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How To Get People To Link To and Talk About Stuff You Write Without Being a Jerk

I’m writing this up to help bloggers and other people who create stuff online (videos, etc.) get their “stuff” more visibility, by getting more sites to link to it and talk about it. Specifically, I’m trying to help people in my group at work, Intel Software Network, by sharing some of my experience and ideas, since I’ve been blogging for over 5 years. I’m by no means an expert, just sharing what I know. I hope you’ll post a comment or otherwise jump into the conversation if you have ideas of your own on how to get more “outside” links and conversation around the things that you write.

This post is NOT going to be a list of “tricks” or quick fixes. I’m not talking about linkbait, or SEO black magic, or anything like that. Hopefully, the things I lay out will seem like common sense. It takes sustained effort over a period of time to build up your reputation and influence – you don’t just instantly “get famous”. So be prepared.

Update: Google has posted some great tips for bloggers. It’s mostly on how to optimize your site for Google, make your stuff more findable, etc. In case you didn’t want to just take my word for it… :-)

Step 0: Build Your Network

This is “step 0” because it needs to be worked on for a while before you get real results. I’m talking about connecting with people, in real life and online. Get to know them, what they like, what they write about, and what they’re interested. Help them get to know you, what you’re passionate about, and what you know. You can do this by exchanging comments on each other’s blogs, following each other on Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, or whatever. The medium itself isn’t specifically important, but this is why I’m always talking about how important it is to connect with other people on places like Twitter.

Don’t be a snob about who you connect with. I have people in my network who are senior editors at large, popular tech publications, and also people who write small, narrowly-focused niche blogs or don’t blog at all. I’m friends with them because we have interests in common, and have shared inteactions – NOT just because of where they write! Don’t be blinded into thinking you need to connect with the “big fish” more than other people. First of all, it doesn’t matter. Second, you’re going to be asking people to link to or say something about your material, and you’ll sound like a jerk if it seems like you only care about attention from the “popular” crowd. Everyone has their own audience and sphere of influence. Be grateful for any and all links and attention that you receive.

Step 1: Create Interesting, Easy To Find Content

This is hopefully a no-brainer, but it bears mention. If you want people to link to something you’ve created, it should be interesting enough to merit the attention. No matter how good you think you are, not every single thing you write or create is going to get picked up on all the news sites and linked to all over the web. Some of your stuff is going to be higher quality than the rest. Consider exercising some restraint in what you try to promote, so you don’t become “the boy who cried wolf” by trying to get EVERYONE to link to EVERYTHING that you create. Attention and goodwill from other people is a precious commodity. Don’t squander it.

Also, make your stuff easy to find. For most sites, the majority of traffic comes from search results, not referring links. Think about what you’d search for if you were looking for the topic you’re writing about. Be clear and specific and relevant in your post title. Try putting your post title into Google, and see if Google has any suggestions for making it better (“Did You Mean…”).

Step 2: Link to Other People. A Lot.

Get in the habit of linking to other sites and people in your network. Do it a lot. It makes what you write that much more interesting and useful, and it’s a great way to connect with and show respect for the people you link to, and make them a lot more willing to link to you in the future. If you want people to link to you, don’t be stingy with the links you give out.

Don’t worry AT ALL about trying to keep people on your own site. Think of what’s probably the most visited and most useful site on the internet – Google. Is Google popular because they try to keep people on their site, or try to be “sticky”? No! Google is popular and useful because they send you away as quickly and efficiently as possible. Be like Google.

Step 3. Submit to the News Centers

There are lots of news sites and aggregators out there whose sole purpose is to link to interesting stuff that readers have submitted to them. Slashdot, Digg, Reddit, YCombinator Hacker News, etc. Discover which ones that are most influential for your area of expertise. Learn the process for submitting something, and what the criteria are for it getting published. Become a member of the community – read what gets posted, and post comments on stories.

When you have created something that you think would be a good fit for one of these news sites, submit it! On rare occasions, someone else might pick up your post and submit it, but for the most part, if you don’t do it, no one else will. Don’t be shy.

Don’t get discouraged if what you submit doesn’t “make it” to the front page of the site, especially on really big and popular sites, like Digg and Slashdot. Don’t give up, and keep at it.

Step 3.1: Use StumbleUpon

This one deserves its own subsection. StumbleUpon is a collaborative “hey, this is cool!” service that lots of people use. Basically, there are two sides to StumbleUpon. First, in the course of your web browsing, you “stumble” pages you think are interesting or cool. Second, you can see what pages other people have “stumbled” as interesting. That’s a super basic explanation.

The reason I put StumbleUpon apart from the other “news” sites is the quality of the visits that getting on StumbleUpon brings compared to the other sites. Getting linked on the front page of Slashdot or Digg will bring a BIG spike in traffic, but it doesn’t tend to last. People who read those sites are voraciously looking for “what’s hot”. Traffic from StumbleUpon is different. Because there’s not a “front page”, once your stuff gets into the database, it generates a pretty steady, constant flow of visits. Which is really nice.

Step 4: Ask Your Network, Nicely

Once you’ve built your network (see Step 0), get in the habit of letting them know when you’ve posted something that you think they may find interesting. Send out a link on Twitter, or in your Facebook status, etc. Try to make it “hey, I just posted this, let me know what you think” and not “hey look! I posted something awesome again!”. Ask (nicely) for people to link to your post, or to vote for it on Digg and the like. Again, don’t become “that person” who only ever tries to promote their own stuff. But when you’ve done something that you think deserves some attention, it’s OK to let people know about it. Again, if you don’t do it, it’s unlikely that anyone else will.

Step 5: Listen and Respond

Once you’ve put the word out, monitor for links and mentions of your stuff. This is where having “ego” search feeds, or a personalized listening dashboard like the one I created for Intel comes in handy. Set up search feeds (I use Google Blogsearch, Google News, Ask.com blog search, and Twitter search) for your name, and the URL and name of your site. This topic probably deserves a whole post of its own. I’ll write something up soon.

When a news site or a blog does link to or mention you, post comments on their site, thanking them, answering questions, and basically being involved in the conversation. The reason for doing this is to show that you’re smart, savvy, listening, and engaged in the conversation. Engaging in the conversation, wherever it happens, builds connections between the participants, and makes them that much more likely to want to link to you again in the future. Which feeds right back into “Step 0: Build Your Network”.

Step 6: Make This a Habit

Like I said at the beginning, this isn’t a trick that can be learned. This stuff takes time and effort. That’s why you need to think of it as skills to be learned and habits to be formed. Keep practicing. Accept that you might not get stellar results at the beginning. But if you keep it up, you’ll find that you’ve grown your own reputation, influence, and network of people who listen to you. That’s what makes all the effort worth it.

Step 7: ???

What have I missed here? If you have ideas, suggestions, or things that you do that you think would be helpful for people trying to get noticed and get linked to, please let me know. Post a comment, or post something on your own blog and link here. Like I said, I’m not proclaiming myself the expert on this subject. I learn lots every day, and I love it. So tell me what YOU do to get people to link to you and talk about you without being a jerk. :-)

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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-15

  • In an all day team face to face meeting with the ISN team. @billpearson just showed a really cool video. #
  • We’re doing an unusual (for Intel) but very cool exercise: everyone was to buy (or borrow) a book, then tell us why they chose that book. :) #
  • OH: “We shouldn’t be colliding with another galaxy. That’s just sloppy management. Who’s looking into this?” #
  • OH: “Pompei was destroyed by a volcano. That could NEVER happen here.” :-) #
  • Today is the 3rd birthday of Intelpedia, the Intel-wide internal wiki I created. Celebrations taking place worldwide at Intel sites. :-) #
  • Intelpedia has several “children”, wikis at other companies that I’ve helped people set up. It’s contagious! :-) #
  • I never kept track of what companies I’ve helped with wiki stuff. Am thinking it would be nice to keep track, see how they’re progressing. #
  • @linuxaid is ALREADY posting the videos from Ignite Portland 4 last night. Will do a post on our site soon (I’m in an all day meeting). in reply to linuxaid #
  • @janetleejohnson The wiki platform I recommend and teach is MediaWiki, but it’s not always the best choice. in reply to janetleejohnson #
  • @davekresta The problem of easy wiki for newbies to edit is age old. Can try a WYSIWYG plugin but I say teach people through the curve. in reply to davekresta #
  • @krystlechung In general, I advocate teaching people to be smarter and more capable over dumbing the tools down to lowest common denominator in reply to krystlechung #
  • @jackbaty Ah. “Making it simple” versus “dumbing it down” is a subjective slippery slope. It depends. :-) I’m all for making things simple. in reply to jackbaty #
  • @davekresta It’s a fine line. You want to make it as easy as you can to edit, but they also have to climb the learning curve. in reply to davekresta #
  • It was SO cool to have @rachelbancroft with me at Ignite Portland last night. I loved introducing her to my tweeps. :-) She’s so wonderful! #
  • @matt_mcc Anyone at Intel can edit/contribute to Intelpedia. The info is limited to stuff that it’s OK for the whole company to see. in reply to matt_mcc #
  • Postulate: Building community sells more of your company’s product that traditional marketing efforts. Discuss. Data points or anecdotes? #
  • @krystlechung Interfaces (e.g. blog engines) can make things easy for people, but they will benefit from knowledge of the markup code. in reply to krystlechung #
  • @krystlechung Right. I would never tell someone “You’ll never have to learn ANY HTML. You can always just use the WYSIWYG interface.” :-) in reply to krystlechung #
  • Hmm. Turns out that thinking up ideas that really “push the envelope” is really hard. #
  • @wajiii At the least, people should tag their photos igniteportland or ip4, so they can be found. This is the first I’ve heard of a pool. in reply to wajiii #
  • @wajiii I know. :-) I was just pointing out the “official” photo tagging/sharing tips we’ve been telling people. in reply to wajiii #
  • RT @igniteportland The open thread for IP4 feedback is up. Go and tell us how we can improve Ignite Portland! http://tinyurl.com/6386o4 #
  • RT @ahockley Ignite Portland 4 photoset: http://twurl.cc/7jx #ip4 #
  • @Jmartens Lots of people have asked for a more technical slant to the Ignite talks. Go leave a comment here: http://tinyurl.com/6386o4 in reply to Jmartens #
  • @Jmartens That said, we have to go off of the idea submissions we get for Ignite, so if more people submitted more techy ideas… :-) in reply to Jmartens #
  • @ahockley Stellar photography, friend. Thanks for being there, and all the hard work to make those great photos! :-) in reply to ahockley #
  • @rachelbancroft Pics or it didn’t happen. πŸ˜‰ in reply to rachelbancroft #
  • I LOVE this photo that @ahockley took of me on stage at Ignite Portland 4 last night: http://tinyurl.com/5k7era #
  • @sumwan I’ve been checking the App store for the Google spoken search app all day long. Will definitely share when I get my hands on it. :-) in reply to sumwan #
  • @sumwan Did you know you can search Google by voice already from ANY phone? http://google.com/goog411/ An app could make it even better, tho in reply to sumwan #
  • So where IS that dang Google voice search iPhone app they keep talking about? Friday’s almost over! #
  • It seems that I’m going to be on the @strangelovelive show tonight, recapping #IP4 with @camikaos and @drnormal. Come join us! #
  • @aweiss LOL I’d even jump through that hoop, I want the Google app so bad. :-) in reply to aweiss #
  • Hey, Portland – get out and see the moon. Full, low on the horizon to the NE. Very cool looking. #
  • I’m going to be on @strangelovelive in about 20 minutes, with @camikaos and @drnormal. Via Skype, sadly, due to by suburban habitat. #
  • @ahockley It was more of a timing issue than anything, had to get the kids home from the sitter after date night with @rachelbancroft. :-) in reply to ahockley #
  • Going, uh, live on @strangelovelive in just a couple of minutes. http://tinyurl.com/5l2e5h #
  • @strangelovelive Was much fun. Thanks for having me! I’ll stick around for after hours. Not sure what to expect. :-) in reply to strangelovelive #
  • @camikaos and @drnormal are staging a shoe/Crocs intervention for me on @strangelovelive. :-) in reply to camikaos #
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Survival Mode

Things have colluded to make the last three weeks or so super busy on a personal, work, and community level. It’s been pretty nuts. Continues to be. But if I can make it through this weekend, I should be OK for the rest of the year. πŸ˜‰

Some of the things I hope to be writing more about soon: Ignite Portland 4, Ignite Portland 5, more netbook stuff, and gearing up for a project I hope to kick off next year that I’m really excited about. So stay tuned. I’m not dead yet. :-)

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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-13

  • Today’s the big day! Ignite Portland 4! Tag is #IP4, if you’re into that sort of thing. I need to get my search feeds in place to track buzz #
  • @jarvitron Yeah, but, besides a touchscreen (which I wouldn’t want), what other 901 add-ons are there? I don’t know of any exciting ones… #
  • @jarvitron I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a version of the 1000H with 3G announced. They’re the same motherboard. Shouldn’t hard to add. YMMV. #
  • @Britopian Why does something always have to get killed? I prefer to think in more collaborative, creative terms than militant/warfare. #
  • I predict that Ignite Portland is going to show up on the Twitter Trends at search.twitter.com tonight. :-) #
  • @Britopian I see. I was illustrating a point, too. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @turoczy Thanks for the awesome “tips and tricks to enjoy Ignite Portland” post (http://twurl.cc/7gn). I reposted part on the IP blog. :-) #
  • Off to lunch with the ISN team, then, finish getting ready for Ignite tonight. I’m nervous about getting up on stage for “What is Ignite” :( #
  • @Brady we wish you could make it, too! Itgoing to be awesome. :-) #
  • So, Ignite Portland doesn’t even start for a few hours, and we’re already killing Twitter? Awesome. :-) #ip4 #
  • @rachelbancroft and I are on our way over to the east side for Ignite Portland 4! w00t! :-) #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-12

  • I, for one, welcome our new spam filter-based software overlords. #
  • @wesley83 The iPhone syncs and works perfectly well with Windows, too. Don’t let lack of a Mac keep you from the awesomest phone on earth :) #
  • @wesley83 iPhone web browsing is SO much better than WM. Tons of awesome apps in the app store. The overall experience is much nicer. #
  • @Stammy I noticed that limitation (can’t page back more than 200 in my Twitter history) a bit ago. It’s why I now archive mine on my blog. #
  • @wesley83 More reasons I love my iPhone: Ocarina. Google Earth. Lightsaber. iChalky. Shazam. Pandora. Urbanspoon. i.TV. Brighkite. Etc. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @wesley83 I had WM devices for years. They’re very capable. But the iPhone blows them away. And why would one want Flash on mobile web page? #
  • @wesley83 Which apps do you use for productivity? (I’m not trying to badger you here. Just a friendly comparison. :-) #
  • @wesley83 Honestly, the three things I use most on my iPhone are the iPhone web versions of FriendFeed, Google Reader, and Twitter. #
  • @robevans Since when is “can multitask” the definition of a smartphone? How does that make a difference? What’s real-world benefit? #
  • @wesley83 Cool. Like I said, WM is a good platform, and I’m sure you’ll be happy with your phone. :-) #
  • @robevans I totally understand wanting more flexibility. I’m willing to sacrifice it for something that does what I want REALLY well. :-) #
  • @robevans Yup, it’s all *nix under the covers. Jailbroken, it’s basically a little BSD box in your pocket. :-) #
  • How stupid is it that the fancy new iPhone formatted Google search results (http://tinyurl.com/68m8kj) don’t work from Safari’s search box? #
  • The new Flip Mino HD looks REALLY nice. A 720p video cam for $229. Added it to my Wishlist in case someone wants to buy me one. :-) #
  • So. Ignite Portland 4 is tomorrow night. Are you ready? I am. Oh, hey! There’s going to be a surprise announced there… #
  • @influxx The Flip Mino HD is only $229, not $300. Even better! :-) #
  • @turoczy Indeed. Make sure to pay attention during my “What is Ignite?” talk at the beginning of the evening. :-) #
  • @ahockley Sadly, the fire marshall and the owners of the Bagdad put the kibosh on the pyrotechnics…. #
  • @turoczy I’ll tell you. Tomorrow night. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @greghughes If we ever do an Ignite in a pyrotechnic-friendly venue, we just might take you up on that. Thanks! :-) #
  • Aaand, my Internet connection through Intel’s proxy is taking a dirt nap. Neighbors’, too. I feel slower and dumber. #
  • @chrisorourke The proxies are occasionally cranky and overworked, so I can’t really blame them. Sometimes, the tubes just get clogged. :-) #
  • @jltitus Google Reader, Twitter, FriendFeed, and NetVibes. #
  • Get an Eee PC 900A netbook from Best Buy for $279: http://tinyurl.com/5o8l4l Not the cream of the crop, but a great deal. #
  • Now THIS is a brilliant idea: http://www.sitorsquat.com – I downloaded the free iPhone app (there’s a BlackBerry version, too, @ahockley :-) #
  • @ahockley Oh, come on. Tell me you’ve never been in public and needed to find a decent public restroom. I know I have. :-) #
  • Ooops. @rachelbancroft just reminded me about some DVDs I was supposed to return to the library last week. That are still in my car. :-( #
  • I refuse to check my Twitterank, because it automatically tweets as me, without warning. Nice way to harvest people’s Twitter credentials. #
  • RT @tiesque: Idea: BankAccountRank.com – Provide me the login credentials of your bank account & I give you a meaningless # in return. #
  • @spinnerin LIghts just flickered out here at Intel (JF1) in Hillsboro, too, which is really unusual. Wonder what it was? #
  • It’s times like this (power hit in the Portland area) when I REALLY wish @Twitter hadn’t killed @pulseofpdx by disabling “with_friends”. :-( #
  • @bjedwards And that totally depends on whether you believe/trust him. Anyone can write anything on the internet! :-) #
  • Hello, free floating anxiety. Been a while. Remind me not to listen to NPR Planet Money podcast about the economy when you’re around. #
  • @stevenwalling I don’t know who’s behind @PortlandRain, but they’re brilliant. I pronounce “fake natural phenomena” the next Twitter meme. #
  • Ice Cream Review: Ben & Jerry’s Visialize Whirled Peace, not so gret akshully. :-( #
  • I think TweetDeck can FINALLY see all of my followers, so lists aren’t uselessly incomplete anymore. I think I might be falling in love… #
  • Ah. @PortlandRain has a partner in crime: @PortlandSun. I get the feeling they don’t talk much. :-) #
  • And now all the cool kids are telling me I need to try Tweetsville on iPhone. Will it be good enough to get me to switch from Twitteriffic? #
  • @ihenpecked No, it uses the iPhone’s data connection (EDGE, 3G, or wifi). Only app that uses text messages is the text msg app, AFAIK. #
  • @jezlyn I’ve only been using Tweetsville for a few minutes, but it’s really good. Fast. Looks and feels like Apple wrote it. Worth the $3.99 #
  • @jezlyn Yeah, I know what you mean. I don’t buy TOO many apps, and $3.99 is about my impulse limit, but it DOES add up fast. :-) #
  • I love that Tweetsville remembers my custom “ego” search string when I quit. Nice. #
  • @ahockley That reminds me. I’m out of Moo cards. :-( #
  • Oops. Messing around with both Tweetdeck and Tweetsville at the same time, I’ve blown my API request quota. That means goodnight! :-) #
  • @lawduck My “fits in a tweet” netbook recommendation is an Eee PC 1000H or MSI Wind. But there are lots of other good ones. #
  • @lawduck Worried about size? Eee PC 901 or HP Mini Note 1000 is the way to go. But the HP has a slow 4200 RPM drive, and only 3 cell battery #
  • @jarvitron The Eee PC 1000H is Atom-based, too. Nearly identical to the 901 except it’s bigger, has a 10″ screen, and a hard drive. #
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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-11

  • Headed downtown to present at Intel’s Software Enabling Summit in a bit. It’s Intel’s big annual software conference. #
  • Going to attempt to teach some software engineers why they should blog, use a feed reader, and other social tools. Wish me luck! :-) #
  • At the Waterfront Marriott. My Intel SES session is in an hour. It’s windy and cold out there! – http://bkite.com/02l9v #
  • I should say that I’m co-presenting with @amybarton. Not trying to hog the spotlight or anything. :-) #
  • Geeking out with a bunch of intel software guys (Charles, Robert, etc.), showing them Ocarina on my iPhone. Nerd alert! :-) #
  • @verso Bummer. I’ll probably only be down here for my session. Short trip. #
  • Oh great. @rachelbancroft just taught Gabe how to wear his sister’s panties on his head like a hat. That’s gonna need therapy… #
  • Have you seen this Sprint “Now” widget/page? It’s pretty awesome. My new screensaver. :-) http://tinyurl.com/6mldlx #
  • Now what we need (ha!) is an open, hackable version of that Now page, to add what YOU want. A framework and library of sources. Get on it! #
  • Gmail Video and Audio chat is SO cool. GTalk in the browser has been my only IM solution for a long time. Now I have audio and video. :-) #
  • @jezlyn Yeah, I think that Sprint thing is going to get old fast. I keep coming back to Digg Arc. What other sites make good screensavers? #
  • @geekygirldawn I don’t know how you juggle everything. I have half that on my plate, and I’m already pulling my hair out. :-) #
  • @TiEsQue I would have LOVED to come to ThrivePDX. Just wasn’t in the cards. I was actually downtown, presenting at an Intel conf., though :) #
  • jonpederson I’m jabancroft@gmail.com #
  • OH @rachelbancroft: “Let’s watch Biggest Loser and eat a pan of brownies.” :-) In other news: Mmmm. Brownies. :-) #
  • Just infected a bunch of people on an internal email thread with that old chestnut, the Badger Badger meme. So proud to do my part. :-) #
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Sprint’s “Now” Data Overload Widget – My New Screensaver

Via John Gruber, Sprint, for some reason (marketing, obviously), has put up a giant Flash-based, um, dashboard display widget thingy, called “Now”, with a HUGE amount of data. Just let it all wash over you. Swim in the data. Perfect for info-crack addicts like me:

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The audio bits are a little annoying. Wish there was a way to turn them off.

This is my new screensaver, for now, thanks to IdleWeb, a cool free little Mac app that lets you display any web page as your screensaver. I had been using the Digg Arc visualization. We’ll see how long this one lasts. For my screensaver, I can’t stand just some random visualization. I want realtime ambient data streaming across my screen when I’m not

Know what would be really cool? An open, customizeable, hackable version of this. Like iGoogle, My Yahoo, or NetVibes run amok. A framework to build and display the data, and a library of widgets to show realtime information. THAT would be awesome. Someone get on building that, would you? :-)

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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-10

  • Second meeting of the day already. Several more slated. This week just might kill me. But if I can survive until Saturday, I’ll be OK. #
  • Monday seems to be the day when we all complain on Twitter about how many meetings we have. It’s a new national pastime! :-) #
  • @KarenPearson Where do you think honey comes from? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @ahockley Have you tried fftogo.com? Great mobile interface for FriendFeed. Should work great on your BlackBerry. #
  • Ah, the library. Temple of knowledge, information, quiet, and free wifi. :-)http://bkite.com/02ks7 #
  • @ahockley And FriendFeed DOES have IM (new last week) and an API (see: Twhirl). If they were up right now I could give links. :-) #
  • @ahockley Ah, gotcha. Context FTW. :-) #
  • @camikaos Don’t worry. At the very worst, we’ll have as many people as Ignite Portland 2 (when we hit fire code, had to turn people away) πŸ˜‰ #
  • @KarenPearson I know. But why pass up an opportunity be silly and/or scar a child for life? πŸ˜‰ My kids think ladybugs say “RAWWRR!” :-) #
  • Hey! Did you know that Google Reader can now automatically translate feeds into your language? Pretty slick. http://tinyurl.com/5up54e #
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☍ Let Google Reader Automatically Translate Feeds Into Your Language

Official Google Reader Blog: Is Your Web Truly World-Wide?

Ever wanted to subscribe to a feed in a language other than one you understand, and have Google automatically machine translate it into your language? Now you can.

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Of course, machine translation is usually terrible. I worked in software localization for a few years, where I learned first hand just how far out the idea of usable machine translation is. But hey, it’s better than nothing, and is a nice option for that Chinese or Russian blog you REALLY wish you could read.

I tried this out on the feeds for the Intel Software Network blog in Chinese and Russian, and it seems to work pretty well (as well as Google Translate ever does). Pretty slick.

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Josh’s Lifelog for 2008-11-08

  • There’s going to be a “mini” Ignite Portland at the Keep Portland Weird festival at the Central Library, with a few alumni talks. 2:15PM #
  • Come by the Ignite thing at the library if you want, but I haven’t been advertising it, because it’s a really small space. :-) #
  • I had visions of flooding the library with the throngs of people who seem to materialize whenever I mention Ignite Portland. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Guess what? @jonathancoulton and John Hodgman did not one but two shows in Portland last night. I made it to niether. I’m lame. #
  • I’m at the Portland Central Library, 3rd floor, if anyone’s looking for me. Ignite “Keep Portland Weird” in 1 hr. #
  • If you’re looking for me, I’m actually NOT wearing my trademark orange Crocs. First time in years. I know. :-) #
  • I am, however sporting brightly colored Nikes and a patriotic Diesel Sweeties tshirt, so I’m still easy to spot. :-) #
  • @sharong Ignite Portland 4 IS next week. This is a little alumni “mini” Ignite at the Library’s KPW festival. #
  • @sharong I purposely didn’t advertise this one much, for fear of overwhelming the small-ish venue. :-) #
  • @samgrover Curses! I can’t make those Coulton/Hodgman shows, either. I need to pay more attention, and plan ahead for these things. :-) #
  • HUGE thanks to @verso, @peat, @geekygirldawn, Phillip K., and @sarahgilbert for sharing their Ignite talks at the Keep Portland Weird fest.! #
  • We filled the place up pretty well, and the crowd seemed to like it. Organizers were effusive with praise. Good job, folks! :-) #
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