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Judy’s Book and Integration with Movable Type

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I’ve recently become obsessed with the notion that all my data should be integrated in one place and be able to be entered from one place.  Of course, this isn’t true, but as my compute infrastructure gets smarter, this will become a lot easier.

I’ve got three types of data: (1) the stuff I want the world to see, (2) the stuff I want certain people to see, and (3) the stuff that is just for me.  Logically, my blog (or “my website” – doh) should be the entry point for everything that I create that fits in category #1. 

On my main page, the right sidebar has a new item in it: Page Two.  This is my page for screwing around with integrating all the various web services available from sites that I current use to create stuff I want the world to see.  The first one I’ve integrated is Judy’s Book.  My good friend Andy Sack is the CEO – he and I have done several companies together, including Abuzz which was bought by New York Times Digital.  Judy’s Book is Andy’s newest venture and he’s starting to shift in beta mode, so take a look.

Integrating the two most relevant categories in Judy’s Book – “Latest Posts” and “Friends” was trivial – it took less then 5 minutes once I’d set the Page 2 page up.  For now, I’ll use Page 2 as a sandbox so as to not clutter up my main page.  Eventually, I’ll figure out a more logical page layout / menu system for the site that incorporates all of this data.

  • http://slim.blogsome.com/2005/04/12/wego/ Slim is beautiful

    Wego has a demand

    Feld says “I’ve recently become obsessed with the notion that all my data should be integrated in one place and be able to be entered from one place.”

    He added that “Of course, this isn’t true”, it might will be true if …

  • http://myst-technology.com Bill French

    I�ve got three types of data: (1) the stuff I want the world to see, (2) the stuff I want certain people to see, and (3) the stuff that is just for me. Logically, my blog (or �my website� � doh) should be the entry point for everything that I create that fits in category #1.

    Actually, wouldn’t it be better if all three types of information flowed into a unified system that supports varying levels of permissions?

    Imagine a blogsite (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogsite) that magically presents information in a security context for each class of authoring user (and visitor). Public visitors would have a security context (e.g., $Public) just as invited/credentialed users (i.e., insiders).

    This approach would enable the management of all your personal content (reagardless of discrete presentation objectives) in one environment. Of course, the system would need to support arbitrary “bluctures” (blog-structures) to handle structured information that isn’t adequately persisted in a blog-blob.

    Ideally, this environment would make it easy to syndicate *any* information with both filter-patterns and also in a security context.

    I’ve enjoyed the experience with Judy’s Book, but I’d like syndication formats (RSS?). To your point about “Page Two” – the ideal personal information blogsite would also allow you to seamlessly aggregate content from Judy’s Book directly into your presentation model.

    How did you integrate this Judy’s Book information? I couldn’t find any obvious semantic format from which to achieve this.

  • http://www.feld.com/blog Brad Feld

    I get the data via simple Javascript command.

    For Posts, I used: script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://open.judysbook.com/blog/myposts.aspx?m=member.id&key=member.key&val=1&pts=5&sfl=0&spl=1″>

    For Friends I used: script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://open.judysbook.com/blog/friends.aspx?m=member.id&key=member.key&fts=5&val=1&sfl=1&spl=0&images=1″>

    pts is “# posts to show”, fts is “# friends to show”, val is “view link” on / off, sfl is “show friend link on / off”, spl is “show post link on / off”, and images is “images on / off”

  • http://www.halenet.com Greg

    Bill French’s suggestion sounds just like what Flickr does for photos: one stream with varying levels of permissions. Maybe regular blog software should have the same feature.

  • http://www.customervision.com Brian Keairns

    You need to look into what iUpload is doing because they seem to be way ahead of things in this area. I don’t have any affiliation with iUpload, in fact my company competes with them in some respects but I do think they have a great vision for providing a non-technical user with one place to create a post that could be submitted to any application with the appropriate interfaces.

    This idea is huge. Over time even heavy eBay and Amazon users for example can post a new item on their own weblog and then have a list of sites that they automatically post to.

    From their site:
    “Our newest application that allows you to participate in diverse communities all from within your blog. With Perspectives you to can extend the reach of information by making it available to a wider audience, cross posting to diverse communities, or, targeting information within your own community down to particular individuals… without ever leaving your blog.”

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