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February 25, 2005

Browse through UThink categories

Hello UThink bloggers! I got a great email this week that asked if there was anything I could do to better demonstrate the types of topics that are being written about on UThink. Up until now, a person could search for a topic by keyword, or a person could browse through blogs using the Blog Directory. These are typical and tried-and-true methods, but they haven't proven to be very good to find broad topics of discussion within UThink.

So, I brainstormed a little bit and I decided that I could easily list out all the categories that people have created in UThink. As anyone who has tried Movable Type knows, our blogging software allows, and even encourages, people to categorize their entries with self-created subjects or headings. So far, over 1,600 categories have been created through UThink. If you'd like to brows e those categories, point your browser to:

Categories in UThink

Choose a letter to see categories that begin with that letter, or choose a random category. Refresh or reload the page to see other random categories. Being that this is a new page, there may be some categories that bring back a "Page Not Found" message. Please let me know if you find any of these and I'll see if I can fix it.

So, happy browsing, and thanks Carrie for the great idea!

Posted by snackeru at 03:29 PM | Comments (1)

February 09, 2005

UThink Update

There have been a couple of recent changes to UThink that you should know about. First of all, thanks to a suggestion from Laurene of Winter in the Cities, I've added a new template called "Snowy" to the Template Chager:
Snowy Template

To access this new template, login to your blog, choose "Templates" in the left hand menu, and click on the "Template Changer" button at the top of the page. Select a new template, rebuild your blog, and volia! Your blog will have a new look and feel. If anyone else has any other suggestions for a new blog template, please let me know.

Secondly, I added a new tool called "View Authors" to the administration intereface of all blogs. One thing we have made relatively easy is adding other authors to your blog(s) through their Internet IDs. However, if you've added a lot of users to a blog, there has been no way to see a list of all the authors you've added. That is until now. To see all the authors your attached to a blog you own or that you created, login to UThink, select the blog you'd like to see the authors for, and click on the "View Authors" button on the right hand side of the page. "View Authors" will allow you to easily change permissions for a particular author or remove authors from your blog. If you are not the creator or owner of the blog in questions (if you are one of the authors that the owner has granted permission to) the "View Authors" tool will give you the option of removing yourself from the blog. Please let me know if you have any questions about this new tool.

Of course, what we'd like to do next is to create a tool that allows for the easy addition of multiple Internet IDs to a single blog. We've got some ideas for how to accomplish that, so stay tuned.

Posted by snackeru at 11:10 AM

February 01, 2005

Blogumentary Event - Thursday, February 3, 5:30 to 8 p.m. St. Paul Campus Student Center Theater

Sorry for the late notice, but feel free to join me and other bloggers Thursday February 3 from 5:30-8:00 for a "Blogumenatary Event" at the St. Paul Student Center Theater. This is the official announcement:

Blogging culture is one of the hottest topics in media. These web self-publishing sites have influenced public opinion, created new social networks, and provided opportunities for anyone to be a publisher. Come to the Blogumentary event to watch Chuck Olsen's documentary about blogging and bloggers and take part in a discussion on the impact and import of this form of web publishing. The panel discussion will be moderated by Laura Gurak and will include panelists:

  • Chuck Olsen, blogumentarian
  • Dan Gillmor, author of "We the Media"
  • Krista Kennedy, rhetorician and blogger
  • Shane Nackerud, UThink coordinator and Libraries Webmaster

Sponsored by the Institute for New Media Studies and the Internet Studies Center.

Posted by snackeru at 08:48 AM