To Love Automation and to Despise Automation
Only very recently did I become aware of a couple of websites that "ping" blog directories to let them know that there’s new content available. I use "pingomatic.com." My problem, now, is that Technorati and blo.gs keep telling me that I already pinged them and please don’t re-ping. But, dear Technorati and blo.gs, you see, I didn’t re-ping for previously pinged content. I pinged for a second feed I’ve got. All the other blog directories accepted my second ping: blogstreet, weblogalot.com, weblogs.com, feedburner, pubsub.com, blogdigger.com, icerocket, syndic8, newsgator, and feedster.
When I’m done writing this entry, guess what? I’m going to ping you again. I can imagine you don’t want people ping-ing over and over for the same content. But this isn’t the same content. The last ping was for my wmv video blog. The next one will be for this entry.
Some bloggers, I notice, put up one-liners in their blogs. I’ll bet they ping for that. So it’s okay to tell the world, "Hey world, I just want say hello," but it’s not okay to say, "I just produced, wrote, filmed, and edited a 4 minute video about the imitators of Jules Verne and it’s available on a specific feed for wmv users." Okay. Sure. Makes sense.
Don't get me wrong, I like Technorati and blo.gs. I just don't like that they don't work for me because of automation. And that’s the problem with automation. It makes our lives easier. It extends our efficiency. But circumstances always pop up that were unanticipated when the automation was designed and the automated process breaks down.