Let's Start a Channel Mob (HTML Updated)

I have an idea to start a “Channel Mob.” Wanna try it with me?

What’s a Channel Mob? It is a new way to automatically syndicate links to articles on your own sites to other sites that participate in the group. A link to any article that you “post” to the channel mob will be automatically displayed in any site that displays the Channel Mob headlines.

How to Post to the Channel Mob

To “Post” an article in your site to the Channel Mob, simply include this link in the HTML the article you want the Channel Mob to find:

http://novaspivack.typepad.com/nova_spivacks_weblog/2004/08/starting_a_chan.html

How to Display the Channel Mob Headlines in your own Site

To display the posts in the Channel-Mob on your own site, just add the following script to your own site’s HTML (preferably to your sidebar, where your blogrolls or other lists appear, since it will be a rather long list of article headings potentially)

<div class=”mystack”>
<style type=”text/css”>
.mystack TD {
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, Sans-serif;
font-size:small;}
</style>
<span id=”stka5e8937173ef2764f86b6860064d0de7″></span>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://mystack.com/stack.php?stackid=stka5e8937173ef2764f86b6860064d0de7&max=50&hide.nntp=true”></script>
</div>

Please note that it may take a day or two for the data-mining to catch up before posts will start appearing in the Channel-Mob list.

How does it work?

1. Every day a data-mining agent automatically scours the Web for any pages that include the exact above link. For any page that is found to contain that exact link, a link to that page is then added to the Channel Mob. In other words, if you post something on your blog and you want it to appear in the Channel Mob, just include the above link in your post and it should be found by the mining agent and included.

2. Next, a list of links to the pages that were found by the mining agent are automatically displayed on any page that includes the Channel Mob script in their HTML (see below to add this to your page). So if you include the above link in a post on your blog, a link to your post will automatically appear on every site that includes the Channel Mob script in their HTML.

For an example of how the Channel Mob displays, see the bottom left of this blog page where I have included it in my site.

The channel miner runs automatically at least once every 24 hours, so it catches any articles you post that contain the above link and updates the Channel periodically.

Policies

I invite anyone who is interested to post to this Channel Mob and to display the headlines for this Channel Mob on your own blog (using the instructions above).

It’s an experiment and could be interesting. Please join the Channel Mob if you want to try it out. You can take the Channel Mob out of your site at any time.

But, since many sites may join this, please do not post anything potentially offensive, or anything not suitable for all age groups, to the Channel Mob. If people abuse the channel, everyone will simply remove the Channel Mob from their sites.

Topics

This Channel Mob is focused on a few key topics ONLY, so please only add postings that are relevant to these topics:
– Emerging science and technology
– Improving democracy
– Envisioning the future
– Cool technology products
– Innovation
– Weblogs and Web-tech
– Brain-Mind science
– Search engine technology
– AI and machine learning
– Tech companies to watch
– Memes and Memetics
– Opinions about current events/issues
– Travel and adventures off the beaten path

Also please respect others and do not over-post to the Channel Mob — only post articles that you really think the Channel Mob members will be interested in reading. (ie. Don’t just post everything you put in your blog to the Channel Mob — that will just cause everyone to ignore your blog!)

The Channel Mob is not an effective vehicle for advertising or doing anything generally annoying, so don’t bother, if that is what you were thinking of doing with it. If anyone sends ads or spam or anything in appropriate, it will simply shut down the Channel Mob by causing members to remove it from their HTML. So don’t bother. We won’t read your ad anyway, so all you will be doing is annoying us.

The Channel Mob is NOT a way to get links to your blog and raise your Google standing. So there is no point just sending links to it in an attempt to increase your Google rank. Why is this? Because the list of headlines in the Channel Mob is built dynamically in browsers when they load a page containing the Channel Mob. Therefore, the links in the Channel Mob headlines list DO NOT appear in anyone’s HTML and search engines cannot see them. So if you are a spammer, don’t bother trying to spam the Channel Mob — it will not help increase your search engine rankings in any way.

If everyone respects the basic social contract and does not abuse the channel, it should persist, spread, and remain spam-free. And that would be interesting because it creates an open list of headlines that is automatically syndicated across any number of blogs. It’s a nice way to let one another know about our best posts to our blogs, and to help one another promote those posts to other readers.

6 thoughts on “Let's Start a Channel Mob (HTML Updated)”

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    … “Microcontent is information published in short form, with its length dictated by the constraint of a single main topic and by the physical and technical limitations of the software and devices that we use to view digital content today….

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    … “Microcontent is information published in short form, with its length dictated by the constraint of a single main topic and by the physical and technical limitations of the software and devices that we use to view digital content today….

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