Wednesday Jan 14, 2009

Blog Fan

It is embarrassing to share the post below but certainly very encouraging to know that readers like the posts on my two blogs (weblogs.java.net/weblogs/java.net and blogs.sun.com/arungupta).



I've thoroughly enjoyed 544 posts on weblogs.java.net and 762 posts on blogs.sun.com so far :)

Thanks for the continued readership and feel free to send suggestions by leaving a comment on the blog!

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Sunday Jan 04, 2009

TOTD #59: How to add Twitter feeds to blogs.sun.com ? + Other Twitter Tools


Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users's updates which are text-based posts upto 140 characters in length. This Tip Of The Day will show how to add Twitter feeds to your blog but first some facts about Twitter:

The State of Twittersphere Q4 2008 was released recently (generated using Tweet Grader) and shows:
  • Total of 4-5 million users
  • 70% users joined in 2008, 20% joined in past 60 days, 5-10 new accounts/day (so mostly noobies)
  • Only 5% have 250 or more followers
  • Only 0.8% have 1000 or more followers
  • 35% tweeters have 10 or fewer followers
  • 9% tweeters follow no one at all
Here are Tweet Grader statistics generated for @arungupta:



Lets add twitter feeds to your blog:
  1. Go to twitter.com/widgets and select Other as shown below:



    It allows you to create Flash and HTML widgets for any web page. Twitter feeds can be directly added to some other popular social networking websites by selecting their option.
  2. Click on "Continue" and choose between Flash or HTML widget as shown below:


  3. Click on "Continue" and feel free to customize as shown below:



    "Number of updates" is the number of tweets that will be shown and title can be changed as well.
  4. For blogs.sun.com, this obtained code fragment can be easily added to "_sideColumn" template.
Here are some other nifty tools to manage your Twitter account:
  1. Twitterfeed: Twitter your blog entries
  2. Twitterank: Page rank for Tweeters (85.01 as of this writing, live here)
  3. Twinfluence: Combined influence of twitterers and followers (as of Jan 2)
  4. TwitterCounter: Widget that shows twitterer follower
  5. TwitterFox: Firefox extension that notifies of tweets (really sweet and lots of other related plugins)
  6. SocialToo: Manage online interactions of Twitter (surveys, auto-follow/unfollow, Direct Messages to new followers)
  7. TweetStats: Trends and analysis as shown below:



    Live stats for @arungupta are available here.
  8. TweetLater: Schedule tweets for a particular time/day and some other features similar to SocialToo (auto-follow/unfollow and DM to new followers)
  9. Easy Tweets: Schedule tweets in future, automatically post RSS feeds and other similar features
There are numerous other tools available to manage your Twitter account! What is your favorite ?

Please leave suggestions on other TOTD (Tip Of The Day) that you'd like to see. An archive of all the tips is available here.

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Thursday Jan 01, 2009

Happy New Year 2009!

Wishing everybody a very happy and prosperous 2009!

With 275 total blog entries published during 2008 on this blog, 2008 was the most blogging-healthy year. Thanks to all the readers of this blog for a continually increased readership.

Here are some statistics for this blog for the year 2008 (2007 stats here) generated by Google Analytics:



2007 reported 183,031 visits and that shows upto 86% growth in page visits.




The average index is constantly over 2000 (again better than 2007). But there is a definite mismatch between numbers reported blogs.sun.com (powered by Roller) and Google Analytics. Unless the definition of "page views" is different, the numbers reported on this blog are constantly in the figure of 6-8K/day and Analytics report only in the vicinity of 2K.

Here is a geographic distribution of visitors:



And same data using ClustrMaps (from Jun 20, 2008 only):



Jun 2007 - Jun 2008 clustrmap is archived here.

Here is the tag cloud (including number of blog entries on each tag):




And finally here are the top-25 accessed blog entries:





Enjoy the new year eve celebrations all around the world:


Let 2009 bring peace and prosperity every where!

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Sunday Nov 02, 2008

Wordle: Word Cloud Applet


Wordle is pretty cool Applet (yeaaaah, still new ones are being developed ;-) that creates a word cloud from any RSS feed. I blog at blogs.oracle.com and weblogs.java.net and most of the content is GlassFish-focused. Here are some wordles generated from my two feeds:




Once a wordle is generated, it can configured for different layout, font and color. Here are some more from "Miles to go" ...






The corresponding tag cloud from the blog is given below:



The generated wordles do not seem to match the tag cloud (which is certainly more authoritative). For example, "NetBeans" is shown with much lesser intensity than "latitude" and "longitude".

Anyway as evident from the wordles and tagcloud, GlassFish stands out very well - just like the product itself :)

And then couple of wordles from weblogs.java.net ...




Here as well, This wordle is confusing because out of 517 blog entries, I'd guess 70-80% have GlassFish mentioned there. Even then "Mojarra" (JSF implementation from GlassFish community) is highlighted much more than GlassFish. Is that a bug ?

Wordles can be generated from random text or deli.icio.us tags as well. You can even see the word count and here is a sample:



But not sure how it generates them cause I've used the word "GlassFish" way more than 13 times just in subject!

Anyway, create your own and have fun!

Check out Alexis's wordles as well.

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Sunday Aug 24, 2008

LOTD #5: Blogging Gold for Sun - Forrester loves it!

A recent report by Forrester Research published a list of 15 companies that really get corporate blogging and produce blogs that are informative, fascinating, and a joy to read even for people who aren’t die-hard fans of the company. Here is what the report says about Sun Microsystems:

Like Adobe, Sun allows their employees to blog. They’ve been doing it for a long time, and their blog portal has over 4,500 bloggers covering over 110,000 posts. Some of their blogs, such as that of Web 2.0 and Web Services Evangelist Arun Gupta, have become quite popular on their own. That’s 110,000 posts of promotional gold for Sun and they know it.

Here are recent statistics of blogs.sun.com:


That's a comment for each post! I'm happy that this blog contibutes it's share.

All previous entries in this series are archived at LOTD.

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Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

2000 comments on "Miles to go..."


This blog has now been commented (including trackbacks) 2000 times. Here are the statistics as of this morning:



With 671 entries, that makes it approx 3 comments/entry.

And the tag cloud showing the # of blog entries on each topic. GlassFish is certainly way above others :)



And finally a tool to evaluate blog worth:

weblogs.java.net/blog/arungupta blogs.sun.com/arungupta


My blog is worth $14,113.50.
How much is your blog worth?


My blog is worth $64,357.56.
How much is your blog worth?


"Miles to go" worth has gone up 57 times since it's last evaluation in Mar 2007. The java.net blog worth is still the same which makes me doubt the mechanics to measure the worth!

Learn more about how this blog has grown here.

There are still many more miles to go ...

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Wednesday Aug 06, 2008

"Miles to go ..." 3 years old


3 years and 4 days ago Hello Blogsphere! was the first entry on "Miles to go ..." (this blog).

657 entries & 1939 comments later, here are some stats after Google Analytics was enabled on Jan 4, 2007.

A steady growth of visitors in past 18 months ...



A World map overlay showing visitors country ...



And a different perspective of countries ...



Here is some data generated by Clustrmap from Jun 2007 - Jun 2007 ...



And then for Jun 2007 - Jun 2008 ...



And now the top rated content ...



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Tuesday May 13, 2008

"Miles to go ..." in Japanese


GlassFish Globalization team in Japan has started translating some of my blogs (on reader's request basis) in Japanese. The first installment is now live on GlassFish Wiki.

It's interesting to see that the first two translated entries are on Ruby-on-Rails. As of this morning, there are 71 blog entries on Ruby-on-Rails. Send them an email if you are interested in translation of other entries. Alternatively, you can edit the wiki and create a new entry in "Wishlist" section.

Let me know if you have suggestions on the type of GlassFish content that you'd like to see on this blog.

Feel free to create translation in a different language and drop a comment here.

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Wednesday Jan 02, 2008

Happy New Year 2008!

2007 is history. Even in 2008 a day is gone, and 2 days in some parts of the world. But better late than never, so this blog wishes everybody in the blogosphere a very happy new year!

Here are some of the statistics for this blog for the year 2007:

Site Usage

 

Page Views

There is a high likelihood of mismatch between the way Roller instance of blogs.sun.com and Google Analytics calculate pageviews (or may be the definition of "pageviews" is different). This blog typically averages from 4-6k hits/day for past 6 months as reported on the side bar of blogs.sun.com. That would calculate to 1.27 million pageviews (5k hits/day ~ 6 months + 2k hits/day ~ 6 months) but Google Analytics report approx 1/4th of that number.

Top-25 sites

The statistics so far are generated using Google Analytics.

Geo Map of Visitors (still Miles to Go ... :)

 

Places visited by this blog

And a brief moment of excitement was when this blog showed up at the top rank on blogs.sun.com :)

Thanks to all the readers of this blog for a continually increased readership. Please feel free to suggest topics that you'd like to hear about.

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Thursday Mar 08, 2007

weblogs.java.net vs blogs.sun.com

FlexRex blogged about a tool that lets you evaluate the worth of your blog. So I did that for my two blogs and here are the results:

I put much more information (running, photography, etc) on blogs.sun.com/arungupta but java.net machinery seems to be 12.5 times powerful, at least gives me more bang for the buck :)

weblogs.java.net seems to be a clear winner, at least in terms of monetization, but I love running and photography so will continue blogging on both accounts.

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