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The Google SOAP API is making quite a splash. It’s at the top of the Daypop.com top 40 right now, and rising. Looks like Daypop users like the Google API almost as much as they like the new iMac. Does that mean that webloggers have a disproportinate number of geeky Macintosh users? Not sure about that one…

Dave is up after midnight pointing at work Simon Fell is doing with SOAP, the Blogger API, the Google API and Microsoft Word. My heart sinks a bit knowing that the stuff he’s done will only work on Windows. (Please correct me if I’m wrong on that. 😉

Give us ubiquitous APIs that use standard protocols, and we scripters, programmers, protocol wanks and geeks will give you ‘Net-aware apps you’ve never dreamed of. We can do wonders with paper clips and Duck Tape, but we could do so much more with a Swiss Army Knife and a soldering iron

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Paolo Vlademarin of evectors made a new Theme for his Radio weblog, using their Remote Edit WYSIWYG template editing tool. Remote Edit integrates editing of Radio templates with common WYSIWYG tools like Adobe’s GoLive. Paolo’s got a screenshot for us too.

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John Hiler: We are the Blogs. Journalism will be Assimilated.

“It’s when you tap the collective power of thousands of weblogs that you start to see all sort of interesting behavior emerge. It’s a property of what scientists call complex adaptive systems and it’s enabling weblogs as a collective to become more than the sum of its parts…

…Listen to your readers, and you will break many more stories. And if your readers are online and writing weblogs, you will break more stories than you could possibly imagine.”

Dave might be interested to know that the Mets won their opening day game against the Pirates, 6-2.

Jeff Cheney says he’s going to quit blogging. Good riddance, I tell you.

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Earlier, I saw Dave’s note about a page, which I will not link to in order to preserve it’s partial Googlewhack-iness, and realized that it’s not one. (Sorry Dave.)

According to this page, a true Googlewhack must consist of two search terms, both of which appear on Dictionary.com, which are searched for without surrounding quotes. (The quotes would restrict the search to the exact phrase.)

The search Dave linked to has seven search terms, one of which is not on Dictionary.com.

So I decided to do a quick experiment. How long would it take to really find one? I’d tried two or three searches for a minute or two each over the last couple of weeks, but didn’t find a true Googlewhack. Tonight I did:

apoplectic tweezer

The funny thing is that I clicked the Google Search button exactly twice, and the second time, I had a Googlewhack. Time: 27sec.

“Results 1 – 1 of 1.”

Here’s the result in case any of you are interested:

LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth – July 3, 1998 – CAMPOUT
loud at the episode where Greg’s mother was apoplectic about having a birthday that
ended in a these things, but girls, it happens. Have tweezer, will travel.

www.camprehoboth.com/issue07-03-98/campout.htm – 14k – CachedSimilar pages

I logged the whack on the Whack Stack. I also took a screenshot just to proove it.

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JD Lasica: Journalists who blog: “With their mix of personal insights, strong opinions and informal writing, weblogs… are showing what works well in the online medium. Unfortunately, personality, opinion and first-person writing are not attributes that leap to mind when one thinks of your average newspaper, offline or online. That’s too bad, because most journalists I know are interesting people and strong writers. But they won’t take to weblogs until they get a clear signal from newsroom execs that they have the freedom to speak and write whatever’s on their minds when they’re outside the office.”

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Here’s a new little lick for all you Radio people: You can now get a counter for the number of comments people have posted, in response to your weblog posts.

It’s simple:

First, update Radio.root.

Then go to the Comments prefs page. Scroll down to the Comment text field, and add a <%commentCount%> macro.

When your home page is re-published, you’ll have comment counters. You can see an example over here.

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New Radio UserLand feature: Comments. “The Comments feature adds a link to a popup window for each item on your weblog, allowing readers to discuss your observations, answer questions, or drag you down a notch or two with a nice juicy flame.”

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BlogApp for MacOS X “supports any Blogger API (XML-RPC) compatible site like Blogger, and Movable Type.” Features include spell checker, drag & drop, editing multiple weblogs, and Weblogs.Com ping.

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