relPamyment is like syndicating your tipjar.

RelPayment: how to get paid. An overview page we wrote for videobloggers on how to use relPayment.

I am not sure if this will take off, but at least now there is a possibility. If videobloggers want to use it, they will, and if aggregators start to support it, it will be another babystep towards videoblogging viability.

The important thing to note here is that watching video through an aggregator is, in terms of cost, fundamentally different from watching text. The text is already contained in the RSS feed, so it has already been downloaded. The video isn’t. It’s an enclosure link, so for every viewer that watches it, the videobloggers’ bandwidth gets hit. The same applies to podcasting.

RelPayment is an attempt to make this “stealing of bandwidth” a little bit fairer videobloggers.

Again, I’m not sure it’ll take off. I’m not sure videobloggers are all that concerned about money. But if there’s demand from the vloggers, it might. put Mefeedia in its ‘Best of the Web’: “BEST: Breadth of offerings, including links to other vlog portals. Quick free registration. WORST: Forums are like a ghost town and design is wanting.”

All true :) Their “Obtain the Forbes Best of The Web logo for use on your site” is coorporate bullshit though: you need to fax them for approval to use their logo. You got to be kidding me – what a scam.

Bloug: World’s Oldest Information Architect? (check the great picture!): “Mariano Amartino’s abuelita, 89 years old, has a message for the folks at O’Reilly (which I’ve taken the liberty to translate): “Where the heck is the Spanish version of the second edition of the Polar Bear? Enough waiting already! You should be very, very ashamed of yourselves.”

This is why we set up the translations group at the IA Institute. Here’s the Spanish page, with a whole bunch of articles about IA in Spanish. But not enough.

Two cultures of fauxonomies collide… (via David)

Discusses, basically, how tag usage evolves and how different people tag differently.

“At a really grand level, if you can imagine a one hundred year tag-cloud around a gay novel, then it might start with lots of people using the tag invert, with this gradually giving way to homosexual, then gay and potentially after that, queer.”

That’s all pretty interesting, but things get much more exciting when we starting thinkig about other languages and really different cultures.

I wrote about tag namespaces before: “tag “namespacesâ€? will develop, somewhat mirroring languages, but also other social groups like interest groups, specialist communities.”

In other words, different communities develop their own categories and language, and this will be reflected in their tag use. We might even be able to infer communities from commonalities in tag use.

See also “Tagclouds and cultural changes“, which talks about the spreading of the ‘Ajax’ concept.

So I checked my stats after a long time and has been serving over 1,000,000 pages (not hits) a month for the last few months. Wazanga!, I would say, were I to say such things.

Yahoo’s new cross-lingual (not multi-lingual) video search is wicked cool, but they have this weird use of a checkbox. There are 2 radio buttons and one checkbox. If you click the checkbox, the two radio buttons grey out. The only explanation I can think of is that it’s a hack in the code – somehow it was easier to implement this than to just have the checkbox as a third radiobutton (which would be the correct way). Strange though, to see such a beta UI hack on Yahoo.

Sometimes a picture works better: this is how Mefeedia (the first video aggregator) supports rel=”payment”. If you put a link with rel=”payment” in your blog post, Mefeedia will show a support link in its interface.

When we thought of it, it made sense. Only slowly am I realizing now why it makes sense, and why it might make less sense for text bloggers.

Rich media aggregators (or enclosure aggregators) like FireANT, Mefeedia and iTunes, don’t get their content from the RSS feeds that’s already been syndicated. The media content is linked from the RSS, not embedded, like text content. So you HIT the owner’s bandwidth every time someone watches or downloads a movie or a podcast. It costs them. That’s why it makes more sense to have a payment link for rich media than for text media.

Or it might just be the early morning coffee.

Cross lingual search

Yahoo! Search blog: Sprechen Sie Deutsch?: Yahoo is getting some brilliant cross-lingual search out there. Cross lingual search is when you retrieve documents in various languages. There are different ways of doing it: translate the query, or translate the documents. I think they’re translating the queries. But they go the extra step and provide machine translations for the returned results.

Congo Girl – Thoughts about Kinshasa: “It is coming up on a year now that I have lived here, and in talking to a colleague a week or two ago, I realized that adjusting to this environment has been difficult for one reason that I had overlooked. I am trying to adjust to two new cultures. The first is, of course, Congolese culture. Very different from the US, the South, New Orleans — though I’ve found more links between NOLA and Kin than I ever would have though possible. The second is Belgian/European culture. As a previously colonized country, there are a lot of holdovers in style and approach and work ethic and education methods, as well as food and drink and entertainment. When I am inclined to escape from Congolese culture and retreat back into what I know, I find it isn’t really there. ”

The unexpected culture adjustments are often the hardest ones :)

After fixing the lock-out problem with my blog (which is why I wasn’t posting much lately), I’m gonna go post crazy. Beware.

Getting logged out of WordPress and can’t log back in?

If you haveWordPress 1.2.2, and you have your blog directory in, say,, and your wordpress directory in a different directory, say,, and you delete your cookies, it can be impossible to log back in, even if you have the correct username and password.

How can you tell? You are trying to log in, and it doesn’t let you but reloads the login form, but without an error. That means you have the right username and pass, but something else is wrong.

Here’s how to fix this problem.

  1. Go to Mysql, you can use PHPMyAdmin, most hosts have that installed.
  2. Go to the options table, and find the row in which the option_name field = On the command line, or in PHPMyAdmin’s SQL page, you can enter this: SELECT * FROM `options` WHERE option_name = ‘home’;
  3. Change the value of that field to your wordpress directory:
  4. Now go login to your wordpress. It should work fine and let you log in.
  5. Back to the same row in the database, change the value back to
  6. Go check your blog. It should work fine.

You’re done.

rel = “payment” proposal

Yesterday, I met with Jay, Josh and Kenyatta. We were talking about standards for videobloggers, and how we can set good standards now, before the likes of Apple, MSN or XXX try to control the space. Jay said: “how can we get people paid with standards?” (Getting some $$ is a big thing for videobloggers, with hosting costs and all.) Josh was explaining an idea with an RSS namespace. I said “rel=donate”. It just made sense. Josh proposed we changed it to rel=”payment”, which made even more sense. Jay posted a video.

I implemented it for Mefeedia this morning – still testing but it works. Post a post with a video and a rel=”payment” link, and it’ll show a nice “Like this video? Support this videoblogger” link.

Why might this work? producing video is (perhaps) more work than text. Videobloggers love to be paid. As for the standard: it’s supersimple. Only the aggregators need to support it, not the creation software. And it degrades perfectly. Share and enjoy :) Standards are about implementation, not definition. We’ll see.