NECC is just days away. I fly to Philadelphia tomorrow morning to set up the computer lab for my PHP workshop on Sunday.
On a more technical note, I want to suggest that those of you who will be blogging or podcasting at NECC, tag your entries with “NECC”. This will enable us to aggregate the blogs, through Technorati (http://technorati.com) in some interesting ways.
For instance, the following web page will display a dynamic list of blogs that are tagged with “NECC”:
You can subscribe to the follow RSS feed address with your aggregator and have NECC-tagged entries sent to you:
It is true that you can search Technorati for blogs that contain NECC, but you also get entries about the New England Convention Center, among many other things. Apparently necc means something rather rude in another language.
If you are unsure how to tag your entries, here are some instructions from Technorati:
If your blog software supports categories and RSS/Atom (like Movable Type, WordPress, TypePad, Blogware, Radio), just use the included category system and make sure you are publishing autodiscovered RSS/Atom and we will automatically include tags with your posts! Your categories will be read as tags.
If your blog software doesn’t support categories or you’re not sure, you can still participate. To associate a post with a Technorati Tag all you have to do is “tag” your post by including a link (in your article) with a defined tag relationship. For example:
<a href=”http://technorati.com/tag/[tagname]” rel=”tag”>[tagname]</a>
The [tagname] can be anything, but it should be descriptive. Please only use tags that are relevant to the post. You do not need to include the brackets, just the descriptive keyword for your post.
If you have not already, it is also a good idea to register your blog with Technorati. It speeds up their references to your writing.
Finally, if you will be taking pictures and posting them onto flickr, tag them with “NECC” as well. If you’re using a camera phone, and are already set up to send pictures to flickr, go to http://flickr.com/profile_mailconf.gne and enter “NECC” (without quotes) into the text box
Hope to see you in Philly.