Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have a place to go, where we, the bloggers, could suggest to a broader community of readers and conversers, the tags that we should use in writing, podcasting, and shutter-clicking the events we get to attend. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could hitch hike our way to these conferences.
OK! So I started building. It’s the Lego geek in me. I must build. For your consideration and free use, I present hitchhikr. That’s three Hs, no “e”, dot com. Point your browser to:
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It’s a conference aggregator for lack of a better phrase. You’ll see two lists of conferences in the panel to the right. The top list includes conferences that will be happening in the next month (in red), conferences that have already happened in the last month (gray), and any conferences that are currently going on (blue). The longer list beneath includes all of the conferences that have been registered on hitchhikr. They are sorted by popularity.
You can click any conference to receive its report. Reports include a brief description, submitted by the person who registered the event (any registered hitchhikr can add a conference), a logo, a link to the conference web site, dates and suggested tags. Only the person who registered the conference can edit it.
Beneath this area is the aggregator. There is a primary default tag that it searches on initially, displaying thumbnails of any tagged flickr images and a list of the latest blog articles. There’s also a link to an RSS feed that you can subscribe to in your favorite aggregator. Other suggested tags are listed, and will be search when you click them.
Any logged user can add a tag, by clicking the plus (+) symbol. Any logged user can also delete a tag. The suggested tag for NECC is NECC06. It would also be a good idea to also tag blogs with just NECC as well. It may also be useful for presenter to add tags with their names. For instance, I’m doing several sessions and might suggest that bloggers in the audience tag any entries about my sessions with necc06warlick. I could then add that tag to hitchhikr so that they can be aggregated there.
For the pictures, you can click “See Collage” to view all of the images, as thumbnails, on a single page. Or you can click “See Slide Show” to link directly to flickr’s slide show feature for some real fun. I love this part.
This may be a really dumb and useless idea. If so, I have, at worst, lost some hours in development, and, a best, gained some new programming knowledge. But if hitch hiking to conferences seems to make sense to you, then please stick your thumb out, and hitch a ride, on hitchhikr.
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