frassle/in the frassle market


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Pete finally realizes that blogs can form a basis for personalized web search. In other news from Pete, Gmail is adding an aggregator, Feedmesh still seems like a good idea that is only alive thanks to Bob Wyman, and AllConsuming is tagging for books.

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Frassle is noted (and even pictured!) in this excellent survey of social bookmarking applications.

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Google's Blogger.com has implemented autosave for posts, using a cookie-based approach just like frassle's. Their announcement also has an update that mentions they've disabled autosave because it causes an annoying problem for some users. I wonder if this is the same issue some frassle users have reported, where they are always prompted to restore a post—even if it was successfully posted? I still haven't figured out what's going on there… do any readers suffer from this problem?

(Perhaps it only happens when you edit? I just got it on editing this post.)

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This new version has a number of cool features, like smarter moderation and support for static pages so you can build a whole website.

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Russell Beattie points to a cool project, TagSurf, which has some resemblance to Frassle. It's all links, tags, and messages. In Frassle, the organizing principle is links: you make a comment by creating a blog post whose title links to my blog post; two categories or blogs are associated when they link to a lot of the same stuff. TagSurf, as its name would imply, is organized around (shared) tags. But also around links – you can get a set of responses to a given URL.

I should spend some more time grokking TagSurf and seeing whether it's worthwhile to copy some of its features.

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Katharine Mieszkowski has a short story about tagging in Salon.com. She interviewed me for it, but unfortunately frassle didn't get a mention. It's a pretty light piece but has a nice illustration.

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This multi-system bookmarklet factory lets you easily make a bookmark in multiple systems, including frassle!
[thanks Fiona]

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RSS Digest will show or syndicate an Atom or RSS feed on any web page. This is a feature many people want for their blogs. Many more than know of services like RSS Digest.

Incidentally, this is also a feature that frassle offers. Although in the current version of frassle, it's mired within the difficult-to-use publisher.

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According to Adam Gaffin, this piece of software offers blog, forum, and wiki interfaces to the same content. Perhaps a good place to steal ideas gather inspiration.

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While reading a somewhat interesting post about how the Google Desktop Search works, I saw a very curt comment:

Why not replace Google Desktop with Intellij Omea

Why not? Well, Google Desktop search was from Google, and Omea was… not a word. What is this strange beast?

Omea is an extremely powerful yet simple to use Integrated Information Environment. With Omea, you can access, organize, and quickly search all your digital resources, including e-mails, syndicated Web feeds, instant messaging conversations, newsgroup articles, favorite web sites, personal contacts, and even locally stored files (.doc, .pdf, .txt, etc.), all in one easy to use composite interface that's well organized and efficient to navigate.

Sounds nice, but I've heard this all before. So I download it, and it impresses the hell out of me. As in, it's my new email client and RSS aggregator. It's fast. It's got a complex but usable interface. It synchronizes instantaneously with Outlook.

Let me be blunt: this software raises the bar for frassle. Try it! They also have a simpler RSS Reader and bookmark manager that anyone using an aggregator should try. Windows only.

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