August 28, 2007

Blurring Blog Boundaries

Filed under: precat — tsladmin @ 6:14 pm

In some of my presentations this year, I’ve been talking about how the blog has become its own type of platform that you can embed almost anything in – audio (podcasts), video, screencasts/slideshows, pictures, maps, forms, chat, text messages, and more. A library could offer a dynamic, multimedia-based website primarily through a blog these days, all of which would flow out as an RSS feed.
This is another growing expectation I have as a blogger, that I can take any piece of content that lives somewhere else and embed it into my blog using just a snippet of code provided by the site itself. Today I wished that NPR offered snippets so I could easily embed their audio segments here, thereby putting it in my lifestream and making it immediately accessible to others instead of keeping it hostage on their site.


  1. It’s simple enough to do with NPR listen buttons. When you click on one of their Listen buttons, it just pops up a player that has a URL in the address bar. So, snag the url and turn it into a link on your blog (use the target=”_blank” directive to pop it up in a new window). I suppose technically, it’s not “embedded,” but it works in the same way from the standpoint of driving the reader directly to the resource. I think copyright is an essue with embedding material that doesn’t specifically convey the rights to do that.

    Comment by Bruce Fulton — August 29, 2007 @ 11:43 am

  2. Based off your concept, I’m trying to conjure up a world in which there is an audio wikipedia, or other variations of a collective conscious group of experiences and knowledge.
    And to think I don’t get any writing down now…

    Comment by Sarah Moffett — August 31, 2007 @ 11:51 am

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