The Value of Full Disclosure

disclosure-001Gary’s latest post about some new features on his blog reminded me of a simple blogging process that I completely forgot about. The value of disclosing what you are doing on your blog, even though it’s plain to see.

So I have made some changes to the sidebar.

You’ll now see my FriendFeed badge. It’s a listing of all the "streams" that I’ve added, and my Comments and Likes totals.

FriendFeed is a service I’d like to write some more about, at some time in the future. It’s basically a big river, and you can grab a shovel and add your own streams to it. Mostly in an effort to bring more rain so that your streams become rivers, tributaries, and maybe in turn help others to add their own.


Next up is my Google Reader Shared Items badge.

For anyone who doesn’t know, Google Reader is a service that monitors all your favourite blogs (and some other things) so that you can view them from one place. New posts are easily recognised, there’s a fantastic "Trends" sub-service, which shows you what you read most amongst other things, and you can easily Share. Hence the above badge.

Basically, it’s a list of the things I really found interesting, or liked, or just want to tell people about.


My Lijit search has been on here for a while, but I took some time to clean it up at the Lijit end. I’d put in bad data, and needed to organise my profile better. I think it’s working much better now.

Lijit gives you search across any of your services, and other people’s too, depending on how it’s set up. There’s more, but I haven’t really gotten there yet.


Finally, I’ve added IntenseDebate comments to the blog. I’ve had them on Clarion Folk for a while now, and the service is good. Thought it was time to move them across.

Concluding Conclusions

So, Full Disclosure.

There’s a lot of ways to spread yourself out on the web today. This is good and definitely bad.

The new changes are a reflection of the trends I’m following, the services I’m using. Hopefully one or more of them might help you out too.


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