Friday Oct 10, 2008

More protocols for pidgin

Having upgraded pidgin, now its time to add Facebook and Skype buddies. These require two add-ons, written by the same person. I installed Skype earlier in the week, so

Skype seems to be working well, and the install process is well documented by Eion, now I just need to test the facebook connection. Who do I only know as a facebook friend?

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Tuesday Apr 15, 2008

If you want to know what I am reading

Facebook's "Visual Bookshelf" has recently fixed their service that allows the embedding of your book shelf within HTML. I have posted my reading list at davelevy.info, so non-facebook users can follow my reading, if you so choose. I haven't posted it here; you can hover over the hyperlink. Their instructions are posted on their blog.

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Thursday Feb 21, 2008

Organisation and Communication

Just trying to sort myself out from my last trip abroad.

Firstly, I have sorted out my twitter so that I am now receiving on the phone from all my correspondents. I have looked at forwarding my twits onto my personal planet, but wget fails for some reason. I need to investigate further, although twitter's FAQ talks about a configuration feature. I shall only be using it occasionally, probably in emergencies to let people know that facebook/e-mail is not available to me, and to use other means to contact me.

It might be sensible to ensure that really important people subscribe and follow me, although they might expect a personal message, and also don't care about my internet connectivity.

I have also revised the my flickr application on facebook so that it forwards everything, not just the London pictures, and my facebook correspondents can now see the pictures as I upload them. I am not sure if it auto-updates, but I can force it to write into my mini-feed, so hopefully people get notified when new pictures go up. Now I just have to find time to upload them. The most recent uploads are from Spain and my Madrid trip, the most recent pictures are from Dubai. This will hopefully improve the quality of my facebook feed for those who follow me there.

Its a shame that I am trapped on such an old version of planet-planet, there's a couple of things that don't work as well as I'd hope. The slynkr posts are still broken, they don't display the description, but a generated comment, I have never got round to including either this blog, nor the flickr pictures. The plazes feed My Plazes - Atom feed is also mis-mapped, but  I am working my way through the O'Reilly python book to see if this helps me build a personal feed that does what I want.

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Friday Aug 10, 2007

Facebook

Dave Levy's Facebook profile Friends are moving to Facebook, so yesterday I had my first look at it. I checked out some of the add-on applications available by browsing the utility applications pages and discovered some amazing facebook applications. I have installed "my RSS" and connected to my bliki's rss stream (No I havn't there seems to be a quality issue with it, fortunately, there are several other apps that claim to do the job). I have also installed the del.icio.us (which works) and the plazes plug in (which has some problems), but there are so many that seem worthwhile and I need to go back to check them out.

I should probably get some feed back from my correspondents as to how they feel about the traffic created by these applications which all seem to write into the facebook feeds.

I have connected this blog to my profile and this may mean that I need to using the summary/content feature of roller which until now I only use occasionally.

Whoever argued that opening up the applications interface is awesome competitive advantage is absolutely correct, a true proof point that free and open source creates value.

I have bookmarked "Define Me" & "Books" (now replaced by a query on books), but also think that "My wish lists" (amazon wish lists), Friend Cloud, Memberships all seem worth exploring.

Talking to Alec Muffet, he suggests that it's possible disadvantage is that it is an internet end-point, it only broadcasts to your friends in the community and none of this interesting stuff about oneself is available on the net. I suppose your friends havn't given permission to publish their content. Alec, however, will probably let us know what he thinks soon.

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