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My not so accurate radar is being tickled by some recent emerging technologies that some Big Shot may place as the next incremental digit following “Web”. Submitted for your approval, Mr Serling:

  • A lot of talk of “real time search”
  • The whole crazy growth of Twitter, Facebook, etc — built on answering the deep philosophical question– what are you doing NOW?
  • Waiting for the Google Wave to land on shore — more promise of the web being not a pile of linked documents but a networked of linked flowing communications.

One more today- I caught Joss Winn’s tweet about’s new experiment in Real Time Blogs:

At we have been experimenting with instant delivery of blog posts and comments. Now you can subscribe to blogs in your Jabber IM client and receive posts and comments the instant they are published. It is also possible to post to blogs from the chat client. In time we plan to add these real-time features to web pages. Soon the conversations on blogs will be as fast as chat rooms.

I’m still fuzzy on what all this means– but it feels like a Wave like layer where two way communication can happen between a blog (or its comments) and for now, a simple chat client, but eventually I guess other sysems.

I was able in a few minutes to set up my iChat client to communicate via Jabber to the server. For now, you can use it to communicate with a site, so I set it to subscribe to my CogDpgPhotoBlog as well as comments.

Nothing happened.

Of course, because there were no changes.

But later today, when I posted a new photo to this blog from Twitter, immediately I got an IM:


I’m still trying to grasp how this might be used, but this is not the end functionality– it is showing the basic simple communication channel (chat) to send notifications as well as commands back that I can issue.

There seems to be a lot of “real-time” stuff percolating out there.

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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as


  1. Subscribe to the comment stream on a busy blog, and sudden you are really having a conversation.

    Each Automattic project has a P2 (Prologue) themed blog that we do this with. Bonus, is that P2 also updates without having to refresh the page.

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