Blogging Tools 2004/7

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A list of tools that can be used for blogging.

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Social Bookmarking and Furl ... Bookmarking++

Peter Caputa is wondering about Furl or web archiving tools. rocks. It is my main bookmarking tool. Users can share their bookmarks publicly on the web; use a javascript bookmarklet tool to bookmark a page in one click, categorize bookmarks under multiple categories and type their own short description for the bookmark. All these features make backflip look like DOS.

Spurl vs Furl: Not sure what came first, but there are not a lot of differences between these two. There are some differences in implementation: Furl has a toolbar and spurl uses a browser button for MS IE users. After a quick trial, I would say furl gets a better rating on usability. But, I have talked with the founder of Spurl, and he is definitely on the right track. And both of these tools allow people to archive single pages of content. So, instead of just storing the link to it, you can store the page. Like I said, I don`t use these tools. Does anyone? For what purpose?

As an active furl user, I would say that furl functions as a Social Bookmarking++ service. I use it the same way as most people use with the added advantage that pages I bookmark are also saved. That includes the ability to share entries out in a complete feed or by category. Very handy. Additionally, the page categorization allows furl to "recommend" pages to me with startling accurancy. As far as what you can do with furl, checkout my Furl Bookmarklets for ways to traverse all the furled pages you are interested in. Also checkout 10 Cool Things To Do With Furl.

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My Favorite PowerPoint Resources

I'm still not entirely sold on PowerPoint the Good But here are some places to looking at to help make it better. This is probably the longest PowerPoint resource list I've seen. From Working Smart - My Favorite PowerPoint Resources:
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10 Cool Ways to Use Furl

Thanks to Contentious for the link to Amy Gahran's 10 Cool Ways to Use FURL:

Here are a few of my own:

  1. Use it to update your customers with news of interest in your field ... spontaneous communication channels that self maintain. 
  2. Use it as a way to support group information sharing for people who don't run their own blogs...
  3. Use it to decorate your website... as you bookmark they show up in the side bar of your website.

I agree that using furl for group work is something that is begging for more direct support in the furl toolset.  What I've been doing to help this out is exploring ways of creating a group furl aggragate RSS feed ... and then we each  select a category to share and the aggregated feed picks up that category.  A little cumbersome, but it preserves individual entries from deletion by other group members.

[via Full Circle Associates Online Interaction & Community Blog]

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