Link Roundup: Jan. 26, 2005

I’ve been reading Darren‘s notes from the Blog Business Summit. “Reportage, not links, beget eyeballs” is absolutely correct. I’m going to make more of an effort to talk about the links that I dump in my Link Roundup posts.

Mystery novel delivered in email installments
It’s a great use of some not so new technology. It is a little pricey ($7.49). They’d be better giving away the email version, and selling hard back copies to collectors and people who want to skip ahead.

Heavy metal umlaut: the movie
Jon Udell demonstrates the evolution of a Wikipedia article. I love Wikipedia (it’s probably my single most linked to site). This is a great way to see how powerful the idea of open community development is.

Schools bribe students
Personally, I think this idea is totally wrong. Who do they think they’re really bribing? Do they actually think it’ll make kids learn more? It’s funny because I was just talking to Jesse a few days ago about how they should put GPS tracking devices on kids that are habitually truant. Not only would it make sure kids went to school, it would also let you know where to find them when they don’t show up.

Google Video Search
I don’t know who started actually working on their video search first, but Google is following Yahoo at least in naming conventions. The surprising thing (at least to me) is how different these two search services are. Yahoo is just dumping thumbnails and links of movie files that it has found on the web. It’s not exactly innovative, but is is still quite useful. Google on the other hand has thumbnails and transcripts, but no video. Google is also focusing on TV, which is useful in other ways. They probably should have called it Google TV Search instead.

Google hires Firefox developers: Ben Goodger and Darin Fisher
I think the analysis is right on. If you’re Google, would you want the vast majority of your users to come to your site through your competitor‘s browser? I don’t think so.

10,000 Steps and Pedestrian-Friendly Neighborhoods
WorldChanging gets it right again. The reason American’s are so out of shape is that our cities are designed for cars, not people. Hopefully we’ll start to see some serious redevelopment work to make our cities more livable. It’s up to us. If you demand better cities, they’ll be built.