Various authors: Google Analytics, Google November 22, 2005
Google has found another way to collect information by offering a free service to customers: Google Analytics tracks visitors to your web site and offers a range of statistics and analysis. Good reviews thus far; I haven't tried it myself yet, though. No support for RSS analytics. [Tags: Google] [Comment]

Michael Arrington: COOL - SSE turns RSS bidirectional, CrunchNotes November 22, 2005
This is interesting. SSE - Simple Sharing Extension - allows for the use of RSS by applications. "For example, SSE could be used to share your work calendar with your spouse. If your calendar were published to an SSE feed, changes to your work calendar could be replicated to your spouse’s calendar, and vice versa." Neat - I'm going to havew to look into this in more detail. Via Albert Delgado. [Tags: None] [Comment]

Niall Kennedy: FeedBurner State of RSS Report, Niall Kennedy's Weblog November 22, 2005
The story is in the diagram at the top of the page: RSS in 2003 it was blogs and RSS, that's it. In 2005 it's blogs, podcasts, watchlists and much more all riding on the RSS platform. A positive development in my view. Via Alberta Delgado. [Tags: Web Logs, Podcasting] [Comment]

Press Release: New York State to Roll Out MarcoPolo in Every Classroom, Marco Polo November 22, 2005
This is interesting. "MarcoPolo's resources, available online at no charge to teachers throughout the United States and around the world, are -- for the first time ever -- now aligned in New York not only at the state standards level, but also at the performance indicator level." Marco Polo has been around, it seems, forever - I reviewed them in Technology Source in 2000, but they haven't had much of an impact since. This may be changing. [Tags: United States] [Comment]

Scott Leslie: ELGG vs. Moodle - Defusing a False Dichotomy, Ed Tech Post November 22, 2005
I guess I hadn't really seen that there was a debate between ELGG and Moodle, and so I guess the whole issue passed me by. But Scott Leslie takes up the matter, and resolves it by putting things the way they should be: there is no dichotomy. By way of Terry Anderson: "what is exciting for me is that Terry and Athabasca are putting together a large, production environment in which Moodle and ELGG will seemingly co-exist quite nicely, thank you very much, and take care of different problems." [Tags: None] [Comment]

Josie Fraser: Edublog Awards November 22, 2005
Nominations for the 2005 EduBlog Awards are now open. Some new rules and categories this year. Need inspiration? Check the Edubloggers Directory. [Tags: Web Logs, Ontologies] [Comment]

Various Authors: Feedster Top 500, Feedster November 22, 2005
Feedster's revised top 500 blogs list is now out, and OLDaily is now at a more reasonable 31st place. [Tags: Web Logs] [Comment]

Wolinsky, based on an article by Doug Johnson: What is Your B.S. Quotient? November 22, 2005
Fun rubric, the full title of which I cannot relate without triggering spam filters (I really wish this whole train of thought had received a different appellation). [Tags: Spam] [Comment]

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