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June 23, 2005

UThink tidbits

Sorry for the lack of updates. I've been hoping for a while that my next post would be an announcement that we have finally finished upgrading to MT 3.*, but we are still not finished. This is not because we are having extreme difficulty, but because we have so many other competing projects. Believe me, I am putting the pressure on to get this finished. I would say we are 90% there.

Until then, I thought I would entertain you with a few tidbits about UThink that you may find interesting.

  • Did you know that Google absolutely loves UThink blogs? On average, Google gives a higher PageRank to UThink blogs than its own Blogger blogs. Of course, there are many factors to a PageRank, but there may be a couple of reasons for UThink's higher ranking. One is the fact that UThink blogs come from a university (the .edu in the domain name). Another is the fact that UThink blogs come from a library (the .lib in the domain name). Google's ranking algorithm probably gives a higher ranking to any page it thinks comes from a library web site.

  • Over the last year I've noticed a lot of people using the "Extended Entry" feature of UThink blogs. Unless you've got an extremely long post I would recommend against using this feature. I've done some statistical analysis and I've found that people very, very rarely click to read an "Extended Entry." In other words, if you want people to read your all of your entry, it is a better idea to write the whole post in the "Entry Body" section of the "New Entry" page. Just a bit of advice.

  • Speaking of statistics, many UThink users are beginning to use free statistical counters as a way of tracking how many people are visiting their blogs. If you would like to do the same I recommend that you look at some free hit counters like Extreme Tracking or Site Meter or These free counters are relatively easy to set up. Just follow the instructions.

  • Some recent blogs of note, the highly popular biking blog Oil is for Sissies has recently become the top blog in terms of number of comments on UThink. Mr. Cheer or Die's Viking Underground is by far the most popular blog on UThink in terms of total hits (and it is the most popular Viking blog in the country!). And the blog Rachel's Spot has started to do some interesting experiments with video blogging, or "vlogging." Check out the vlog for "women in battle." Very cool.

That's about it. Thanks to everyone for continuing to make UThink the largest (and best!) academic blogging site in America. Hopefully my next update will be an announcement that MT 3 is here!

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