Comments and tweets

A recent trend in the blogosphere has been to add **tweets as comments** on posts. I understand where this comes from, as in general commenting on blog posts has decreased in favour of twittering. By adding all tweets mentioning your blog posts, your posts look more alive and will probably attract more readers.
Whenever I think about features for my blogs, I always ask myself what the value is for my readers. In the case of tweets as comments, I look for the answer based on my own experiences. It happens frequently that I find an interesting post with let’s say 20 comments. When I finished reading this, otherwise interesting, blog post and get ready for participating in the conversation, I find out that there actually are only two real comments, followed by a tweet of the author and 17 retweets adding absolutely nothing to the post or the conversation. Immediately my motivation to participate in the conversation is gone and I quickly move on to the next blog.
Although in theory tweets are comments about your posts (or at least mentioning the post), they hardly ever contribute to the discussion. If you absolutely want to display the tweets on your blog post, go ahead, but don’t mix them with the comments. If in the example above the tweets would have been separated from the comments and the blogs metadata would have shown me that the post has 2 comments and 18 tweets, I would not be so disappointed and probably would have left a comment as well.
**A comment is a comment and a tweet is a tweet**.

Comments and tweets

Manifiesto «En defensa de los derechos fundamentales en internet»

Ante la inclusión en el Anteproyecto de Ley de Economía sostenible de modificaciones legislativas que afectan al libre ejercicio de las libertades de expresión, información y el derecho de acceso a la cultura a través de Internet, los periodistas, bloggers, usuarios, profesionales y creadores de internet manifestamos nuestra firme oposición al proyecto, y declaramos que…
1. **Los derechos de autor no pueden situarse por encima de los derechos fundamentales** de los ciudadanos, como el derecho a la privacidad, a la seguridad, a la presunción de inocencia, a la tutela judicial efectiva y a la libertad de expresión.
1. **La suspensión de derechos fundamentales es y debe seguir siendo competencia exclusiva del poder judicial**. Ni un cierre sin sentencia. Este anteproyecto, en contra de lo establecido en el artículo 20.5 de la Constitución, pone en manos de un órgano no judicial –un organismo dependiente del ministerio de Cultura–, la potestad de impedir a los ciudadanos españoles el acceso a cualquier página web.
1. **La nueva legislación creará inseguridad jurídica en todo el sector tecnológico español**, perjudicando uno de los pocos campos de desarrollo y futuro de nuestra economía, entorpeciendo la creación de empresas, introduciendo trabas a la libre competencia y ralentizando su proyección internacional.
1. **La nueva legislación propuesta amenaza a los nuevos creadores y entorpece la creación cultural**. Con Internet y los sucesivos avances tecnológicos se ha democratizado extraordinariamente la creación y emisión de contenidos de todo tipo, que ya no provienen prevalentemente de las industrias culturales tradicionales, sino de multitud de fuentes diferentes.
1. **Los autores, como todos los trabajadores, tienen derecho a vivir de su trabajo con nuevas ideas creativas**, modelos de negocio y actividades asociadas a sus creaciones. Intentar sostener con cambios legislativos a una industria obsoleta que no sabe adaptarse a este nuevo entorno no es ni justo ni realista. Si su modelo de negocio se basaba en el control de las copias de las obras y en Internet no es posible sin vulnerar derechos fundamentales, deberían buscar otro modelo.
1. **Consideramos que las industrias culturales necesitan para sobrevivir alternativas modernas, eficaces, creíbles y asequibles** y que se adecuen a los nuevos usos sociales, en lugar de limitaciones tan desproporcionadas como ineficaces para el fin que dicen perseguir.
1. **Internet debe funcionar de forma libre y sin interferencias políticas** auspiciadas por sectores que pretenden perpetuar obsoletos modelos de negocio e imposibilitar que el saber humano siga siendo libre.
1. **Exigimos que el Gobierno garantice por ley la neutralidad de la Red en España**, ante cualquier presión que pueda producirse, como marco para el desarrollo de una economía sostenible y realista de cara al futuro.
1. **Proponemos una verdadera reforma del derecho de propiedad intelectual** orientada a su fin: devolver a la sociedad el conocimiento, promover el dominio público y limitar los abusos de las entidades gestoras.
1. **En democracia las leyes y sus modificaciones deben aprobarse tras el oportuno debate público y habiendo consultado previamente a todas las partes implicadas**. No es de recibo que se realicen cambios legislativos que afectan a derechos fundamentales en una ley no orgánica y que versa sobre otra materia.
_NOTA: Este manifiesto fue redactado conjuntamente por periodistas, bloggers e internautas. Si estás de acuerdo, copialo, publícalo en tu blog, leelo en tu podcast, imprímelo y difúndelo por todas las vías que puedas._

Manifiesto «En defensa de los derechos fundamentales en internet»

Commenting not possible

I just discovered that it currently is not possible to comment on this blog. At first sight it looks like the problem is caused by the AJAX part that tries to publish the data to another domain.
However, it has been a while since I last touched the templates, and the commenting feature worked fine in January, when I received the last comment.
When I have time I will try to fix it or I will simply remove the fancy AJAX part. I`ll keep you informed.
**[Update 2009.03.16]** I have removed all AJAX stuff from the templates, so commenting should be possible again. I still have to remove some rough edges though.

Commenting not possible

Back from the CeBIT

I am back from the CeBIT show. Actually, I came back on Monday, but have been too busy to post. This year has been been a huge success for our company, mainly because we had a better place for our booth and because we presented right in the middle of this crisis a revolutionary low cost product on which we have been working for three years (sometimes you need a little bit of luck).
The show has been such a success that this year I haven’t been able to visit the other halls of the show to see what is happening in the IT sector. Anyway, nowaday we don’t depend on big trade shows anymore to inform us about the latest new products.

Back from the CeBIT

Downloading viruses?

ClamWin updating
I just saw the screen above, which is the ClamWin antivirus software uploading its virus database. On the left hand side they have an animation trying to show that the virus definition files are being downloaded from the internet onto my PC, but in my eyes it looks more like virus infected files arrive from the internet to my PC.
Designing good and clear icons is an art!

Downloading viruses?

New: Google Notebook

Google Notebook - New!
I know that Spain usually lags behind the rest of the world, but Google Spain really doesn’t know what is going on. While all over the internet you can read stories about the dismantling of the Google Notebook team – a sign that this product is about to disappear, Google Spain still presents Google Notebook on my Google Account page. And not as a regular tool, but together with Google Chrome as **new option**!
Please Google Spain, wake up!

New: Google Notebook

Google Analytics Event tracking

One of the most interesting parts for web site owners are the access statistics, and Google Analytics offers one of the most complete statistics solutions, which I use on a weekely basis for my most succesful blog El Canasto.
Besides being a typical blog with pages, I offer calendars for downloading, and of course I also want to track those downloads. When two years ago I started with the downloads I search Google`s help files for a solution to track them, and found a small javascript sniplet that when a visitor clicks on a download link registers the download as a pageview. This trick allowed me to analyse the downloads.
The disadvantage of this trick is that it inflates the pageviews, and I never have been completely satisfied about this solution. You can imagine my happiness when last week I discovered the **Event Tracking** feature, designed specifically to track downloads, videoplays, etc.
I quickly changed my code to use a javascript sniplet like the following:
onclick=”javascript:pageTracker._trackEvent(‘Downloads’,
‘XLSX’, ‘/calendario-compacto/calendario-compacto-2009’); ”
This sniplet registers the download under the category _Downloads_, the action _XLS_ and the label _/calendario-compacto/calendario-compacto-2009_. Google Analytics has Event reports by category, action and lavel, so now I know for example which of the four file file formats are more popular:
Events report by file type

Google Analytics Event tracking