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  1. Identity on my BlogSpot Site Stolen

    Google Blog Search Beta Call it narcissism, but I have set up Google Blog Search to automatically email me IMMEDIATELY whenever the phrase "Scott Yang" has been mentioned in the blogosphere. However, it has also caught a few surprises recently.

    Around 2 months ago there was another Scott Yang who started blogging on Blogger/BlogSpot. Singaporean, and often posting photos of his life serving in the national army.

    Then another "Scott Yang" popped up yesterday, writing blogging related topics. "Are Blogs of the Future of Written Human Culture?" Certainly! There is no easier way of recording down our history for the future generation than blogging! "The New Art of Getting Truck Loads of Traffic To Your Blog in 10 Easy Steps" Hey, that is interesting! I love to have more traffic on my sites, and easy = good! So I was about to click through the link to "Scott Yang"'s website. As my mouse cursor hovered above the hyperlink, I took a notice on the URL flashing across the browser's status line...

    Wait! That is my old BlogSpot site!

    Blogger So I quickly went over to the Blogger site, logged in with my Google account (migrated from Blogger account a while ago), and -- my old blogsite is not there! No blog is listed there. All empty. Nothing!

    I have not blogged anything there for ages, and I think I have also deleted all the blog posts from that site because I am getting way too many comment spams. However I do not think I would have deleted the site from my list. After all it is my 4-letter acronym. No way I am loosing it.

    And just in case I have accidentally hit the Delete button, confirmed it, and let go my old blogger site. Even the Mighty Google has done it before. Then someone else picked it up in January 2007, started populating with articles "he" scraped off from ezine articles without attribution, and still signed off every post with my own name! Even the blog title says "Scott Yangs Blogger Blog" (sic).

    The next thing I know, is blogosphere started saying, "Hey, Scott Yang is a scrapper building MFA sites!". No!!!

    Lessons learnt:

    • Do not build your identity on a 3rd party platform in the first place, especially when someone else can easily come and grab that identity later when you accidentally dropped it.

    Now where is tha Blogger "Flag It" button?

  2. Blogger NavBar

    Saw it first time today on one of the Blogspot site that I usually visit. Basically Blogger removed the ugly banner ads, but replaced with a Blogger NavBar that sits at the top of the page. It provides site-wide search powered by the almighty Google, and has a one click blog-let that enables you to easily refer to other Blogspot sites. It can also redirect ever-so-bored you to a random blogsite. However, judging the average quality of a Blogspot site, you might need to click on "Next Blog" multiple times before you can hit something interesting to read...

    Blogger NavBar

    Blogger NavBar comes in different colours, and you can choose it from your blogger page, under the 'Template' tab.

    Blogger NavBar - Choosing the Colour

    It is a great enhancement to Blogger. However, if you are like me who do not tolerate anything that looks out of place, or something that looks obscure in a good design, then there is a way to hide it...

    Update 20 Aug 2004: It seems Blogger.com has altered their inserted code slightly to break hacks like this to hide the NavBar. However, there are always ways to get around it...

  3. Blogger Changes

    Blogger Logo Via a l's blog, I've been notified about the changes to Blogger, which now sports a new interface, redesigned by Doug Bowman and Adaptive Path. Not just a new prettier interface, but there are actually quite a few new extra features. Logged in with my rarely used Blogger account, I am quite surprised by how much Pyra Google has changed Blogger. Some goodies that I have noticed:

    • New interface! XHTML 1.0 Strict. Now we are talking web standards...
    • Link Field, which allows you to bind one URL to each post. Very useful for weblogs.
    • Comments support directly from Blogger.com! No more dodgy Javascripts from other comments providers. You can also customise each individual entry to have or have no comment. You can also customise whoever can comment on your blogs - Blogger members, anyone or only your team members.
    • "Post Page", or individual archive in Movable Type terms. It also automatically generate search engine friendly file names from your post title. It is a much better permalink than what Blogger used to have.
    • Mail to Blogger. It enables you to create new entries via email, using a secret email address.
    • Templates! Lots of new default templates that you can choose from. From famous web designers as well. All 26 of them. Yum.
    • Blogger profile. It is a place to describe yourself. It is certainly moving to the direction of having community, maybe in the same direction as Live Journal based blogsites.
    • More template tags.

    Here is Blogger's own press release on great blogger relaunch. Looks like they are also setting up extensive knowledge base to bootstrap newbie bloggers.

    It has been obvious that Google/Pyra is going after the throne of the blogging tools. While it is probably no where near the complexity and flexibility of its arch rival TypePad, it does feel much more advanced than what it used to be before. I guess Google has been doing lots of good things with Pyra. Consider it is a free service, with banner ads that can be easily fooled, it is going to attract a new wave of bloggers moving on to their system. At the same time, Movable Type 3 beta has not been received well, due to centralised TypeKey, license issue, not much improvement over MT 2.6, etc.

    I wonder what else has Google/Pyra planned for Blogger, and how does that fit into the overall strategy of Google portal. Interesting year ahead.

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  4. My Blogger Site

    I just remembered that I actually once had a blog site with Blogger, hosted on Blog*Spot, when I tested out some Blogger API stuff middle of last year. I went back there with my old Blogger login and password, and it is still there! I wonder whether Blogspot ever …