Steve Gilmor has penned a fascinating analysis of the Twittersphere over at TechCrunchIT in his article on “Calling Twitter’s bluff.” While initially looking at Twitter’s throttling of the firehose to FriendFeed it is worth reading as an assessment of the actions going on in the Twitter ecosystem. Twitter remains in a precarious position. A vast number of users access Twitter via third party tools and via SMS from their phones.
I am always interested in Time Management. It is so easy to let time slip away from us. Over the years I have used Time Management International’s system and accompanying binder and their goal oriented approach. I have also worked with David Allen’s Getting Things Done. I also am still a big believer in Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
The Muppets are looking pretty good in HD on YouTube!
Last Friday I wrote about how I had come up against a serious bug in SharePoint Workflow when creating a new record in a SharePoint Wiki. Yes, just another example of how underwhelming SharePoint’s touted wiki functionality when compared to products like SocialText or Confluence.Since last weekend I have persevered and today actually succeeded in implementing a Template functionality in the SharePoint Wiki. It required two workflows to be developed in SharePoint Designer 2007 and a couple of extra fields to be defined in the wiki. The result is crude but somewhat effective. This is what I had to do… I created two extra fields in the Wiki Library:
CopyTo – a single line text field
MakeTemplate – A Yes/No field that defaults to No. I then created two workflows. The first workflow works manually or when a record in the Wiki is changed.The second workflow works manually or when a record is created. The Change Workflow does the following: – Check for MakeTemplate = Yes and CopyTo is not blank
– Copy the Record to a New Record in the Same Wiki (You have to use Copy because the Create Record functionality is broken for Wikis. It creates a stub file that you can’t edit)
– Clear the CopyTo field back to blank The action of Copying the record to a new record triggers the second Workflow that looks for records being created. The Create Workflow does the following: – Check for MakeTemplate set to Yes and CopyTo is not blank
– Set Name field (ie. Title of the Page) to CopyTo value
– Set MakeTemplate to No and CopyTo value to blank This scenario allows a user to create a new page from any page that has the MakeTemplate field set to Yes.
Creating from the Template involves filling out the CopyTo field and saving the template record. The advantage of this is that it leaves a version history that documents who created a new page from the template and what the page was called. The next refinement is to work out if it is possible for the workflow to update the browser leaving the user on the new page. In the absence of this capability I have modified the Home Page of the Wiki to add a Web Part that lists the three most recent pages changes made by the User. What I haven’t worked out how to do – since I am only a lowly site administrator and not a SharePoint Server Administrator, is how to change the layout of the New Wiki and EditForm pages for the Wiki. Changing these files away from the default for the site collection seems to disable the Edit button on the Wiki. Making the Wiki largely useless. Yet more examples of how SharePoint is not a Collaboration platform but rather a development platform. ….It shouldn’t be this hard to collaborate.
The fact that SharePoint is missing an out of the box ability to work with multiple templates in a Wiki is not much short of scandalous for an Enterprise class product in 2009.
Microsoft is playing a dangerous game if this report is true. It is one thing to win audiences by being a better search engine. It is an entirely different situation if you are incentivizing content producers to hide content from competitors.
This could backfire on Microsoft if they are not careful.
Maybe Rupert Murdoch was serious about wanting to go without Google.
Murdoch’s News Corp. has initiated discussions with Microsoft over a plan to have the media company’s content essentially delisted from the world’s largest search engine, according to a report Sunday in the Financial Times that cited a person familiar with the situation. Microsoft, which owns rival search engine Bing, has also reportedly approached media giants about having their content removed from Google search results as well.
Microsoft representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The two companies have been linked discussing a Web-search partnership in the past. During Microsoft’s failed bid for Yahoo in 2008, the tech giant was reportedly in “serious” talks with News Corp. to make a joint bid for Yahoo.
Murdoch, the chairman of a newspaper, TV, and Internet empire that includes The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, 20th Century Fox, Fox News, and Hulu, warned earlier this month that his sites may soon disappear from the search engine’s listings. Murdoch accused search giants of “stealing” his company’s content during an interview with Sky News Australia. When he was asked why he just doesn’t pull his Web sites from Google’s search results, he said: “I think we will. But that’s when we start charging.”
Murdoch and other News Corp. execs have said that they intend to charge readers and viewers for access to the company’s content, forsaking the ad revenue model.
For several months, executives at some of the nation’s most influential newspapers and periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press, have been blaming Google and similar Web services for at least some of their deepening financial troubles.
Google sells ads tied to the news blurbs it “scrapes” from news sites. It links back to the Web sites from which it acquired the content but doesn’t share ad revenue with them.
“Publishers put their content on the Web because they want it to be found,” Google said in a statement earlier this month. “Very few choose not to include their material in Google News and Web search. But if they tell us not to include it, we don’t.”
Critics of the media companies’ bashing of Google point out that if media companies were serious about not being indexed by search engines, they could accomplish the feat on their own by inserting a single line of code into their URLs. For example, if the Wall Street Journal added a line such as online.wsj.com/robots.txt, content from the site would be rendered invisible to Google.
Once again I have spent a wasted afternoon battling with the brain dead SharePoint MOSS 2007 and SharePoint Designer.