your feed for mobile phones. I first saw this service on Performancing and it looked interesting. The service is fairly flexible and you can burn feeds of almost any blog or website that offers a feed on its own. It generates a feed page for your mobile phone that you can visit at your leisure to read your favorite feeds. Though I have some technical questions about the service, the FAQ page (on WordPress) explains the nuances in some detail and there is a page for publishers to offer up the service to their readers. I had trouble finding a name or brand that was consistent which I thought was odd and I am assuming they want to call their service Buzz Me. I stopped short of signing up because their terms of service put me off a bit with […]

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ChipIn: Funds for a reason

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July 5th, 2007
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ChipIn is an online tool to collect money from your blog or website and they have widgets that you can embed in your sidebar. It is a good way to keep track of your donations and an eye catching way of keeping track of your fund raising project. I personally like the backend interface and widget loads fast and you can choose many different applications to display the widget on including hosted WordPress blogs. At this time ChipIn does not charge any money to use their widget and the only fees you have to pay is for the PayPal transfer. This could be really useful to churches and other non-profit groups that regularly require donations for projects. ChipIn caught my eye when I was browsing a Church’s blog and they were collecting money for a new air-conditioner. I might set one up for the WordPress Plugin Competition. Know of anyone […]

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More stats from whos.amung.us

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June 21st, 2007
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Cool Scripts, Weblog Add-Ons

More stats from whos.amung.us: I really liked the service when it was first started and the recent improvements just add a little more icing to the cake. Now you can view the number of simultaneous users on your site or blog in graph format for the day, month or year. There is also a neat little search feature to modify your past stats for a certain date range. You can now tweak the widget for your blog by choosing the color of the background and the text in the widget to suit the layout of your site and there are options for the size of the widget. I chose the TechCrunch stats because they are much more interesting to monitor but as you can tell, I installed the widget on this blog on the first day I found it and unlike other tools, it is still displayed on this blog. […]

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QuickLinking on 6/19

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June 19th, 2007
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Iconlet is a search engine for icons that are available for public distribution and use. Various GNU, Eclipse and CC licensed icons of different sizes can be searched by name. ClickHeat is a self hosted, flat file based heatmap generator that is much like Crazyegg, only not as featureful and it might increase load on your server. Also checkout a gallery of various other AJAXy downloadable scripts from MiniAjax. Many of these already exist as WordPress plugins and others are yearning to be integrated into WordPress. Subscribe to a translated feed: Rafe Needleman from Webware (of Webware 100 fame, of which WordPress won the publishing category recently) explains how to subscribe to a translated feed using Yahoo pipes and Babelfish. The method is very simple and takes a few minutes. I created a feed for WeblogToolsCollection.com translated into French. Thanks Lifehacker

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reinvigorate Desktop Analyzer

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June 12th, 2007
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reinvigorate Desktop Analyzer: reinvigorate is offering an application that provides real time streaming web events from your blog or website to your desktop. They call this application Snoop. I really missed this feature that existed in past incarnations of reinvigorate. I have said in the past that I am a sucker for stats and this just tickles the stats funny bone. reinvigorate, if you are not aware, already provides a whole bunch of analytics that rival Google Analytics in features and performance.

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Scoble is a Feed Ninja

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May 29th, 2007
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How Scoble reads 622 RSS feeds every morning: Vlog of how Scoble organizes his feeds using Google Feedreader and filter and sifts through them to find the relevant information he wants to track or read about. The number of feeds he follows is staggering to me. I read approximately 200 feeds and rotate them freuqently. In spite of the smaller number, I have a hard time keeping up with the rush of information from feeds and other sources. Although in my defense, my 24″ vertically rotated monitor really helps with the reading (I run two monitors, 1 x 20″, 1 x 24″ rotated, Ultramon) and blogging is not my day job. Also of interest, is the Better Google Reader Firefox extension that I find quite useful. I started using Google Reader a few months ago and have yet to switch back. The linked video was choppy for me but Scoble’s […]

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