TheAquarium Weekly - First Two Issues Now Available

I just released the second issue of TheAquarium Weekly. The TA Weekly is a wiki-based companion to the TheAquarium and to the @glassfish twitter account. These three mechanisms are intended to interact as follows:

I've done two weeks following this rough approach; I believe it is sustainable - time will tell. The advantage of using a Wiki format for the TA Weekly is that non-Oracle members of the community can help very easily.

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Feedback, as always, is very appreciated.

Comments:

As I've mentioned before ( http://blogs.sun.com/theaquarium/entry/feedback_on_twitter_and_facebook ), I think it's a terrible idea to disperse the master copies of important announcements/news across third-party websites like Twitter/Facebook. Why would you do that? This is Oracle/Sun, you have your own website. Don't you want to drive traffic to your own web properties? I just read the first two issues of "The Aquarium Weekly". It contains lots of info that used to show up here on The Aquarium blog first. Now, it's delayed to the end of the week and now I have to check not one but two places for news (blog \*and\* wiki), plus it's all bunched up in week-size chunks, whereas before it was much more digestable in day-size pieces. Due to its chronological nature, the blog medium is perfect for disseminating news. Why not just keep posting news daily to this blog, the way you used to do it? I really liked that format, it was easy to keep up with, plus the entries were carefully tagged - extremely useful when trying to find entries relevant to a particular topic. That is now lost with the wiki-based weekly summary. Is anybody asking for a weekly medium? What's wrong with just subscribing to this blog? I just really don't understand the rationale for this change.

Again, sites like MyFaceTweetBookSpace are great to repost news that was originally published here at The Aquarium blog, to help drive traffic from those popular social networking sites. Just don't make the mistake to scatter sole copies of all the useful information across third-party web properties just because they are the fad of the day. Some of us follow this blog for professional reasons - it allows us to keep up with technologies that are relevant to how we make a living. Please don't confuse your mandate to cater to a \*professional\* community with adding to the self-indulging banter of social networking sites.

Posted by Richard C on March 22, 2010 at 04:48 AM PDT #

> Why not just keep posting news daily to
> this blog, the way you used to do it?

Just cycles. I do this mostly on "spare" cycles and the old format has been very hard to sustain.

> self-indulging banter of social networking sites

I treat twitter as micro-blogging (and curated news content). The main advantage is that it is very cheap and I can find time through the day to do those posts.

Real, TA-quality, posts take quite a bit of time to do, and it is hard for me to commit to doing more than one post a day. I've tried different "group"/"delegation" approaches over the years but at the end it ends being mostly a one person show.

I very much appreciate and encourage the feedback. Keep up on it but give me some more time to evolve the multi-modal approach and see how it works. I have a couple of evolution ideas I was planning to try next. See how it works out.

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on March 22, 2010 at 06:05 AM PDT #

One specific idea is to have one TA post a day. The post would have a "lead story" and would nave links to other "highlights", with a link to the permalink for the day at TA Weekly.

This is a bit harder to implement than the raw weekly because it means I need to find the time to work on it each day, but I think it is sustainable.

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Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on March 22, 2010 at 06:16 AM PDT #

Thanks for providing additional insight into how you run the blog. I totally understand the cycle limitation. In that regard, maybe your new masters can help by making it official that someone should (at least part-time) take on the role of news curator and/or community liaison for the GlassFish community. FWIW, I'm +1 on how you've been running the show here on TA: Just the right volume, just the right content. More context than a tweet can provide and still concise enough to be easily digestible.

The post frequency of one per day (or rather 5 per week) is really just a guideline. I would imagine that each post comes together organically around a specific topic - when the right amount of material/number of links is reached, the post is good to go. At least, if that's true the daily format shouldn't be more work than the weekly format - but maybe my assumptions about how you put posts together are wrong.

BTW, I'm subscribed to a number of Sun-sponsored Java blogs (Java SE/EE Headlines, Java Enterprise Tech Tips, etc.) and I noticed they have been conspicuously quiet since the Oracle acquisition. I hope this will ramp up again once the assigned responsibilities in the combined organization become clear. It's not good for Java to look like a house where there's nobody home.

On a related note: I would hate to see all the resources on java.sun.com move to the oracle.com domain just because of the acquisition. It would invalidate 100s of my bookmarks, not to mention the link structure on the web pointing to java.sun.com that has grown over the last 15 years. Any plans to finally give Java its own rightful place on the web (like php.net), so that future corporate maneuvers don't mess with resource locations anymore? Looks liks java.org is unused...

Posted by Richard C on March 22, 2010 at 09:06 AM PDT #

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