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Steve Ruble's latest hacks – a suggestion

Steve Rubel is continuing his list of social media hacks – his latest is a list of 10 Wikipedia hacks. Wikipedia is the online encyclopedia which anyone can edit.

Again, there are some interesting ones there – like the ajax search, the create a user account suggestion and the keyboard shortcuts.

Steve, now that it has been made free, you need to do 10 hacks of Google Analytics – now that could be interesting!

10 blogging tips

Steve Rubel has written a Ten Blogging Hacks post.

There are some interesting suggestions there like using Writely as your blog editor (I have written about Writely before) – Writely has a spell checker and allows for online collaboration in writing so if you want to collaborate in the drafting of a post, Writely could be a useful blog editor for you. One disadvantage for me is that I use a WordPress plugin called Ultimate Tag Warrior to add Technorati Tags to my posts – this functionality is unavailable within Writely.

Some of the suggestions are a bit trivial – like the “Blog from your cell phone” suggestion – how often do you need to do that?

Still the list is well worth checking out as at least one or two of the suggestions are likely to appeal to you.

RSS tips

Steve Rubel has written 10 tips on power using RSS (why does everyone write 10 tips and not 9 or 31 or something?).

Anyway, some of the tips are very useful like the “building feeds for your favourite writers” tip and some are just plain silly (i.e. the “Got a Car? Subscribe to its RSS Feed”).

One suggestion Steve missed out on is to use RSS in your job search. I have written previously about indeed.com and how they trawl all the major jobs sites gathering all the vacancies, they allow job hunters to search for jobs and they give them an RSS feed of that search!

So, I have a feed for Chief Blogging Officer in the Cork region with a salary of over 250,000 euro – as soon as that job is advertised, I’ll see it in my RSS feed, and I’m as good as hired! Ok, I’m being a little facetious, there is no facility to enter your salary expectations in the indeed.com job search but the point remains, I think this would have been a better tip than some of the ones Steve mentioned.

If you would like to know more about RSS, I am giving a presentation for IT@Cork next Tuesday (25th) at 6pm – RSS for non-techies! in the National Software Centre. See you there.