Thursday, August 28, 2008

about this draft

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This draft working model was set up last night to demonstrate a new interface between differing PMW and PMC access points. Custom search engines developed here draw together disparate interfaces of the PMC, PMW, and PJR into one easily searchable, virtual 'database.'

An interface like this one also provides avenue for linking feedback and commentary directly with PMW outputs, rather than having to cross over to a completely different website.

Just as important, an interface like this one links in automatically with search engines for blogs, which now appear automatically with news searches. So, for example, a search in Google for Pacific Media Watch pulls in web, news, and blogs.


Fashions come, fashions go: remember when a .com address was all the rage? Then .net, then in more recent years, country suffix like became popular as a way of marking out content from the .com swill.

So it is with blogging. There remains considerable confusion over blog technology and what it should be used for. First and foremost, blogs are a delivery tool, not an editorial stance. Plenty of blogs run as normal webpages, either auto-forwarded from a normal web address, or plugged into the back of a normal website. APCEDI is a notable regional proponent of this latter approach. Their blog-powered alerts page looks substantially the same as the rest of the site.

In other words, for the best web sites, there is no attempt to separate the blog part of online publishing from the 'normal' website parts, because they recognise that blogging is content neutral - just like an earlier technology, email.


Building a blog-powered shop window for Pacific Media Watch gives not just tech fashion 'cred' but, as indicated above, provide easy feeds for aggregators like Google News to pick up and republish to the world.

RSS feeds can also be picked up in a variety of other beneficial ways, including by mobile phone.

Finally, a blogsite such as this one adds an arrow to the quiver of upload options for updating, including automatically, via email auto-publishing.


AFAP Asia-Pacific Disaster Alerts
Fashions in information technology (google links)

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