Identity and findability on the web—some personal-historical notes

November 25th, 2017

A little meditation on how it has changed for me to be a person on the web.

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Change in focus: A more day-to-day blog

May 24th, 2009

Hey, what good is a blog if it doesn't get used? For the past few years I've been keeping the posts here limited to things that I think will be interesting or useful to strangers on the internet, and avoiding the sort of posts that will only be interesting to my friends. Well, I'm going to change that.

I was going to write a long, in-depth post explaining why I think this is the right thing to do, but that's part of the problem. (See why in the first bullet-point.)

  • My posting rate has dropped, in part because I'm a perfectionist. Long posts requires a lot of rewrites, and the pile of drafts weighs on me.
  • I now have many friends who I am not in weekly contact with. It makes more sense to blog my life now.
  • I can always section my blog into day-to-day vs. intellectual categories for filtered reading and subscribing if I feel it is becoming too much of a mish-mash.

So, my next post will be about what I am up to this summer.

Proper implementation of friend groups: Request for input

December 17th, 2007

In my quest to bring the features of Livejournal (and other proprietary social networks) to the open, public internet, I'm stuck on how to properly implements friend groups. Friend groups determine which users are allowed to see your more sensitive blog entries. I've pulled together a description of several alternative models, and I'd like some input.

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OpenID: A mechanism for locked blog posts? (Or: Free at last)

December 9th, 2007

People are getting pissed at SixApart for their stupid modifications to LiveJournal, apparently in the name of cracking down on child porn. (They're doing it wrong.) The problem is that people want to move away from LJ to a decentralized system (such as the way email and web hosting works), but blogging software does not yet generally support locked posts. (Locked posts are blog entries that only selected friends have permission to read.) I'm thinking that OpenID could help with this situation.

Sorry for the disjointed, skimpy post: I just want to get these ideas out there for discussion.

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Comment tokenizer algorithm

July 5th, 2007

The existing comment-tracking systems that I know of just aren't enough. CoComment is buggy and fails to properly parse out comments for a number of blogs, and is missing a number of important features. (Float unread to top of list, for example, or track a URL without visiting it.) has a much nicer interface and tracks better, but lacks a Firefox extension and some of the advanced features of CoComment.

Rather than simply whining about the lack of excellent trackers, I want to help the existing ones improve. Here I present most of algorithm to parse out comments from an unfamiliar blog template.

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